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International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is an online book resource that promotes child literacy. ICDL partners with publishers and people around the world to house a culturally diverse library free of charge. With it's simple search menu (icon tabs based on book themes, colors, and lengths) kids of all ages, and from all backgrounds, can easily navigate it's website. As our modern world becomes globalized it is important for us to provide our children with the resources they need to collaborate and communicate. The mission of the ICDL is to "support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge."

As a future teacher I could see myself using this resource in two ways. First, I could use this resource to find literature that would make my students more culturally aware. Teaching students the importance of understanding others' stories and experiences could help build tolerance of multicultural people and ideas, and encourage students to strive toward building a more global community. Second, the use of an ICDL book in the classroom could be a powerful tool in helping to fight language barriers. By using a dual language book students will not only feel supported by being able to read and understand the book in their native tongue, but it also allows for peer guidance and encouragement.

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

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