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Best Books for Global Kids and Families

kathycoulnj "kathycoulnj"
The list author says: "Here are some books I've read and loved. I'm interested in finding books that feed my interest in other people, languages, and cultures and that help me introduce them to my son. I write about introducing children to other people and cultures at www.kidculture.wordpress.com."
My First Chinese New Year (My First Holiday)
My First Chinese New Year (My First Holiday)
"I really loved this book - and it made me hungry for dumplings!"
Is There Really a Human Race?
Is There Really a Human Race?
"This book was recommended by my son's first-grade teacher and it's been a big hit!"
Starry Safari
Starry Safari
"What a cute book.  I loved the little twist at the end (perfect for kids).  The pictures are beautiful."
Max et les Maximonstres : French edition of Where the Wild Things Are
Max et les Maximonstres : French edition of Where the Wild Things Are
"We have this book in French and English.  It's a classic."
For Every Child, a Better World
For Every Child, a Better World
"This is published by the United Nations."
Find Out About France: Learn French Words and Phrases and About Life in France (Find Out About Books)
Find Out About France: Learn French Words and Phrases and About Life in France (Find Out About Books)
"Fun book for me (and my son) to learn new French words."
Quiero a mi Mama Porque (I Love my Mommy Because Eng/Span ed) (Spanish Edition)
Quiero a mi Mama Porque (I Love my Mommy Because Eng/Span ed) (Spanish Edition)
"Love this book!"
Quiero a mi papa Porque (I Love My Daddy Because English / Spanishedition) (Spanish Edition)
Quiero a mi papa Porque (I Love My Daddy Because English / Spanishedition) (Spanish Edition)
"Sweet (although Quiero a mi Mama porque is my favorite)!"
Grace for President
Grace for President
"This book is such a favorite with us that we have bought at least five of them and given them as gifts.  It's a great story."
The Best of the Greek Myths (Best Stories)
The Best of the Greek Myths (Best Stories)
"I love to read these stories over and over."
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
"This is just a universal story."
Mama, Do You Love Me?
Mama, Do You Love Me?
"My son really loves this book."
Papa, Do You Love Me? (Mama)
Papa, Do You Love Me? (Mama)
"This is another favorite."
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
Grandma Calls Me Beautiful
"Very sweet."
The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny
"If you don't love this book you have a heart of stone.  Sorry, that's a bit strong, but it touches a nerve with parents, I think.  Once you're a parent, you'd go to the ends of the earth to get your child to eat a carrot.  That is the moral of the story, right?"
Me and My Family Tree
Me and My Family Tree
"This is a great book that got my son and I talking about all the countries his relatives are from."
How Are We the Same and Different? (Our Multicultural World)
How Are We the Same and Different? (Our Multicultural World)
"We've only read this once but we just got it."
The Colors of Us
The Colors of Us
"This books gives a nice context to talk about how people come in different colors."
Dora's World Adventure! (Dora the Explorer)
Dora's World Adventure! (Dora the Explorer)
"This book is falling apart we've read it so much.  The friendship bracelet that comes with it is long gone, but we're still big fans."
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books)
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books)
"I love the pictures."
The Story Of Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Bookshelf)
The Story Of Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Bookshelf)
"It's the 50th anniversary in 2010 of Ruby Bridges' - and her parents' - commitment to gaining equal access to education for every child.  She faced more at 6 years old than most of us will in our entire lives.  She is one of our greatest living heroes."
Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book)
Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book)
"Recommended by a teacher-friend, this is a beautiful book."
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
"Another favorite that is falling apart at the seams."
The Fortune-Tellers (Picture Puffin Books)
The Fortune-Tellers (Picture Puffin Books)
"Beautiful pictures."
On the Day You Were Born: Book and Musical CD
On the Day You Were Born: Book and Musical CD
"This is a sweet book but I do worry its message may cause my child to be a raging narcissist.  I'll watch him carefully."
Willy the Wimp
Willy the Wimp
"The best, funniest, most useful book on bullying I've ever read.  There are some pictures and dialogue that my son and I re-enact!"
Bark, George
Bark, George
"Every kid should have this book.  By at least age two, this book will have them rolling on the floor in laughter.  And there's nothing better than that!"
Luke on the Loose (Toon)
Luke on the Loose (Toon)
"We just got this but it's so different from our other children's books that we're fascinated.  It's a graphic novel."
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
"One of my favorites as a kid and now my son's."
Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker (Sesame Street) (Step into Reading)
Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker (Sesame Street) (Step into Reading)
"I look for this book in every bookstore I go in and I never can find it - but now here's Amazon to the rescue!  The pictures are hilarious."
Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
"You can't go wrong with anything by Mo Willems.  He knows exactly what to write and how to draw to engage kids (and make them squeal with laughter!)."
A Pride of African Tales
A Pride of African Tales
"I love these stories."
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
"Not only are these great stories, but it's fun to talk to my son about Nelson Mandela."
How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)
How My Parents Learned to Eat (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin books)
"This book was recently recommended by PBS Kitchen Explorers and I think it sounds fantastic."
First Book of Sushi (World Snacks)
First Book of Sushi (World Snacks)
"This book has come highly recommended. And now that I've gotten my child to try sushi, I think we should celebrate with a story!"
The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic
The Seven Wise Princesses: A Medieval Persian Epic
"Based on a poem by Persian poet Nizami, this book includes ten stories told by princesses around the world."
Princess and the White Bear King
Princess and the White Bear King
"Read the adventures of a brave princess who will stop at nothing to reclaim the prince she foolishly lost."
The Prince's Bedtime PB w CD
The Prince's Bedtime PB w CD
"How do you get a prince to fall asleep? Here's a hint: you don't need a magician, a dance troupe, or jugglers. Just listen to the wise old woman and the whole kingdom will finally get some rest."