A World of Stories is a special book that was created in
partnership with Rotary District 5020 to raise money for
literacy projects. “A World of Stories” is a collection of
stories celebrating a variety of international holidays
that can be celebrated worldwide, regardless of religious
or cultural background. They are intended to be enjoyed
with children 12 and under, but are also suitable for
anyone learning to read and write English.
Professional authors and illustrators from around the
world have donated their storytelling and illustration
talents, and have been joined by several new authors
selected from the contest we ran on our website last year.
The anthology includes:
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"Gumboot Books and The Rotary District 5020 have shown that a book can be much more than a
book. Their project, A World of Stories, is proof that children's literature has the ability
to make positive change in the world through the virtue of good stories and the initiative of
review by Brianne Grant
CM Magazine Volume XV Number 7
International Literacy Day: Rhyme or Reason
author: Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrator: Scot Ritchie
Grandparents Day: Calling the Fish
author: Glenn G. Coats, illustrator: Jayleen Weaver
World Animal Day: Tiger’s Invitation
author: Mary R. Dunn, illustrator: Iva Visosevic
World Food Day: The Stew That Fed the World
author: Paris Gibson, illustrator: Julia Filipone
International Day for Tolerance: No NO Day!
author: Audrey Schumacher, illustrator: Cecil Paplinskie
Human Rights Day: If War Were
author: Mrs. Perry’s Grade 1 Class from Caulfeild Elementary
School, illustrator: Julia Karlinsky
Global Family Day: A Game of Peace
author: Dixiane Hallaj, illustrator: Christina Leist
International Stand Up to Bullying Day: The Labyrinth
author: David Michael Slater, illustrator: Izabela Bzymek
World Math Day: The Number Tree
author: M.W. Penn, illustrator: Mike Linton
World Sleep Day: The Sleep Sheep
author: Nancy McConnell, illustrator: Natalia Vasquez
World Poetry Day: If
author: Nathan Tommer, illustrator: Jeri Weaver
Earth Day: Tontii
author: Crystal J. Stranaghan, illustrator: Rosa Espadaler
International Day of the Book: Whatever It Is
author: Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz, illustrator:
International Day of Families: The First Picnic
author: Claire Wilson, illustrator: Silvana Bevilacqua
World Ocean Day: Seashell Island
author: Christophe Jeunot, illustrator: Christophe Jeunot
World Music Day: The Giant’s Music
author: Sheila M. Hausbeck, illustrator: Carolyn Olson
International Left Handers Day: Napoleon is Winking
author: Melanie Jackson, illustrator: Eleanor Rosenberg.
Talk Like a Pirate Day: Long John
author: Dan Bar-el, illustrator Alex van Houwelingen
"Dan Bar-el's play, "Long John," is a hilarious and modern tale of John Silverman as he tries to gain some sympathy
for the pirates of the world on a daytime talk show. The play incorporates pirate talk in the body of the play and
definitions along the border so that children (or adults like me) can later impress their mateys like a true buccaneer
and avoid being a squiffy when September 19th rolls around. Aye, t'is true."
review by Brianne Grant
Each story has a theme or message that relates in some way to the corresponding
holiday, and each story is be introduced with some information about the day being
Educational materials are now available on our website (with more added each week) to
help teachers and parents facilitate discussion and lesson planning around the themes
covered in the book.
All participating authors and illustrators have donated their time and talents, and
Gumboot Books is handling all aspects of editing, design, production and marketing.
Rotary Clubs from district 5020 are sponsoring the project, and revenues will be
donated to a special Rotary District 5020 literacy fund to be spent on community
literacy projects, from each book sold.
The book is 112 pages, 11” x 8.5”, with full colour illustrations throughout and
retails for the suggested price of $25.00.