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Award-winning books for children this Christmas

With Christmas approaching, it is a good opportunity to find that special book that your child or children will grow to cherish forever and maybe even pass on to the next generation.

Many parents tend to focus their attention on Christmas themed books around this time of year. However, children will often lose interest in these books once the holiday season is over. This is why we recommend offering at least 1 book with a general theme that can be of interest at any time of the year and why not, which has been awarded one of the prestigious children’s books awards across the world. The text and the illustrations in these books are of the highest quality giving parents reassurance that the values and context they will be exposed to can only be enriching. We have covered in detail the topic of why book awards are so important in children’s literature in the blog article here.

Here are our book recommendations for each of the 5 languages available in our bookstore:

Awarded with 2019 ALA Mildred L. Batchelder Award this book is available in our shop in both Romanian and Italian language.

In a quest for treasure, Pete, an excited and persistent young mouse, appears in the Professor's class at the University of Mice. A simple request for assistance turns into a complex and technical adventure with an unexpected conclusion that parallels one of the most important inventions of all time.

Recommended age 5+

  • Cyparissus. That which dies is never forgotten by Marta Sanmamed and illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

Winner of multiple awards like Independent Book Publisher Book Award 2015 & Living Now Books Awards 2015, this touching book is available in our shop in English, Romanian and Spanish.

Four different stories, four children that lose their beloved animal. A picture book that helps children to overcome the loss of a pet and help with the grief process, learning how to confront other losses that may happen in their life.

In Cyparissus there is a little dog who gets lost in a park, a sleeping rabbit, a horse up in the clouds, and a bird setting off on a long, long journey.

In Cyparissus there is Irene playing jump rope, George looking up at the sky, Molly who has bad dreams, and Danny carrying a backpack full of T-shirts.

Recommended age: 4+

  • Le visage de Mamina by Simona Ciraolo

Winner of the Prix Chronos 2018 , this book is a tender and touching dialogue between a grandmother and her granddaughter.

On her grandmother's birthday, the little girl worries about the wrinkles that parchment her face. It is the occasion of a wonderful dialogue between the child and his grandmother. Each wrinkle has its memory: the opportunity to tell about the significant events in her life.

Recommended age: 3+

  • Kas yra upė written and illustrated by Monika Vaicenavičienė

This book was nominated and awarded multiple awards like The Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2019 - The Awards of the Lithuanian Section of IBBY 2020 or Publisher's Choice Award - Shanghai International Children's Book Fair 2018

“What Is a River?” is a picture book is about rivers and the plentiful connections they have with us, humans. It follows a child and her grandma as they look for answers to a question – what is a river? In their imaginary expedition, they discover rivers flowing in the sky and living organisms; meet pilgrims and conquistadores, magical shape-shifting river dolphins and older-than-dinosaurs species of sturgeons; fish and bathe; and explore many other things.

Recommended age: 4+

Browse more award-winning books directly in our bookstore. Look for the Award Winner label!

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