139. Chinese children’s books in the UN Sustainable Development Goals Book Club

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) [第26届联合国气候变化大会] starts in Glasgow today (31 Oct – 12 Nov 2021). I’ve been on the look-out for relevant Chinese children’s books. For this post, I’ve taken a look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Book Club.

The SDG Book Club logo in Chinese

The SDG Book Club launched in April 2019, the aim being to develop a reading list of titles for readers aged 6-12 years about the importance of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to encourage young people around the world to set up their own book clubs on this subject (more info here). The UN has five official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. I’ll highlight the books in Chinese that are listed on the SDB webpages (where you can also find a short summary of each book in Chinese) and give details of the same book in English. For the first 14 of the 17 goals, there are a total of 54 titles in Chinese: 22 were originally created in Chinese (in bold below), 32 are translations from other languages.

Goal 1: No Poverty无贫穷

  1. 张乐平:《三毛流浪记》(少年儿童出版社) ISBN 755890064 // Zhang Leping, Adventures of San Mao the Orphan (Joint Publishing, Co., Ltd. [Hong Kong], 1981) ISBN: 978-9620401312
  2. 马克·吐温:《王子与贫儿》(北京联合出版公司) ISBN 978-7550225336 // Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper
  3. 铁凝:《哦,香雪》(海南出版社) ISBN 978-7513516693 // Tie Ning, Ah, Sweet Snow

Goal 2. Zero Hunger — 零饥饿

  1. 于虹呈:《盘中餐》(中国少年儿童出版社) ISBN 9787514828825 // Yu Hongcheng: Rice (Reycraft Books, 2020) ISBN 978-1478869368
  2. Ed Young, The Cat from Hunger Mountain (Philomel Books, 2016) ISBN 978-0399172786
  3. 阿戈斯蒂诺·特拉伊尼:《食物从哪里来》(贵州人民出版社) ISBN 978-7221147172 // Agostino Traini, Foody (Abbeville Kids, 2015) ISBN 978-0789212412

Goal 3. Good Heath and Well-Being — 良好健康与福祉

  1. 尼克·阿诺德 / 托尼·德·索雷斯:《可怕的科学:杀人疾病全记录》(北京少年儿童出版社)ISBN 978-7530123683 // Nick Arnold, illus. Tony de Saulles, Horrible Science: Deadly Diseases (Scholastic) ISBN 978-0439944465
  2. 果壳 / 王斌: 《生活习惯简史:用两百年造疫苗》(新蕾出版社)ISBN 978-7530768051 // Guo Ke, illus. Wang Bin, A brief history of life habits: two hundred years of making vaccines (Xin Lei chubanshe) ISBN 978-7530768051
  3. 五味太郎: 《鳄鱼怕怕 牙医怕怕》(明天出版社)ISBN 978-7533274276 // Taro Gomi, The Crocodile and the Dentist (Scholastic) ISBN 978-0590677318
  4. 露莎娜·法利亚:《一本关于颜色的黑书》(接力出版社) ISBN 978-7544807616 // Menena Cottin, illus. Rosana Faria, The Black Book of Colours (Walker & Co) ISBN 978-1406322187
  5. 李爽: 《勇敢的心 中国残障儿童生存状况纪实》(湖南少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7556215614 // Li Shuai, Brave hearts: the lives of disabled children in China (Hunan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House)

Goal 4. Quality Education — 优质教育

  1. 安德烈娅·平克尼 / 沙恩·埃文斯: 《阿米拉的红铅笔》(云南出版集团公司晨光出版社) ISBN 978-7541485299 // Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. Shane W. Evans, The Red Pencil (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) ISBN 978-0316247801
  2. 黄蓓佳: 《野蜂飞舞》 (江苏凤凰少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7558409714 // Huang Beijia, tr. Nicky Harman, Flight of the Bumblebee (New Classic Press)
  3. 阮梅: 《向着光亮成长》(中国少年儿童新闻出版总社) ISBN 978-7514845129 // Ruan Mei, Growing Towards the Light – stories of left-behind children (China Juvenile and Youth News Publishing)
  4. 李东华、徐鲁: 《我们读书吧》(中国少年儿童新闻出版总社)ISBN 978-7514848359 // Li Donghua and Xu Lei, Let’s Read – developing reading in rural areas (China Juvenile and Youth News Publishing)
  5. 郑春华 / 胡佳玥: 《大眼睛》(接力出版社)ISBN 978-7544858700 // Zheng Chunhua, illus. Hu Jiayue, Big eyes (Jieli Publishing)

Goal 5. Gender Equality — 性别平等

  1. 黛博拉·艾里斯: 《养家之人》(光明日报出版社社)ISBN 978-7519441449 // Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner (Groundwood Books) ISBN 978-7519441449
  2. 秦文君 / 郁蓉: 《我是花木兰》(中国少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7514826852 // Qin Wenjun, illus. Yu Rong, I Am Hua Mulan (Reycraft Books, 2019 / Balestier Press 2021)
  3. 瑞秋·伊格诺托夫斯基: 《无所畏惧:影响世界历史的50位女科学家》(接力出版社) ISBN 978-7544852043 // Rachel Ignotofsky, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (Ten Speed Press) ISBN 978-1607749769

Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation — 清洁饮水和卫生设施

  1. 刘奔 / 王书音: 《大家来喝水!》(中国中福会出版社) ISBN 978-7507247719 // Liu Ben, illus. Wang Shuyin, Everybody comes to drink! (China Welfare Institute Publishing House)
  2. 李婧: 《写给孩子的环保启蒙:地球水世界》(新蕾出版社) ISBN 978-7530755396 // Li Jing, Environmental enlightenment for children: earth water world (Xin Lei Publishing)
  3. 张哲: 《环境科学丛书:珍贵的水资源》(大连出版社) ISBN 978-7550505902 // Zhang Zhe, Environmental science series: precious water resources (Dalian Publishing)
  4. 刘露: 《水与生存危机》(中国铁道出版社)ISBN 978-7113233068 // Liu Lu, Water and existential crisis (China Railways Publishing)

Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy — 经济适用的清洁能源

  1. 莫莉•班 / 李一慢 《阳光的故事·我的光》 (希望出版社)ISBN 978-7537970914 // Molly Bang, My Light. How Sunlight Becomes Electricity (Blue Sky Press) ISBN 978-04394896
  2. 莫莉•班 / 佩妮•奇斯霍姆 / 李一慢: 《阳光的故事·生命之光》(希望出版社) ISBN 978-7537970907 // Molly Bang, illus. Penny Chisholm, Living Sunlight. How Plants Bring the Earth to Life (Blue Sky Press) ISBN 978-0545044226
  3. 莫莉•班 / 佩妮•奇斯霍姆 / 李一慢: 《阳光的故事·海中阳光》(希望出版社) ISBN 978-7537970884 // Molly Bang, illus. Penny Chisholm, Ocean Sunlight. How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas (Blue Sky Press)ISBN 978-0545273220
  4. 莫莉•班 / 佩妮•奇斯霍姆 / 李一慢: 《阳光的故事·深埋的阳光》(希望出版社) ISBN 978-7537970891 // Molly Bang, illus. Penny Chisholm, Buried Sunlight. How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth (Blue Sky Press) ISBN 978-0545577854

Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth — 体面工作和经济增长

  1. 李晓鹏 / 王滢:《国富论》(接力出版社)ISBN 978-7544846752 // Li Xiaopeng, Wang Ying, The wealth of nations (Jieli Publishing)
  2. 杰奎琳戴维斯 / 王洁: 《柠檬水大战:柠檬水变摇钱树》(长江少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7556025640 // Jacqueline Davies, The Lemonade War #1 (Clarion Books) ISBN 978-0618750436
  3. 杰奎琳戴维斯 / 王洁:《柠檬水大战:神秘消失的钱》(长江少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7556025695 // Jacqueline Davies, The Lemonade War #2 (Clarion Books) ISBN 9780547279671

Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure — 产业、创新和基础设施

  1. 大卫.麦考利 / 吕梦佳,白欣:《机械运转的秘密》 (电子工业出版社) ISBN 978-7121303401 // David Macauley, How Machines Work. Zoo Break! (DK Children) ISBN 978-1465440129
  2. 加古里子 / 肖潇 : 《地铁开工了》(北京科学技术出版社) ISBN 978-7530458266 // Satoshi Kako, Work on the underground (Beijing Science and Technology Publishing)
  3. 安德里亚.贝蒂 / 大卫.罗伯茨 / 任杰 : 《罗西想当发明家》(新星出版社) ISBN 978-7513318204 // Andrea Beaty, illus. David Roberts, Rosie Revere, Engineer (Harry N. Abrams) ISBN 978-1419708459
  4. 老多 / 郭警 : 《贪玩的人类——写给孩子的科学史》(湖南少年儿童出版社) ISBN 978-7556226214 // Lao Duo / Guo Jing, Playful Humans – A History of Science for Children (Hunan Juvenile and Youth Publishing)
  5. 赵墨染 : 《中国高铁》(开明出版) ISBN 978-7513138246 // Zhao Moran, China’s high-speed railways (Kaiming Publishing)

Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities — 减少不平等

  1. 莉斯·洛夫特豪斯 / 罗伯特·英潘 / 阿甲 : 《坐渔船飘来的希娃》(青岛出版社) ISBN 978-7555271758 // Liz Lofthouse, illus. Robert Ingpen, Ziba Came on a Boat (Kane/Miller Book Publishers) ISBN 978-1933605524
  2. 莎朗.德蕾珀 : 《听见颜色的女孩》(接力出版社) ISBN 978-7544826174 // Sharon Draper, Out of My Mind (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) ISBN 978-1416971702
  3. 曹文轩 : 《丁丁和当当》(中国少年儿童出版社)ISBN 978-7514814484 // Cao Wenxuan, Ding Ding and Dang Dang (China Juvenile and Youth Publishing)
  4. 卡洛琳·卡斯特 / 约翰·伯宁罕 / 曹方 : 《为了每个孩子:联合国《儿童权利公约》》(华东师范大学出版社)ISBN 978-7567578371 // Caroline Castle, illus. John Burningham, For Every Child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Words and Pictures (Dial/UNICEF) ISBN 978-0803726505

Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities — 减少不平等

  1. 李雪 等 : 《拯救朱鹮》(人民教育出版社) ISBN 978-7107231735 // Li Xue and others, Save the crested ibis (People’s Education Publishing)
  2. 莫小阳 : 《征战超级稻——袁隆平爷爷带我去探索》(人民教育出版社) ISBN 978-7107322969 // Mo Xiaoyang : Conquering super rice – Grandpa Yuan Longping takes me on an exploration (People’s Education Publishing)
  3. 阿妮塔•盖恩瑞 / 克里斯•奥克雷德 / 汉娜•贝利 / 王旭华 : 《揭秘垃圾》(未来出版社) ISBN 978-7541763380 // Anita Ganeri, Chris Oxlade, Hannah Bailey, Find out about rubbish (Future Publishing)

Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production — 负责任消费和生产

  1. 左玉河 / 李书源 : 《图说来自太阳的能量——太阳能》(吉林出版集团) ISBN 978-7546388519 // Zuo Yuhe, Li Shuyuan, Power from the sun in pictures – solar energy (Jilin Publishing Group)

Goal 13. Climate Action — 气候行动

  1. 桑德里娜·迪马·罗依 / 埃马努埃利·乌赛 / 谢维玲 : 《都是放屁惹的祸》(北京联合出版公司ISBN 978-7550209633 // Sandrine D. Roy, illus. Emmanuelle Houssais, Chaude la planète (Ricochet) ISBN 978-2352631941
  2. 徐琳瑜 : 《暖萌科学绘本:环境保护课》(北京联合出版公司) ISBN 978-7559619389 // Xu Yulin, Tender shoot science picture book: Lessons in environmental protection (Beijing Union Publishing)
  3. 徐宝贤 / 南贞姬 / 金妍正 / 彼得·霍拉赛克 / 安娜·拉德卡 等 : 《“我是环保小卫士”绘本系列——扔或不扔》(文化发展出版社)ISBN 978-7514215014 // Korean authors, illus. Petr Horacek, Anna Ladecka, I’m a young environmentalist series: to throw away or not
  4. 刀根里衣 / 周嫄 : 《美丽的地球》(北京联合出版公司)ISBN 978-7550292864 // Satoe Tone, Beautiful earth
  5. 阿兰·塞尔 / 西尔维娅·博南尼 / 武娟 : 《如果地球被我们吃掉了》(河北教育出版社) ISBN 978-7543479548 // Alain Serres, illus. Silvia Bonnani, When we have eaten the world

Goal 14. Life Below Water — 水下生物

  1. 珍·尤伦 / 梅兰妮·卡塔多 / 范晓星 : 《搁浅的鲸鱼》(北京联合出版有限公司)ISBN 978-7559600196 // Jane Yolen, illus. Melanie Cataldo, The Stranded Whale (Candlewick Press) ISBN 978-0763669539
  2. 迈克尔·福尔曼 : 《同一个世界》(吉林出版集团)ISBN 978-7551149488 // Michael Foreman, One World (Andersen Press) ISBN 978-1849393041
  3. 罗伯特·伯利 / 温德尔·迈纳 : 《解救座头鲸》(中译出版社) ISBN 978-7500153375 // Robert Burleigh, illus. Wendell Minor, Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue (Charlesbridge) ISBN 9781580895583
  4. 张婴音 / 金明华 : 《树林里的“眼睛”》(浙江摄影出版社)ISBN 978-7551423984 // Zhang Yingyin, illus. Jin Minghua, “Eyes” in the forest (Zhejiang Photo Publishing)

Goal 15. Life on Land — 陆地生物

Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions — 和平、正义与强大机构

Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals — 促进目标实现的伙伴关系

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