This wonderful online children's digital library was developed by the Internet Archive and the University of Maryland and provides "a prestigious collection of international literature for children around the world."
When we first logged in we had to download the updated Adobe Acrobat Reader 2.2 and also the Java Virtual Machine. Both programs are free to download. Once those are installed the home page for the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) opens up nicely.
We first clicked "Info for Kids," and were taken to the University of Maryland's "Kids Design the Future" page where you can download the video: The Making of the ICDL. A child's voice starts out the video with the words, "What I like about reading is its's exciting, lots of pictures, I like things that give me information, and I like character books." And so you begin viewing this labor of love for kids around the world.
Some of the things the video talks about:
- ICDL develops innovative software for kids aged 3-13.
- The collection currently includes books from 27 cultures in 18 languages.
- Kids come to this online library and see what other kids around the world are reading.
- Scientists, educators, librarians, artists and more contribute to the library in many ways.
- The best part is that kids, 7-11, are involved in the development of this online library and work with the adults in charge two times per week, after school, and give their input to the project.
- Kids are involved in the selection of books for the ICDL.
- They sent the list to Library of Congress and about 200 books were selected. The kids examined them and decided if they were good to scan and add to the ICDL.
- Librarians at the Library of Congress talked to the kids and explained the various books to them.
- The easy part is picking and scanning books. The harder part is establishing relationships with other countries and getting them excited about the project.
We visited the ICDL ourselves and have written down for you the steps to follow as you enter the International Children's Digital Library [ click here. ]
We all can help the project along by passing on this link to friends near and far and letting them know this valuable online resource is available just for the clicking.