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Imagine reaching for your computer and finding a world of children’s books right at your fingertips! The International Children's Digital Library (http://en.childrenslibrary.org/) is a free online resource with over 4,600 multicultural children's books available online.
The website’s format has vibrant colors and graphics and is extremely user-friendly. Visitors can browse through featured books, or use the search feature to search the library by age group, book length, author, illustrator, language. To search by country, just click on a continent on a graphic of the Earth to see regional lists of works.
All book genres are represented, including fairy and folk tales, animal stories, science and nature, adventure tales, mysteries, fantasy and science fiction. In addition to fiction, there are plenty of other literature forms such as non-fiction, poems, short stories and plays.
The International Children’s Digital Library is an invaluable resource for children, parents and librarians. Teachers can incorporate web content into their school lessons, and there is a complete teacher training manual available.
Books are available in more than 60 languages, ranging from Afrikaans and Amharic to Vietnamese and Yiddish. Other features of this digital library include fun activities such as a website scavenger hunt. Visitors can explore special exhibits such as Celebrating Differences and Seasons of Change.
The International Children’s Digital Library Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Manchester, Massachusetts. Its mission is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|