How much does your child know about the world? How about the countries where some of their friends may come from?
I’m always searching for ways to turn my kids into global citizens and while I wish I could fly them around the world every few weeks the reality is I have to find other affordable, easy and fun ways to school them about other countries and cultures.
Even if you’ve never left your hometown you can still raise culturally aware children who appreciate people from all backgrounds. And today is a great day to do it!
It’s International Children’s Book Day - an annual event held on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, to inspire a love of reading and celebrate wonderful children’s books everywhere.
Here are some great book selections and sites to encourage reading about the world:
International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)
The ICDL Foundation’s mission is to give children access to books of their culture and other cultures regardless of where they live. You can search for books by country and read them online or just collect a list of titles to check out at your local library.
10 Children’s Books That Teach Diversity
Stuck for book ideas? Here’s a great list of fun books for all ages that help teach valuable life lessons and celebrate cultural diversity. Most are available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
This is a great site featuring award-winning children’s books that help children explore themselves, other cultures and the planet. Barefoot books are always beautifully illustrated with compelling stories and meaningful messages.
Check out this cute video from one of their many diverse publications:
Multi-cultural Children’s Literature
Here’s another valuable online resource featuring information on books from around the world for children in elementary grades. You can search by country and access links to libraries, resource centers and book websites. Great tool for teachers!
What kind of books do your kids enjoy reading? How else do you encourage your kids to explore the world? I could use some good ideas, so please share!
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