Time to exercise your brain because stories and poetry see no age. However, the International Children’s Book Day celebrates the impact of reading on young minds. After all wasn’t there a particular book that fascinated us as children? And in a way, still does?
Celebrated to observe Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2 is dedicated to children’s book to spur reading habits. This annual event is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People and this year the host country is Lativia. The host country spreads a social message to children written by a native author, and this year “the small is big in a book,” is written by Inese Zandere, a Latvian poet, editor, and publisher of children’s books.
Celebrate International Children’s Book Day, 2020 during this quarantine period by reading the best books to your kids.
I Really Want to See You, Grandma
by Taro Gomi
Taro Gomi is an internationally renowned author and illustrator who has created more than 400 books for readers of all ages. ‘I really want to see you, Grandma.’, is a heartwarming tale of Yumi and her grandmother, and the simple desire to see each other. They completely miss each other, along the way. This book sweetly, humorously shows the powerful bond of a grandparent and their grandchildren.
by Ken Kimura
Illustration by Yasunari Murakami
A family of 999 young frogs are in danger after their mother realises the pond is too small for them. With snake crawling through the grass and hawks flying in the sky, will they reach their safe haven? Never underestimate the brains of 999 tadpoles. With Yasunari Murakami illustrations, the book has been fun packed and simply an uncommon picture book, the kids will surely enjoy.
By Cynthia Alonso
A wordless picture book thet demonstrates the friendship between a girl and a redfish. With her debut book, author- illustrator Cynthia Alonso has shown the beauty of nature, the connection and the phase of letting go.
Who Was That?
By Oliver Tallec
A clever book, with many folds demanding the keen attention of the reader. It asks you a detail about a character who appeared a page before. Testing memory and observation power this book will surely make a good read for your child.
The Rabbit and the Shadow
by Melanie Rutten
A cat searching for his ball, a soldier looking for peace and a rabbit learning to grow up, these three meet up on their quest. Facing fears and insecurities, pushing each other to confront it. They will get to their destiny and eventually find what they were looking for.
Get on Your Bike
By Joukeje Akveld
With Bobby and William,and their heated argument, which makes Bobby get on his bike and leave. Riding through the city and into the country side, he calms down. He rides backs, hoping William will forgive him. This book has the potrayal of conflict and compromise.
The Book of Pearl
by Timothee De Fombelle
A compelling story about first love. ‘Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fade, he discovers strange objects, tiny fragments of a story from a long time ago. Can Joshua remember the past and believe in his own story before his love is lost forever?’ The quality storytelling grips on to you and compels you to read more. As pages fly by, you will be bewitched.
Use this quarantine time to read and explore, especially with the International Children’s Books Day celebration. Indulge in the children’s fantasy world. We hope you have an amazing reading time!