Four children’s and youth books for the summer


A question of timing: In Jon Klassen’s picture book Out of the Blue, an armadillo, a snake and a turtle see – or miss – the sunset.
Image: Jon Klassen / NordSüd Verlag

A stoic turtle with a hat, a hospitable earthworm with ulterior motives, a family-like space junk and a whole world of infographics for young readers: we present a picture book, a children’s book, a youth book and a non-fiction book.

DThree animals and a boulder in free fall: In his new picture book, Jon Klassen uses minimalist means to approach questions of format. – Two brothers in a queen’s trap: In her latest children’s novel, Frida Nilsson not only kidnaps the two orphans Sem and Mo into a wonderful world of evil or distress. – What is left when dreams and hopes burst into the sky with a space shuttle? Erin Entrada Kelly’s new young adult book tells the story of a family that behaves like space junk. – How do we live in international comparison? In many infographics, a non-fiction book for children by Mireia Trius and Joana Casals connects the world of the girl Mia with children from other countries.

In this episode of the book podcast, we present four books that young readers can get through the summer with.

“Out of the blue” by Jon Klassen is published on NordSüd, has 96 pages and costs 18 euros. It is recommended to be read for children aged 4 and up.

“Sem and Mo in Lindormenes Land” by Frida Nilsson was translated from Swedish by Friederike Buchinger. The book is published by Gerstenberg Verlag, has 400 pages, costs 22 euros and is suitable for young readers from 10 years of age.

“The Nelsons are reaching for the stars” by Erin Entrada Kelly was translated from American English by Beate Schäfer, was published in the Hanser series on dtv and costs 14 euros. It is suitable for readers aged 12 and over.

“Me and the world” by Mireia Trius with illustrations by Joana Casals is published by Kleine Gestalten, has 64 pages and costs 19.90 euros. We recommend it from 8 years.

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