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Are you looking to add more diverse books to your bookshelves, or to your library stack? Why not look beyond your country’s borders to see what children around the world are reading?

Each week my daughters (age 4.5 and 2.5) and I are reading as many picture books as we can find from a different country. So far, in 2021, we have read books from 20 countries, and are excited for all the countries we have left. We have discovered so many amazing books we never would have read before starting this project.

We love getting recommendations for can’t miss picture books from around the world, so please share the great ones you know about! Stop back here each week, or follow us on Instagram @kidsreadtheworld to see what we’re reading.

For a full list of the picture books we’ve read and loved, you can visit the Picture Book List. There is also an Adult Book List for the books I’m reading and loving from each country.


From the blog

Books Worth Checking Out

After we read books from Germany a few weeks ago someone suggested I look up the German author Sebastian Messcenmoser. Luckily our local library had two of his…

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Upper Elementary Books Update

There are a few upper elementary/middle school books I am adding to my lists for countries we have already visited using books. Working with primarily 4th graders this…

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Picture Book Update

Today I’m sharing four picture books that have popped up on my radar since reading books from those countries. Somalia – The Travels of Igal Shidad: A Somali…

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Kids Read: Venezuela

Venezuela proved to be a difficult country to find picture books for. I was able to get my hands on one amazing book, which you can read…

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Kids Read: Germany

We have been reading books from Germany for the past few weeks. I was waiting for some of them to come in from the library and abroad,…

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Kids Read: Egypt

Everytime I think “oh, I’ll have no problem finding books from this country,” I have a problem. I was able to find one Egyptian-American children’s book author…

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Kids Read: Haiti

I knew very little about Haiti before reading picture books, and Memory at Bay (discussed below) this week. We only tend to hear about Haiti when there…

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Kids Read: France

This week we read books from France. There seem to be more and more picture books coming to the market in the United States from France, some…

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Kids Read: Iceland

I didn’t realize when I planned out this month we would be reading books from two countries I have traveled to recently back to back. Last week…

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About Me

Hi, I’m Lori, a U.S. based mother of two girls (4 years old, and 2 years old), a wife, a special education teacher in a public school, and a picture book lover for as long as I can remember. While we are homebound for now, I still want to give my girls a taste of all the things this big wide world has to offer, to broaden their hearts and minds in the best way I know how.

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