I love giving and receiving books. This year I’m sharing some of our favorite books that we have read in 2018. While there are so many great books to choose from, I’m highlighting these books because they inspire a love of geography and global citizenship for younger readers.
This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
I profiled this book in a detailed post. Using seven real kids from Italy, Japan, Uganda, Russia, India, Peru and Iran, we learn about their daily lives, from what they eat for breakfast, to school life, to play to family life after dinner.
Grandad Mandela by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela and Zondwa Mandela and Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Through a series of questions asked by Zazi and Ziwelene, the book tells the story of Nelson Mandela in a way that children can easily understand and connect with. The illustrations also connect really well with the story. As the story is being told by the current generation of Mandelas, it connects us with the present and inspires children to be peacemakers in the world. I provided more information about this book in a detailed blog post.
What Can A Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers and Illustrated by Shawn Harris
This book illustrates what good citizenship means to our communities and how we all, as citizens, can make the world a kinder, better place.
50 States by Gabrielle Balkan and Illustrated by Sol Linero
Explore more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, cities, nature and historic events that shape America through beautifully illustrated infographic maps.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
This book highlights 100 stories of extraordinary women from around the world. Illustrated by 60 female artists from around the world, the book is appropriate for ages 6 and up.
Global Baby Bedtimes
A picture board book of sleeping babies all over the world. Part of the proceeds from this book’s sales will be donated to the Global Fund for Children. In addition, there are other fantastic books in the Global Baby series.
My Very First Our World Book
A great introduction for toddlers and preschoolers to different landscapes including blue oceans, rainforests, and deserts.
My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly highlights his journey from childhood to his record-breaking year in space. It is inspiring and relatable for kids.
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Illustrated by Kerascoet
Nobel Peace Price winner Malala Yousafzai tells the story of her childhood. She shares her empowering message about using one’s voice to make change in the world.
We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael Lopez
Rafael Lopez illustrates the spiritual He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands with a message of hope to children. Lopez writes, “With this book, I wanted to express a message of hope to children that we are all in this together, that each and every child is an essential part of the big, amazing planet we call home.”
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
This is the latest in a series of wellness books by Verde and Reynolds. It explores the great and challenging parts of being human and recognizing the good in others. (We also love I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness ).
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
Sanna draws on stories told to her by children at a refugee center in Italy to illustrate the personal journeys of many migrants and refugees. The book illustrates the turmoil of their situation and the courage they took to undertake a harrowing journey.
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Based on the author’s own experience of immigrating to from Mexico to the United States with her 2 month old son, Dreamers is a testament to the physical and metaphorical journey she and her son have taken.
Counting With -Contando Con Frida (English and Spanish Edition)
Counting with Frida Kahlo or basically any book by Lil’Libros will be fun bilingual experience for your child!
No Kimchi For Me!
Yoomi is trying to prove to her brothers that she is a big kid by eating kimchi. But no matter how she disguises the kimchi, it still isn’t working. Grandma has a solution that brings them all together as a family. The book also includes a recipe you can do at home to try kimchi pancakes.