Our Top OER Children’s Books of 2014

Our team of staff and advisors recently reviewed the many great openly licensed children’s books that we found this year and voted on our top books. We are now translating these books into different languages, including Haitian Creole and Lingala, so that more students can enjoy them. Once we’re finished, the translated versions will be available to children in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they will also be shared online so that anyone can download and use them.

And the winners are:

UNESCO’s Women in African History Series (8 books) – this wonderful series of eight (soon to be more) educational comic books tells the story of important women in African history. They are currently available on UNESCO’s website in French and English, and soon we’ll help add more languages!

The ‘cat and dog’ series (12) books –  these beautiful and humorous children’s books by René and Elke Leisink start with a limited set of words, then gradually add more vocabulary to help children learn to enjoy reading. We have already translated them into French, and soon they will be available in other languages too.

Tomatoes, Little, and Elephant by Mustard Seed Books – We love all the beginner’s educational readers by OER publisher Mustard Seed Books, and three of them made it to our top list. They are already available online in English and Spanish, and we’ve translated them to French as well.

Colours of Nature, My Friends, and Tell Me Now: Sweet or Sour by India-based OER publisher Pratham Books. They have tons of great children’s books, it was hard to choose! These are already available in lots of Indian languages, and soon we’ll add our translations too.

Am I Small? by Philipp Winterberg – this German author has already translated his beautiful children’s books into over 100 world languages.

If you would like to help us translate these books into Haitian Creole, Lingala, Kinyarwanda, or other languages spoken in developing countries, please get in touch with Nicole at nicolec@libraryforall.org – we’d love to hear from you!