Thanks for joining us today for our very first Facebook Live Book Review. I truly love these particular books and hope you will too! Each of them contributes to make us all better global citizens. Here are the Amazon links to all of today’s picks! Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!
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At The Same Moment Around The World
As the sun brightly rises on one side of the world, it softly sets on another. In this global book pick with a series of delightful illustrations, the author takes the reader on a journey during just one moment in time. Each page shares a child’s view of his or her community and depicts what each and every busy mind is up to during this moment in time. A delightful read to support understanding of how the earth revolves around the sun making it a perfect balance to support STEM and cultural understanding.
This is a perfect book to share with a young traveler just starting to understand how movement around the world works. Take time to find each location on an actual globe to gain a better sense of time zones and the latitude-longitude system. Mostly, though, enjoy the charming illustrations of this global book pick and fun cultural activities each page brings to the read!
Hitting the road? Catching a flight? Whether you are off to see the wonders of Italy or on the way to Grandma’s house a journal is not only a great way to keep young ones busy but an excellent teaching tool. Journals certainly provide practice with ever frustrating writing skills but they do so much more! In fact, journals create intentional, mindful travelers. Each time an entry is another step toward making travel a learning moment.
Meet Molly, An American Girl
From the creators of the American Girl Dolls comes one of their signature historical fiction series. Molly is realizing that war time sacrifices are frustrating especially when so many changes are happening all around her. From food rations to home made Halloween costumes, Molly needs to navigate her world while missing her dad who is overseas supporting the war effort. Molly’s story certainly rings true in light of current issues our kids are facing. What better way can we help them see that things will get better than to read a story about a little girl who learns just that lesson? Molly’s journey continues through several successive books. These books can be a bit of a challenge to find as this particular doll is has been put back in the AG vault and can sell for more than $300.00! The doll that is, not the books!
Great Wonders Of The World
Calling all travel dreamers! This one is for you! It’s time to get your Indiana Jones hat and explore the greatest of all time! From the Colossus of Rhodes to the mysterious Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this book takes you on an epic journey to engineering feats that make you say “how did they even do that?!” That power of wow is a super cool way to get the kids in your life ready to get going on your next adventure!
Nat Geo Kids’ Guide to Photography
If you are looking for an amazing new hobby for your budding traveler, how about giving photography a try? In true Nat Geo form, this book is jam packed with tip after tip and idea after idea. I literally took this book and a camera and put it in the hands of a few students. It was magical! With easy to read articles about photography basics and interesting tips about theme, this read is perfect for the creative kid in your life!
This Little Explorer: A Pioneer Primer
Start your little travelers off on the right foot by teaching them all about some of the greatest explorers of all time! In this great read along, each page introduces famous travelers like Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. (The info has been updated on that guy!) Sweet illustrations make this a fun bedtime read so your little gypsy can have adventures while he or she dreams!
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World
This pick is for the girls in your life who is ready to learn why women are mighty. These one page biographies are delightful and highlight their wonderful contributions to their respective fields. if you are looking for a little girl power, check this book out!
A Computer Called Catherine
If you have had the chance to see the movie Hidden Figures, then you already know that Catherine Johnson is a superhero! This kid sized version of how Catherine would up being an integral part of the Space Race is a great launching pad to understanding the role of women throughout history.
If Kids Ran The World
I can think of no better time to read this book than in these tough COVID-19 times. This book rings so true today and as I re-read it for this post, I found myself wishing it were all true! With a hopeful nod to the way things should be on our third rock from the sun, and a bit of Louis Armstrong nostalgia, this read leaves you refreshed and ready to take on a new day.
A Ticket Around The World
I hope all of your travel dreams come true this year! I’m hoping for a banner travel year myself! My planning process always starts in January. I guess I’ve taken the “New Year, New You” saying and customized it to be “New Year, Where To?” When getting ready to plan your travels, you may want to dream a little bit with your kids. After all, that’s exactly what we need to do in order to keep growing our future global citizens, right? A Ticket Around The World by Natalie Diaz and company does a great job of taking a literary trip around the world to explore many familiar and perhaps unfamiliar places all over the globe.
So, climb on board with kids from all over and learn about the wonders of Botswana, The Philippines, France, Brazil, and The United States (among others). Each beautifully illustrated page has tons of great travel basics to know about each destination. It makes this picture book a great first travel guide to boot!
Considering that we are all grounded, how about a book that lets you remember all of your adventures? And dream up some new ones? Each page denotes a topic and has room to write down previous fun and room to conjure up some new travel ideas. While I put it on this list for older kids and teens, make no mistake, it is a great adult pick too! I find myself jotting down all sorts of new ideas. Then, realizing there is so much more to see and do in this world. I am in love with this book!