In today’s increasingly interconnected world, preparing children to succeed includes fostering children in becoming happy global citizens and it is never to early to start. Read books together with young kids about children around the world and all the ways that children are the same and the ways that children’s lives differ. Read about differences and similarities in celebrations, holidays, languages, food, landscape, houses, music, religions, and play. Not only will children be better prepared to live and work in our diverse country but this is an important step in building a more peaceful world. Here’s a few great titles to share with kids:
Children Just Like Me: A New Celebration of Children Around the World (DK, 2016)
In 2016, DK published this new edition of one of their best books. Learn about kids from other countries like Sotaro from Japan, along with their language, traditional food, and interesting things about each. As always in a DK book, great photos abound.
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes (Owlkids, 2011)
Most children in the U.S. have no idea what it takes from some children in other parts of the world to go to school or what their schools look like. Children have an amazing capacity to learn most anywhere, and the will to learn is strong around the world as you will find out in this amazing book.
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People, 2nd Edition (CitizenKid) by David J. Smith (Kids Can Press, 2011)
The numbers of people on earth are hard to imagine so the author asks us to think of the world as a global village with a variety of neighbors representing other cultures. This teaches kids and adults about global diversity without boundaries. After all, we are one people on earth. With beautiful illustrations by Shelagh Armstrong.