International Children's Digital Library

 

Learning(i)

Multi-language library opens new doors for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fosters an interest in global awareness and different cultures. Focuses on positive messages like peace, tolerance, and reading.

Violence & scariness

Like with any public library, books are age-rated, so some titles for older kids delve into more mature topics, such as war and disasters.

Sexy stuff

Some books may contain sexual content. For example, Cinderella shares a kiss with her prince.

Language

Books are age-rated, and iffy language would only crop up in books for older kids, if at all.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Books for older kids may touch on addiction or similar issues, but this isn't the focus of the library's collection.

Privacy & safety

No major privacy concerns. The site does not ask for personal information, unless a user is interested in volunteer opportunities. There is a link to Twitter in the "Community Forum" section, but it is not easily accessible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the International Children's Digital Library is a multicultural library that features carefully selected, age-rated and age-appropriate books. Childrenslibrary.org includes children's books from more than 40 countries and in 55 languages. The site is easily accessible and allows users to search for books by age, country, language, length, or genre. Parents can rest easy -- the site doesn't have any interactive areas, and the nonprofit organization uses strict policies on privacy and external links to keep kids away from inappropriate content. The limited amount of required information from members isn't sold or distributed to other parties.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Parents will have more fun than their children with this free library-style site. A specific kids' section, with book trivia, author interviews, or homework help, would help to make this children's library more inviting to kids.

Learning Approach

Kids can explore literature and culture from around the world by clicking on an animated globe and seeing reading selections from that region. They can search the library by country, language, and title or browse through curated collections.

Support

International Children's Digital Library is designed to help books live on in their native language, provide a deeper understanding of different cultures, and foster a child's knowledge of their own heritage.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Kids can learn about literature from other countries and in other languages. They can see how books and stories live on through generations, and kids can improve their comprehension and increase their letter and word recognition. International Children's Digital Library is a valuable resource designed to help books live on in their native language, provide a deeper understanding of different cultures, and foster a child's knowledge of their own heritage. A specific kids' section, with book trivia, author interviews, or homework help, would help to make this children's library more inviting to kids.

This Learning Rating review was written by Conny Coon

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What's it about?

With a growing collection from around the world, the International Children's Library invites kids to grow their world through online reading. The library's multilingual books are age-rated and include a variety of genres (folktales, classics, nonfiction, etc.). The library also focuses on translations, offering most books in more than one language (one book is offered in 13 languages).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CHILDRENSLIBRARY.ORG has been acknowledged as one of the top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. The foundation encourages complete tolerance and acceptance of diversity and was created to offer people access to books in their native language. As more and more families relocate internationally, they no longer have access to books from their homelands. Also, language barriers flourish causing stunts to pedagogical growth. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), "children learn best in their mother tongue." Chidlrenslibrary.org offers a wide array of prose in many languages, introducing children to mythology, poetry, plays, short stories and much more. The books are easily accessible because of the site's great search tools that are broken down into many categories.

While this online library doesn't offer the newest best-sellers, it overflows with international locales, spell-binding stories, fascinating characters, and exciting languages that provide something for everyone. It's an excellent resource for parents who want to expose their kids to diverse cultures and languages, and for families who speak more than one language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all the various cultures and places they read about. How is a particular culture similar to yours, and how is it different?

  • Families can also talk about where to find different books -- from brick-and-mortar libraries, to sites like Childrenslibrary.org, to book apps on mobile devices.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bystephaniej. March 24, 2012
age 2+
 

Awesome resource for multinational families

Great site--perhaps not the most intuitive setup, but an incredible concept and fantastic tool for multicultural-focused families. If they'd rework the interface and make the books easier to read à la a more Nook, Kindle, or iBooks-like interface, I'd give it 5 stars. Otherwise, fantastic site!
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Educator and Parent Written byFS Librarian Mom December 10, 2013
age 3+
 

ICDL: Multicultural Literature for Everyone

This diverse collection of picture books from around the world allows children to broaden their perspectives about other cultures. The interface is very easy to use and designed especially for children. An excellent resource!
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