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Books Around the World

Reading is a fun and exciting part of a child’s day as he or she visits magical worlds with a variety of interesting characters. Even though there are the classic children’s books—Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or Charlotte’s Web—there are also enjoyable stories from around the world. Let’s check them out!

Why The Sky Is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale by Mary-Joan Gerson

According to an old tale, the sky wasn’t always as far away as it is today. In fact, people could reach up, take a piece, and it would turn into delicious food like corn, pineapple, or soup. One day, however, people started taking too much, and the Sky King decided it had to stop! This book is vivid in illustrations and has a great moral about recycling and resources.

Recommended for ages 3-6

I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi

Have you ever been to Tokyo? If you haven’t, no worries! Mimiko, the narrator of the story, tells us about her life in the capital of Japan in the span of one year. She goes to school, prepares for festivals and celebrations, and even makes yummy food. There’s a special bonus section with her 10 favorite meals, as well as a mini glossary of Japanese words and phrases. The bright watercolor photos will make this book something to look forward to over the years!

Recommended for ages 4-8

The Mitten by Jan Brett

In this heartwarming story, a young Ukrainian boy asks his grandma to knit some white mittens for the winter. Unfortunately, he loses them in the snow! One by one, animals in the forest find the mitten and try to squeeze inside, warming themselves from the cold. The ending is funny and surprising, and kids will love the authentic European illustrations.

Recommended for ages 3-5