My Bio

My Bio
My name is Sharon Levin and I've been reviewing children's literature for 20 years. I founded and run the Bay Area Children's Literature List. My biggest passion (outside my family) is getting books into the hands of children and teens. My favorite thing is getting non-readers to realize that they're readers. I also LOVE t-shirts that have to do with books or literature. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I'll have a click through on the above picture so you can see my entire collection (and where to get them).

March 30, 2014

Reading My Way Around the World - What should I actually call this project?

Wow!  Two posts in one week!  It's a Chanukah Miracle!!  See, this project is actually going to happen, but I'm still working through the details.  Then I realized, I should work through the details on the blog so 1) you all actually know I'm doing something and 2) I could REALLY use some input.

Ann Morgan called her project A Year of Reading the World (or AYORTW) which is a GREAT title, but I can't use it.  I'm also not sure of timing.  Can I do this in a year?  I'm hoping to do a picture book, middle grade and young adult from each official language in each country.  How many books will this actually be? 

So, suggestions please.  Something that's catchy and might work as a Twitter handle (do people say 'handle'?  Am I completely dating myself by using CB language?  Am I completely dating myself by knowing what a CB (Citizen's Band radio for those youngsters out there) is?

Winning suggestion will get books from me!!  I don't know what books yet, but books, I promise will come your way if you come up with a great title for this project.

Well?   I'm waiting..................


  1. How about "Good Morning, World; International Children's Book Year"

  2. Thanks! I'm not quite sure about doing this in a year,. but I know I need some parameters. A country a week? A continent a month would be easy for North America, not so much for Africa. :-)

  3. When I think of children, I think of chasing butterflies, or skipping. What about Skipping Across the World, or On the Wings of Words....sounds like fun.

  4. What fun! Sounds like an adventure around the world in xx days one book at a time.

  5. Sounds like a fun project! How about "Around the World in 80 Books" (or whatever number you end up with)?


  6. awesome project. how about a dr seuss inspired name - Books from Here, There and Everywhere - though it may be too long. i'll let you know of any other inspirations. fun to think about
    good luck

  7. Sounds wonderful, Sharon, I've found myself reading fiction and non-fiction on 20th century China lately and now have another way of looking at the country through different eyes.

    "Words Around the World"
    "What In the World is Sharon Levin Reading?"

    A country a week sounds pretty do-able, looking forward to what you'll find. I have a contact in Russia & one in Thailand if you're needing any recommendations.

    1. Thank you! Someone suggested I enlist IBBY's help (
      International Board on Books for Young People) since they probably have a list from every country. Now I just have to get my rear in gear. Sigh.

  8. Hmmm... Perhaps "A Children's Book Travelogue"? Or "An International Children's Book Travelogue"?

  9. Hi Sharon,

    What a fabulous project! I love it! (Boy, what a big task, though!)

    What about this title for your project:

    Small World: Stories in Every Language (SWSEL, or SWSIEL)

    (Are you singing the song "It's a Small World After All" in your head yet?)

    I look forward to following along with you in your journey.


    P.S. I have a friend who is Azeri (from Azerbeijan). I could probably get book recommendations for you in Azeri and Turkish - maybe even Armenian - if you like. (Russian, too, for sure, but I'm sure that's not hard to get.) Best of luck!

    1. Thanks Judie! I actually need the books to be in English, since I'm a bit multilingual, but not panlingual. :-) And, sadly, I have not followed through on this project as I should have. Sigh, my road to Heck is SO well paved with good intentions.