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[BHE 232] Books around the world that traveled around the world to find me


Myra here.

These books have traveled far and wide to find me. I ordered these books from around the world online as part of our research project and had it delivered to my sister-in-law in the US – because it is waaaay cheaper that way. Sending it to me here in Singapore is another matter altogether, since postage costs are over the moon expensive.


Hence, the books were sent to my best girl in the Philippines because postage costs only 50 US dollars as compared to over 700 dollars if sent here in Singapore. When my girl friend and I calculated how much it would cost for her to send the books from the Philippines to here, we figured it would be roughly the same as a plane ticket coming here with luggage. So she just spent a weekend here with her husband and we made a lovely time of it.


On With The Books


Freedom’s A-Callin’ Me by Ntozake Shange and Rod Brown, Brundibar by Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner, Bully by David Hughes, My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig and Abigail Marble.


My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman and E. B. Lewis, Our Gracie Aunt by Jacqueline Woodson and Jon J Muth, Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis


The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline, Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and David Diaz, Going Home by Eve Bunting and David Diaz


Going To Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert and Valentina Cavalini, Voice From Afar: Poems Of Peace by Tony Johnston and Susan Guevara


Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter, Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone and Ted Lewin, A Shelter In Our Car by Monica Gunning and Elaine Pedlar


In English Of Course by Josephine Nobisso and Dasha Ziborova, Phileas’s Fortune: A Story About Self-Expression by Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo


Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle and Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Hope Is A Girl Selling Fruit by Amrita Das


I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Tricycle by Elisa Amado and Alfonso Ruano, Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell and Kim LaFave


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpré, The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes Bird Artist by Margarita Engle and Aliona Bereghici


Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess and Kris Di Giacomo, Tibet: Through the Red Box by Peter Sis


A Boy And A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz and Catia Chien, The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall, The Birdman by Veronika Martenova Charles and illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stephan Daigle

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo, A Couple Of Boys Have The Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee


Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier


The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng


The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle by Jude Isabella and Simone Shin, Hope Springs by Eric Walters and Eugenie Fernandes, In A Cloud Of Dust by Alma Fullerton and Brian Deines


Boats For Papa by Jessixa Bagley, In A Village By The Sea by Muon Van and April Chu, A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries Four Families One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall


No Fits Nilson! by Zachariah OHora, The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

I Live Here by Mia Kirshner, J.B. MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge, Michael Simons – and this book opens to this:


Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer


The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, Such Stuff As Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction by Keith Oatley


Strange Objects by Gary Crew, NIne Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf


Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman and Mike Dutton, The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow and David Gardner


Luke’s Way Of Looking by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley, Memorial by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan


Bright Star by Gary Crew and Anne Spudvilas, Hello Baby by Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas


Imagine by Norman Messenger, Norton’s Hut by John Marsden and Peter Gouldthorpe


Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas, Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker and Yoko Tanaka


Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne, The Tunnel by Anthony Browne


The Case For Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman and Diana Souza


Refugees by David Miller, Caleb by Gary Crew and Steven Woolman


Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti, Erika’s Story by Ruth Vander Zee and Roberto Innocenti


One Red Shoe by Karin Gruß and Tobias Krejtschi, Terrible Things: An Allegory Of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting and Stephen Gammell


Why? by Nikolai Popov, Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin


One Minute’s Silence by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri, The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thompson and Christy Hale


Nasreddine by Odile Weulersse and Rebecca Dautremer, Auschwitz by Pascal Croci


One Day We Had To Run! by Sybella Wilkes, Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland


14-18: Une Minute de Silence à nos arrière-grands-pères courageux by Thierry Dedieu, Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki


Duck Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch, The King and The Sea by Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch, The Butterfly Workshop by Gioconda Belli and Wolf Erlbruch, The Story Of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch


Die Menschenfresserin by Valerie Dayre and Wolf Erlbruch, Ratten by Wolf Erlbruch


Anna’s Heaven by Stian Hole, Snowhite by Ana Juan


Humo by Anton Fortes and Joanna Concejo, Hansel und Gretel by Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm and Susanne Janssen


Feeling Sad by Sarah Verroken, A Dday A Dog by Gabrielle Vincent, Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura


The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood by Agnese Barruzi and Sandro Natalini, Little Red Riding Hood by Perrault and illustrated by Sarah Moon, Little Red Hood by Marjolaine Leray


My Father’s Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde and Oyvind Torseter, La Visite De Petite Mort by Kitty Crowther


Loup Noir by Antoine Guilloppe, Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner? by John Kelly and Cathy Tincknell


Pictures That Tick – Books One and Two by Dave McKean


The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Whew! That was looong. How about you, fellow bibliophiles? What books found their way into your bookshelves over the past weeks?

9 comments on “[BHE 232] Books around the world that traveled around the world to find me

  1. What an exciting list of books!! A number of them are my favorites. I would love to know more about your research project. Have you blogged about it already? Please link to it! And in response to your question, I am waiting for two lovely books to arrive in my mailbox. The first is TinyOwl’s gorgeous new book, ‘Bijan and Manije.’ The second is our own new book, ‘The Ammuchi Puchi’ 🙂

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    • Hello Katrina. Great to hear from you. Here is the link to my research project:
      It’s funded by our institution and the idea is to build a multicultural text-set for teachers that would assist them in facilitating social and emotional learning in the classroom.


      • I’ll definitely check this out! What an exciting project. I don’t mean to toot my own horn – but do check out our books. We are committed to making culturally diverse picture books that *all* children can enjoy. Recently, our book ‘Chicken in the Kitchen’ won the Best Book at the Children’s Africana Book Awards. It is also a White Ravens 2016 book and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway 2017 medal 🙂 I hope it’s okay that I mentioned our book here!

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        • Hi Katrina, not at all! I am glad that you brought this book to my attention, please feel free to add more. Thank you so much for sharing. I was just in Munich as an international fellow June-July of this year and I did read up quite a bit of their White Ravens titles. So I shall definitely check out your recommendations.


        • How great! I was able to get the fellowship while I was doing my PhD in Children’s & YA Lit in Sydney. The IYL is so enriching to the intellect and the spirit, isn’t it? 🙂 If you could email me, I’d be happy to send you the catalogue of our books. We also have a book by Singaporean Joyce Chng, ‘Dragon Dance,’ that was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teacher’s Book Awards.


      • Ah, how wonderful! I was a fellow at the International Youth Library as well! I was there in 2011 🙂 I think I was only the second Pinoy stippi ever 😀 It’s such a magical place!

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        • I agree. This year there were two pinoys: myself and Eugene Evasco – but we came at different timings, though. 🙂 I was able to attend the White Ravens Festival which happened at the same exact time I was there, how awesome really. Eugene was able to attend the recently concluded frankfurt book fair this year.


  2. WOW. And I’m glad Katrina asked about your research project. I’m going to check out the link you posted.

    I love that you and your friend were so smart about visiting vs. shipping. YAY.

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  3. WOW! That’s a lot of books! 🙂 I just got done reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan – GREAT read!


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