Category Archives: White Raven

War

WarWar spreads like a disease. It hears nothing, sees nothing, and feels nothing. It feeds on hate and spite. It saddens, crushes, and silences. It destroys everything in its path. This eye-opening book with sparse text reveals the many sides of war. The watercolor illustrations in black, grays, and browns are stunning and surreal. War is the perfect book for starting important discussions between children and their parents and teachers. mjw
Title: War
Author: Jose Jorge Letria
Illustrator
: Andre Letria
Publisher
: Greystone Kids. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Copyright
: 2021
Original Language
: Portuguese
Translator
: Elisa Amado
Original Title
: A Guerra
Original Publisher
: Pato Logico Edicoes. Lisbon, Portugal
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-77164-726-7
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Author’s residence
: Lisbon, Portugal
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Portuguese
Illustrator’s residence
: Lisbon Portugal
Awards
: Nami Concours 2018 (Grand Prix), White Raven 2018
Subjects
: Conflict, Value of peace, War

The Elevator

downloadA girl and her dog Roco want to go on their afternoon walk. They get on the elevator on Floor 4 and the girl pushes the down button, but the elevator goes up. It stops at Floor 7 and Ms. Paula gets on. She is afraid of dogs. She presses the down button, but the elevator goes up again. On Floor 8, old Mr. Miguel gets on with his walker. He presses the down button and the elevator stops on Floor7 and Cora and the twins in their stroller get on. After pressing the button again, the elevator stops between Floor 5 and Floor 4. Then Ms. Paula opens the box that she is carrying and gives everyone a slice of birthday cake that she was planning to give to her friend. Next, Mr. Miguel tells a story called Who Cares? about a bear that always said he didn’t care when he really did. All of a sudden the elevator starts to move, though no one pushed the button. It stops at Floor 4 and everyone gets off and has tea at the girl’s apartment. At the end of the book, in a real envelope, there is a surprise mini-book titled Who Cares? The playful black, white and red illustrations were created with drawing, collage, and photography all assembled digitally. The tall and slender format of the book resembles an elevator. mjw
Title: The Elevator
Author: Yael Frankel
Illustrator
: Yael Frankel
Publisher
: Tapioca Stories. Huntington, New York.
Copyright
: 2020
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Kit Maude
Original Title
: El ascensor
Original Publisher
: Limonero, Argentina
Original Copyright
: 2019
ISBN
: 978-1-7347839-0-2
Hardcover pages
: 44
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Argentinian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Argentinian
Awards
: 2021 Outstanding International Books USBBY, 2020 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Apartment buildings, Dogs, Elevators, Pets, Twin

My Favorite Memories

This gentle story tells of a young girl who is moving to a new country. She has a suitcase in which to pack her most favorite things. She wants to take her aquarium, a wooden chair, the pear tree outside, her best friend, and even the bus driver, but these things are all too big. She comes to understand that while we can’t always carry our favorite things physically, we can travel with them in other ways. The charming illustrations complement this hopeful story of change and resilience. mjw
Title: My Favorite Memories
Author: Sepideh Sarihi
Illustrator
: Julie Volk
Publisher
: Blue Dot Kids Press. San Francisco, CA
Copyright
: 2020
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Elisabeth Lauffer
Original Title
: Meine liebsten Dinge müssen mit
Original Publisher
: Beltz & Gelberg
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-7331212-4-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s residence
: Vienna
Awards
: 2020 Bologna Ragazzi Award, Illustrator has won the White Raven Award
Subjects
: Change, Emotions, Moving, Permanence, New experiences

Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey Of His Life

Through a magical conversation with a young girl in a horse-drawn carriage, Hans Christian Andersen tells his life story. “The most wonderful fairytale is life itself.” He was a cobbler’s son who left his town in Denmark, with thirteen coins in his pocket, to go to Copenhagen to seek his fortune. He wanted to be an actor or a dancer, but things did not work out for him. What he really enjoyed was writing. A sheet of paper became his stage. He wrote poems, stories, fairytales, and plays. He traveled around the country meeting people who loved the theatre – people like himself. Hans goes on to tell the girl some of his stories, such as The Flying Trunk, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, Clumsy Hans, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Snow Queen. The sumptuous illustrations use graphic novel elements to tell the story. In the illustrations, there are references to well-known authors of children’s books and some famous children’s book characters, like The Little Prince, Pinocchio, and more. An author’s note tells more about Hans Christian Andersen’s life. mjw
Title: Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey Of His Life
Author: Heinz Janisch
Illustrator
: Maja Kastelic
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books, Inc., New York
Copyright
: 2020
Original Language
: German
Translator
: David Henry Wilson
Original Title
: Hans Christian Andersen: Die Reise seines Lebens
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG> Zurich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2020
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4388-2
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Denmark
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Author’s residence
: Vienna
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Slovenia
Awards
: White Ravens Award – Illustrator
Subjects
: Biography, Denmark, European history, Fairytales, Literary biography

A Boy And A House

This wordless book is the story of a boy wandering down dark Grimm Street past interesting street and window scenes.  When he gets to #34 Andersen Street, he sees a cat in an open doorway.  He follows the cat up a stairway where there are discarded drawings on the floor, which he collects.  The sepia-toned watercolor paintings are full of enticing details. The two mice on each page are especially fun.  The boy journeys through the house, drawn forever forward until he reaches a lovely surprise.  Each page in the book is more amazing than the last. mjw
Title: A Boy And A House
Author: Maja Kastelic
Illustrator
: Maja Kastelic
Publisher
: Annick Press
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Slovenian
Original Title
: Decek in Hisa
Original Publisher
: Mladinska Knjiga Zalozba
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77321-055-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Wordless Picture Book
Book setting
: Slovenian townhouse
Author’s ethnicity
: Slovenian
Author’s residence
: Slovenia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Slovenian
Illustrator’s residence
: Slovenia
Awards
: White Ravens List
Subjects
: Cats, Companionship, Discovery, Houses, Stories without words, Surprises

The Boring Book

the-boring-bookOnce there was a BORING book that no one ever read. People who tried to read it fell asleep. The words in the book were tired of standing in rows, so they escape to have fun. They jump into street signs and shop signs. They dance all over the pages until the wordplay gets out of hand. Unusual and colorful graphics and three-dimensional miniature books within the book are imaginative and add to the fun. mjw
Title: The Boring Book
Author: Vasanti Unka
Illustrator
: Vasanti Unka
Publisher
: Puffin Books, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-143-50575-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s residence
: Auckland, New Zealand
Illustrator’s residence
: Auckland, New Zealand
Awards
: 2014 New Zealand Post Mahy Book of the Year, 2014 White Raven, 2016 IBBY Honor Book
Subjects
: Activity books, Books and libraries, Words

How To Be Famous


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Everyone takes a trip to the zoo to see the exotic pigeons- right? At least that is what this boastful main character believes. The confident pigeon comes from generations of fame from his grandpa the sculptor to his mother the gardener. And he, the family model, is the most famous of them all. For, every time he takes a trip to the zoo, onlookers want pictures and autographs, they even show their appreciation by bowing and showering him with food. This grandiose life can not be beat, even by the King of the the Jungle… js


Title: How To Be Famous
Author: Michal Shalev
Illustrator
: Michal Shalev
Publisher
: Gecko Press. Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 9-781776-570300
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Author’s residence
: Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Illustrator’s residence
: Israel
Subjects
: Fame, Pigeon, Vanity, Zoos

Chicken In The Kitchen

chicken-in-the-kitchenIt is the night before the New Yam Festival in Anyaugo’s Nigerian village. She wakes up and sees the shadow of a giant chicken heading for the kitchen. She goes to investigate, but decides she needs help from the Wood Wit, a tricky wood spirit. This fun look at the masquerade culture of West Africa is enhanced with flamboyant and vibrant illustrations. mjw
Title: Chicken In The Kitchen
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Illustrator
: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher
: Lantana Publishing Company, Great Britain
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-9932253-0-7
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Nigeria
Author’s ethnicity
: Nigerian/American
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: 2106 White Raven, 2016 Best Children’s Africana Book Award
Subjects
: Chickens, Harvest festival, Magic, Traditions, Wood spirits

Thea’s Tree

Thea's TreeA little girl named Thea lives in a city full of “houses, houses, and more houses” and longs for a tree to climb, to hide in, and to sit under and dream. A solitary, beautiful leaf floats past her window and Thea drifts off into a dream. She awakes with a seed in hand. She plants it and a tiny plant sprouts from the soil. Thea and the tree grow. Thea’s children play under the tree, and Thea’s grandchildren, too. The story’s setting is not specified, but Thea’s Papa tells about picking mangoes and guavas and neem leaves to eat. The tender, Chagall-like, ink, pastel, colored pencil, and collage illustrations are magical and portray the beauty in nature. The text is printed over delicate leaf prints. mjw
Title: Thea’s Tree
Author: Judith Clay
Illustrator
: Judith Clay
Publisher
: Karadi Tales Company Pvt.Ltd., Chennai, India
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-8-181-90297-9
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range
: 4 up
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Asia
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: 2011 White Ravens List of the International Youth Library
Subjects
: Environment, Natural world, Nature, People and places, Trees

Haiti My Country

Haiti My Country

Haiti My Country is a collection of poems written by Haitian children before the county’s earthquake in 2010. The authors of these poems about Haiti are from Camp Perrin which is a small village in the southern Republic of Haiti.  It is accompanied by illustrated portraits of the book’s poets recreated from photographs by Rogé. Though Haiti is typically associated with being a nation struck by poverty and the natural disasters which have occurred in the country in recent years, these young writers paint an optimistic, heartwarming, and beautiful picture of Haiti. These young writers’ contemplative poetry demonstrates how people can learn much from observing their surroundings. Haiti My Country will make readers see Haiti from a new viewpoint through the luscious descriptions of the vibrant landscape. The authors show how hope can be found everywhere. ema

Title: Haiti My Country
Author: Poems by Haitian children with preface by Dany Laferriére
Illustrator
: Rogé
Publisher
: Fifth House Publishers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Solange Messier
Original Title
: Haïtimon Pays
Original Publisher
: La Bagnole
Original Copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-1927083239
Paperback pages
: 44
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Poetry
Book setting
: Haiti
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2011 Governor General Finalist  in Children’s Illustration Category, 2011 Lauréat Prix Saint Exupéry French Category, 2012 White Ravens Selection
Subjects: Camp Perrin, Children Authors, Haiti, Hope, Love of Country,  Nature, Poetry, Schools, School Verse, Students, Writing

Night Sky Wheel Ride

Night Sky Wheel Ride Book CoverThis happy book celebrates the first ferris wheel ride of a young brother and sister.  The brilliant, imaginative illustrations are filled with scenes of cotton candy trees, whirling ferris wheel cars, jelly bean people, and dot-to-dots with stars.  Rhymed and unrhymed poetry dances on the pages. mjw
Title: Night Sky Wheel Ride
Author: Sheree Fitch
Illustrator
: Yayo (Diego Herrara)
Publisher
: Tradewind Books, Canada
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-896580-67-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Colombian
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: Winner of the Lux Prize, 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books, 2013 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Canada, Children’s poetry, Ferris wheels, North America

A Good Trade

A Good Trade Book CoverKato, a young Ugandan boy, carries two jerrry cans of water every day from the village well to his family.  He passes cattle fields, soldiers standing guard, and an aid worker’s truck that is filled with colorful shoes.  He finds a white poppy in the field and trades it for brand new shoes.  The poppy is a symbol of peace and goodwill.  Bright, geometric digital collage pictures provide a snapshot of Kato’s war-torn village life. mjw
Title: A Good Trade
Author: Alma Fullerton
Illustrator
: Karen Patkau
Publisher
: Pajama Press
Copyright
: 2012
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-9869495-9-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Uganda
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2014 Bank Street Best Books List, 2013 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Canada, Children and war, Eastern Africa, Poverty, Social issues, Uganda, War