Small bibliographic tracks, quick reading and occasional hints: a selection of books among the excellence of the children’s publishing landscape curated by the Andersen editorial team, titles to accompany events, festivals that also want to cast a glance on the imaginary of childhood .
The beginning of the new year brings with it the hope of change, the desire to make a wish by looking at the stars or by tying leaflets to the branches of a plant, as happens in The Tree of Wishes by Katherine Applegate (Mondadori). Dreams and desires can help us conquer new horizons or discover enchantment where others see nothing, as in Graces Friend Bear by Greg Foley (Il Castoro) or in The seller of happiness by Davide Calì and Marco Somà (Kite). But they can also be too many, become suffocating, turn our lives upside down, preventing us from seeing the important things. In fairy tales and children’s books, we often come across magical objects – as extraordinary as they are dangerous – that can turn dreams into reality, from Aladdin’s lamp to magic lock. And it is with an old magical teapot that the first of these ten books begins, a small selection of illustrated titles to explore desires. Keep reading
Illustrating reality is not a trivial exercise: we told about it on Andersen in October, collecting the voices of some illustrators who have been able to be creative and authorial in the disclosure for children. Telling the world, in fact, even when it comes to lining up numbers, information, historical details, is never a foregone conclusion. Colorama by Cruschiform, Best Artisan Book of the Andersen Prize 2018, is an example of how non-fiction can give life to books of great originality, difficult to classify, but which invite us to explore the world. Keep reading
Christmas has an important place in children’s literature, and has been told in unforgettable picture books, pop-ups and comics. This small bibliography, however, focuses on fiction: many novels and some long stories, starting from the classic par excellence, The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which we remember in the edition illustrated by Roberto Innocenti) up to The Grinch by Dr. Seuss. Titles that do not go out of fashion, that remain on the shelves and that invite us to fall in love with books, to fight the wickedness of adults, to laugh, to believe in magic. Keep reading
Now in its fourteenth edition, the Science Festival (Genoa, October 27 – November 6) this year is articulated around the theme of “Signs” with eleven days of meetings, experiments, laboratories and exhibitions, to test oneself directly with science, in a fun and accessible way to all.