Kids Read: Russia

We will definitely look for more books from Russia in the future. Last week and this week we read primarily folktales because of #folktaleweek on Instagram. Artists from around the world shared their work centered around several themes. A few #bookstagram accounts and I joined together to highlight folktales from around the world using the… Continue reading Kids Read: Russia

Can Fairy Tales Bring Us Together?

My daughters have been into fairytales recently; there is not a bedtime story book pile that does not include a fairytale in some form or another. Their interest has led us to read, and watch, many different versions of some of the classic European fairytales, which also got me thinking about the fairytales we know and… Continue reading Can Fairy Tales Bring Us Together?

Chickens Around the World (and in Our Backyard)

In August, after a year and a half of planning (and building), we took the plunge and got three hens. I decided to search and see how many countries I could represent with children's books about chickens. There are a surprising number of great chicken books around! I would love to find some books set… Continue reading Chickens Around the World (and in Our Backyard)

Kids Read: Ghana

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi has been on my TBR pile for a while, so I decided to head our reading in that direction this week. You can read more about my experience with Homegoing below. I was so excited when I came across a collection of Ananse stories late this week by a Ghanian author.… Continue reading Kids Read: Ghana

Kids Read: Pakistan

Here in the United States I'm never sure if we get an accurate picture of what is going on politically, socially, culturally, and economically in South Asia, where Pakistan is located. I'm often nervous to write about these countries because my limited knowledge about that area of the world leaves a lot of room for… Continue reading Kids Read: Pakistan

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 books.  They are absolutely adorable. Waiting for Winter, published by Kane Miller, tells the story of a  squirrel, who is quite perplexed when his friend Deer mentions the possibility… Continue reading Books Worth Checking Out

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 year, I am now also looking to diversify my classroom library. Australia - Bindi by Aboriginal Australian writer Kirli Saunders and Aboriginal Australian illustrator Dub Leffler, published by Magabala Books, is… Continue reading Upper Elementary Books Update

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 Folktale, retold by Kelly Dupre, illustrated by Somali-Canadian Amin Amir, translated into Somali for this bilingual book, and published by the Minnesota Humanities Center is the story of… Continue reading Picture Book Update