CHICAGO — Picture books can be portals to far-flung corners of the globe, and the books in “Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World,” published by ALA Editions, will help children’s imaginations soar. Susan Stan identifies quality literature for children ages 3 to 8 that conveys a true sense of life outside America’s borders, making this book a valuable resource for librarians and educators to foster cross-cultural education. Organized by geographical location, facilitating book selection for multicultural studies and storytimes, this bibliography:
- focuses on books that display a strong cultural aspect that speaks clearly to life elsewhere;
- spotlights works created by authors and illustrators who are award-winning or well-known in their own countries;
- discusses how international books treat universal childhood themes and the cultural aesthetic that marks illustrations in books published in countries outside the U.S.;
- covers books in a variety of genres, from classics to more recent titles;
- includes thorough annotation to aid in collection development, plus multiple indexes for quick reference.
Stan is a professor of English at Central Michigan University, where among the courses she teaches are those in international and multicultural literature for children and young adults. Her experience in the field of children’s books includes a decade working for the Lerner Publishing Group in both the marketing and editorial departments and 11 years as editor of The Five Owls. She is also the author of "The World through Children’s Books." Since 1986 she has been an active member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) and has served as USBBY’s president. She has served on selection committees for the Caldecott Medal and Batchelder Award.