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Passport to Reading: Read-Aloud Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners Set in Other Countries

Benin:

It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher (E COW)

Can you imagine living in a village so small that you know almost everybody? Even when they go shopping at the busy market, Yemi and her little brother, Kokou, don't have to worry about strangers--everywhere they wander they are surrounded by caring friends and relatives.

Bermuda:

Goodnight Bermuda by J.K. Aspinall (Shelved with country books)

A child in Bermuda says "good-night" to some of animals and landmarks of her country. When reading aloud to younger children, adults might want to simply read the first line & last line on each page while enjoying the illustrations with their child.

Caribbean (No One Country Specified by Illustrator):

The House That Jack Built by Jenny Stow (E STO)

The words are those of the traditional nursery rhyme, but Jenny Stow's illustrations add a whole new dimension--she sets the verse in the sunny Caribbean, complete with blue skies, banana trees, and geckoed endpapers.

China:

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush. Illustrated by Sophie Fatus (In the Books with CD section, under E FAT)

The lyrics of a traditional children's song are accompanied by illustrations of children getting ready for school in China & three other countries. By looking carefully at the illustrations, children will discover both differences and similiarities to their own home routines.

A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong (E YUL)

Maomao's father works "in faraway places," but he is coming home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Families who are sometimes kept apart by a parents' work will identify with the process of reconnecting, spending time together, and then parting again, with precious memories and thoughts of their next reunion to sustain them.

Columbia:

Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter (JE 027 WIN)

A sweet story about a mobile library in Columbia. Luis loves books and stories and wants to share that love with others. He begins a traveling library, carrying books on burro back to "faraway villages in the lonely hills." After a visit from the traveling library, "far away in the hills, candles and lanterns burn as the children read borrowed books deep into [the] night."

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown (E BRO)

The first time a librarian comes to her village, Ana is amazed. "But senor," she says to the librarian, "I thought libraries were only in big cities and buildings." The librarian responds, "Not this one. This is a moving library." It sounds like a fairy tale, but Luis Soriano Bohorquez really does bring books by burro back to children in rural Coumbia, children who come running for storytime when he arrives & then check out books & start counting days until the biblioburro returns.

Global:

Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera, et al (JE 306.874 AJM)

What do you like to do with your grandparents? The kids in this book have all sorts of answers to that question--but they all agree that they feel happy, safe, & loved when they spend time with them.

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World by Barbara Kerley (JE 306.87 KER)

Photographs of parents and children from around the globe, accompanied by a simple text that echoes the love shown in the photographs. Although the photographs show a very diverse world, it is clear that one thing is the same from one country to the next: the love that is shared between parent and child.

One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley (JE 305.23 KER)

What is it like to be a kid in another country? This book shows a typical day around the world. The photographs and brief text show that while there are many differences from place to place, there are also many similarities: children play, go to school, help around the house, and spend quality time with their families.

Global Babies, Global Baby Boys, and Global Baby Girls (Board Books)

Photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. Global Babies presents children in cultural context.

India:

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush. Illustrated by Sophie Fatus (In the Books with CD section, under E FAT)

The lyrics of a traditional children's song are accompanied by illustrations of children getting ready for school in India & three other countries. By looking carefully at the illustrations, children will discover both differences and similiarities to their own home routines.

Monsoon Afternoon by Kashmira Sheth (E SHE)

A little boy looks for someone to play with, but everyone is too busy--until he asks his grandfather who is happy to spend time playing and sharing stories with his grandson.

My Mother's Sari by Sandhya Rao (E RAO)

Children talk about all the reasons they are glad their mothers dress in traditional Indian saris.

Jamaica:

Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior (E SEN)

The youngest in a large & loving family, Anna lags behind her older siblings on their daily walks to the spring for water. More than anything, she longs to be able to balance a water can on her head, the way her older brothers and sisters can.

Japan:

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon (E MES)

Multiculturalism is a "big" topic--made comprehensible here by the focus on just one activity: attending a ball game. A child explains the differences between going to a baseball game with his Japanese grandfather & his American grandfather. Readers will realize that although there are many differences between Japan and the United States, there is one constant: both sets of grandparents love their grandson very much.

Mali:

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush. Illustrated by Sophie Fatus (In the Books with CD section, under E FAT)

The lyrics of a traditional children's song are accompanied by illustrations of children getting ready for school in Mali & three other countries. By looking carefully at the illustrations, children will discover both differences and similiarities to their own home routines.

"Look at This!" series by Ifeoma Onyefulu (In the country section, under Mali)

A "look & learn" series appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. Each volume is arranged around a theme (for example, Play is about children's games) and is filled with large, colorful photographs for you and your child to look at and talk about together.

Mexico:

Nino's Mask by Jeanette Winter (E WIN)

Nino is a little boy living in a small Mexican village, but he has a big dream--to wear a mask and participate in the fiesta of the tigre. Nino doesn't want to be a rabbit or an owl or even a caiman in the fiesta--he wants to be "the barking perro who catches tigre in the fiesta." Can Nino make his dream come true?

Netherlands:

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems (E WIL)

Trixie and Knuffle Bunny are traveling to Holland to visit Oma and Opa. Oma tells Trixie what a big girl she is becoming, but Trixie is not so sure she likes growing up.

South Africa:

Jamela's Dress by Niki Daly (E DAL)

Mama has worked & saved to buy special material to make a dress to wear to Thelma's wedding. Everyone is cross with Jamela when she spoils the new fabric--even Jamela is cross with Jamela. Can Archie help her fix things in time for the wedding?

Where's Jamela? by Niki Daly (E DAL)

Jamela packs her special things for the move to the new house, & then she packs herself. Tired out from all that packing, she falls asleep...

One Child, One Seed by Kathryn Cave (J 968 CAV)

This is two books in one--the left hand pages tell a simple counting story while the right hand pages give information about living in rural South Africa. Preschoolers will enjoy the counting story while getting a sense of setting from the illustrations.

Tanzania:

Your Moon, My Moon by Patricia MacLachlan (E MAC)

The words talk about the differences between a grandmother's life in the northern United States and her grandchild's life in Tanzania, but the pictures tell another story. Look carefully! Can you see the rest of the story unfold in the pictures?

Thailand:

Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (JE 811 HOM)

A mother hushes animals ranging in size from a mosquito to an elephant, explaining that they need to be quiet so her baby can sleep.

Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho (E HOM)

A father looks for his daughter during a game of hide-and-seek, but can't find her. Sharp eyed readers, however, will be able to see the little girl hiding in every picture.

Uganda:

Off to Market by Elizabeth Dale (E DAL)

"The Wheels on the Bus Go 'Round & 'Round" Oh, no, they've stopped! The bus can't get to market--it's filled with too many people and too many animals and the hill is just too step. Little Keb wants to help. Can his idea get the bus moving again in this rhyming story?

United Kingdom:

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush. Illustrated by Sophie Fatus (In the Books on CD section, under E FAT)

The lyrics of a traditional children's song are accompanied by illustrations of children getting ready for school in the United Kingdom & three other countries. By looking carefully at the illustrations, children will discover both differences and similiarities to their own home routines.

Zimbabwe:

Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock (E STO)

Part story and part puzzle: can you find Manyoni in each picture? Can you guess where she is going?

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