This past spring my kids and I took an imaginary trip around the world. Every couple of weeks, we chose a new continent and read books set in that continent. We had fun. I compiled booklists of the very best books I could find and posted booklists and reviews here at Delightful Children’s Books. I searched for stories that entertain as well as give children information about what it is like to live in a different part of the world today.
This summer, you are invited to take your own imaginary trip around the world! To participate, read one or more books from a new continent every couple of weeks. Consider signing up for a reading challenge. See For Parents and Teachers for information about two great reading challenges.
At Delightful Children’s Books, we will be visiting the continents and sharing resources about each continent in the following order:
Africa - early-June
Europe - late-June
Australia - early-July
The Arctic - late-July
South America - early-August
Asia - late-August
If you are interested in fun activities to teach kids about other countries, check out For Parents and Teachers. In addition, sign up to follow Delightful Children’s Books on Facebook or Twitter. I will be sharing book recommendations, recipes, crafts, and other neat things I discover all summer long via Facebook and Twitter.
Last but not least, be sure to head to your local public library to see what activities they have planned for the summer! The summer reading program theme for libraries across the United States this year is One World, Many Stories. Your local public library may have exciting activities planned to compliment your trip around the world.
Have you read a picture book set in Mexico, cooked a Vietnamese noodle salad, made Ukranian eggs, or tried another fun activity that exposed your children to life in another country? Share your picture book reviews, recipes, crafts, and stories here! I plan to share the most creative, inspiring posts with others this summer via Facebook, Twitter, and an end-of-the-summer post.
Click this link to view or add to the collection:
For more information:
Read Around the World — The Read Around the World booklists available in one place.
For Parents and Teachers — A collection of great educational resources for teaching kids about other countries, including a kids’ multicultural cookbook, a pretend passport template, the best source for free printable flags, and much more.
For Librarians — A resource for librarians planning One World Many Story summer reading programs.