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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Book List: The World Through Picture Books

In 2011, librarians from around the world set out to celebrate and promote the diversity of our languages and cultures.

The librarians compiled a list of books created and published in different countries -- each selecting some of their favourite books from their country.

The project was coordinated by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) section for Libraries for Children and Young Adults.

They were supported in their endeavour by IFLA's Literacy and Reading section and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

The original list of books, suitable for children up to 11 years of age, has been updated and expanded, and now includes 500 books in 37 different languages.

The books are presented in alphabetical order by country, starting with Algeria and ending with the United States of America. Each of the 52 countries represented offers ten titles to discover.

Book titles are given in both their original language and in English, and there is a cover image and short summary for each book, along with basic publication details.

Also included is information about how books were selected, and ideas of how they (and the book list) can be used with children and professional networks.

What a great way to celebrate diversity and encourage understanding and harmony!

Download a PDF of the book list (called a catalogue) from the IFLA website here.