The ICDL has an absolutely fantastic website that you can browse around for hours. I got hooked into it when doing this article and spent far too long poking around and reading books. They have books in English, Arabic, Mongolian, Farsi, for example. It’s worth looking at just for the wonderful book covers. Their new iPad app will link to over 4,000 titles in 54 languages representing 64 countries.
Here is their mission statement:
The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.
(via Resource Shelf)