Each year on April 2, the anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, the world celebrates international children’s books. Here in the U.S. our State Ambassadors marked the 50th anniversary of the occasion in myriad ways around the country.
Iowa - Dr. Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, invited her pre-service teachers at the University of Northern Iowa to create word clouds and posters in celebration on ICBD. Click here to see what they produced.
Massachusetts - At the German International School of Boston, State Ambassador Bindy Fleischman hosted a literary trip around the world, where each classroom was a different continent, and students were challenged to read at least one book from each to receive a stamp (cover image) on their passport.
New Jersey - Teresa St. Angelo treated the students in her New Jersey school to a multi-pronged, multimedia, multilingual exploration of Andersen’s work and relevance to global children’s literature, as well as myriad authors and illustrators from around the world who have followed. See her unit plan here.
West Virginia - W.V. State Ambassador, Isaac Larison hosted events at Marshall University, where is he a professor in the Literacy Education Program. Pictured here is Marshall’s president, Jerome Gilbert taking part with the invited guests.
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