Reading for Social Peace project launched

We’re delighted to announce that the Reading for Social Peace Project is now up and running.

Inspired by a National Library of the Maldives reading campaign, we’ve teamed up with Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Victoria to create a project that encourages kids to read with a questioning and open mind, and to use their reading to stimulate thought and discussion about social peace.

What’s social peace? It’s peace in our families; among our friends; in our communities, towns, cities or country; it can mean the absence of conflict and war; it can also mean how we can better live together.

At the launch of Reading for Social Peace (from left): YPRL Director Christine Mackenzie, with author Davide Cali, YPRL’s Blaise van Hecke, Councilor Mary Lalios and Wilkins Farago’s Director, Andrew Wilkins.

Ultimately, this project is about helping kids arrive at their own definition of social peace, by exposing them to books that get them thinking. Then, it’s over to them to respond in a creative way: through a piece of writing or art, a video or song: anything that makes sense to them.

Reading for Social Peace has its own wiki space page where you can find out about the first four books chosen for the project:

  • The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli
  • The Red Piano by André Leblanc and Barroux
  • The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch
  • Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus (to be published in August)

There’s also a space for kids to post their own creations.

This is not just a project for those within the area serviced by Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Libraries and schools across Australia—or indeed around the world—are more than welcome to get involved now. All you need to do get started is pick up one of the four books above and get reading!

Reading for Social Peace is a National Year of Reading project.

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‘You’ll laugh, sigh, giggle and be challenged’: Digital Orthodoxy

An enthusiastic review of Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone’s What is this thing called love? from Darren Wright at Digital Orthodoxy, which is a terrific resource for those looking for kids books with substance:

Together with her family Emma begins a search for Love, you’ll laugh, sigh, giggle and be challenged by the questions she asks and the beautifully honest answers her family gives her.

Darren also makes some general comments about our rising star, Davide Cali:

Davide Cali’s stories are beautifully written, innovative, simply structured, deep and touching tales, A Dad Who Measures Up (also written by Cali and illustrated by Cantone) had me at hello while The Enemy and The Bear With The Sword show a different side to Cali’s talent and the power of picture books.

Encouragingly, he also suggests the book isn’t just for kids:

I read this to a few adults over a fortnight ago and it’s already been used in two weddings, I hope I get the book back soon …

If you’d like a special gift-wrapped hardcover copy of What is this thing called love? for a wedding gift, drop us a line.

The Bear is a conversation starter: blog tour day 14

The Bear with the SwordDAY FOURTEEN. Alphabet Soup Editor Rebecca Newman reviews Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli’s fable, The Bear with the Sword on her Boobook Blog. She notes how useful it is in getting kids to talk about some meaty issues:

This picture book would be wonderful for discussions on a variety of topics, such as:

  • environmental issues
  • actions and consequences
  • anger management
  • body language
  • bullying
  • conflict resolution

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading

Clunes Booktown Festival Top 10

Why? by Lila Prap

Lila Prap’s hilarious ‘Why?’ suggests why animals look and behave the way they do.

Here are the top selling Wilkins Farago books at last weekend’s Clunes Booktown Festival:

  1. Why? by Lila Prap
  2. Sam and His Dad by Serge Bloch
  3. Waiting for Mummy by Tae-Jun Lee and Dong-Sung Kim
  4. 3 Wishes for Pugman by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  5. Kampung Boy by Lat
  6. Teaching Kids to Read by Fay Tran
  7. I Love Kissing You by Davide Cali and Serge  Bloch
  8. The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli
  9. What is this thing called love? by Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone
  10. The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch

Tips for young writers: blog tour day 4

DAY FOUR. Rebecca Newman interviews Davide Cali on the Alphabet Soup kids magazine’s blog. They discuss his being a librarian during his National Service in Italy, creating The Bear with the Sword, and Rebecca also gets his tips for young writers. Says Cali:

I think reading is just like feeding yourself. And you know, writing is just like feeding others. So, how can you feed others if you don’t eat first?

Alphabet Soup is an Australian magazine for children aged 6 to 12 who love books and creative writing. You can view a sample copy of the magazine and place and order here.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali blog tour starts today!

DAY ONE. Kids Book Review kicked off the Davide Cali blog tour today.

Each hour, Kids Book Review will post reviews of Davide Cali’s books, culminating tonight with an exclusive feature interview with the author. They’re also running a fabulous competition to win a complete set of his Wilkins Farago books.

Kids Book Review is a 100% voluntary children’s literature and book review site. It covers news, reviews, interviews, articles, guest posts, events, specialist literacy articles and much more, attracting readers from all over the world including teachers, librarians, industry professionals and parents and kids. They achieve over 55,000 hits per month (and growing), and are one of the most respected literary sites on the web.

Davide Cali arrives in Australia on 16 May for a 2-week tour.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place between today and 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali: the banner

ANNA HAS JUST completed a natty looking promotional banner for Davide Cali, who is touring in May.

The banner, which emphasises Cali’s enormous reputation across Europe, has been starring at the Leading Edge Books annual conference this past weekend, and we’ll be using it at events throughout Cali’s visit.

It’s also served to remind us just how many books we’ve published by this innovative, thought-provoking and witty author over the past five years. We’re typesetting a new book right now too – of which, more anon!