“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”
– Pablo Casals
我们去吧 (wo men qu ba)!
Let’s take a reading trip across the globe.
Whether you’re planning a family trip to France or simply want to expose your child to diverse cultures and people on planet Earth, you can bring out your family’s inner explorers through books.
I like to add favorites to our bookshelf at home, but before dropping $7 – 15 bones on Amazon, I usually opt for a first read for free. I search Chicago Public Library‘s online catalog. In Chicago, you can put up to five books on hold and have them delivered to your branch. When the book arrives at your local library, you get an email notification and a deadline by which you must pick up the book.
It’s so easy.
Around the World in 10 Books
Everybody Bonjours: I have an extensive classroom library, but this book my favorite passport to Paris. It’s the first read with my Kindergarteners in September.
If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico – The author, Carole P. Roman, is a formal social studies teacher. Her books introduce children to other cultures and countries such as Greece, Turkey, India, China, Australia, France, Kenya, Russia, Scotland, Portugal, Norway, Peru, and South Korea.
Let’s Visit Istanbul: Adventures of Bella & Henry: This picture book series follows a doggie named Bella, her little brother Harry, and their family as they make stops in exciting cities, such as Dublin, Rome, Athens, Vancouver, Barcelona, Cairo, Venice, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Maui, New York, Berlin, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro.
What’s your family’s favorite title? Please share in the comments.