Category Archives: White Raven

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

The Bathing Costume Or The Worst Vacation Of My Life

The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of my Life Book Cover Parisian eight-year-old Ronnie, short for Myron, visits his grandparents and rowdy older cousins in England, while his parents move apartments. It is his first vacation away from his mama. There is a competition to see who can shower the least, a wild bike ride without helmets, the family tradition of jumping off the ten-foot diving board, and the shame of having his bathing suit slip off in the pool. This touching, funny story of Ronnie’s growth from timid mama’s boy to confidence and independence is written in journal format with energetic, expressive watercolor images. mjw
Title: The Bathing Costume Or The Worst Vacation Of My Life
Author: Charlotte Moundlic
Illustrator
: Oliver Tallec
Publisher
: Enchanted Lion Books
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: French
Translator
: Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Original title
: Le Slip de Bain ou les pires vacances de ma vie
Original publisher
: Flammarion
Original copyright
: 2011
ISBN
: 978-1-59270-141-4
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: England
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Awards
: 2014 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor, 2014 USBBY Outstanding International Books List,  2013 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Adventure, England, Europe, Grandparents, Holiday, Humor, New experience, Western Europe

My Village: Rhymes From Around The World

My Village Rhymes from Around the World Book Cover Twenty-two nursery rhymes from around the globe are presented in English, the original language, and the original alphabet when appropriate. New Zealand, China, Australia, Norway, Ireland, Tonga, Jamaica, Japan, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Indonesia, Denmark, Iran, Germany, Samoa, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, France, Holland, Iceland, and India are illustrated in bright collage and mixed-media artwork. Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen introduces the collection. Source notes are provided, but the name of the original language is not always given. mjw
Title: My Village: Rhymes From Around The World
Author: Danielle Wright
Illustrator
: Mique Moriuchi
Publisher
: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Copyright
: 2010
Original language
: English
Translator
: Aida Nofrita, Andrea Gardi, Anjana Mani, Carim Portella, Farideh Khalatbaree, Genia Gurarie, Hallberg Hallmundsson, Katrien Vander Straeten, Lisa Yanucci, Monique Palomares, Mavis Kumbala-Mutisi, Nora Yao, Paul Selver, Rob Amery, Sereima Lumelume, Wanda Cowley, Wilma van den Bosch, and Winifred Mahowa
Original publisher
: Gecko Press
Original copyright
: 2008
ISBN
: 978-84780-086-2
Hardcover pages
: 53
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s residence
: New Zealand
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: 2009 White Raven Award
Subjects
: Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Children’s poetry, Europe, New Zealand, Nursery rhymes, Oceania, South America