Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 2, 2008

2008 Outstanding International Books

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 1:26 pm

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL has just published this annotated list of international books for children and adolescents.

Here is the description of the project which is surely of great interest to us:

“This year’s third annual United States Board on Books for Young People’s Outstanding International Books list covers more ground than its predecessors. That’s because for the first time, foreign titles coming from publishers with U.S. distributors, as well as those acquired by U.S. publishers, were eligible for consideration.

Our committee ended up reading 380 books published in 2007 in an effort to narrow down the best of children’s literature from other nations—books that introduce American readers to outstanding artists and writers from other countries, help them see the world from other points of view, and provide a perspective or topic that was otherwise missing from children’s literature in the United States.

Although books that originally appeared in English still represent the majority of the 40 books on the 2008 USBBY Outstanding International Books list, this year’s compilation also includes titles from France, Iceland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Korea. Our committee is pleased to present this year’s selections with the hope that these books will send young people on pleasant reading journeys around the world.”

When you access the list, scroll down for titles most appropriate for adolescent readers. KES


  1. THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan – a wordless graphic novel about the immigrant experience – looks really interesting. Here’s the Amazon link:

    Comment by sostrom — February 2, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

  2. Sarah, my copy of THE ARRIVAL arrived yesterday!!! I can’t wait to show it to the class on TH. It’s truly an amazing graphic “novel.” Wordless and profoundly moving. So glad you noted the title here. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 2, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  3. My mom and I both read this book last week. I was curious about it so I had ordered it from the library. When we first went through it, we were both lost. I felt extremely dumb. I wondered if high school students would understand it if I could not. I looked it up online and read some reviews. After this, I understood what was going on in the book and that it is actually rather complex. I’m still left with mixed feelings about it, though. I’m not sure if it deserves the hype…

    Comment by allison — February 2, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

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