International Picture Books Review #2

Picture Books du Monde: April Review

A monthly Link-up

Welcome to Picture Books Du Monde, a monthly link-up where bloggers from around the world share their love of all things related to picture books.

We’re your hosts: Cathy from Peregrination Gourmande and Shannon from Oh Creative Day.

International best children picture books link-up

Hi! I’m Cathy.

I’ve always been a picture books lover. When I started my job as a psychologist, I discovered the power of those books on children with whom I was working. The power of words combined with illustrations. After I became a mum there was no reason to stop me buying tons more picture books for the family. Now I have 2 little bookworms and a well-used VIP card at my local bookstore. I’m also married to a collector of graphic novels. The bookshelves are full!

I’ll share with you each month a selection of picture books that interested us. I might also have some suggestions from my 10 year old daughter.

I hope you enjoy the link-up and the good books.

Hello! I’m Shannon, a teacher and a mama to 2 kids under 3.

I believe that reading is as important as breathing. I dream of having my own picture books published one day. I truly, wholeheartedly believe that there is a picture book to help all little ones (and big ones!) through most of life’s situations. They really are a perfect vehicle for making sense of the world.

I hope our link-up helps you to discover some amazing new books to add to your collections.


While I’m writing this review, I realize I’ve missed the Instagram challenge (run by Shannon helself and Marcy from @usbornestagram) of the week : Kid’s books that could be framed as art. That’s ok! I will share it now. Was planning to do it anyway.

This book is a real piece of art. The title « Au même instant, sur la Terre… » (« At the same moment, around the world » is the english title …) offers already the poetical atmosphere. It’s folded like an accordion in a little box.

The editor named « Rue du monde » is one of my favorite french editor. They choose very clever stories to help kids think and very beautiful illustrations.

The concept of the book is that the child discovers what happens each hour of the 24hours on the time zone. This book was offered by a friend when Gingerboy was born. It’s still a very treasured book on the very full bookshelves. The text is very short, only one sentence each page, starting always with the same words, it’s like a poem or a rhyme.

Children book

I’m happy to announce you can find this piece of art translated in english. Here is the page of the author and the link to the american editor.

My other selection for this month link up is this funny story by Peter Brown:

kids book

I could buy all the books from Peter Brown but they are not all translated. I love the very childish and fun drawings. The expressions and mimics of the caracters. What my daughter really appreciated when she started reading alone was the comics kind presentation :

peter brown children's book

This presentation helped her to follow the story. The drawings and the topic are very humouristic. A bear girl wants to adopt a human child as a pet. It’s so fun!

These 2 books are some of our favorites. Totally kids approved! By both of girl and boy!

I hope you enjoy my first selection and that it gives you some ideas. Have a look at Shannon’s review and add your link here.

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  • So cute! I love buying the kids books and reading to them. So many fantastic books out there.

  • How gorgeous! I love the bear who wants to adopt a pet human. That’s so cute! I don’t think it matters how old you get, picture books never get old!