Project Description

Open Letter to the Leaders of the WorldMaria Inês Almeida

Portugal

Maria Inês Almeida writes children’s books and young adult fiction. She has a degree in journalism from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and was awarded the Revelation Prize by the Portuguese Journalists Club in 2005. Inspired by her children, she has published around 65 books up to now, mostly aimed at the lower and middle elementary grades.
Many of Almeida’s books address serious topics, such as the importance of protecting our Planet Earth, doing so in a humorous way. Among these books are the A GIRL LIKE YOU series and OPEN LETTER TO THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD, the latter written together with Flávia Lins e Silva. WHEN I GROW UP was shortlisted for the Best Children’s Book Award of the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA) in 2011, and together with DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PARENTS MET?, it was included in the list of 100 Books for the Future presented by Portugal as Guest of Honour at the Bologna Book Fair in 2012. So far, Almeida’s books have already been translated into many languages, including Chinese, English, German, and Spanish.
She wrote a weekly column on children’s TV programmes for the leading Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã and another one about parenting for the Sunday edition of the same newspaper. Almeida also collaborated with the Portuguese public TV channel RTP 2 on a programme called Diário XS with news from around the world for children.
For further information, please visit: http://mariainesalmeida.pt/

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The Mystery of the Stinky Sock

A wonderful race of words through colours, led by Matilde and Chouriço, her faithful companion.
They go up through the building in search of the owner of the stinky sock – oh… what a stench! But who could it belong to?

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Open Letter to the Leaders of the World

Sofia, a 12-year-old girl who is worried about the challenges faced by our planet, decides to write a letter to the leaders of the world. In a good-natured and poetic style, Sofia writes about a variety of questions, attempting to diagnose what is wrong with the planet. She knows that there are many problems that could have sent the world to the ICU. But she is a dreamer, and she offers solutions.
Open Letter to the Leaders of the World (“Carta aos Líderes do Mundo”) seeks to give a voice to the children who know the Earth is screaming out for help.
English book trailer: https://teloseditora.com.br/

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Open Letter to the Leaders of the World

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The Little Book of Life

They say life is many things and in it many things pass. They transform, go away. Sleep ends. A small wound heals. There are comings and goings. Happy moments and others that make us cry. Life is our history; it is memory that will last forever. The Little Book of Life (“O Pequeno Livro da Vida”) is a short illustrated book, pure and very delicate, for all readers, aged from 0 to 100.

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The Little Book of Empathy

They say empathy is the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes. But even a simple smile can be empathy.
In a time when it’s becoming increasingly urgent to care about each other, this book reminds parents and children that it’s possible for us to wake up to the human side and feel peace when we are able to understand the emotions and behaviours of the ones around us. For children to read with their parents… and feel empathy.
The Little Book of Empathy (“O Pequeno Livro da Empatia”) is a book for all ages. Because there is no age to understanding and being aware of others.

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Homeless

When I was a little boy I used to see people sleeping in the street and thought they were there night after night because they loved to look at the stars. Later on, I learned that these people are like us. They just want a house, a job, a new life.
I hope that one day they can look at the sky through the window of a house that is their home. Because I believe in the world and in the hearts of people.
Homeless (“Sem Abrigo”) is a thoughtful plea for more charity and less looking the other way in our society.

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Homeless

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Diary of a Girl Like You

Being a 9-year-old girl can be a lot harder than it looks. Desperately trying not to die of boredom, Francisca decides to open the diary she was given a thousand years ago by a great-aunt and start writing by hand, as if humanity returned to prehistory! But a miss is as good as a mile, right?
Diary of a Girl Like You (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu”) emerges as a wake-up call to the environmental awareness of young people. A fun book series that talks about causes.

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Do You Know series

The first two titles of a new series that aims to bring parents and children closer together.

Do You Know You Can also Scold Your Parents? (“Sabes que também Podes Ralhar com os Teus Pais?”) teaches children that they too have the right to be angry when their parents don’t “behave themselves”: when they don’t recycle the rubbish; when they don’t have the patience to listen to their children’s stories; when instead of playing they just want to read the newspaper; when they work a lot and come home late; when they watch television at mealtimes because they have to see “something” (but their children can’t); etc.
Beautifully illustrated by Paulo Galindro, this is a book for parents to learn that sometimes their children are right to scold them. But not aloud… of course!

Do You Know Where Your Parents Met? (“Sabes Onde É que os Teus Pais se Conheceram?”) is a book that will leave children curious to find out what happened the first time their parents saw each other, and to encourage them to tell the story of how they fell in love.
Parents, on the other hand, will be able to remember that magic moment and share it with their children and, who knows, even find their own story in this book. Was it at a football match? At the petrol station, while filling up the car? Buying tickets for the concert of their favourite band? A handful of love stories illustrated in an original and emotional way by Paulo Galindro.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Anjo da Guarda
(Ill. by Hélder Teixeira Peleja)
Prior Velho: Missionário Filhas De S.Paulo (Paulinas Editora), forthcoming December 2022

Mãe, ainda não posso ir dormir…
(Ill. by Paulo Galindro)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2022, 40 p.

Com pensos tudo passa
(Together with Flávia Lins e Silva; ill. by David Pintor, winner of the Andersen Prize 2015)
Lisbon:
Minotauro 2022, 32 p.

The Mystery of the Stinky Sock (“O Mistério da Meia Malcheirosa”)
(Together with Flávia Lins e Silva; ill. by David Pintor, winner of the Andersen Prize 2015)
Lisbon: Minotauro 2022, 40 p.

Open Letter to the Leaders of the World (“Carta aos Líderes do Mundo”)
(Together with Flávia Lins e Silva; ill. by Fabio Miraglia)
São Paulo: Telos 2022, 37 p. (Portuguese and English editions; English rights only in Brazil); Porto: Porto Editora, forthcoming summer 2022
Italy: Mondadori Libri

The Little Book series
The Little Book of Empathy (“O Pequeno Livro da Empatia”)
(Ill. by Cátia Vidinhas)
Lisbon: Livros Horizonte 2022, 32 p.

The Little Book of Life (“O Pequeno Livro da Vida”)
(Ill. by Sérgio Condeço)
Lisbon: Livros Horizonte 2020, 32 p.


Homeless (“Sem Abrigo”)

(Ill. by Cátia Vidinhas)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2019, 32 p.
Germany: Knesebeck 2021

A Girl Like You series
Diary of a Girl Like You: Really?! (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: A Sério?!”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)

Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2022, 152 p.

Diary of a Girl Like You: Wake Up, Francisca! (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Acorda, Francisca!”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)

Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2021, 152 p.
Brazil: Telos 2022

Diary of a Girl Like You: No Drama, Please! (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Sem Dramas, Please!”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)

Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2021, 128 p.
Brazil: Telos 2022

Diary of a Girl Like You: Tick Tack Tock (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Tique Taque Toque”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2020, 144 p.
Brazil: Telos 2021

Diary of a Girl Like You: Neither Feet nor Head (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Sem Pés nem Cabeça”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2020, 128 p.
Brazil: Telos 2021

Diary of a Girl Like You: Head in the Clouds (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Cabeça nas Nuvens”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2020, 160 p.
Brazil: Telos 2021

Diary of a Girl Like You: Back to School (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Regresso às Aulas”)
(Ill. by Manel Cruz)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2019, 192 p.
Brazil: Telos 2021

Diary of a Girl Like You: Vacations! (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu: Férias!”)
(Ill. by Catarina Bakker)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2019, 184 p.
Brazil: Telos 2020

Diary of a Girl Like You (“Diário de uma Miúda Como Tu”)
(Ill. by Catarina Bakker)
Lisbon: Nuvem de Letras (PRH) 2019, 152 p.
Brazil: Telos 2019
Already in its 4th edition

Do You Know series
Do You Know You Can also Scold Your Parents? (“Sabes que também Podes Ralhar com os Teus Pais?”)
(Ill. by Paulo Galindro)
Lisbon: Booksmile (PRH) 2011, 32 p.

Do You Know Where Your Parents Met? (“Sabes Onde É que os Teus Pais se Conheceram?”)
(Ill. by Paulo Galindro)
Lisbon: Booksmile (PRH) 2011, 32 p.