Stories to celebrate the festive season
Because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read
What a delight of a book! It was so lovely to find this story- taking a positive spin on losing things which can be so difficult for small children. Also wonderful that it is a story of two Ugandan girls- like my daughter. I have already bought this book as a gift for three friends!
A beautiful and inspiring collection of stories. We are using it in our ELT classroom and our teens love the illustrations.
This book is very poetic in both the text and illustrations. What I love is that it can be read on so many levels and leaves space for a child to make their own sense of it. To be read again and again!
This is a fun, uplifting story about friendship with beautiful collage illustrations. Kids are sure to love it!
As a curly-haired kid who always wanted smooth hair, I absolutely loved this story! The rhyme is lovely and lilting and the illustrations are just stunning.
A beautifully illustrated story about mother giraffe teaching her daughter about having instincts for survival in the wild. Under her mother’s guidance, the baby giraffe begins to understand she must learn to be kind to certain animals, how to handle forest fires and how to pay attention to noises and quiet in their environment. Such a wonderful story!
We thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story and the illustration complemented each other very well. The Pirate Tree is a brilliant story about imaginative play, friendship and the expat experience from a child's perceptive
Stunning artwork and sweet story well told. A good way to introduce mindfulness to children.
I loved this book from the start as my cousin is called Nimesh. I've never seen a kid's book with his name in it. I love the artwork and who can resist a book with a tiger on the front! I love how the adventures are relatable, not so far fetched that you can't imagine you being in them. I'm a 45 year old who didn't read many books as a child but I know I would've enjoyed this as a young reader.
A beautiful tale of friendship. It is encouraging kids to accept things/cultures/people that are different from theirs. Stuning illustrations are just a cherry on the top. 😁
I was so captivated by this book's caring narrative about discovering the world in which we live and its intricate illustrations. The voice of mother polar bear is tender in guiding her young cub into the world, full of delightful discoveries. I especially love its gentle message about the need to take care of the world we inhabit together. The illustrations are unique and amazing. We added this book to our collection!
I was so captivated by this book's intricate illustrations and its caring narrative about discovery of the world in which in we live in.
Such a beauty of a book — to read, to look at, to absorb. After I finished reading it to my boys, the three of us sat in a silent huddle for a while. To say we loved it would be an understatement.
A great book for younger children. It's really clever how Kaadan has taken such a serious issue and created story around a situation that a child who has never experienced war can understand. My 4-year-old daughter has no concept of war yet is able to empathise with the fact that Yazan cannot go to the park and how frustrating that must be for him. Her comments: The shadows on the floor look like bad news. Someone's broked (sic) the houses. It's sad that Yazan can't go outside. My 8-year-old son had these words: It's important for children like me to read this book. It tells you what life is like in Syria.
One of the things I love about this book is the way Oscar’s new friend shows him her life and her world and then Oscar reciprocates telling her all about his life, showing her how he lives. While they live in very different worlds, they are happy to share their "biggest secrets, dreams and other very important things". It’s an invitation to our children to find out more about how other people in this world live.
A beautiful and empowering book for your little one.l that celebrates embracing one's differences and celebrating them. Highly recommend.
Oscar is an inspiring tale about how true friendship connects people regardless of how different they are. The collage illustrations are magnificent.
Shadow discusses a difficult topic but one that children are often faced with, either as something they experience themselves or when an adult in their lives is going through a dark period. I found the story touching and I was particularly charmed by the moody and beautiful illustrations.
Poonam Mistry's illustrations in this book are stunning with so much detail that every time you look at a picture you discover something new. And Chitra Soundar's text emphasizes how family can provide a safe environment for the little ones to grow up in and experience the world.
'The Pirate Tree' is a beautiful tale of friendship, acceptance, adventure, and imagination. This story is truly uplifting and relevant for today - it follows girl pirate captain Sam as she meets her new neighbour from Nigeria, Agu! The friendship they form is heartwarming - it encourages children of all ages to be more mindful and open to different cultures and to make friends from different places and cultures! My favourite part was when Agu corrects Sam assumptions about Nigeria - Sam genuinely wants to know more! Also, I adored the eye-catching illustrations. This is a fabulous picture book!
A beautiful story that emphasizes the importance of sharing stories and how those stories can help connect different generations. The beautiful illustrations add warmth to the story.
A poignant book that imaginatively deals with overcoming difference. It is a story of friendship that teaches readers to accept others, as well as themselves, for who they are.
Both my children and I kept going back to this beautifully-illustrated picture book with holds important messages.
A beautiful testament to the power of storytelling - it will encourage children of all ages to appreciate lots of other cultures, and allow their imaginations to traverse continents far and wide. I especially loved the moment when our 'old man of the sea', or Grandpa, meets Asia, and they eat spices that burned their tongues and shared secrets in ancient temples. Lovely colourful illustrations, as always!
A touching but at the same time thought-provoking story that demonstrates how connection and communication have the power to break barriers and discover light within the darkness. With stunning and evocative artwork, this is a must-have book for any reader, both young and old.
Despite its icy setting, 'Shadow' melted my heart (and I'm sure it will melt yours too!). It is a thought-provoking tale about the magic that can happen when we quite literally face our inner demons. In a world that demands we always pick a side, this book will show adults and kids alike the power of collaboration and why, at the end of the day, every shadow needs a little light.
Finding one's true self is a message for young ones to learn. The narrative made me imagine Kaya's own beat is a sullen staccato that builds to a lively chant that is moving. Kids will be delighted with the colorful illustrations too.
So so scrummy, visually. My girls *love* everything dragon right now; reading something with cultural weight to go with it is huge bonus.
One of my daughters couldn't resist this cover and so we took this title from the library. Then, as we read, I was so delighted to find it captivating and refreshing! I loved talking with my girls about the story and that it had depth *to* talk about. They loved that the power of imagination was such a feature.
This is a great read on a base level -- in that the factual content on ligers and tigons is of value on its own (and very appealing for kids obsessed with all things animal) -- but then there's the added nuanced layers of messages and beauty to enjoy.
Great writing and gentle illustrations. The alliterative symphony of Sleep Well Siba & Saba is one of our favourites from powerhouse Lantana.
My girls learned a lot from this book and keep going back to it. It has wonderful lessons of what our world needs in this day and age.
This book does an incredible job of making a very serious subject relatable for a young audience. My son, though very young, manages to empathise with the main character in being upset about, and not understanding, the world changing around him. He too, now, wants to paint on the walls of his room with his mum. Great storytelling and beautiful artwork to convey the emotions of the family affected.
Nonsense! A wonderful mix of old and new with a bamboo forest that comes to life, a stunning phoenix that rises above it all and a little boy who manages to do the impossible because his Grandma believes in him.
Fun, just a little naughty, and a loving presence who will always be there. Thank you Sharanya and thank you Lantana.
I love the way this book introduces meditation and mindfulness in a way that is easy for kids (and adults!) to understand! Its whimsical illustrations—especially those of the carousel—are a delight as well.
I absolutely love Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry's books—Mistry's illustrations are absolutely stunning, while Soundar's words create a cozy world where danger is never far away, but family is always near. "You're Strong with Me" is no exception, with a baby giraffe learning to navigate the perilous and beautiful world around her with her mother's reassuring guidance.