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The Book that Kibo Wrote
Written and illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Translated by Lawrence Schimel

Ages 4-8
HARDCOVER; Published: 4/26/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5589-3
Price: $ 17.99
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.25 x 11
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One night under the acacia trees, Kibo writes a story about home. His neighbor Naki reads his words, binds them into a book, and brings it to the city. There Camilo devours Kibo’s story, remembering his childhood in the savannah. The next day he shares the book and his memories with his friend Simon. Soon Simon starts writing new songs about distant lands. Where will Kibo’s book go next, and what will it spark for its next reader? 

Featuring a charming cast of animal characters, The Book that Kibo Wrote showcases the power of stories to connect readers across the globe.

Cooperative Children's Book Center CCBC Choices in Picture Books for School-Age Children List (2023)
“While it ends somewhat abruptly, this overall delightful story, translated from the original Spanish, celebrates discovering joy in books—and sharing the experience with others.”
The Wall Street Journal
“This gentle story shows not only the value of a singular vision, whether belonging to a rhino or anyone else, but also the wisdom of putting it on paper.”
School Library Journal
“The trifecta of reading, writing, and sharing at the heart of this visually engaging title becomes transformative. Highly recommended.”
The Horn Book Magazine
“Satisfying in itself, this book will also find a happy home in classrooms and serve as a springboard for young bookmakers’ creative endeavors.”