I always love reading books with Around the World themes with my kids and with the current global crisis it is one of the only ways we have to see the world! Below are some of our favorite books with this theme.
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Wonders of the World by Daniela Celli
This oversized reference book is so beautifully illustrated and designed. It provides an engaging look at various impressive places around the world and I love how little notes throughout direct you to other pages in the book as it shares something else that might interest you.
This is How We Do It and This is How I Do It Activity Book by Matt Lamothe
The original book that provides wonderful insight into actual children’s lives around the world and then the activity book lets children tell their own story through interactive elements while they also learn about other children around the world. My son loved the original book and was so excited when the activity book released and he was so proud to write his own story. There are also postcards and a fold out map!
Tiny Travelers series by Steven Wolfe Periera and Susie Jaramillo
With thick board book pages and beautiful design these books help young kids go on a treasure hunt to find hidden items on each page while also learning new facts and words along the way. Each book was written with guidance from experts in the area to ensure cultural accuracy and authenticity. Also check out the new learning website from the company Encantos with lots of wonderful free resources for global learning! There are three countries out now with more coming very soon!
Little Kids First Big Book of the World by Elizabeth Carney
We have read several books in this National Geographic series and they are wonderfully done and perfect for poring over. We own this one and my son loves reading it in bed and calling out random facts to us. He has gained a lot of geographic knowledge from reading this book on his own.
Cooking Class: Global Feast! by Deanna F. Cook
This fun cookbook provided some new ideas of foods I can include in my Read Around the World lessons as well recipes and knowledge we can use in our everyday family life. I love how this cookbook is laid out with glimpses into the lives of real kids around the world, extra fun facts and plenty of pictures. There are also extra goodies in the back—stickers, a food passport, food flags, and flash cards!
Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World by Alice B. McGinty
A great child-level look at foods around the world, this one was a lot of fun for my son to look through and try to guess the countries as well as learn lots of new information! It’s not over saturated with facts and can easily be a quicker or longer read depending on what you want.