World Kid Lit Month is an annual celebration of world literature for children and young adults that takes place all September long. It’s the perfect time to share the international books and children’s book creators you’ve discovered this year.
Children’s books are like a portal to a new world or adventure that invites young readers into the world of imagination and exploration. Books are also a way to allow for world travel without ever leaving your zip code. Books are also a way for kids to “see themselves” in the pages of the stories they read.
In honor of World Kid Lit Month, here are some new-to-you titles that will be perfect for home or classroom bookshelves:
A World Kid Lit Month Booklist
Peace In My World by Syeda Mleeha Shah
Dedicated to the displaced children currently living in refugee camps, Peace in My World is a much-needed message that teaches about the devastation of war without saying a word about it. Rather, it amplifies what peace is and what it feels like. Told in rhyme, this book is easy to read to young children and easy for them to remember—and even sing.
A moving celebration of school and all it may signify: work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond wallsA school isn’t just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A place for sharing, for helping, and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when that community can’t be together in the same room. John Schu, a librarian and former ambassador of school libraries for Scholastic, crafts a loving letter to schools and the people that make up the communities within in a picture book debut beautifully illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison.
When a sassy drummer starts kindergarten, the rules of school cramp her style. What’s a young rock star to do?
When Lupe Lopez struts through the doors of Hector P. Garcia Elementary in sunglasses with two taped-up Number 2 pencils—drumsticks, of course—poking from her pocket, her confidence is off the charts. All day, Lupe drums on desks, tables, and chairs while Ms. Quintanilla reminds her of school rules. Lupe has her own rules: 1) Don’t listen to anyone. 2) Make lots of noise. ¡Rataplán! 3) Have fans, not friends. But with her new teacher less than starstruck, and fans hard to come by, Lupe wonders if having friends is such a bad idea after all. Can it be that true star power means knowing when to share the spotlight? With its spirited illustrations and a simple text threaded through with Spanish words, this picture book is proof positive that being a strong girl moving to her own beat doesn’t have to mean pushing others away.
Woofism by Michelle Goldsmith & Renee Turner
This delightful picture book is based on our lovable family pet doodle named Rudy. Over the years, he had a beautifully soulful look that seemed to express so much wisdom.
It was this that inspired us to write about the concept of a “woofism”, which is defined as smart advice from a dog communicated through barks and understood only by children. In this endearing tale, Rudy spends a hot Summer’s day with his human friends. They rely on his help, compassion, friendship, and words of wisdom to navigate the various challenges they face throughout the day.
Anisa’s International Day by Reem Faruqi
Going to her aunt’s dholki party gives her an idea for the perfect activity instead—mehndi! There’s only one problem: Anisa’s best friend doesn’t seem to like the idea. She doesn’t even seem to like Anisa anymore.
Will Anisa ever get to enjoy International Day?
If you are an author or publisher of a diverse book for kids or teens, the nonprofit children’s literacy initiative Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) has an amazing way to tap into their massive social buzz and get your book in front of millions of eyeballs.
Celebrated annually in January, this global non-profit offers a plethora of free resources, teaching tools, booklists, downloads, and a year-round initiative to get multicultural and diverse books into the hands of young readers.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is an online and offline celebration that attracts thousands of supporters, educators, parents, caregivers, book reviewers, and quality authors and publishers who join forces to shine the spotlight on diversity in children and YA literature.
Celebrated annually on the last Friday in January, this global non-profit offers a plethora of free resources, teaching tools, booklists, downloads, and a year-around initiative to get multicultural and diverse books into the hands of young readers.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. MCBD’s mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event creates a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.
To date, they have donated over 8,000 books to underserved kids, classrooms, and organizations, and that number continues to climb. To learn more about MCBD, visit them on the web and be follow their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld on social media.