Salt Lake City Celebrates ICBD

SLCPL displayIt’s never to early to think about how we can celebrate the next International Children’s Book Day  in 2015!

Celebrating ICBD can be as simple as making a display that catches the attention of parents and children browsing in your library. Robyn Green of the Salt Lake City Public Library created this display called “Global Connections.”

Utah USBBY Representative Lauren Aimonette Liang teaches an International Children’s Literature undergraduate class at the University of Utah. In that class, she revisited the authors each student had chosen to study for their Hans Christian Andersen Award author studies (done the previous month) by going around the room and stating the title and general plot of the favorite book they had read by the author they had studied.



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

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 ( 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


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




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?

El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children´s Day/Book Day

Name: Laurina Cashin

dia_logoTitle of proposed program: El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children´s Day/Book Day

Audience: Children and families

Books used: All books, but especially those that honor home languages and cultures, and thus promote bilingual and multilingual literacy, and global understanding through reading. See Pat Mora’s site for suggestions.
Materials needed:
Materials needed: dependent on programming; for literacy-related programming ideas see page 12 of the pdf and for craft ideas see page 14. ALSC  has a new URL for the Día website–  Pat’s Día pages on her website remain the same.

Brief outline of program or event:
Día (El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children´s Day/Book Day), a community-based family literacy initiative, is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures. Culminating celebrations are usually held in libraries, schools and community centers in April. Día shares similar goals to International Children´s Book Day, and they naturally complement one another as literacy celebrations to plan for and enjoy every April. For more information visit Día’s national home at ALA/ALSC ( and the website of Día´s founder, Pat Mora, ( .)

Travel the World through Books

Name: Kathy G. Short

Institution: University of Arizona

Title of proposed program: Travel the World through Books

Audience: Children, Parents, Teachers

outstandingBooks used: Global literature by local authors, illustrators, and translators. Children’s books in world languages. Display of the USBBY Outstanding International Books
Materials needed:
Passports to be stamped

Brief outline of program or event:
Open house from 9-12 on a Saturday morning where visitors can travel from place to place in our center to get their passports stamped as they:

  • See the original drafts and illustrations and talk to 5 local authors, illustrators, and translators who have books in global setting.
  • Purchase their books and get them signed.
  • Listen to international readers reading in 7 different languages from a display of children’s books from those countries
  • Browse award-winning international books
  • Receive bookmarks and book lists on global literature (these will be set up in different stations throughout the center to facilitate informal interactions and the stamping of passports.)

Neighborhood Storybook Reading Festival

Name: Shyamala Shanmugasundaram

Institution: Author and event organizer

Title of proposed program: Neighbourhood Storybook Reading Festival

Audience: school aged children

Materials needed:
children´s books

Brief outline of program or event:
Children´s author Shyamala Shanmugasundaram is co-organizing a one day conference on Indian children’s books to be held in February in Mumbai, India. Under the Kahani Tree: a place to promote reading and children books Here is her suggestion to promote reading among children:

Conduct a two-day neighborhood storybook reading festival by partnering with a neighborhood school or library to avoid the expenses involved in hiring a place and equipment. In this way you can reach out to a large number of children who love listening to stories. On the first day, a storyteller teaches the children the art of narrating stories- how to modulate voices for each character, high or low pitch, expressing feelings, etc. On the second day children take turns in reading out from their favourite storybooks. This helps to build self confidence and public speaking skills.

Prior to the day of the event, the organizers can arrange to bring talented resource people to the neighbourhood. Corporate companies can be given banner space and allowed to distribute promotional leaflets on the premises of the event in exchange of funds to hire the resource people.

Shyamala Shanmugasundaram
Navi Mumbai, India