Announcing the 2011 Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set (originally posted Sept.6th)

SPT SealFanfares! Drum rolls! We are very excited to be announcing today the 2011 Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set.

They are:

A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope by Michael Foreman (Walker Books / Candlewick Press, 2009)

Rain School by James Rumford (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010)

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books, 2010)

All three are stunning picture books that were chosen for their engaging narrative and fine illustrations. By coincidence, all three are author-illustrated, something that only became evident after our choice had been made. We hope that the children participating in the Spirit of PaperTigers project will love the books as much as we do. They all encourage children to engage with big issues such as education and peace. They can, we believe, be enjoyed by a wide age range of children – an important consideration for the Spirit of PaperTigers project, as the books will also be read by older children who are learning English.

Following feedback from last year’s participant schools and libraries in the Spirit of PaperTigers Outreach project, we will be sending five copies of each of the three books that make up this year’s Book Set to each of the project’s participants. This will enable teachers to use the books more flexibly and allow for class input, as well as individual enjoyment.

To find out more about the Spirit of PaperTigers project, headover to our Outreach site, where you will find information about the Book Set gathered on one page. You will also be able to view feedback about the 2010 Book Set – and the site continues to be updated as new feedback come in.

The PaperTigers website will be featuring the SPT Book Set over the next few weeks: look out for Gallery Features of all three illustrators’ work, Q&As with the books’ editors, and more…

In the meantime, read reviews of:
A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Rain School
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

and enjoy these interviews with their creators:

Michael Foreman
James Rumford
Jeanette Winter

A big thank you to them and to their publishers. I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all exceptional books. We can’t wait to get them into the hands of readers around the world – we’ll keep you posted as to that, and look forward to featuring their feedback too.

5 Responses to “Announcing the 2011 Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set (originally posted Sept.6th)”

  1. debbi michiko florence Says:

    Fabulous! What a great list of books – I’ll save this for my upcoming holiday shopping!

  2. Anna GC Says:

    All these books look lovely! But aren’t they all written by authors who are British/American? Maybe next time: a book about Africa by an author from Africa? An insiders view instead of an outsider? I don’t mean that these books aren’t good, but still …

  3. Marjorie Says:

    Anna, that’s a very valid point and one that we’re aware of. As you say, hopefully next year…

  4. Chris (@book_dads) Says:

    I love Biblioburro! Great book and inspirational true story as well. Nice post. I’ll be checking out the other books you listed for sure.

  5. Marjorie Says:

    Yes, Chris, do – they’re all very special.

    Debbi, definitely! They’re on my list too :-)