The Global Library is designed to offer stories which supplement Nord Anglia’s global partnerships. For example, our Julliard collaboration can be extended by reading When Stravinsky met Nijinsky by Lauren Stringer: a delightful picture book which provides the context and expansion upon the music and dance works students encounter in class. Equally, the MIT collaboration is supported with books with a STEAM focus including several with empowered female protagonists developing their engineering and coding skills such as Detective Dot or Ada Twist Scientist.
This year’s Global Library selection will also support Nord Anglia’s commitment to develop student’s understanding of UNICEF’s Global Goals. For example, Goals 14 and 15 (Life on Land and Life Below Water) are developed by titles highlighting some jaw dropping wildlife for our younger children in Giant Squid by Candace Fleming. Meanwhile older students can access a beautifully illustrated paean to our planet from the world’s leading scientists such as James Lovelock, Martin Rees and Edward O. Wilson.
The tech entrepreneurs who have done so much to shape our present, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk, have all been dedicated readers since early childhood. In fact, both Gates and Zuckerberg have run their own online reading groups in a similar style to the Global Library. They often cite early exposure to science fiction as a key influence on their outlooks. To encourage our students to imagine new technological paradigms and create future utopias, Global Library includes several influential sci-fi titles from classics by Ted Hughes and Isaac Asimov up to the latest Chinese sensation Liu Cixin.
We have only managed to scratch the surface of what the Global Library has to offer. There are opportunities to share reading experiences through debate, competitions and reflections with a worldwide network of engaged, open minded readers. Students also have opportunities to connect with the world’s greatest writers, illustrators and thinkers either face to face, online, or through our Meet the Writer events. Altogether the Global Library uses stories which are diverse, beautiful and relevant to create and connect a worldwide network of readers and experts. Tell us what stories you think we should include in future lists by posting on Twitter using the hashtag #globallibrary.
David Robinson is an English and history teacher, and Global Campus lead, at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong.