Literacy and Reading Websites

USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) List

Since 2006 USBBY has selected an honor list of international books for young people. The USBBY Outstanding International Books List is published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark. The Outstanding International Books (OIB) committee is charged with selecting international books that are deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. For the purposes of this honor list, the term “international book” is used to describe a book published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.

World Public Library – Children’s Collection is compiled from scans of popular original children’s books.

Middle East Book Awards

This site covers countries in the Arab World, Iran, Israel, Afghanistan, and Turkey.

Worlds of Words (, developed by the University of Arizona, shares an international collection of children’s and teen literature. Books may be searched by region, age, and genre.

World Digital Library ( makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. Items are browsable by place, time, topic, type of item, and institution.

The Directory of Open Access Books ( ) was recently launched by OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks).  This discovery service offers peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

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