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International Children's Digital Library

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project to create a digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world that is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research. The digital book collection:
  • Supports the understanding of similarities and differences among and within countries, peoples, and cultures;
  • Promotes tolerance and acceptance;
  • Is considered relevant to children in today's world;
  • Has a high degree of appeal for children of an age between 3 and 13;
  • Meets professionally accepted quality standards in terms of content, format, and presentation; and,
  • Can be presented effectively in a digital format.

    At this time, "born digital" books are not included in the ICDL. Only physical books that have been published and that have received some type of recognition in their country of publication are included in the collection.

    Published by International Children's Digital Library


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    Curriculum Information For Resource

    Snapshot
    Grade Level(s):All
    Curriculum Areas:ELL/LEP
    Education
    Technology
    Geography
    Foreign Language
    ESL
    Reading
    History/Social Science
    English/Language Arts


    Essential Question(s)
    1. How do you include stories from other cultures in your language arts curriculum?
    2. How do you think students can benefit from reading stories from their culture?

    Discussion Question(s)
    1. Teachers can further understanding between cultures when they include stories from different cultures in their classrooms. Students will understand that children all over the world want the same thing they do. What is the best way to engage students in the discussion about misconceptions of other cultures? What can they do to cultivate acceptance of people who are different?

    Extension and Activities
    1. Find stories that represent some of the non-English speakers in the class. After reading the story, invite the students to discuss the story and relate it to his/her culture.


    "It has been a real boost to have a blog that parents and students can go to and see not only the finished product, but the planning and putting everything together that the kids do. My eCoach has helped me so much by providing a space to show the process AND to share resources. (I can't keep track of my bookmarks, so if it's something I think is really good, I put it in 'Resources' on the team page. Now I can find it!) Take a bow!"


    pictureAngela Gottschall
    theatre teacher
    Los Angeles Unified School District - Woodland Hills, CA






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