It may be a bit of a mouthful, but the Sustainable Development Goals Book Club could help save the world. This collaboration between IBBY, the International Publishers Association, the United Nations and other book organisations*, is drawing up a list of recommended children’s books (age 12 and under) that relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals outline a better future for all by 2030 by addressing global challenges such as poverty, climate change, gender inequality etc. (full list at www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html)
The first list of books, exploring the first SDG of “No Poverty”, will be launched at the Bologna Book Fair on 2nd April. Booklists for each goal in turn will be released over the next 17 months.
All suggestions are welcome for the first three SDGs: No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Good Health and Wellbeing. The books must be in one of the 6 UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Post your suggested titles on the IBBY Ireland Facebook page to be passed on to the SDG Book Club. Thank you!
*The International Authors Forum, the European and International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.