World Through Children's Books / Edition 1

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A valuable and easy-to-use tool for librarians, teachers and others seeking to promote international understanding through children's literature. The annotated bibliography, organized geographically by world region and country, describes nearly 700 books representing 73 countries. Designed as a companion volume to Carl Tomlinson's Children's Books from Other Countries, it includes international children's books published between 1996 and 2000, as well as selected American books set in countries other than the United States. Sponsored by the United States Board for Young People (USBBY).

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
...extensive and useful...In her introduction to this volume...Elizabeth Hearne states that this book "represents the practical ideal of the United States Board on Books for Young People — that stories help us understand our differences and at the same time reveal our common humanity." Those with similar goals would do well to add this informative, well-organized volume to their selection tools.
American Reference Books Annual
Librarians and teachers who work with children will find this book a valuable guide to the literature of different cultures.
Global Teachnet
You'd like to get your students reading more books from or about other parts of the world...but where do you begin? With The World Through Children's Books! The extensive annotated bibliography includes entries on almost 700 books either about or by authors from 72 countries.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...extensive and useful...In her introduction to this volume...Elizabeth Hearne states that this book "represents the practical ideal of the United States Board on Books for Young People — that stories help us understand our differences and at the same time reveal our common humanity." Those with similar goals would do well to add this informative, well-organized volume to their selection tools.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Librarians and teachers who work with children will find this book a valuable guide to the literature of different cultures.
6/1/2002 Booklist
...evaluative comments....A very useful volume for multicultural collection development.
Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
This second title sponsored by the United States Board on Books for Young People and edited by Susan Stan, follows Children's Books from Other Countries, which was edited by Carl M. Tomlinson (Scarecrow, 1998). The first title included international books published between 1950 and 1996, while this book provides a listing of international books published between 1996 and 2000. Part One provides "An Overview of International Children's Literature" written by Tomlinson. Included is a discussion of the International Children's Literature Movement, as well as an introduction titled "How International Books Come to the United States" through translation and co-publication. Stan discusses how books can be used as bridges linking "bodies of land, groups of people, and cultural systems." Part Two (chapters 3-9) is the bibliography, sorted by country/area, and includes 701 titles with annotations and publication information. Also included for each area listing is related information such as children's book awards, web sites, journal titles, and online bookstores where books from the country can be obtained. Chapter 10 includes multinational books and Chapter 11 provides a listing of children's book awards. Chapter 12 is a list of organizations that "work on the behalf of international literacy and children's literature," and Chapter 13 is a list of publishers that have "an international focus or consistently include international titles on their publishing lists." The final chapter (14) includes "Sources for Foreign-Language and Bilingual Books." An author/illustrator/translator index, a title index, and a subject guide are also included. This is an excellent resource that can be used byteachers 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
A sequel to Carl M. Tomlinson's Children's Books from Other Countries (Scarecrow, 1998). Following an overview of international children's literature, the volume features titles published in the U.S. from 1996 to 2000. Books may have originally been written in a language other than English and translated. They are arranged by broad areas such as Latin America and the Caribbean, and then by country within that region. Annotations are lengthy enough to give the flavor of the title. Complete bibliographic information and suggested grade levels are included. Resource sections include children's book awards by country, organizations (ALA is omitted, but NCTE is included), a brief list of North American publishers with an international focus, and distributors and publishers of foreign-language and bilingual books. Indexes include author/illustrator/translator, and separate listings for title and subject. The many access points to the titles listed increase the usefulness of the content. Despite some very minor omissions and organizational weaknesses (e.g., looking for England between Denmark and Finland yields no results, and there's no see reference to direct readers to United Kingdom), this is an excellent source for collection development.-Mary Lankford, Library Consultant, Austin, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810841987
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stan is Assistant Professor of English at Central Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 Part I: International Children's Literature Chapter 4 1. An Overview of International Children's Literature Chapter 5 2. Books as Bridges Part 6 Part 2: Bibliography Chapter 7 About the Bibliography Chapter 8 3. Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter 9 Argentina Chapter 10 Bolivia Chapter 11 Brazil Chapter 12 Chile Chapter 13 Colombia Chapter 14 Cuba Chapter 15 Dominican Republic Chapter 16 Ecuador (Galapago Islands) Chapter 17 El Savador Chapter 18 Guatemala Chapter 19 Haiti Chapter 20 Jamaica Chapter 21 Mexico Chapter 22 Nicaragua Chapter 23 Peru Chapter 24 Puerto Rico Chapter 25 Trinidad Chapter 26 Venezuela Chapter 27 Latin America—Mixed or Unspecified Settings Chapter 28 4. Canada and the Far North Chapter 29 5. Asia Chapter 30 Afghanistan Chapter 31 Cambodia Chapter 32 China Chapter 33 India Chapter 34 Indonesia (Bali) Chapter 35 Japan Chapter 36 North Korea and South Korea Chapter 37 Laos Chapter 38 Pakistan Chapter 39 Philippines Chapter 40 Thailand Chapter 41 Tibet Chapter 42 Vietnam Chapter 43 Asia—Regional Chapter 44 6. North Africa and the Middle East Chapter 45 Egypt Chapter 46 Iraq Chapter 47 Israel & Palestine Chapter 48 Lebanon Chapter 49 Morocco Chapter 50 North Africa—Regional Chapter 51 7. Africa South of the Sahara Chapter 52 Cameroon Chapter 53 Democratic Republic of Congo Chapter 54 Ethiopia Chapter 55 Ghana Chapter 56 Kenya Chapter 57 Liberia Chapter 58 Nigeria Chapter 59 Sierra Leone Chapter 60 South Africa Chapter 61 Sudan Chapter 62 Tanzania Chapter 63 Zimbabwe Chapter 64 Africa—Regional Chapter 65 8. Australia and New Zealand Chapter 66 Australia Chapter 67 New Zealand Chapter 68 9. Europe Chapter 69 Austria Chapter 70 Belgium Chapter 71 Czech Republic Chapter 72 Denmark Chapter 73 Finland Chapter 74 France Chapter 75 Germany Chapter 76 Greece Chapter 77 Hungary Chapter 78 Republic of Ireland Chapter 79 Italy Chapter 80 Lithuania Chapter 81 The Netherlands Chapter 82 Norway Chapter 83 Poland Chapter 84 Russia Chapter 85 Slovak Republic Chapter 86 Spain Chapter 87 Sweden Chapter 88 Switzerland Chapter 89 United Kingdom Chapter 90 Yugoslavia Chapter 91 10. Global Chapter 92 Multinational Books Chapter 93 Geography Series Part 94 Part III: Resources Chapter 95 11. Children's Book Awards Chapter 96 12. Organizations Chapter 97 13. Publishers Chapter 98 14. Sources for Foreign-Language and Bilingual Books Chapter 99 Author/Illustrator/Translator Index Chapter 100 Title Index Chapter 101 Subject Guide Chapter 102 About the Editor

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