A new web site will make thousands of children's books from 100 different cultures available for free to internet-savvy kids around the world. When it's completed in about five years, the International Children's Digital Library will hold about 10,000 books targeted at children ages 3 to 13.


Designed by the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, the site's goal is to expand children's reading and learning skills while teaching them about other cultures.


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