Celebrating ICBD All Year Round…

International Book Day display at Northport Library

It’s easy to celebrate International Children’s Book Day throughout the year by incorporating international children’s books in your storytimes, read alouds, and reader’s advisory, and by making displays like the one pictured here, courtesy of the Northport-East Northport Library.

Need international book suggestions? Check out the Resources page for the current Outstanding International Books list and the ALSC Quicklist inspired by 2013’s theme “Bookjoy Around the World.”

USBBY Outstanding International Books List

cropped-usbby_logo_11.jpgThe list of Outstanding International Books 2014 is now available. This list is compiled annually by the United States Board on Books for Young People. It recognizes books originally published outside the United States and now available from U. S. publishers. Many of the books are on international themes. As a whole, this is a remarkable collection of books that reflect both the shared commonalities of youth and a diversity of experiences throughout the world.

An article by Brenda Dales with the annotated list is now available from School Library Journal

A Google Map showing locations of the books’ settings is available and includes cover art and publisher’s description.  A bookmark with the titles is also available.

 

Peace Stories from throughout the World

Name: Kelly Grimmett

Institution: Friends Seminary

Title of proposed program: Peace Stories from throughout the World

Audience: K-3

Books used:
Many books!

Materials needed:
Peace Stories Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/M7AvU

Brief outline of program or event:

Friends Seminary Service Learning Director, Leitzel Schoen, and Librarian Kelly Grimmett worked with Kindergarden and first grade students to create this resource as a service to the Lower School community during our annual celebration of Peace Week. This resource can work equally well as a basis for celebrating International Children’s Book Day. Using the Google map (http://goo.gl/maps/M7AvU) families are invited to read these stories and to consider using them as a launching point for a family discussion about peace and nonviolent communication. Click on each marker on the map to learn about the plot, access online resources, and receive a peace query to guide a family in reflection.

Millions of Stories

millions of stories

Name: Francois Brillon

Institution: http://millionsofstories.wordpress.com

Title of proposed program: Millions of Stories

Audience: Children of all ages

Books used:
The most diverse and maximum amount of children books possible.

Materials needed:
Parents, Children, Storytellers, fun, love, passion, books.

Brief outline of program or event:
Hi, I think promoting the Children’s Book Day would be wonderfully achieved by getting a lots of books lovers and storytelling to fulfill a spectacular and unifying storytelling goal, i.e. telling more than 1 million of stories to children all around the world! This would be an event like a Telethon, but not for collecting money. The sole and only purpose of this event would be to read stories to a lot of children around the world and make them happy about it. 🙂 This is the goal I’m pursuing at http://millionsofstories.wordpress.com

~Francois

 

 

What’s in a Name?

mynamewashusseinName: Bianca Piergallini

Institution: Whitehall City Schools

Title of proposed program: What’s in a Name?

Audience: Grades 6-8

Books used: Literature that addresses the theme of names/naming (preferably books that represent a variety of cultures around the world, e.g., Hannah is My Name (Yang), My Name is Bilal (Mobin-Uddin), My Name is Jorge (Medina), My Name Is Sangoel (Williams & Mohammed), My Name is Yoon (Recorvits), My Name Was Hussein (Kyuchukov), The Name Jar (Choi)
Materials needed:
Chart paper, markers

Before the Lesson: • Facilitate a discussion with students on the topic, “What is a Picture Book?” • Study the aesthetics of picture books (explain important features of these texts) • Show students how they “work” • Provide various examples of books for students to browse Procedures: • Assign students to small groups and give each group a choice of the picture book that they wish to read/analyze. • Ask students in each group to play a role: Reader (who will read the book aloud to the rest of the group), Writer (who will write the thoughts of the group on the chart paper), and Speaker (who will share the thoughts of the group with the rest of the class). • While students are reading their respective texts, post potential discussion questions on the board for them to address on their chart paper after reading. Some sample questions include: 1. Why was the character’s name important to him or her? What actions/words showed the importance? 2. What conflict arose because of the character’s name? How was the conflict resolved? 3. How would you have reacted to the conflict? 4. What cultural variations (differences from your own culture) did you identify in the text? Similarities? 5. What is the “story” of your name? • Have the speaker for each group share some of the main points of the group’s discussion with the entire class. Encourage other students to build off of these points for a more in-depth discussion. Extension: There are several directions in which this lesson can continue, for example, a writing lesson (a personal narrative) can stem from the discussion of question #5 (What is the story of your name?). There is also a connection to Social Studies, where students can research the cultural history of their name.

Postcards from Around the World

Name: Rebecca Levitsky

Title of proposed program: Postcards from Around the WorldPOSTCARD_crop

Audience: 3-6 grade

Books usedPost Card Passages by Susan Joyce Encyclopedia Set
Materials needed:
Postcard templates Pencils Stickers Whiteboard and markers Display board for the completed postcards Children_around_the_world.jpg poster

Brief outline of program or event:
Subject Area: Information Literacy/Social Studies/ELA Grade Level: 3-6 (Ages 8-11)

Lesson Title: “Postcards from Around the World” Encyclopedia Lesson Time: 30 minutes

Information Literacy Standards: information literacy-to access information efficiently

Ask the students if they have ever sent or received a postcard. Read the book Post Card Passages by Susan Joyce to understand the concept of a post card and the information it usually contains. Ask them where they think we could get some information on a country and have the students use encyclopedias and other reference sources. Have students work with a partner to create postcards and send them to one another.

Monsters of the World

Name: Cristy BurneWellingtonHarbor

Title of proposed program: Monsters of the World

Audience: Children of any age (tailoring scariness to suit)

Books used: Books that feature curious and fabulous monsters from around the world. For example: BUNYIPS DON´T by Sally Odgers features Australian monsters called bunyips; TALES OF THE TOKOLOSHE by Pieter Scholtz features the African tokoloshe; and THE TANIWHA OF WELLINGTON HARBOUR by Moira Wairama features the Maori taniwha.
Materials needed:
– Sheets of paper – Pens and pencils for drawing

Brief outline of program or event:

  • Read books about some of the weird and wonderful monsters that exist in mythology from around the world.
  • Talk about some of the monsters that exist in Western/European mythology (for example, vampires, werewolves, etc)
  • Ask the kids to grab their pens and paper and dream up their own monster. Encourage them to create a monster that is specific to them. Draw the monster and label its attributes. Does it have strong legs for jumping mountains? Does it carry a cake for feeding its friends? Does it wear sunglasses to protect its eyes from the snow?