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The 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books List. All books on this list were published in 2010 and selected by a committee of USBBY members. Members of the 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books Committee. Elizabeth Poe (chair), Morgantown, WV Seemi Aziz, Stillwater, OK

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members of the 2011 usbby outstanding international books committee
Members of the 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books Committee
  • Elizabeth Poe (chair), Morgantown, WV
  • Seemi Aziz, Stillwater, OK
  • Therese Bigelow, Chesapeake, VA
  • Kathy East, Perrysburg, OH
  • Annette Goldsmith, Los Angeles, CA
  • Judith Lechner, Auburn, AL
  • Maria Salvadore, Washington, D.C.
  • Barbara Samuels, Houston, TX
  • Mary Wong, Peoria, AZ
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Goal

The goal of this project is to produce a short list of outstanding books published each year for children in grades K-12 and originating outside the United States. Selections are based on the following criteria:

criteria
Criteria

The committee looks for books that

  • Represent the best of children’s literature from other countries
  • Introduce American readers to outstanding artists and writers from other countries
  • Help American children see the world from other points of view
  • Provide a perspective or address a topic otherwise missing from children’s literature in the U.S.
  • Exhibit a distinct cultural flavor
  • Are accessible to American readers.
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Committee members consider both content and presentation. This includes

  • Artistic and literary merit
  • Originality or creativity of approach
  • Distinctiveness of topic
  • Uniqueness of origin
  • Qualities that engage and appeal to children
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Not every book will meet every criterion, but the committee expects all titles selected to

  • Represent the best of children’s literature from other countries
  • Display artistic and literary merit
  • Be accessible to American readers.
  • Exhibit qualities that engage and appeal to children
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Argueta, Jorge. Arroz con leche: Un poema para cocinar / Rice Pudding: A Cooking Poem. Illus. by Fernando Vilela. Groundwood (Canada)

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Croza, Laurel. I Know Here.

Illus. by Matt James. Groundwood. (Canada)

graham bob april and esme tooth fairies illus by author candlewick australia
Graham, Bob. April and Esme, Tooth Fairies.

Illus. by author. Candlewick. (Australia)

prap lila dinosaurs iilus by author northsouth slovenia
Prap, Lila. Dinosaurs?!

IIlus. by author. NorthSouth. (Slovenia)

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Tolman, Marije & Ronald Tolman. The Tree House. Illus. by authors. Lemniscaat/Boyds Mill. (The Netherlands)

gravett emily the rabbit problem illus by author simon schuster uk
Gravett, Emily. The Rabbit Problem.

Illus. by author. Simon & Schuster. (UK)

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Jordan-Fenton, Christy & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.

Fatty Legs: A True Story.Illus. by Liz Amini-Holmes. Annick. (Canada)

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McKay, Hilary. Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to the Little Princess. Illus. by Nick Maland. Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster. (UK)

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Mitton, Tony. The Storyteller’s Secrets. Illus. by Peter Bailey. David Flicking/Random House. (UK)

article and annotated list
Article and Annotated List
  • In the February issue of School Library Journal
  • Also posted on the USBBY website
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