5 essential children’s books to celebrate tenderness, friendship and overcoming

“When I grow up, I’ll be a painter. Like Michelangelo. But I don’t say it too loudly. What dad thinks. I know very well.” Translated from Swedish, here The bird in me flies where it wants by Saraj Lundberg. Berta Elisabet Hansson was a Swedish artist. She was in the 1940s and 1950s an expressionist painter, one of the most prominent in Sweden.

She grew up on a farm, with only one perspective: a life as a housewife. As her father decided. In this book inspired by the artist’s letters and diariesSarah Lundberg (Swedish star of children’s literature) wonders about grief, childhood, destiny. The fate that opposes the fulfillment of dreams.

The bird in me flies where it wants

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This is the childhood story of Berta Hansson. The young woman dreams of painting and is convinced that her drawings and her clay sculptures will be able to cure her mother who suffers from tuberculosis. This is the story of a boy who dreams, who escapes to the top of the trees to listen to the song of the birds, to be herself a flying bird. But her destiny is drawn, that of a housewife, a woman on the farm. So decided her father. But as the art grows within her, her destiny will change…and her dreams will come true.

The bird in me flies where it wants

The bird in me flies where it wants

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With infinite tenderness, Sara Lundberg paints and tells the story of Berta Hansson. If you are looking for a book to grow, then The bird in me flies where it wants is for you. She publishes it “La Partie”.

Hermelin, the rabbit and the orchard

Hermelin, the rabbit and the orchard

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Different book, different atmosphere, but… same publisher (La Partie). Hermelin, the rabbit and the orchard by Erik Van Os (Author), Elle Van Lieshout (Author), and Marije Tolman (Illustration) is a hilarious tale of radishes, carrots, and other vegetables in the land of moles and rabbits. Is a story, full of lies and irony, to put between all the little ears, and a book to contemplate to get lost in full-page drawings of great quality. You will learn, dear children, that crime (even when it comes to radishes) doesn’t pay… Never. Even when you never get caught! This album is aimed at the little ones, it is an ode to friendship.

Fox and little George

Fox and little George

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ode to friendship like the one that ties up a fox and a field mouse (what less strange thing, right?). Inside Fox and little George by Thibault Prugne on Margot editions, you’ll be immersed in a fun and tender album on this very topical topic: Living together (which for the record was an RTL catchphrase in the 2000s). the story is thereforea fox, a field mouse and a bean that get trapped in a hole in the middle of the forest.

Fox and little George




Fox and little George

Credit: Margot / Thibault Prugne

Fox and little George
Credits: Margot / Thibault Prugne

Fox and little George
Credits: Margot / Thibault Prugne

Fox and little George
Credits: Margot / Thibault Prugne

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That’s when the field mouse has an idea to get out of this hole: plant the bean and wait for it to grow when the plant has grown enough to climb it. While waiting for this happy outcome, Renard and little Georges have no choice but to meet.

In this 40-page album, Thibault Prugne once again lets his talent shine (and that’s a good thing) offering to history paintings and drawings more real than life. Each page is a work of art, each page forces the reader to get lost in the image. Loving Thibault Prugne’s drawings is not just about having good taste it is to love beauty, it is to love to dream, it is also to let oneself be carried away by the talent of the artist where drawings and realities (sometimes multiple) merge to the point that it is difficult to distinguish one from the other, from the others. Fox and little George by Thibault Prugne is published by Margot.

memories of the forest

memories of the forest

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Since we’re in the woods, let’s stay there. with a new tribute to the great classics of children’s animal fantasy such as The wind in the willows, peter rabbit either The wonderful journey of Nils Holgersson. Here it is Forest Memories: The Memoirs of Ferdinand Taupe. A novel to read from the age of 9 edited by L’école des loisirs – Collection Neuf, which immerses us in the heart of the Bellechaussée forest, in the hollow of the oak tree where Archibald Renard has his bookstore.

A singular bookstore tells us about the author Mickaël Brun-Arnaud (also creator and owner of a real bookstore in Paris called Le Renard Doré), here, every animal can come and leave the book he has written and hope that one day he will buy it. It is there that a few years ago Ferdinand Taupe (who has memory problems) deposited a book that would allow him today to compile his memoirs. Poor mole who suffers from the “forget everything” disease…the one who comes and takes everything, from the craziest memories to the sweetest kisses…”.

But a mysterious client has just left with Monsieur Taupe’s prized book. This is the starting point of a novel full of twists and turns where friendship, memories and adventure mix for the greatest pleasure of the reader.

Forest memories, memories of Ferdinand Taupe.

Forest memories, memories of Ferdinand Taupe.

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Before becoming an author, Mickaël Brun-Arnaud was a caregiver with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (this explains it). This magnificent and poetic novel helps us understand the (terrible) mechanisms of this disease, difficult to hold back a few tears when it makes us immerse ourselves in this failed memory of Ferdinand Taupe. Sure, it is not about offering children a manual to understand “grandma who unlocks”is not a extremely sweet story to better understand this little being (like millions of others around us) who no longer recognize themselves, if at all.

“What’s going on, my friend? You don’t like it?” Archibald asked.
– Yes, yes… It’s just that. .. Knows how…
– The taste of what, dear friend?
– The taste of memory, he finally answered, his eyes all wet.

The words and the story of Mickaël Brun-Arnaud offer a truly colorful setting with the drawings of Sanoe whose the illustrations slide delicately between the paragraphs of this novel to read from 9 years. Forest Memories: The Memoirs of Ferdinand Taupe is published by L’école des loisirs.

triplets in the field

triplets in the field

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Family stories, cult stories. The triplets are back! Since 1984, Nicole Lambert has been drawing triplets. 2 million albums have passed, the comics have been entitled to an animated series broadcast on France 4 and Netflix. In this month of April comes out triplets in the field, the opportunity to meet the boys and the girl more unleashed than ever, chaining nonsense for our greatest pleasure. “The boys run after the turkeys.. On the threshold, the girl plays a prank on her brothers by filling their rubber boots with water.
Together, they paint the old rusty bike in the barn red, while Toto pees on the neighbor’s gorgeous organic pumpkins. Thus, like Nicole Lambert, the triplets settle in the country. Like many city dwellers, Nicole Lambert took the step after confinement. .

giant's house

giant’s house

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From large country spaces to small spaces, the transition is perfect for one last reading tip: giant’s house by Maya Shleifer published by Les Éléphants. The story of a giant who was so big that he could barely fit in his house. Room for him and that’s it! … that’s all ? no… no room, except maybe for a small spider. As he tries to chase the intruder away, the giant (ouch!) destroys his house. “Forced to find a new home, the spider on his shoulder, the giant walks for a long time, crossing towns and stations, before falling exhausted in the snow. When he wakes up, he discovers that his body, trees and flowers, have become a haven for animals of all kinds.”Our own happiness seems to tell us that Maya Schleifer can only exist if we open ourselves up to others. giant’s house found in Editions des Éléphants.

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