The Language of Spells. Viennese girl meets dragon in sweet, poignant fantasy. Smart, funny account of summer camp discomfort. Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. Exciting story of launching deep-sea diving tank.
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Bat and the Waiting Game. Story of boy on the spectrum explores feelings, challenges. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Dreamy, visual vacation unfolds in sweet beach tale. By Lynne Rae Perkins. A House That Once Was. Lovely, lyrical adventure as kids explore abandoned house. The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle. Girl bikes across the U. Guardians of the Taiga: Wild Rescuers, Book 1. Minecraft wolf-girl heroine shines in exciting book debut. Not So Normal Norbert. By James Patterson, Joey Green. Where the Watermelons Grow. Book about mental illness in family is real yet reassuring.
Shapeshifting twins tale slow to wow; series has potential. The Journey of Little Charlie. Tense, powerful novel of boy and slave catcher in By Christopher Paul Curtis. Al Capone Throws Me a Curve: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 4. Riveting prison drama returns with focus on family, freedom. A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots. Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L. Evangeline of the Bayou. Exciting thrills and chills in mysterious supernatural tale. Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery. The 5 O'Clock Band.
Trombone Shorty tale is joyous love letter to New Orleans. Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. Girl learns words, family matter in fun, imaginative story. A Boy Called Bat. Gentle tale of animal-loving boy on the autism spectrum. Fun, evilly funny mischief and pets at summer camp. Fun, educational mystery introduces kids to sign language. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Math whiz gets out of comfort zone in smart, touching story.
Raffie on the Run. Subway rat aims to rescue brother in swift urban adventure. The Mad Wolf's Daughter. Mighty tween heroine rocks fun, thrilling medieval tale. Runner finds own way to grieve in unique series volume. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam. Powerful, intimate must-read account of the Vietnam War. What I Leave Behind. Teen walks out his grief in beautiful, captivating book. Dad by My Side. Charming book celebrates daughter-dad relationship. How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Fun hands-on projects, inspiration for different thinkers.
From Hero to Zero: Middle School Series, Book Lots of heart in funny tale of Rafe's class trip to London. By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts. Moon Base Alpha, Book 3. Attempted murder, mechanical crisis spark satisfying finale. Sibs squabble in cute but contrived Irish road-trip tale. By Jenna Evans Welch. In touching story and art, boy imagines he's a mermaid. New dangers, unexpected allies enliven galactic quest. By Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel. From Twinkle, with Love. Sparkling romantic comedy has lots to say about friendship. How to Code a Sandcastle.
Solid coding lessons fill fun tale of girl and her robot. Boy remembers his grandfather in magical, visual tale. By Terry Fan, Eric Fan. A Stone for Sascha. Beautiful art in wordless tale of loss and passage of time. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Meaty bio of RBG shows how she fought for women's rights.
Fast-paced animal fantasy tackles theme of extinction. The Penderwicks at Last. Charming, funny series finale comes full circle. Compelling story of girl in Pakistan forced to be a servant. The Trials of Apollo, Book 3. Evil Caligula reigns again in high-action Apollo sequel. Teen girls connect in emotional graphic novel. A Guide to Changing the World. Lively, left-leaning how-to for kid activism.
Is Square a genius artist? In funny story, Circle thinks so! Sensitive, suspenseful story of girl's little green friend. By Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead. Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure. Light, breezy stories in sequel about wacky babysitter. The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers. Jokey history offers Yelp-like reviews for time travelers. Fun look at a preschooler's thrill of getting new shoes.
Quirky fable promotes family, community, teamwork. Secret Coders, Book 5. Hint of romance in funny, high-energy graphic novel.
By Gene Luen Yang. Animal series finale satisfies with many solid messages. By Linda Sue Park. The Confidence Code for Girls: Empowering advice to help girls discover their strength. Engaging reboot puts Jane Eyre in space. Hudson and the Puppy: Dog helps homeless pup in charming Paris adventure. By Jackie Clark Mancuso. Road Trip with Max and His Mom. Fun road trip sequel explores emotional effects of divorce.
The Creature of the Pines: The Unicorn Rescue Society, Book 1. Kids save mythical creature in sweet, funny fantasy. Heartfelt, soaring, fast-break story of loss and growth. Compelling history brings the Great Depression to life. Bunny hops along with Mike Pence in patriotic picture book. Story Thieves, Book 5. Wild adventures, cameos, recaps in loony series finale. Sweet, hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance. By Erin Entrada Kelly. Joyous celebration of the trial and error of growing up. The Treehouse Books, Book 6. Jealousy pits friend against friend in rambunctious story.
Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs. Lulu helps dog adoption effort in cute series finale. Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story. Boy learns from his grandpa in warm family tale. Misfit siblings feud with neighbor in fun but chaotic romp. Gina steps up in fun-filled, action-packed volume. Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel, Book 1.
Flawed but fascinating modern spin on Indian mythology. The Prince and the Dressmaker. Charming, cross-dressing prince breaks the fairy tale mold. Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes. Entertaining bilingual book plays with legend and language. The Girl Who Ran: Suspense, drama in tale of runner who helped break barrier. By Frances Poletti, Kristina Yee. Fairy Mom and Me, Book 1. Fluffy fun for fairy fans encourages teamwork, patience. Five Kingdoms, Book 5. Series finale loses momentum but ends in heroic flourish. Old MacDonald Had a Boat. New spin on old song when Old MacDonald retools his boat.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. Cute story of two boy bunnies who get married. Boy loves doll in story with humor and heart. Dreamy, visually stunning meditation on colors and seasons. What Do You Do with a Chance? Life advice for the young shows how to snag golden chances. The Story of Ada Lovelace. Playful bio of female who pioneered programming in s. By Tanya Lee Stone. Grounded fairy learns to let her heart lead in magical tale.
By John David Anderson. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World. First stirrings of girl's same-sex crush gently handled. By Ashley Herring Blake. Vibrant memories of Caribbean island celebrate heritage. The Wild Robot Escapes. Animals aid robot journey in sequel tinged with human love. India-Pakistan religious conflict drives moving family tale. The Traitor's Game, Book 1. Royal intrigue, mild romance in action-packed fantasy. I've Loved You Since Forever. Simple book about parent-child love from Today show anchor. Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Sweet, silly pictures and story will delight early readers.
By Brian Selznick, David Serlin. Harriet Gets Carried Away. Fanciful story of birthday girl spirited away by penguins. She Persisted Around the World: Inspiring tales of great women who followed their dreams. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 1. Rushed, fun adventure with Indian princess in combat boots. The Book of Boy. Boy seeks relics in fun, mystical Middle Ages fantasy. By Catherine Gilbert Murdock. The Numair Chronicles, Book 1. Strong characters, murder fill exciting magic-academy tale. Charming, artful bio celebrates singer, music, kindness. Perfectly set bookish mystery with some spooky stuff.
Inspiring, intimate story of activist's early years. By Ilyasah Shabazz, Renee Watson. Compelling, fact-filled bio of the abolitionist icon. What the Night Sings. Powerful story of teen girl's life after the Holocaust. The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2. Magical twin girls shine in this slow-starting story. Sweetness, monsters, gore in darkly appealing fantasy. Big Cat, Little Cat. Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship. Artful glimpse of boy's walk in his neighborhood at dusk. Wolf in the Snow. Girl rescues lost wolf pup in wordless tale of compassion. Inspiring story of resisting segregation in s New York.
By Amy Hill Hearth. Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South. By Melba Pattillo Beals. Wires and Nerve, Vol. The Lunar Chronicles Series. Graphic novel series ender has both action and depth. This Is Not a Valentine. Fresh take on the holiday reflects down-to-earth friendship.
I Am Harriet Tubman: Courage, doing the right thing are themes in thrilling bio. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. Riveting, poignant drama explores kindness, friendship. Arc of a Scythe, Book 2. A belated response here, but thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you and your kids enjoy these books! Have you thought of adding in the Pacific or perhaps expanding Australia to Australasia to include the pacific and New Zealand?
I think this is a wonderful site filled with great information to teach kids about the world. My husband East Indian and I Caucasian have always wanted to teach our children about different cultures and languages. Check out my FB page and if you are interested I can send you a copy! Thank you so much for doing this! Such an awesome list! Again, thank you so much for sharing! I LOVE to travel. For Egypt, here is a modern day book: I like that book and seriously considered including it on my Africa booklist. I see that I did include it on the list above but not on the Africa booklist with reviews.
Some serious waffling going on with that book…and with For You are Kenyan Child. I would like to add a folk tale from Armenia — The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale Marshall Cavendish — to this list. Thanks for taking the time and effort. This will save lots of other TLs hours of work for compiling lists for Book Week.
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Shall link to my own library blog! This is a great list. Thank you for sharing. This is a great idea.
I bet they would enjoy On the Same Day for the same reason. It is sad when great books become dated, as many books with wonderful photographs do. Each has images of children from around the world eating different kinds of bread, wearing different kinds of shoes, etc. Exciting to look forward to a trip around the world. Are we going there? On another blog there is a list of books she used to study different countries.
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This link is to her Africa page — scroll down a little for Egypt and there is an Amazon carousel to the books they used. The site you shared is a nice resource. For this Read Around the World series, I focused on looking for great, entertaining stories that would give kids a sense of what it is like to live elsewhere in the world today. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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