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From My Window is an #OwnVoices picture book with a first-hand view of what children growing up in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro see every day.

Inspired by his own childhood in a favela in Brazil, author Otávio Júnior’s poetic story celebrates the diversity of this unique community.

“I live to tell stories, mostly about the favela, which is a whole world inside a city, with its language, culture, and traditions,” he says.

What is a favela?

The vibrant and detailed illustrations by Vanina Starkoff offer lots of opportunities for discoveries, comparisons, and discussions.

What do you notice? Look carefully and describe the various activities taking place.

How is a favela similar to your community? How is it different?


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What Do You See From Your Window?

Draw what you see using this printable (it also includes a coloring sheet!) or a blank piece of paper.

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#FromMyWindow Giveaway

Share children’s drawings on Instagram for a chance to win a collection of fun books and activities!

Be sure to follow and tag @BarefootBooks and use the hashtag #FromMyWindow. A winner will be randomly selected on April 30!

From My Window Giveaway Prize

*Giveaway available in the United States, Canada, and UK until April 30, 2020. While we can only ship prizes within the United States, Canada, and the UK, children and grownups from around the world are encouraged to share the view from their windows. Winner to be announced on Instagram the week of May 4, 2020.

Visit our Brazil Profile page for more information and activities about this beautiful country.

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