Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Global Voices: Picture Books from around the World

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Global Voices: Picture Books from around the World

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Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World. By Susan Stan. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 240 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1183-9).

"What children get from an international picture book that they don't get from an American picture book," says Susan Stan, "is something that they can't see and probably can't articulate: a shift in perspective that can range from unnoticeable to stimulating to disorienting" (2). All of these reactions, her book goes on to argue, are valuable to the development of a young reader and global citizen.

Divided into two sections, Global Voices is both a critical examination and an annotated bibliography. In Part I, Stan presents a general history of picture book publishing around the world, as well as information about translation and acquisition in the American market. She acknowledges the limitations of her project: the book's bibliographies, divided by continent, in some cases heavily represent English-speaking creators of books about those parts of the world, rather than books originally from these areas. The reasons for this vary: sometimes the region itself does not have a robust children's publishing industry; in other cases, books published in certain countries tend not to be acquired by American editors, because they are thought to be too culturally specific to be relevant or interesting to American readers. …

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