The children (Anna, turning 6 in Sept and Tom, turning 10 in January) got back from their extended weekend celebrating Father’s Day and we discussed what I had uncovered while they were away. We agreed that we will try to read books by native authors who preferably are still residing in their home country. We also decided that since children don’t see the lines on a map that adults draw, that we would be happy to consider a “group” of people as a “country”, as long as their culture was significantly different. Coming from a country of 11 official languages we understand how a book by a Dutch immigrant might look very different to a book by a Khoi Khoi.
Anyway our goal is still to cover the globe as widely as is possible. To this end I will create an alphabetical list of countries and will also rewrite the list according to region of the world. We also want to cover “literature” as widely as possible, any form of written word is good for us, fiction, non-fiction, adventure, drama, poetry, plays, very modern, very old…They need to be appropriate for a 6 year old girl or a 10 year old boy (or both)