World Kid Lit Month in SYNC Reflections

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 19, 2019


September is a lot of things, including National Library Card Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s also World Kid Lit Month so we took a look back at the 10 years of free audiobooks we’ve offered to see how many came from beyond the US. With just 10 days left in the month, you still have time to go back through your collection and listen to some World Kid Lit:


From just this past summer, there’s Australian Ursula Dubosarsky’s THE GOLDEN DAY.  Tana Bhathena, born in India, raised in Saudi Arabia, and now living in Canada, gave us A GIRL LIKE THAT.

Over the years, we’ve offered plenty of British writers, including annual servings of Shakespeare and quite a variety of Arthur Conan Doyle and Terry Pratchett.  A couple of years ago, the Audie Book of the Year, MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY, brought voices from South Africa.  Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera’s THE WHALE RIDER  was among the titles we offered in 2012. 

These are just a very few among the robust catalog of international books available to teen listeners.  And this is the perfect month to remember to use your library card to check some out if you didn’t download them across the years.  If you work in a library, it's also a good time to discover the Global Literature in Libraries Iniative, so you can help teens find more international voices locally.

Category : Literacy

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