Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature

The latest issue of  Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature arrived last week. It is vol. 56. No. 1.  The journal has a regular feature called Translators and Their Books.  This issue includes an article called "I am a Translator, a Transmitter of Culture" by Anna Becchi.  The author is a translator from German, Dutch … Continue reading Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature

Our Neighbor: Mexico

Helping young readers understand the culture, history and beauty of Mexico has never been more important!  Children's books are windows and mirrors and may be the answer to how we break down walls.  My school has many families with Hispanic backgrounds and most of our students take Spanish classes from age four to eighth grade.  … Continue reading Our Neighbor: Mexico

Our Neighbor: Canada

Recently I attended the USBBY Regional Conference in Seattle.  There were colleagues from all over the world, especially Canada.  We listened to a panel of speakers representing first nations/indigenous peoples of Canada.  It was fascinating!  Here are some resources to add books for young people to your collection. Canadian Children's Book Centre "The Canadian Children’s … Continue reading Our Neighbor: Canada

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

" The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States." Visit the American Library Association site for details.  Link here.   This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, … Continue reading Mildred L. Batchelder Award

International books for children

Dear colleagues, I am honored and excited to be the GLLI guest editor for March 2018.  I have been a public and school librarian for many years. My daughter is from India and now lives in New Zealand.  For her 21st birthday we visited Japan, her favorite place in the world.   In 2011, I spent … Continue reading International books for children