September 8 is International Literacy Day – an opportunity for adults  to use books to bring the world a little closer together. Room to Read has created more than 1,400 original children's books in 32 languages. We've seen the incredible ways stories can introduce students to different countries and cultures. 

That’s why we created a child-friendly list of books that speak to a range of experiences. From picture books to young adult novels, these stories can foster a more compassionate world of global citizens.  

Get a glimpse of what's inside:


The Skin You Live In 
By Michael Tyler

This lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers, while offering adults a wonderful way to discuss critical social concepts with children.

This is How We Do It 
By Matt Lamoth (non-fiction)

This book follows the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda and Russia, showcasing the reality that while we may lead different lives and play in different ways, we’re still united by common experiences.

By Alex Gino

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. When George’s teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web, George and her best friend hatch a plan to not only allow George to be Charlotte in the play, but for George to be herself 24/7.