I thank Pat, my critique partner, for emailing me the following text, posted on PaperTigers‘ blog on January 13, 2010. It was written by Sally Ito–a writer, teacher, reviewer and editor– and is reproduced here with the authorization of Aline Pereira, Managing Editor:

“Disaster has struck in Haiti with a devastating earthquake.   The IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis was formed specifically to provide support to children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder or natural disaster. Haiti is one of the project countries.  Although the immediate need is for relief supplies, there will be a time when this country’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens will need to process and understand their experience through reading and writing and expressing themselves in words.   Do consider making a donation to the fund to assist these children in crisis.”

I second Sally in highlighting the importance books will play in the recovery and healing process of these children. Storytelling IS a healing tool.

As stated on its page, ” PaperTigers is a website about books in English for young readers. It embraces multicultural books from about anywhere in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia. PaperTigers offers a wealth of book-related resources for teachers, librarians, parents, and all those interested in world of children’s and young adult books.”

There will be a piece on this multicultural gem in the future, but don’t wait that long to learn more about the organization. Check PaperTigers website, as well as the team’s blog.

I do not know a single person who doesn’t believe that a book can change a child’s life, and IBBY makes it happen in so many significant ways, through the amazing work that the organization accomplishes around the world. IBBY stands for International Board on Books for Young People. It is a “non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.”

Their website is also accessible in Spanish, German and French.

Other resource provided by IBBY include:

* Bookbird, a journal of international children’s literature,

* a Children in Crisis Programme,

* Haiti 2009. Started in July 2009, the focus of the programme is Natural Disasters in Haiti-Psychological impact on children & the healing power of storytelling and books.

Thank you PaperTigers and IBBY for all your work and for the lives you touch!

Books Worth Knowing will resume next Wednesday. I wish you all a wonderful day! 🙂

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