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Communicating with children


Compassion Books - A website that includes numerous resources for children and adults on the topics of illness, death, grief and a variety of losses, including divorce, violence, trauma and suicide. Books, videos and audiotapes can be purchased. The materials have been reviewed by trauma professionals and others who have experienced similar losses. This website is included because it is often very difficult to find resource materials that are developmentally appropriate for children on these topics.

Themes: child protection, life skills, early literacy

Banco del Libro (Book Bank) - A website devoted to promoting reading and children’s literature in Venezuela and Latin America. It was created in 1960 and had developed into a unique resource for Spanish speakers interested in culturally appropriate books for children. One supported project, “Read to Live,” began in 1999 after torrential rains and mudslides killed an estimated 30,000 people in Venezuela. Together with Ekare Publishers, bags of books were distributed and volunteers read stories to children. Some children told volunteers that they slept for the first time after someone read to them.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, emergencies, resiliency

Ekare Publishers - A small independent publisher founded in 1978, producing children’s books in Spanish. One of the first children’s book publishers in Latin America, their focus is books for children and young people, primarily from their own culture and other ethnic backgrounds. Their work is related to the experiences of Banco del Libro, a Venezuelan reading promotion programme.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, child protection

Little Books for Little Hands - A website including information about several early literacy projects coordinated by the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA)’s Early Literacy Unit. One such project is “Stories Across Africa,” where books were produced in local African languages and with local illustrations. This series includes picture books for young children where the books themselves are 10 cm x 10 cm to fit into their “little hands”.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, health/nutrition, child protection

Reading Corner - A website which is a virtual bookstore of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA). The goal of this initiative is to create high-quality, developmentally appropriate children’s books in a variety of languages. The website includes a wide range of books developed in countries where ISSA is active (primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States) by local authors and illustrators. Books are available in 15 languages.

Themes: basic education, life skills, school preparedness

Getting Ready for School - Set of home-based learning materials, developed by the Open Society Institute, focusing on school readiness skills. They provide lessons and simple materials for families and other caregivers to support children’s early literacy and numeracy during daily routines and activities. The work is research-based and has a proven track record with both parents and teachers of young children. Interested parties can write to the following for a set of the materials: <Olena.vinareva@osf-eu.org>  or <earlychildhood@osf-eu.org>

Themes: basic education, child protection

International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) - AA website including a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world. IBBY is a non-profit organization representing an international network of people around the world, advocating for the publication and distribution of quality children’s books representing every culture and language. Beginning in 2007, IBBY has also supported a Virtual Exhibition, beginning with “A Celebration of African Publishing for Children”.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, gender equality, child protection

CODE - A website dedicated to the work of supporting literacy in the developing world. Formerly the Canadian Organisation for Development through Education, CODE works with local organizations in developing countries to support learning, libraries and teacher training. For 50 years, they have worked to encourage indigenous publishing, including distributing books for children written in local languages in 45 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania in 60 languages and dialects, including Braille. The website regularly features a book important to children’s survival and development. They have won UNESCO’s International Literacy Award. Their motto is: When a child can read and write, they can learn anything, and promote change for themselves, their community and their country.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, child protection, HIV/AIDS, gender equity, cultural diversity

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) - A website that is a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world. ICDL aims to promote children’s tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas. Created at the University of Maryland, it now has a collection of over 1,000 books in at least 100 languages.

Themes: basic education, school preparedness, cultural diversity



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