Woohoo - Another triumph in the world of children's and young adults books.
White Ravens are awarded every year when the language specialists (Lektoren) at the International Youth Library (IYL), in Munich, Germany, select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy (think innovative, inspirational, trendsetting, extraordinary - which are just some of the words included in their brief). This list of books is compiled into the annual White Ravens Catalogue, which is introduced each year at the Bologna (Italy) Children's Book Fair.
This year three New Zealand titles have made it onto the list, with a couple of them being amongst my personal recent favourites. As only 250 titles from around the world are selected, that's pretty good (understatement!!)
Two Little Bugs by Mark and Rowan Sommerset (Dreamboat Books) - a charming picture book from this local (Waiheke) couple. Fun for adult and child - the best kind of picture book.
The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else (Gecko) - an energetic children's fiction title, which has already been recognised in New Zealand as a finalist in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2012.
The Scent of Apples by Jacquie McRae (Huia) - I have already raved about this young adult book to soooo many people. It's nice that this time others agree with me (reading being such a subjective thing this doesn't always happen).
For the full list of 2012 White Ravens check this link