Gems from the Italian Picture Book Collection

December 13, 2015 | Jessica

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As has been mentioned in a previous blog post, Toronto Public Library has materials in over 40 different languages, Italian among them. 

For those looking to read picture books in Italian, below is a list of some personal favourites from our Children's collections which can be found in branches throughout the city.  

Italian Picture Books



Che Cosa Ci Vuole di Gianni Rodari, illustrazioni di Silvia Bonanni Emme edizioni

Based on a song by Sergio Endrigo, this book explores the materials that go into making a table. Its simple narrative and poetic messaging, coupled with Bonanni's sophisticated collages, is a great combination.


Linea e Circolo di Radhika Menon e Trotsky Marudu

A geometry-inspired tale of friendship, this unique story follows the characters of line and circle as they embark on myriad shape-making adventures. 


Mamme di Arianna Giorgia Bonazzi & Vittoria Facchini

This over-sized picture book packs a wallop of a visual punch, with each page providing a child's tribute (of sorts) to his mother, juxtaposing heartwarming and humourous reflections alike.


Sbagliare Le Storie di Gianni Rodari, illustrazioni di Alessandro Sanna

Nonno recounts the story of Capucetto Rosso (Little Red Riding Hood) in this fractured fairy tale, with a little creative storytelling along the way.


Topo Tip libri di Anna Cas

This international children's book series, with its TV spin off, has obvious kid appeal. Tip the Mouse is a wonderful character, always getting into trouble, something which all children around the world can relate to!


Want more Italian stories for kids? Head over to the Dufferin/St. Clair Branch on Saturday January 16th* for a special Italian storytime.


*Previously published incorrectly as January 11th.