By Lulu Delacre
In this touching, vibrantly illustrated bilingual story, Lulu Delacre tells the story of a warm, close-knit family and community who help a very determined young boy find the key to his dreams. Includes instructions for making a carnival mask.
By George Ancon
For weeks, the people of the Brazilian town of Olinda have been sewing costumes, painting masks, and creating giant puppets--preparing for Carnaval. Learn about this five-day festival of parades, dancing, and singing that celebrates the traditions and folklore of the people and the shared cultures--indigenous, European, and African--that make up Brazil.
The Piñata Maker/El Piñatero
By George Ancon
Don Ricardo, or Tio Rico as he is called by the children, is the piñata maker of Ejutla de Crespo, a village in southern Mexico. Told in English and Spanish by award-winning author/photographer George Ancona, El Piñatero/The Piñata Maker documents this traditional Latin American art, and offers readers a fascinating glimpse of Mexican village life.
Celebrations! Festivals, Carnivals, and Feast Days from Around the World
By Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley
This remarkable new book from photographer and writer team Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley captures the color and vibrancy of international children's festivals. Original photography and children's own words bring to life many of the world's major religious and local celebrations from countries such as Japan, Mexico, India, and Sweden. From the dazzling costumes of the Rio Carnival to the role of the elephants in Sri Lanka's Esal Perahera, children everywhere will love learning about the festivals and the wonderful ways that these events are celebrated around the world.
DK Publishing, Inc
All the World
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.
Simon and Schuster
Is There Really a Human Race?
By Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Is there really a human race? Is it going on now all over the place? When did it start? Who said, "Ready, Set, Go"? Did it start on my birthday? I really must know. With these questions, our hero's imagination is off and running. Is the human race an obstacle course? Is it a spirit? Does he get his own lane? Does he get his own coach? Written with Jamie Lee Curtis's humor and heart and illustrated with Laura Cornell's worldly wit, Is There Really a Human Race? Is all about relishing the journey and making good choices along the way—because how we live and how we love is how we learn to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People
By David J. Smith, Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong
There are currently more than six billion people on the planet! This enormous number can be difficult to grasp, especially for a child. In a time when parents and educators are looking to help children gain a better understanding of the world's peoples and their ways of life, this book serves as a unique and objective resource. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. The shrunk-down statistics - some surprising, some shocking - and David Smith's tips on building "world-mindedness" will encourage readers to embrace the bigger picture and help them to establish their own place in the global village.
Kids Can Press
A Faith Like Mine: A celebration of the world’s religions through the eyes of children
By Laura Buller
A perfect book for children and parents to read together, A Faith Like Mine uses revealing photography and detailed personal accounts to give unique insight into the diversity of religious faith as experienced through the lives of children across the world.
DK Publishing, Inc
Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World
By Maya Ajmera & Anna Rhesa Versola
Vibrant color photographs portray positive images of children that help foster a sense of global citizenship. With an abundance of information about cultures, languages, and environment, this fascinating journey around the world will inspire both young and old alike. Readers will also discover Xanadu, an ideal imaginary land described and illustrated by elementary school children.
It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from Around the World
By Ellen Jackson, Illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis
In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.
Life Around the World (Series)
By Heather Adamson
Support multicultural understanding with simple text and bright photos of homes, families, schools, and clothes around the world. Readers will connect with kids in many cultures, and a locator map shows where each photo was taken.
Around-the-World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents through Craft Fun
By Judy Press
Explores the cultures and customs of many different lands by offering projects that familiarize the sights and peoples of the world.