Favourite books from around the world

Last updated: 05-15-2018

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Favourite books from around the world

Books from around the world (Children's Book Trust)
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Favourite books from around the world
Some of these books have been translated from other languages, while others use a different country as their setting - all will encourage readers to take a journey in their imagination.
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: The Chicken House
12-year-old Meggie and her father, Mo, a bookbinder, both love reading, but since the disappearance of Meggie's mother, they no longer read together. One night a stranger knocks at their door, prompting Mo to reveal his awful secret.
Author: Alf Proysen Illustrator: Hilda Offen
Publisher: Random House
Mrs Pepperpot has an unfortunate problem: she shrinks at the most unexpected moments. And one of those moments comes while she has agreed to look after Roger, the neighbour's baby.
Author: Faiza Guene Translator: Sarah Adams
Publisher: Random House
Sarah Adams's deft translation foregrounds Faïza Guene's sharply creative use of language, highlighting cross-currents of urban and racial tensions, in this sad, funny and important book.
Author: Timothee de Fombelle Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
Publisher: Walker Books
Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, this exciting adventure has a serious message about the wisdom of using up the Earth’s resources
Author: Niki Daly
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Jamela wraps herself up with the new material that her mother bought to make herself a dress for a wedding.
Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Author: Irfan Master
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Set in India during the summer of 1947, A Beautiful Lie follows the tumultuous events of the Partition of India through the eyes of Bilal who is looking after his ill father.
Author: Na'ima B Robert
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
During Ramadan, Muslim families all over the world visit their mosques to listen to verses from the Koran. They will eat before dawn and will not eat again until after sunset.
Author: Atinuke
Publisher: Walker Books
No. 1 comes to the rescue each and every time his family or the village are in trouble!
Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng Illustrator: Yuri Morales
Publisher: Walker
In this picture book by US President Barack Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng explores the themes of humanity, love, acceptance and reconcilliation through the story of a little girl whose grandmother takes her on a remarkable journey.
Author: Taghred Chandab Illustrator: Binny Talib
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Sisters Mariam and Amani are very excited about being flower girls at the wedding feast of their Aunt Sarah and her new husband.
Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper
Publisher: Egmont
Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, in this favourite series.
Author: J L Powers
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
This moving story transports the reader to Somalia and allows them to experience the challenges faced by the Somalian families who chose to stay in their war torn country.
Author: Patti Kim
Publisher: Curious Fox
The word-less book deals with the challenges of leaving a beloved home; coming to terms with the big changes you face in your new world; and the emotions surrounding this journey.
Author: Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby Illustrator: Marieke Nelissen
Publisher: Child’s Play
Yokki and his family are travellers. After a particularly poor harvest, Yokki raises people's spirits with his uplifting stories of a brighter future. This traditional Romani tale, with colourful illustrations, is full of hope and imagination.
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hachette
In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another country


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