Book Club

Held monthly during the academic year, these free hour-long virtual events are geared toward K-12 educators but open to all. Each event focuses on a recently published book with international content that was written for or accessible to elementary, middle, and/or high school students. Book selections include graphic novels, memoirs, chapter books, young adult fiction, and picture books. Participants are asked to read the book before attending the event. Each book club typically features a scholar, educator, or practitioner with expertise in the book’s subject area and invites attendees to participate in discussion. 

Upcoming Book Club Events

Globalizing Children's Literature (K-5 Educators)

Global Reading Resources

Compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center

School of Education, UW-Madison

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Américas Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award/Commended List
Outstanding books about Latin America or Latinos in the United States (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Committee on Teaching and Outreach

Children’s Africana Book Awards:
The best children’s books about Africa (Outreach Council of the African Studies Association)

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
For promotion of peace, social justice, world community, and/or equality of the sexes and all races (Jane Addams Peace Association/Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom)

Mildred L. Batchelder Award:
For outstanding book originally published in another country in another language before being translated into English for publication in the United States. (Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association)

Middle East Outreach Council Book Awards
“…quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures.” (Middle East Outreach Council)

South Asia Book Award:
Books that “accurately and skillfully” depict South Asia/South Asian experience, including the South Asian diaspora (South Asia National Outreach Consortium)

Best-of-the-Year Titles

Notable Books for a Global Society:
Annual list of “outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world.” (International Reading Association)

Outstanding International Books
Annual list of outstanding books originally published in countries other than the United States and published here in the U.S. in the preceding year (United States Board on Books for Young People)

Searchable Lists

Africa Access Review
Searchable database of critical reviews of titles about Africa.

Readers Inspired

Blog devoted to children’s books about Africa and the African diaspora includes spotlights on creators, recommended books and more.

See What We See: Social Justice Books

Books can be accessed by “theme,” including areas of the world. (Teaching for Change)

Worlds of Words

Original articles about international, translated, and multicultural books and publishing, booklists and book reviews, a searchable database and links to additional resources. (University of Arizona College of Education)

Titles on Migration

Compiled by Megan Schliesman & Madeline Tyner

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)

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A Note on Selection

In choosing books for this workshop, we focused on titles from the past five years that we have recommended in the CCBC’s annual best-of-the-year list, CCBC Choices, and new (c2020) books we’ve read and appreciated.

As always when looking at children’s literature set in other countries, just as with books about life here in the United States, we are constantly learning when it comes to evaluation. More and more we are aware of how narratives by cultural outsiders may fall short in providing a full and accurate picture of experiences.  Additionally, we know that when it comes to global stories, what gets published here in the United States are often (though not always) stories that focus on painful struggles and challenges; we’re aware that these important stories alone cannot provide a full picture of life in other places.

Picture Books / Poetry

Argueta, Jorge. Somos como las nubes = We Are Like the Clouds. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano.  Translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado. Groundwood, 2016. 32 pages. Age 9 and older

Davies, Nicola. King of the Sky. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. Candlewick Press, 2017. 48 pages. Ages 5-8

Garland, Sarah. Azzi in Between.  Frances Lincoln, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 6-11

Kheiriyeh, Rashin. Saffron Ice Cream. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2018. 40 pages. Ages 4-7

Mills, Deborah, and Alfredo Alva. La frontera, el viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa. Illustrated by Claudia Navarro. Barefoot Books, 2018. Ages 7-10

Park, Linda Sue. Nya’s Long Walk. Clarion, 2019. 32 pages Ages 4-8

Sanna, Francesca. The Journey. Flying Eye Books, 2016. 44 pages. Ages 5-9

Novels/Graphic Novels

Blankman, Anne. The Blackbird Girls. Viking, 2020. 352 pages. Ages 9-12

Diaz, Alexandra. The Only Road. A aula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2016. 308 pages. 9-13

Diaz, Alexandra. Santiago’s Road Home. A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2020. 336 pages. Ages 9-13

Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary. Dial, 2018. 264 pages. Ages 9-13

Jamieson, Victoria and Omar Mohamed. When Stars Are Scattered. Dial, 2020. 264 pages.
Ages 9-13

Lai, Remy. Pie in the Sky. Henry Holt, 2019. 380 pages. Ages 8-12

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Mañanaland. Scholastic Press, 2020. 256 pages. Ages 9-12

Warga, Jasmine. Other Words for Home. Balzer + Bray, 2019. 342 pages. Ages 8-12