Starting from January 2016, we are going to take you around the world by introducing selected picture books from a different country each month. We will review the books, introduce the authors and illustrators and tell you why we think the books are special. We will select books that we feel tell us something about the culture and people of the countries they come from.
Some of the books we feature may be available from our online store but most will not. However, the good news is, we are giving away ONE copy of each book we feature through a lucky draw.
Anyone who buys a book from www.oyezbookstore.com during the month will automatically be entered into the lucky draw to win a picture book from the featured country that month. We will pick and announce the lucky winners on the last day of each month.
Why are we doing this?
Firstly, we were inspired by The Castle Library, a story by Hayati Hanif and illustrated by Evi Shelvia about a princess who loved to travel until she ran out of places to go. One day, she stumbled upon the long-forgotten Castle Library and found that there were great and wonderful adventures to be found in books. Thereafter, whenever she traveled (for she still loved to travel), she brought back to the Castle Library the best books from all over the world. This story not only shows the wonder of books but also how natural it is to share the books we love.