Non-U.S. Children’s Literature Reviews

We got this great question last week from a children’s literature class with a focus on diversity. The question was, “Where can I read some reviews of children’s literature that are not based in the United States?” Of course we have lots of choices in the U.S., e.g., our very own Children’s Book Committee but we were scratching our heads about outside the United States. So, we looked online, consulted colleagues, and posted to an electronic bulletin board and this is what we came up with:

Most national organizations review local authors and illustrators and try to promote their work.

Because the U.S. is such a publishing power house many titles familiar to American audiences are reviewed.

Although some of the larger international sites write in the local language and in English we were not privy to see what smaller organizations were doing unless their medium of dissemination was English.

If you are a speaker of a language other than English and you know of a site that is not to be missed let us know. To get some idea of what non-U.S. organizations are doing, below is a small list to get you going:


United Kingdom


New Zealand

South Africa



We hope to have an update of this post real soon – so stay tuned!


Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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