Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 15, 2008

Outstanding International Books

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 3:05 pm

Dear Teachers,

Apropos of our considering our ego- and sociocentric thinking, I wanted to share this “School Library Journal” annotated list of outstanding titles for children and young adults from around the world. I include the introduction to the list below:

“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.” KES

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