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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.

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    Curriculum Information For Resource

    Grade Level(s):All
    Curriculum Areas:ELL/LEP
    Foreign Language
    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.

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    pictureBernice Stafford
    Educational Consultant
    CILC - Carlsbad, California

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