The children’s publishing community is an amazing thing. We step forward and help each other all the time. But I learned about another astonishing community to day — the community of book lovers world wide.
Ann Morgan is a British author and editor who realized that she wasn’t too terribly impressed by what her bookshelves said about her. You’ve heard the saying — a person’s bookshelves say a lot about them. Morgan thought of herself as a fairly worldly person but her bookshelves told another story. Yes, they were full but they were full of books from Britain and North America.
She admitted to herself that this was not who she wanted to be — a xenophobic reader — so she issued herself a challenge for 2012. She would read a book from every country in the world. I’m not sure she really had any clue what she was getting into when she started this project but as she progressed she not only found amazing books, she connected with fellow book lovers.
Check out her story in the video below.
You can find her book list here. It includes the list of countries, the books she considered from each and a link to her comments on the book she ultimately read.
Maybe just maybe some of you would like to issue yourself a challenge for the new year?