The International Children’s Digital Library

The International Children’s Digital Library is described as “A Library for the World’s Children”. In it’s mission statement it says:

“The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children”image

The library consists of over 4600 books in 61 languages including Farsi and Tagalog (Filipino), many of the books having English translations or at least an English description of the book.

Children who have come to this country (England) from non-English speaking countries may be familiar with some of these books. Being able to look at them with their language and with an English translation could help with their confidence and developing their language skills. These books would also introduce the rest of the class to stories from other cultures.

If you use these books I would be interested to hear your comments on how successful they are so do please post a comment back.

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