Our All-Star Collection. Each one of these books received the Kirkus Star, a badge of honour reserved for only the most excellent books of the season by the experts at Kirkus Reviews.
Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor and Mehrodkht Amini
What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate of course! A hugely entertaining look at the fascinating masquerade culture of West Africa, from the perspective of a plucky young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves.
Sleep Well, Siba and Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Sandra van Doorn
When two forgetful sisters fall asleep, they dream about the things they have lost that day, until their dreams begin to reveal something unexpected... A heartwarming story set in Uganda about two forgetful sisters and their dreams of bright futures.
You're Snug With Me by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Sandra van Doorn
At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask. “‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “The ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me.”
Maisie's Scrapbook by Samuel Narh and Jo Loring-Fisher
As the seasons turn, Maisie rides her bull in and out of Dada’s tall tales. Her Mama wears linen and plays the viola. Her Dada wears kente cloth and plays the marimba. They come from different places, but they hug her in the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same. A joyful celebration of a mixed-race family and the love that binds us all together.
Old Man of the Sea by Stella Elia and Weberson Santiago
Every Sunday, Grandpa waited for me in his room, and I took my place at the foot of the bed. There were days when Grandpa wanted to talk, and days when he would sit in silence. Then one day, Grandpa began telling me stories about his life at sea. Tales of love and adventure and danger on the ocean waves. And that's when I learned who my grandpa really was...
Oscar Seeks a Friend by Paweł Pawlak (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
What if you could turn the world the other way around and take a peek at what’s on the other side? Perhaps you’ll find something you never expected. Such as friendship. When Oscar meets a lonely little girl, it’s the start of an adventure for both of them. Together they make an unusual journey to two very different worlds, each beautiful and necessary. And it all begins when the little girl’s tooth falls out...