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Children's Books Around the World

In an effort to showcase the Clarke Historical Library's holdings, the Clarke invites volunteers to read books from our collection of over 1,500 children’s books in about 50 languages. For 2021, we asked volunteer readers to be recorded reading from books in the collection. We invite you to explore these beautifully illustrated, fanciful stories and celebrate the language diversity at CMU!

You can view the "Evening of Children's Books from Around the World" presentation from February 25, 2021, featuring two twenty-minute videos of selected readings and comments from Dr. Christi Brookes of the Department of World Languages and Cultures on the Clarke's ChipCast page.

Thanks to the CMU Department of World Languages and Cultures and the CMU Office of Global Engagement for their continued support of this program. Thanks also to CMU student Nova Moore for video production work.

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Ernur
Turkish
Kizamik Olan Fil


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Kaitlyn
English
The Princess and the Pea

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Ming
Mandarin Chinese
The Little Stone Lion

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Nova
American Sign Language
El Deafo

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Christi
Russian
Everybody Run, Fly, and Jump: Poems

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Sensei Bronson's Japanese 202 Class
Japanese
Once Upon a Time

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Eva
French
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Shian
Mandarin Chinese
The Dream House


Kaitlin
English
House of Dreams


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Sarang
Korean
Children in Clothes of Mirror​

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Isabela
Portuguese
A Montanha Encantada

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Cielo
Spanish
Arboles​

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Krys
Polish
Where do the Ice Cream Vendors Go in the Winter?

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Ezaz
Bengali
The Very Hungry Caterpillar​

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Beth
German
Opas Engel

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Sensei Bronson's Japanese 202 Class
Japanese
Oshaberi na Tamagoyaki

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Brendan
French
Les Derniers Géants

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Taylor
English
The Last Giants

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Sensei Bronson's Japanese 202 Class
Japanese
The First Song in the World

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Gillian
Scottish
Treasure Island

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Grace
French
La Grosse Béte de Monsieur Racine

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Christina
Spanish
Secreto De Familia

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Jean
Mandarin Chinese
Nightingale​


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Maggie
German
Schreimutter

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Ashish
Hindi
Kyum Kyum Larki

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Hannah and Ben
Japanese and English
The Tonguecut Sparrow

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Elena María
Spanish
El Usurpador de la Luna Llena

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Bokyo
Korean
Cat School

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Qianqian
Manadrin Chinese
The Toy Rabbit Story

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Rebecca
German
Liber Schneeman Wohin Willst Du?

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Sensei Bronson's Japanese 202 Class
Japanese
When I Look at It

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Robin
English
Buzzy the Bumblebee

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Hairu
Mandarin Chinese
Nian, The New Year Monster

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Rachel
French
Au Bonheur des Ours