Travel the world through books
As most of us don't have the money to be world travelers, we can use books to experience the sights and culture and languages of faraway places. Here are a smattering of books set in a variety of places around the world:
Everybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman. See the sights around Paris.
Good morning China by Hu Yong Yi. Soft pictures show the typical activities and routines of Chinese people on a typical morning in the park.
How to make an apple pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman. A girl goes around the world to gather ingredients for an apple pie.
I lost my tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite. While visiting relatives in Mali, a girl loses a tooth, and the African tooth fairy brings her two chickens.
Mirror by Jeannie Baker. In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping.
Olivia goes to Venice by Ian Falconer. Olivia and her family vacation in Venice, Italy.
Waiting for the biblioburro by Monica Brown. A girl in Colombia waits for the man who brings library books on two burros. (Maybe you say the show on Channel 8 about the real Biblioburro?)
Yuki and the one thousand carriers by Gloria Whelan. This is an historic tale about a a girl travleing with her father, a governor, along the Tokaido Road in Japan along with 1,000 attendants.
Yasmin's Hammer by Ann Malaspina. In Bangladesh, two girls work hard all day to support the family, but one really wants to go to school.