The International Publishers Association has partnered with the United Nations to launch a new book club for children ages six to 12. The club focuses on books that inform children about the UN’s 17 different sustainable development goals. Under the project, the SDG Book Club—otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Goals Book Club—will release a selection of new titles each month related to one of the goals, and offered in the six official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

The first lists, related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty were released today at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair by Michiel Kolman, former IPA president ,and Carole Bloch, executive director of Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa and v-p of the International Board on Books for Young People.

Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, said in a prepared statement that “true sustainability is only achievable with the support of the young.”

The books addressing the goal of “No Poverty,” for April, are:


Aina da’at by Mohanned Al Akoos

The Wonder Bag by Omaima Ezadeen

The Strange Wondrous House by Omama Allawati


Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, illus. by Maisie Paradise Shearring


Jouer aux Fantômes by Didier Levy, illus. by Sonja Bougaeva

L’usine by Yael Hassan

La Pauvreté et la Faim by Louise Spilsbury, illus. by Hanane Kai

Ma Robe Couleur de Fruits by Myriam Gallot, illus. Julia Wauters


The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish by Alexander Pushkin

Vanka by Anton Chekhov

The Cat’s House by Samuil Marshak


A la Sombra de los Anacardos by Antón Fortes Torres, illus. by Simona Mulazzani

De Noche en la Calle by Ángela Lago

No Comas Renacuajos by Francisco Montaña Ibáñez

Un Punado de Semillas by Mónica Hughes, illus. by Luis Garay

In May, the SDG Book Club will address the issue of Goal 2: Zero Hunger and in June, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.