The publishing industry in the United States has tried over the last several years to respond to the wants and needs of the book buying population. What they’re hearing is that more and more buyers are asking the industry to publish more diverse titles.
With that end in mind, the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) has been promoting books from areas outside US borders.The 2016 Outstanding International Books (OIB) contains 42 titles from countries around the world.
This year’s list is all about disruption–in a good way. Many of the books focus on disrupting expectations of characters, settings, and story lines.
Here are some of the titles on OIB list.
For pre-school to grade 2, “I Am Henry Finch” and “The Bus Ride” will be appealing. “I Am Henry Finch” deals with Henry’s trips of exploration. The colorful illustrations feature birds’ bodies using human fingerprints. “The Bus Ride” is a fun story of Clara’s ride to her grandmother’s house. She encounters all manner of animals and makes several friends along the way.
For readers in grades 3-5, “The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle” will present to the reader how a bicycle donated by a Canadian boy changes the lives of subsequent owners. “The Tortoise and the Soldier: A Story of Courage and Friendship” is the true story of Henry Friston, who while serving in the Royal Navy during W.W.I adopted a tortoise which became his ship’s mascot and a life-long companion.