Saturday, March 04, 2006

Books As Passports

The ALA's Association for Library Service to Children now offers lists of books about growing up around the world:

Growing Up in Africa - PDF
Growing Up in the Americas - PDF
Growing Up in Asia and the Middle East - PDF
Growing Up in Australia and New Zealand - PDF
Growing Up in Europe - PDF

Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding for Children in the United States is a project of the International Relations Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children ... Because the primary goal of the project is to identify fiction and nonfiction that will help young people in the United States understand the lives of children living in other countries today, the bibliographies virtually exclude genres such as fantasy and historical fiction. Rather than including the best books about other countries written by outsiders to those countries, the list seeks to identify children’s books written or illustrated by people have lived for at least two years within those cultures. With very few exceptions, we limit the lists to books written in the last ten years and currently available in the United States.

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