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International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Collection: Opening Celebration

November 17, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST

About the November 17, 2022 ICYAL Opening Celebration (5:30-7pm) 

Join us at the UWM Golda Meir Library (Curriculum Collection, 2nd floor) as we officially celebrate the opening of our new collection of international children’s and young adult literature.  Browse the books, share your ideas for using the collection, and meet world-renowned Brazilian illustrator, Roger Mello! 

About UWM Libraries International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Collection 

Initiated in 2021, UWM’s new collection of international children’s and young adult books highlights experiences from outside of the United States through literature, both in original languages and in translation.  The growing collection will showcase the richness of children’s literature around the world, as well as the wide and often disparate range of publishing and access, where reading may be for pleasure, for literacy, or where books in local languages are scarce or non-existent.  The collection is also intended as a resource for the local immigrant and refugee communities in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin.   

The Curriculum Collection will house two copies of each title, one in a research collection, and another available for lending.  At present, represented languages include: Spanish, English, Turkish, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Japanese, French, Korean and Greek, with forthcoming purchases including Arabic, Swahili, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Burmese, Karen, Farsi, Chinese, Somali, Hmong, Swedish, German, Italian, Slovenian, Polish—25 languages and counting!  Watch the ICYAL book collection grow over time on this Google Map.  

To complement the collection, stay tuned for engaging programming about international children’s books for teachers, students, librarians, parents, and the community.  

About Roger Mello 

The immensely talented illustrator and author, Roger Mello (Brazil), brings both joy and social criticism into his diverse works for children.  His books, unique in their use of color and design, engage the reader’s imagination. In 2014, Mello’s remarkable body of work was recognized with the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, presented by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). For a wonderful introduction to Roger Mello, see this Literary Vittles blog post.  Roger Mello will be introduced by Professor Junko Yokota (Professor Emerita, National Louis University). 


A collaboration of UWM Libraries, the Center for International Education (CIE), and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  CIE and CLACS are designated Title VI National Resource Centers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 


November 17, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST


UWM Golda Meir Library – Digital Humanities Lab (2nd floor)
2311 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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