Susan 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 eleven years as editor of The Five Owls. Her interest in international children's literature began with trips to the Frankfurt and Bologna Book Fairs while she was at Lerner and led her to write a dissertation on international picture books. Since 1986, when she attended her first IBBY World Congress in Japan, she has been an active member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She has served as USBBY's president and is the author of The World through Children's Books (Scarecrow, 2002), one of the books in the Bridges to Understanding series sponsored by USBBY. A longtime member of ALA, she has served on several committees, including selection committees for the Caldecott Medal and Batchelder Award.
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- About the Author
- 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
"Often it may seem as though the only selections for international picture books are fairy tales and folklore. Children's librarians looking to expand their offerings should definitely check out this volume … a valuable and interesting read."
"Provides us with a wonderful opportunity to broaden our own and our children's worldview and discover picture books which legitimately represent cultures, voices and experiences from around the world … a great reminder that we all individually look at the world through a certain lens and may not realize that our library collections reflect that lens as well."
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