Every day the news media report misunderstandings, intolerance and outright aggression between people from different cultures. Age-old disputes over land, water, religious and cultural practices fuel intolerance. Children absorb the culture and attitudes of their community. Consequently, cycles of intolerance pass from generation to generation. But there is some hope for change: research has shown that sharing personal experiences can change attitudes. Change can happen when children read children's books from other cultures.
Therefore, the mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation is to prepare children for life in an ethnically and culturally diverse world by building the world's largest online multicultural repository of children's literature. We have set out to change the world, book by book, byte by byte. We offer free access to exemplary works from more than 42 countries. Our online library can be accessed for free in 11 languages with innovative software that was developed by hearing from young people about their needs, interests, and capacities. We even have opened our first "Branch Library" in Mongolia to ensure that children in the rural areas can enjoy books of their own culture, as well as those from around the world. And we are saving a great many books that would have otherwise perished due to a lack of space and care.
Note: Make sure to sign-up for a free account.
Registering is optional. Users who register can:
- select the language they prefer to use
- return to the last page they were reading
- save their favorite books in a personal bookshelf
- access these features from any computer
- help improve the ICDL by telling us a bit about themselves
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Note: This is an incredible site and would be easy to incorporate into your classrooms! Social Studies, History, English, Spanish, Reading, and others. If nothing else, look at the artwork for these stories. They are AMAZING!