My 2016 Reading Project – A Children’s Book from Every Country of the World
Although I grew up in six countries, I realize that my reading has been disproportionately American and European authors. Inspired by Ann Morgan’s TED Talk and blog, A Year of Reading the World, my 2016 project is to read a children’s book from every country of the world (using the UN list of member states although I’m happy to include the observer and other states). I found links to international children’s book sources on Ann Morgan's blog, and my local librarians have been fabulous, but if anyone has advice for finding more children’s books written by non-U.S. authors or has a favorite book that meets these criteria, please contact me:
1) the author at least grew up in that country, even if living elsewhere now
2) the book is available in English
Ideally, I’d love the book to be reflective of the culture (which I interpret very broadly) or important events that happened there or be about current issues. For example, my U.S. book is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
I’d also like a mix of picture books and novels. Frankly, I’m not a fast reader and 200 children’s novels would take a long time to read on top of other reading, writing, teaching, traveling, and life in general.
As I gather books, I’ll list them here by country, author and title, and eventually, what I’ve learned -- the fascinating differences and the common denominator, humanity. Thanks for your help! Peace, Salam, Shalom.