Where In The World - Books for Children

Where In The World - Books for Children

Beautiful books full of spellbinding tales help your child discover the countries, people and cultures of the world. Beautiful and thoughtful books about people, countries and cultures of the world, for kids ages 0-18.

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What beautiful scarves these are. And designed by some of the world’s greatest children’s book illustrators!

Here are six of the ten beautiful silk scarves that will be sold on 2 September as part of the Scarves for IBBY fundraising project. The Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning illustrators Albertine, Quentin Blake, Robert Ingpen, Roberto Innocenti, Roger Mello and Farshid Mesghali created the artwork below. To view all the scarves and for more information on how to buy a scarf, go to: https://fundraising.ibby.org/

Wonderful resource!

The Hans Christian Andersen Jury recommends ...
In addition to recommending books from the winners and the shortlist nominees, the Hans Christian Andersen Jury has created a list of outstanding titles from other 2020 and 2018 Award nominees that they felt were important enough to merit translation everywhere so that children around the world could read them. https://www.ibby.org/awards-activities/awards/hans-christian-andersen-awards/hans-christian-andersen-jury-recommends

Very cool!

This year’s theme, Read. Dream. Share., has been translated into 12 languages. We have created different activities you can do with each language. If you finish with these, adapt any activity to any of the languages. Share with us using #BookWeek2020atHome

For More: https://everychildareader.net/cbw/intranslation-2020/


Guardians of the Planet: 16 Women Environmentalists You Should Know

Read the bios of some amazing women! We’re glad to see Isatou Ceesay included, whose true story is featured in the beautiful children’s book One Plastic Bag.

amightygirl.com 16 Trailblazing Female Environmentalists Who Have Changed the World.

The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC

Very sad news. Tomie dePaola brought joy to so many. A national treasure indeed.

We must bid adieu to a national treasure. Thank you for all you have given us, Tomie DePaola


Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya - Where In The World Books

** “The Undefeated,” illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is the 2020 Caldecott Medal winner. **

Which is no surprise, given Kadir Nelson’s brilliance as an artist, illustrator, and powerful portrayer of vital stories.
One I truly love is this children’s book about Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.


whereintheworld-books.com Through artful prose and beautiful illustrations, Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson tell the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as “Mama Miti,” who in 1977 founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organization that has empowered many people to mobilize and combat deforestatio...

[01/27/20]   Globally-published books recognized by the American Library Association this morning in its annual Youth Media Awards (of which Caldecott and Newbery are the best known):

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Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an 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:

“Brown” is the 2020 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Norwegian as “Brune,” the book was written by Håkon Øvreås, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson and published by Enchanted Lion Books.

Four Honor Books also were selected: “The Beast Player,” published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, written by Nahoko Uehashi, illustrated by Yuta Onoda and translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano;

“The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree,” published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, written by Paola Peretti, illustrated by Carolina Rabei, translated from the Italian by Denise Muir;

“Do Fish Sleep?” published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Jens Raschke, illustrated by Jens Rassmus, translated from the German by Belinda Cooper; and

“When Spring Comes to the DMZ,” published by Plough Publishing House, written by Uk-Bae Lee, illustrated by the author, translated from the Korean by Chungyon Won and Aileen Won

We love Anansesem!


The 13 wisest things Anthony Bourdain said about travel

So much wisdom...

And for young people, traveling via books is the right start. Give them the Eiffel Tower, for sure, but branch out in search of those happy accidents too!

matadornetwork.com “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be."

Arabic Literature (in English)

Winners of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literaturewere announced today in six categories — best book, best text, best illustrations, best production, best wordless picture book, and best young adult — on the opening day of the Sharjah International Book Fair: Well-known names dominated the list, with the "Best Book of the Year" prize going to popular Palestinian duo Anas Abu Rahma and Lubna Taha, who had previously worked together on the acclaimed Unnecessary Advice for the Young Reader. [ 226 more words ]

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature

Great choices!

Congratulations to the winners and honorees. Downloadable resource list is at the bottom of the post. Many are on our CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2018 List. Enjoy!

Love to shop and listen to great music too? Come to the Blues Bazaar, Thursday June 6 from 6-10 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

It’s a fun, low-key evening to kick off the Blues Festival week of events.

And we’ll be there with some wonderful global books!


27th Annual Children’s Africana Book Awards

Great new books with an Africa focus for kids, teens, and young adult readers.

Books are windows that open wide to let us see the whole world!

africaaccessreview.org BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG CHILDREN Uganda Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Sandra van Doorn, illus. London, Lantana Publishing, 2018 / Minneapolis, Lerner (U. S. distributor) HONOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG CHI…

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The Little Bookroom


Untold Arizona: How The Country's Largest Collection Of Global Children's Books Grew In Tucson

What a wonderful article for #WorldBookDay !

kjzz.org The gray plastic crate in front of me just arrived in Tucson from Basel, Switzerland.Inside there are dozens of picture books from around the world.Kathy G. Short pulls out one with an orange and yellow cover. It’s from Egypt and there’s an image of a sun tucked into the Arabic title.

We Need Diverse Books

Hawi is described as a historical fantasy that is set in modern-day Ethiopia and draws from the mysteries of the kingdoms and queendoms of Ethiopia’s rich past. https://thisisafrica.me/hawi-ethiopias-female-superhero-comic/?fbclid=IwAR3VDrLH9jxsJUyWgx32ltU2otO2nzNnH6ID5FKIhQwrp6BGH5LlEDsdU4c

We Need Diverse Books

Hawi is described as a historical fantasy that is set in modern-day Ethiopia and draws from the mysteries of the kingdoms and queendoms of Ethiopia’s rich past. https://thisisafrica.me/hawi-ethiopias-female-superhero-comic/?fbclid=IwAR3VDrLH9jxsJUyWgx32ltU2otO2nzNnH6ID5FKIhQwrp6BGH5LlEDsdU4c


The world’s oldest medieval map

Amazing! “In many ways, [the map] serves as a sort of visual encyclopaedia of the period, with drawings inspired by Biblical times through the Middle Ages. In addition to illustrating events marking the history of humankind and 420 cities and geographical features, the map shows plants, animals, birds and strange or unknown creatures, and people.”

For a modern, and delightful, version of the same style, try “Maps,” by Alexandra Dobrynska and Daniel Linsky. Click on our website link to read more or to purchase: https://www.whereintheworld-books.com/product/maps/

bbc.com Created around 1300, it is the largest surviving map from the Middle Ages and offers a glimpse into the mindset of the ancient Christian world.

The New York Times

Rick Steves is right about cross-cultural exposure. And not everyone can travel, but every one of us can read books about the world!

The prolific travel guru Rick Steves believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

This looks amazing! Great for map-lovers of all ages.

The University of Chicago has made the "most ambitious overview of map making ever" freely available online. From Open Culture via Americas Research Network. #mapmaking #cartography

We Need Diverse Books

Lovely initiative from these two girls!

"Mena and Zena were concerned that as young Muslim women, they were not seeing enough nuanced and varied narratives in books and media that featured positive representations of Muslim women and girls."

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature

Beautiful poster by Yuyi Morales commemorating Children's Book Week. Enjoy!
Interested in receiving copies of the poster to display and give to kids? Bookstores, schools, and libraries can sign up here to become official event locations for Children’s Book Week! Email [email protected] with questions.

The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC

Great resource!

The University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Research Center now features a digital exhibition of children's literature that highlights core tenets of the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child: the rights to education, food, health, participation, safety and shelter. Guild author-illustrator Susan L. Roth is featured as are past Guild Nonfiction Award winners and speakers.

It is an illuminating and thought-provoking exhibit. There is also a new Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature with submissions open for the third year of the award http://bit.ly/2StaVFA (Lulu Delacre's US IN PROGRESS: Short Stories about Young Latinos was a 2017 Honor Book)


Nursery Tales Around the World - Where In The World Books

Today is World Read-Aloud Day -- and a great chance to highlight one of our most entertaining collections of stories. Fast-paced, lively folktales are told in language that's pure fun to listen to.

Click below to see more or to purchase!

whereintheworld-books.com An international collection of 18 nursery tales for young children, grouped by theme, such as “Runaway Cookies,” “Slowpokes and Speedsters,” and “Chain Tales,” and brillantly illustrated with full-color borders. Eighteen nursery tales from many cultures are presented in carefully-crafted...

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The Children's Book Council

Newbery, Caldecott and other ALA awards announced this morning - and there are some fabulous books here!

Not as global as in some recent years (we are definitely looking inward as a nation right now) but there are a few gems especially in the Batchelder award category.

The day we've all been waiting for! Many Congratulations to all of the winners and honorees of the ALA Youth Media Awards today! We’re thrilled that some of the winners and honorees are creating art for the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week this year—SO exciting!!

Check out the full list of winners and honorees of the different awards here:


American Library Association


Outstanding International Books List

Fantastic list! These are the best books "published or distributed in the United States that originated or were first published in a country other than the U.S."

Am so happy to see some of our real favorites here: Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings (Haiti), Farmer Falgu Goes to Market (India), Marwan's Journey, and From the Heart of Africa. Can't wait to check out the rest!



Intriguing online course for 13-17 year olds:

This course aims to discuss and analyze maps that show the world from a different angle- strange maps that are delightfully obscure, shockingly partisan, blatantly incorrect, and more, all the while exploring the topics of human & political world geography.

This is a live online class for kids aged 13-17. Click the link for details.

Each map tells a story, but the stories told by your standard atlas for school or reference are limited and literal: they show only the most practical side of the world, its geography, and its political divisions.

This is an 8-week course that is designed to increase student's ability to:
-Demonstrate the importance of understanding cultu...


Maps, Atlases, and Travel Encyclopedias: Great Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family! - Where In The World Books

Maps, atlases and similar books make great holiday gifts, so I'm happy to re-run this perennial post. With just a few shopping days until Christmas, you still have time to get one or more of these under the tree!

(Click below to browse and maybe purchase.)


What a wonderful, space science-y way to describe a book!

Carl Sagan.

BBC Culture

"Books are essential. Without a book, so often the child is alone," says Antonio La Cava, who transformed his three-wheeler to transport books to children in rural Italy.

Globe Trottin' Kids

Explore #ChristmasAroundTheWorld with this fun website.
Discover and compare Christmas preparations, names of the gift givers, meals, traditions and more!

We’ll be at this fun family event on Wednesday, with great gift books and calendars. Hope to see you there!


Children’s Books: Best of 2018

Can't say we're true devotees of the Wall Street Journal, but their children's book reviewer is excellent! From this list, "Drawn Together" is a wonderful picture book for children age 5-9 that focuses on Thai culture. Nice to see, also, that all three books in the teen readers category are set abroad - in Australia, post-WWII Germany, and Iran. Of these, "Darius The Great Is Not Okay" sounds especially good!

wsj.com Meghan Cox Gurdon picks her favorite board books, picture books, and books for young readers and teens.

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