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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Reading: A Passport to Other Worlds

Real, imagined, literal, or figurative, reading can take you places and offer experiences unlike any other activity. So jump on your magic carpet, hop into your spaceship ... or just sit back and enjoy the journey. Today, Carol Rasco and friends will be taking us around the world and back again!

From Books to Passports: Exploring Children's Literature @ Rasco from RIF
Just call this Bonus Tuesday. Carol has two posts for you. The first one, The Book as Passport, she talks about the importance of diverse reading and introducing kids to new places, cultures, and ideas. Blogs to Explore is a blog tour within a blog tour. "[These are places that] have earlier postings that would be invaluable and have chosen to point those out to you in lieu of new posts written solely for today. Enjoy, but even more benefit from them!"

Here are the blogs Carol includes in her primer.

  • Reading In Color is curated by MissA, a high school senior. Carol particularly likes her POC, Reading & Me page.
  • The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) curates BookDragon, an education, outreach, and research initiative that features literary works which highlight the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to the American experience and world cultures.
  • Paper Tigers is a blog and website for the Pacific Rim Voices Project. Nine "voices" share "multicultural books for young readers, world literacy and more…”
  • At Mitali's Fire Escape, award-winning author Mitali Perkins "helps all of us to maintain a strong sense of the importance of children and youth having access to a wide array of literature genuinely representative of all cultures and viewpoints." Subscribe to the blog, but if you're short on time at the moment, watch Mitali's video, Why Our Children Must Read Far and Wide.
  • New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith hosts a children's section on her blog, Cynsations. "She offers a unique approach that children relate to. [It helps them] understand culture is not always about things in the past and things that are 'now' but there can be crossover."
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL), curated by Debbie Reese, provides “critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”
  • The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) is not a blog per se, but it is a site with a wealth of information for those interested in Latino culture and traditions.
  • Our friend Susan Stephenson created The Book Chook, a go-to blog for anyone interested in creative literacy, engaging readers, and books! "There are many things of note on the blog; personally I love the Book Chook Bag of Tricks, a real winner and something all parents, all teachers need to constantly replenish!"

Read Around the World: Getting Started by Amy Broadmoore @ Delightful Children's Books

Not sure where to start with choosing books about other cultures? Then you'll want to visit Amy.  She is an expert at building and/or expanding diversity in your reading repertoire. "For teachers, librarians, and parents interested in adding diversity to their reading repertoire, here are 17 books set in countries around the world with big kid appeal. Continue reading ... 

World Literature that High School Students Actually Want to Read by Sarah Mulhern @ The Reading Zone
I teach World Literature and I love the responsibility of introducing my students to literature from across time and across the world.  Along with the canon literature that I am required to cover, I try to bring in as much multicultural YA as I can, through booktalks, book trailers, displays, and read-alouds. Over the past year I have been compiling a list of books that have caught the attention of my students and I am excited to share them today. Continue  reading ...

Reading the World, One Book at a Time by Beth Stilborn @ By Word of Beth
As she was reading the intro to Carol's posts about Blogs to Explore, one post came to mind instantly for Beth:  Paper Tigers. She talks about participating in the Reading the World” challenge, and offers some ideas on ways to using it as the basis of a family or classroom project. Continue reading ...

Nick's Picks: Listen to Multicultural Book Award-Winning Authors by Nick Glass & Carin Bringelson, TeachingBooks.net for Curriculum Connections--School Library Journal March 6, 2012
Terry spotted this one in an email. It is such a perfect complement to today's theme that she just had to pop it in here!

International Mindedness Series by Debbie Alvarez @ The Styling Librarian
In a three-part series of posts, Debbie shares not only reading and discussion ideas, but websites and additional resources for expanding a person's world through children's literature.

 We'd love to have your ideas and suggestions, too ... just leave a comment here and we'll pop it into the main post.


Amy March 6, 2012 at 6:38 AM  

Hi, Terry et al.

Here is my post for Share a Story. Read Around the World: Getting Started -- http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/read-around-the-world/getting-started/

As promised, I recommend books set in countries around the world with big kid appeal.


Terry D March 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM  

Thanks Amy!! The list is fabulous, the blurbs are terrific ... and those extra goodies with links to other ways to broaden a reader's horizons (MAPS!) are super!

Amy March 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Thanks, Terry, and thanks for the mention. Could you please add a link to my post?

Terry D March 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM  

Done! I was probably doing it as you were replying. I've also tweeted now and have a post set for the FB page, too!

Beth Stilborn March 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM  

I was delighted to see Paper Tigers Blog mentioned in the main post, as today I've blogged about their Reading the World Challenge. (Just a brief post today.) http://www.bethstilborn.com/reading-the-world-one-book-at-a-time/

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