Tips on books to enjoy this summer!

Finally summer is here! Long, lazy days with plenty of time for reading in the hammock, on the beach, in the lawn, under a parasol or just at home on the couch on a rainy day. Check out these reading tips on books by ALMA laureates, chosen by four of our jury members.

Make note that we only mention the English title here. Please google to see if the book is translated into your local language!

#1 Elina Druker's book tip:

Cloud Bread (2011) by Baek Heena
"What happens when you eat bread made for clouds? Baek Heena, a Korean illustrated-book artist, is this year's ALMA Laureate and her celebrated, breakthrough work Cloud Bread is a hopeful tale about a family that eats heavenly bread made of clouds which gives them the ability to fly. Cloud Bread playfully tells a story about miracles happening in the dreary day-to-day that grow out of caring of each other, but the book also explores new, experimental storytelling techniques where photography is a central expressive means."

#2 Annika Edlund's book tip:
Good Dog Mctavish by Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Grace Easton (Barrington Stoke Ltd, 2017)

A wonderful funny reading-out-loud book for the whole family. A smart girl and a very wise dog will be a wonderful solution to a family in chaos. No resolution but instead a chance to family reunion and planning according to the dog McTavish's need for love and routines. A book to love and laugh for those who like dogs but also for those who did not already know that they liked dogs.

#3  Mårten Sandén's book tip:
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell, 1977)

The story is an almost perfect example of how everyday life can reflect something that really does not happen every day. The story of Jess and Leslie's friendship is easy for everyone to get through, but for those who understand to read between the lines there is a whole world to discover.

#4 Lena Kåreland's book tip:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Puffin, 2014)

Enjoy Jacqueline Woodson's autobiographical depiction of a young black girl's childhood and the story of her family. The lyrical language, visually and rhythmically, bends over the pages and sucks the reader into a story commuting between South Carolina and Brooklyn. We learn a lot about America's history, about racial oppression and violence, but also about hope and confidence in the future.

#5 Mats Kempe's book tip:
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008)

One of the best books in the world! The fifteen skillfully constructed pieces in this anthology are truly breathtaking to experience, each in its own way. Shaun Tan depicts the subtle everyday mysteries of our lives. Here, common people meet odd phenomena, unique events that often pass by misunderstood or almost undiscovered. "Tales from Outer Suburbia" is both realistic and mysterious, anxious and reconciled.