Children's Books From Other Countries

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Overview

Every child is entranced by the magic of story, regardless of national boundaries. Many of the most memorable childhood stories have their origins in other countries. Exposing children to this multi-national body of literature introduces them to the great diversity of people and cultures that populate the world at a young age, enabling them to become more thoughtful and generous individuals. Children's Books from Other Countries is a complete and current guide to international children's literature. The concept of a bibliography of international children's literature is not new. In the past, many books have accomplished this task. The last two decades, however, have not yet produced a current reference source devoted to international children's books. Children's Books from Other Countries wonderfully rectifies this lack of attention. An introductory essay provides an overview of the field including a discussion on the rationale of sharing international books with children, a brief history of the children's literature movement, related books and awards, and basic information about the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and its American branch, the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). An annotated bibliography contains over 700 titles from 29 different countries printed between 1950 and 1996. All titles are available in English; many have been translated and others have originated in other English-speaking countries. The titles are organized by genre and have been selected for their high quality. They are primarily targeted for children ages 0-14, although a few outstanding young adult titles are included. Winners of the Mildred Batchelder Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal are listed in the appendix. Indexes include Author-Title Index, Country of Origin Index, and Subject Index. Affordable and readable, this timely resource is certainly a "must" for librarians and teachers, and other professionals working with children. Sponsored by the United State

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Editorial Reviews

Library Review
The annotated bibliography aims to include quality and avoid obvious bestsellers...the genres are logical and helpful...a good reminder of the range of good international material written and available for children and young people...a useful practical book...
The Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
A boon for anyone with a functional interest in this very current topic, this title packs a lot of useful but previously un-centralized information about both individual books and larger contexts into a compact space.
CHOICE
Recommended for public, college, and university libraries.
Library Lane
...a tremendous resource for teachers and librarians.
The School Librarian
...worthwhile...
Knowledge Quest
...highly selective bibliography.
American Reference Books Annual
...an important bibliography...this information has not been readily available since 1978...Tomlinson's book is welcome coverage of international children's books that has been sorely missed during the past two decades. Teachers and public school librarians will find this book to be a worthwhile addition for broadening the scope of their collections.
Horn Book Magazine
...a welcome resource...annotations are readable and informative, giving the user of this resource a real sense of each book...a most meritorious achievement: a centralized source of information on the field of international books and a spur to widen all of our reading boundaries.
Journal Of Children's Literature
...a high quality and ultimately useful tool for expanding curricular scope...a 'brief and manageable' reference so that teachers and librarians can expand students' horizons.
Lisca
...welcome coverage of international children's books that has been sorely missed during the past two decades. Teachers and public school librarians will fid this book to be a worthwhile addition for broadening the scope of their collection.
The Horn Book Magazine
...a welcome resource...annotations are readable and informative, giving the user of this resource a real sense of each book...a most meritorious achievement: a centralized source of information on the field of international books and a spur to widen all of our reading boundaries.
Choice
Recommended for public, college, and university libraries.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A boon for anyone with a functional interest in this very current topic, this title packs a lot of useful but previously un-centralized information about both individual books and larger contexts into a compact space.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...an important bibliography...this information has not been readily available since 1978...Tomlinson's book is welcome coverage of international children's books that has been sorely missed during the past two decades. Teachers and public school librarians will find this book to be a worthwhile addition for broadening the scope of their collections.
8/1/1998 Booklist
...this attractive paperback is a readable basic reference with an annotated bibliography...a clear overview...an excellent tool that shows and tells the importance of global reach.
Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
A boon for anyone with a functional interest in this very current topic, this title packs a lot of useful but previously un-centralized information about both individual books and larger contexts into a compact space..
VOYA - Judy Ehrenstein
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), the sponsor of this annotated bibliography of international literature for children from birth through fourteen, has as its mission "the promotion of reading and international understanding through children's books." The more than seven hundred titles chosen for this bibliography, published in thirty countries and representing life in even more, serve that goal well. Part one introduces the field of international children's literature, offering definitions and a rationale for its importance. The distinction between the titles included here and those in multicultural bibliographies is made clear. The section ends with a detailed list of sources for titles, including books, journals, periodic publications from organizations, publishers, and listservs. Part two offers practical suggestions on how librarians and teachers might use this literature and why they should seek it out. Part three is the annotated bibliography, organized by genre. Annotations include original title, country of publication, and publication year, as well as the country represented in the text. The majority of the books are for elementary and middle school readers, although a few books for older readers are included. The appendix contains a list of the Hans Christian Andersen and Batchelder award winners. Books are indexed in an author-title index, a country index, and a subject index. Israel, the country of publication and the setting for several books, appears to have been missed in the indexing in the galley; hopefully this mistake will be caught. It will come as no surprise that the majority of the books are from Western Europe, Australia, and Canada, with a significant number from Japan and South Africa and a scattering from Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America. Additional cultures are represented by these books, adding to the international focus of the bibliography. This is a worthwhile purchase for children's collections, to be shelved in the reference collection alongside the many multicultural bibliographies. Part two concludes with this statement: "Our selection, reading, use, and promotion of books help determine the publishing trends of the future. When exploring the world of books, we must make sure that it is the whole world." Index. Appendix.
Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
Sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People, Children's Books from Other Countries is an excellent listing for use in bringing international literature to schools, libraries, and classrooms and to promote knowledge of different cultures to American children. Divided into three parts, this book provides information about international children's literature, how to use international literature with children, and a listing of 724 titles organized by genre. The introduction specifically defines international children's literature as those books that were published in 29 countries other than the United States. These books were published in the language of the country of origin before publication in the United States. Also included in part one of the book is an overview of international children's literature; an overview of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and its activities; how international books get to the United States; and how to identify and locate international children's books, with a book list, publishers who support international children's literature, journals with reviews of international children's literature, and Web sites and listservs that promote international children's literature. Part two includes ideas for sharing international books with children, contacts for the Association of Childhood Education International, and a reference list of sources. In part three, entries are organized and assigned identification numbers that indicate the genre or section, including poetry, realistic picture books, fantasy picture books, informational picture books, transitionals, realistic novels, historical fiction novels, fantasy novels,informational novels, biographies, and anthologies and short stories, with country of origin, bibliographic information, and annotations. An appendix of the Hans Christian Andersen Award from 1956 to 1996 and the Mildred Batchelder Award from 1968 to 1997 is also included. Also incorporated into the book are an author-title index and a country of origin index. This is an excellent resource that can be used by teachers and librarians at all levels. It is easy to use and has reliable information that can be invaluable for creating diversity in literature that is provided for children.
School Library Journal
Recognizing that the best way to learn about the cultures of other lands is through their literature, the United States Board on Books for Young People sponsored this reference guide to children's titles originally published outside of the U.S. and translated into English. This resource is divided into three sections, containing a broad overview of the field, advice on how to use the books, and signed evaluative annotations for over 700 titles, arranged by genre. Each entry includes full bibliographic information, country of origin, and suggested age ranges; awards are noted. Many of the books have been published since 1987; however, some are no longer available in the U.S., and there are some older works like Arthur Ransome's Pigeon Post (Godine, 1992), which was originally published in 1937. The subject index is very broad; users searching for a story about a specific type of animal, for example, will have to be diligent. Teachers and librarians looking for high-quality international titles will find this a useful tool.-Dona J. Helmer, Montana State University, Billings, MT
Booknews
From Australia to Switzerland, and Aboriginals to Zulus, Tomlinson (language arts and children's literature, Northern Illinois U., DeKalb) provides an introduction and annotated, genre-arranged guide to some 700 international choices primarily for ages 0-14, printed from 1950-96, for selection by teachers and librarians. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834477
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl M. Tomlinson is Professor of Language Arts and Children's Literature at Northern Illinois University. He is the co-author of Essentials of Children's Literature (Allyn & Bacon, 1996), and has published articles about international children's literature in various publications.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 One International Children's Literature Chapter 4 International Children's Literatrue and This Bibliography Chapter 5 An Overview of International Children's Literature Chapter 6 How International Books Come to the United States Chapter 7 Identifying and Locating International Children's Books Part 8 Two International Literature and Children Chapter 9 Sharing International Books With Children Chapter 10 Activities to Promote International Understanding Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Details (Names, Addresses, Membership Procedures) Chapter 13 References Part 14 Three Annotated Bibliography Chapter 15 Using this Bibliography Chapter 16 Poetry Chapter 17 Picture Books Chapter 18 Realistic Chapter 19 Fantasy Chapter 20 Informational Books Chapter 21 Transitional Books Chapter 22 Realistic Fiction Chapter 23 Historical Fiction Chapter 24 Fantasy Chapter 25 Informational Books Chapter 26 Biography Chapter 27 Anthologies and Short Stories Part 28 Appendix Children's Book Awards Part 29 Author-Title Index Part 30 Country of Origin Index Part 31 Subject Index Part 32 About the Author

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