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International Literacy Day

To mark INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY, I thought I would simply give you some links to books from other countries. What better way to celebrate worldwide than to look at the books for young readers from other countries.

Here is a link to the Batchelder Award from the American Library Association's division ALSC:

The Batchelder is given to the best book published originally in a foreign country in a foreign language that is subsequently translated and published in the US. These books provide a lens through which we can see events from other perspectives.

The same is true for the USBBY list of Outstanding International Books found h ere:

It would be a good idea to look at the award winners from other countries as well. Carl Tomlinson's work, CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES (Scarecrow, 1998) is a good starting place for this undertaking.

Take some time on this international day of celebration of literacy to share books from other countries and other cultures with your readers. I began my day with the Inuit tale from Inhabit Press: WAY BACK THEN by Neil Christopher and Germaine Arnaktauyok, and two Lemniscaat books: THE CHEER-UP BIRD by Edward Van deVendel and THE OTHER RABBIT by Maranke Rinck.

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