Resources for teachers/administrators integrating global content into their classrooms/programs

First Book recently received a generous grant from the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding to grow the number of books on the First Book Marketplace that focus on world regions and global issues.  These books are wonderful resources to enhance or begin programs and discussions on global learning in the classroom.  Below please find a list of resources created by a number of First Book partners and other leaders in the field to complement the books on our Marketplace as well as help you incorporate these concepts into your educational activities.  While there are many resources out there, we have focused on sources offering free materials.  If you have additional suggestions for resources in this category, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

Lesson plans/resources regarding global issues, world regions, diversity, and related topics: 

Additional partner organizations and other experts in the field:

  • United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) creates an annual list of outstanding international books plus a really snazzy Google map, pinpointing these books around the globe. 
  • The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) offers a range of resources including an IBBY Honour List, the Hans Christian Anderson Awards, and a section of books about children with disabilities.
  • Africa Access  Africa Access was founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their collections on Africa.
  • CL/R SIG (Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group) of the International Reading Association compiles an annual list of Notable Books for a Global Society.
  • International Children’s Digital Library and the ICDL Foundation focus on tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The ICDL is building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.
  • ISS EarthKam is a NASA-sponsored program that shares high-quality photos of Earth taken from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station; offers materials and resources for students and teachers to incorporate the images into classroom use.  Depending on how the images are used, EarthKAM can provide support in teaching earth science, space science, environmental science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications, and art.
  • National Geographic also offers a range of resources for teachers and young people
  • TakingIT Global empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.  TakingITGlobal uses the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide.  Their website is the leading social network for global citizenship, bringing together over 340,000 members with more than 22,000 non-profit organizations across 13 languages. The TGIed program serves over 2,400 schools in 118 countries with professional development, engaging lesson plans, and collaborative global projects.
  • World Atlas offers free atlases and guides including information on continents, bodies of water, flags, and currencies from around the world. 
  • Worlds of Words is a global initiative focused on building international understanding through children's and adolescent literature. The University of Arizona’s International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent literature is one part of the Worlds of Words along with a web site of resources including a searchable database, two journals (WOW Review and WOW Stories) and a weekly blog on current issues. These resources include strategies for locating and evaluating culturally authentic international children’s and adolescent literature as well as ways of engaging students with these books in classrooms and libraries.  First Book is also grateful for the involvement of Professor Kathy Short in the selection of books and resources containing themes of global understanding in connection with First Book’s partnership with the Longview Foundation.