Be a Global Citizen: Read - Share - Take Action

Be a Global Citizen: Read - Share - Take Action

This International Development Week, we’re encouraging everyone in Manitoba to be a global citizen by reading books that are entertaining, informative and inspiring — to help create a more just world for everyone.

Reading is one of the best tools we have for starting to think like a global citizen. It’s one of the first ways we learn to relate with people from diverse backgrounds. Books expose us to the experiences of people who are different from us, but who share similar challenges, hopes and aspirations to our own lives.

As we move from self-awareness to social-awareness, reading plays a pivotal role — it allows us to empathize with those who are different than us. It opens us up to the world around us and makes us feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves.

No matter where you are on your global citizenship journey, and no matter what issues you care about, it’s never too late to learn something new or experience a different perspective.

To get you started, we’ve put together a Reading List For Global Citizens from Kindergarten to age 100 (or older!) Whether you’re passionate about food security, ending poverty, supporting women’s rights, protecting the environment, or still deciding what changes you want to see in the world, we hope these books will inspire you to take action.

Reading List for Global Citizens: Students K - Grade 12

Reading List for Global Citizens: Adult

Global Issues Documentaries


Across the province, libraries are celebrating International Development Week by featuring their top reading picks for global citizens.

Stop by your local library to check out one of the books on our list, or to discover something new!



What book makes you think globally?

What book makes you think globally?

Tell us for a chance to win a $100 gift card for McNally Robinson Booksellers!

How to Enter:

  1. Follow MCIC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  2. Comment on our Facebook page, or create a post Instagram or Twitter telling us about a book that helped you think globally — it could be from our Reading List for Global Citizens, or a new suggestion!
  3. Tag #IDW2020


Contest runs from January 20, 2020 to February 29, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

Do you have a favourite book for global citizens? Tell us about a book that makes you think globally and you could win a $100 gift card for McNally Robinson Booksellers!

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