Thinking book pack

Thinking book pack

We are offering lists of key tried-and-true books we are sure children love, to start off your library book collection. These books provide immediate core to your school library and are available on our website and through selected bookstores. These books are grouped by theme to help teachers extend their students.

This book list is for thinking books: books that ask questions, books that look at big subjects.

Duck, Death and the Tulip

From award-winning author and illustrator, Wolf Erlbruch, comes one of the world’s best children’s books about grief and loss.

In a curiously heart-warming and elegantly illustrated story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Duck and Death play together and discuss big questions. Death, dressed in a dressing gown and slippers, is sympathetic and kind and will be duck’s companion until the end.

“I’m cold,” she said one evening. “Will you warm me a little?”
Snowflakes drifted down.
Something had happened. Death looked at the duck.
She’d stopped breathing. She lay quite still.

Explaining the topic of death in a way that is honest, lightly philosophical and with gentle humour, this enchanting book has been translated into multiple languages, adapted into an animated movie and short film and performed on stages worldwide.

Wolf Erlbruch received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2006 and was the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2017.

“The most extraordinary picture book I’ve seen in many a year.”  Patrick Ness
“I can’t think of another book that tackles so huge a subject with such simple, heartbreaking eloquence.”  Meg Rosoff
“Warm, poignant and witty.”  Anthony Browne

  • - Tender and direct, it is an excellent tool for helping to explain and talk about death, dying and bereavement with children
  • - Loved by adults and children, parents and grandparents, also suitable for schools, grief centres and counsellors

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Don't Cross the Line

A slapstick postmodern tale that is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution.

Written by Isabel Minhos Martins and illustrated by Bernardo P Carvalho

Translated by Daniel Hahn

 

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The Bear and the Wildcat

The Bear and the Wildcat is a touching picture book about loneliness, grief and loss, ending with a positive new beginning.

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The Day No One Was Angry

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The King and the Sea

These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales.

In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn’t stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king’s will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.

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We are offering lists of key tried-and-true books we are sure children love, to start off your library book collection. These books provide immediate core to your school library and are available on our website and through selected bookstores. These books are grouped by theme to help teachers extend their students.

This book list is for thinking books: books that ask questions, books that look at big subjects.

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