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Reading Around the World

Like many other libraries around the country, my library is doing the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, One World, Many Stories. One thing we’re trying this summer is encouraging kids to read & write short reviews of books set in countries around the world. We’re including book review forms in all our sign-up packets. Writing a review is totally optional, but if kids do write a review for us, we’ll post it on our Reading Around the World bulletin board and put a dot on the map to indicate where the book is set.

We purchased a laminated map through our office supply vendor (I believe it cost about $30.00) and we’re using small dot stickers to mark the places on the map. Each book review form includes instructions for what to do, but to save space on the bulletin board, we’ll cut that part off when we post them. We’ll also put the call number on the sheet for books that we own so that kids can locate the books on the shelf.

I kick-started the reviews with a couple of my own, and here’s one:

The idea is that kids can check out the bulletin board to see what around-the-world books other kids are recommending! I included the “Where is it set?” line so that hopefully library staff won’t have to spend a lot of time looking up books and trying to figure that out ourselves. (We’ll see how that goes…)

And, of course, all summer long below the bulletin board we will have a display of books set in and about other countries.

Anyone else promoting reading books set in other countries this summer? What are you doing?

— Abby Johnson, Children’s Manager
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN


  1. Mary Voors

    What a great idea! I bet it will encourage kids to expand their reading horizons. I’d love to see a picture of the map at the end of the summer.

  2. Bridget R. Wilson

    I’ve made book lists for the kids and teens – Read Across the US and Read Around the World. Hoping they will like them.

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