For having freedom of speech, tons of reading programs, and a strong publishing industry, Bangkok, Thailand is the 2013 UNESCO World Book Capital. To celebrate this honor, international schools in Bangkok are running the Bangkok Book Awards for the best children’s and teen books set in Thailand. I would really like to commend the ten amazing and hardworking librarians from these schools for putting together the awards shortlists. Over three months, they read children's and teen books set in Thailand and chose age-appropriate, high quality books available in English and still in print. Each shortlist includes at least one book by a Thai author and one book by an international author, books set in different parts of Thailand, and at least one book in translation from Thai. You can check out the picture book shortlist here, the junior book shortlist here, and the teen book shortlist here. They are a GREAT way to discover good children's and teen books set in Thailand. =D
Voting for the Bangkok Book Awards started in January and will end March 28. If you are a student or parent, or part of the faculty or staff of the international schools in Bangkok listed below, you still have time to vote for your favorite book in each category! Vote here!
Bangkok Patana School
Concordian International School
The Early Learning Centre
Garden International School (Rayong)
International School Eastern Seaboard
KIS International School
New International School of Thailand
Regent’s School Pattaya
Shrewsbury International School
The announcement of the winners is on March 29 and I'll make sure to share the results here.