WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water recently announced the books in English they have selected this year for donation to the different schools and libraries they support around the world. WaterBridge Outreach is a non-profit that seeks to ‘give children in developing communities hope for the future through nourishing their minds and bodies with books and water’.
This year’s selection of five picture books and one chapter book offers a wonderful reading list of diverse, multicultural books that merit a place in every school library:
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books, 2014) – Read my interview with Jeanette, following selection of her book Biblioburro for the Spirit Of PaperTigers book set in 2011.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2015)
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone written by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Lee & Low, 2014)
Tiger Boy written by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan (Charlesbridge, 2015 and also just published by Duckbill (India), 2015) – read my review here, and my interview with Mitali including fascinating background to her wonderful book.
You can read about the books in more detail in Dr Barbara Bundy’s emotive article on the WaterBridge Outreach website. It is also worth pointing out that, as well as books in English, the charity seeks out and donates books in local languages. And make sure to explore the whole website to discover the different water and literacy projects WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water is involved in, as well as the Writers for WaterBridge initiative.
WaterBridge Outreach grew out of PaperTigers.org and the Spirit of Papertigers Project – visit PaperTigers’ archived website to see the book selections donated in previous years here.