This week I discovered the International Children’s Digital Library. I was looking for reading materials that my daughter’s students could enjoy. Did I mention that her students represent 37 different cultures from around the world? Trying to build a reading collection that would support so many different languages can be a daunting task. Sites such as the ICDL helps to fill the demand.
The ICDL “goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from through the world” as well as “promote(s) tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.”
The site is easy to use. You don’t need to open an account to enjoy books from around the world. You can select items by age, book length, award winners and/or genres. You can also enjoy their Exhibition collections of books from around the world. Each exhibitions is theme based and provides links to books and related activities.
While you don’t need to register to use the site or the books there are additional options for registered users including preferred languages use, returning to the last page read, the personal bookshelf and more.
Oh, one more thing. You can read the books from any computer with an Internet connection.
Personally, I just finished reading Legends of Maori a book contributed by the National Library of New Zealand!