Book List

2020’s Stellar International Picture Books

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WORLD'S POOREST PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT

    AUG. 18, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE WORLD'S POOREST PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT

edited by Yoshimi Kusaba ; illustrated by Gaku Nakagawa ; translated by Andrew Wong

An ideal vehicle to engage children in a discussion on the meanings of poverty, having enough, and social justice. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE RUN

    AUG. 4, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    LEMON BUTTERFLY

    SEPT. 30, 2020

CHILDREN'S

LEMON BUTTERFLY

by Cao Wenxuan ; illustrated by Roger Mello

One of a kind—an intriguing, sophisticated study in contrasts that reimagines the potential of picture-book art. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHERE HAPPINESS BEGINS

    AUG. 25, 2020

CHILDREN'S

WHERE HAPPINESS BEGINS

by Eva Eland ; illustrated by Eva Eland

A playful, poignant, and wonderfully reassuring book for children as they encounter emotional hills and valleys. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MEXIQUE

    OCT. 27, 2020

CHILDREN'S

MEXIQUE

by María José Ferrada ; illustrated by Ana Penyas ; translated by Elisa Amado

Specific yet universal in its narration, this makes the refugee experience accessible to young readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THANK YOU, MIYUKI

    SEPT. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THANK YOU, MIYUKI

by Roxane Marie Galliez ; illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh

A tale that blooms in its realism and message of kindness and love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    A MYSTERY IN THE FOREST

    SEPT. 15, 2020

CHILDREN'S

A MYSTERY IN THE FOREST

by Susanna Isern ; illustrated by Daniel Montero Galán ; translated by Jon Brokenbrow

This lovely book about forgiveness shows that friendship can form even in the most unlikely situations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

    SEPT. 1, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    RETURN TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN THE WORLD

    NOV. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

RETURN TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN THE WORLD

by Yutaka Kobayashi ; illustrated by Yutaka Kobayashi ; translated by Mariko Shii Gharbi

A moving book about kindness, friendship, and hope in the context of conflict and displacement. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MOST AMAZING BIRD

    NOV. 10, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    BIRRARUNG WILAM

    AUG. 4, 2020

CHILDREN'S

BIRRARUNG WILAM

by Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly ; illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

Wilam, home, takes many forms for a plethora of animals in this striking Aboriginal story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RITU WEDS CHANDNI

    DEC. 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

RITU WEDS CHANDNI

by Ameya Narvankar ; illustrated by Ameya Narvankar

Simultaneously confronts homophobia and celebrates child-powered change in Hindu communities: a delight. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    EVERY COLOR OF LIGHT

    SEPT. 15, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    IT'S NOT VERY COMPLICATED

    NOV. 6, 2020

CHILDREN'S

IT'S NOT VERY COMPLICATED

by Samuel Ribeyron ; illustrated by Samuel Ribeyron

This exquisitely illustrated story will appeal to contemplative and artistic readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WALK

    SEPT. 1, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    LITTLE FOX

    AUG. 25, 2020

CHILDREN'S

LITTLE FOX

by Edward van de Vendel ; illustrated by Marije Tolman ; translated by David Colmer

A tender, brilliant tour de force from the Netherlands. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WANDERER

    OCT. 6, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    MIGRANTS

    OCT. 6, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    THERE MUST BE MORE THAN THAT!

    OCT. 6, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THERE MUST BE MORE THAN THAT!

by Shinsuke Yoshitake ; illustrated by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Long thoughts and fresh heart for readers feeling helpless in the face of scary futures. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    DANDAN'S DREAM

    SEPT. 30, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    CHERRY BLOSSOM AND PAPER PLANES

    JAN. 21, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    IN MY ANAANA'S AMAUTIK

    APRIL 7, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    HAT TRICKS

    MARCH 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

HAT TRICKS

by Satoshi Kitamura ; illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

Dynamic, fun-filled, imaginative, and ideal for participatory reading aloud Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE GHOUL

    FEB. 4, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE GHOUL

by Taghreed Najjar ; illustrated by Hassan Manasra ; translated by Michel Moushabeck

A stimulating and funny fantasy about acceptance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WINDOW

    MARCH 3, 2020

CHILDREN'S

WINDOW

by Marion Arbona ; illustrated by Marion Arbona

Arbona’s teeming scenes should inspire both close observation and new compositions by young readers/artists. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SUPERLUMINOUS

    MARCH 10, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    UNDER THE GREAT PLUM TREE

    APRIL 7, 2020

CHILDREN'S

UNDER THE GREAT PLUM TREE

by Sufiya Ahmed ; illustrated by Reza Dalvand

An originally designed, gorgeously illustrated new vision of an old tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LETTERS FROM BEAR

    MARCH 24, 2020

CHILDREN'S

LETTERS FROM BEAR

by Gauthier David ; illustrated by Marie Caudry ; translated by Sarah Ardizzone

Readers will find this journey poignant, strange, atmospheric, and, ultimately, joyful. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHILD'S PLAY

    MAY 1, 2020

CHILDREN'S

CHILD'S PLAY

by Ramiro José Peralta ; illustrated by Blanca Millán ; translated by Jon Brokenbrow

A well-crafted, engaging book about resilient childhoods in the face of displacement and conflict. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GRANDPARENTS

    MAY 5, 2020

CHILDREN'S

GRANDPARENTS

by Chema Heras ; illustrated by Rosa Osuna ; translated by Elisa Amado

Fun and feisty—these memorable characters are a delight to know and revisit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LITTLE BEAR'S TREASURES

    JUNE 2, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    LET'S SWAP FOR A DAY

    MAY 22, 2020

CHILDREN'S

LET'S SWAP FOR A DAY

by Shu-Ti Liao ; illustrated by Shu-Ti Liao

This humorous tale may become a dog lover’s favorite. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

More Book Lists

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

Talia Hibbert shares how to write an inclusive romance with heart, soul, and humor.

subscribe
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!