If we can’t globe trot in real life, why not take a trip around the world in the comfort of our own home?! No bags to pack. No jet lag to overcome. These kid-friendly fiction and nonfiction titles introduce kids to the world beyond their borders.
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I’m a big travel nut. I love planning, visiting and remembering trips to far away destinations. And I LOVED teaching a year-long around the world unit to my second graders.
I’ve learned from traveling around the world and discovering new languages, traditions, foods and perspectives. I hope to expose my boys to similar learning opportunities but I am the first to acknowledge that I’m not ready to take an international flight with two children under the age of three.
These 62 kids’ books from around the world are the perfect alternative!
Introducing Our Trip
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
Toot & Puddle
A Giraffe Goes to Paris
Me on the Map
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Where Do I Live?
Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World
Houses and Homes (Around the World Series)
Everybody Cooks Rice
Whoever You Are
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World
Hello World! Greetings in 42 Languages Around the Globe
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Books About Africa
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Look What Came From Africa
A Is for AfricaWangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
For You Are a Kenyan Child
Books About Antarctica
Books About Asia
Tikki Tikki Tembo
How Tiger Got His Stripes: A Folktale from Vietnam
The Empty Pot
Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia
The Littlest Matryoshka
The Story of Little Babaji
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet
Books About Australia
Books About Europe
Books About North America
M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet
Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition
Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Abuela (English with Spanish phrases)
A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women
A is for America
The Scrambled States of America
Books About South America
Up and Down the Andes: A Peruvian Festival Tale
Cassio’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Brazilian Village (A Child’s Day)
For the Love of Soccer!
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest