3 Books That Will Have You Reaching for a Map
My breath caught in my throat as we pulled up in front of a little brown house with a teal door in Concord MA. It was exactly how I had imagined it. You could almost hear little girls racing around the yard, smell smoke puffing from the chimney, and see a warm family cozied up by the fire on cold days. This was the house where Louisa May Alcott had lived and written Little Women, one of my all time favorite books.
Often times books carry us away and this one had taken me from my bed in the Midwest to a cozy cottage in New England as a little girl. We envision the fantastic worlds or different countries. When we aren't able to hop on a plane, these books transport us.
There are many children's books that help to see another place. Knuffle Bunny captures childhood in the Big Apple and Winnie the Pooh transports us to a British forest for example. This summer millions of kids picked up copies of the BFG and navigated between the imaginary world of giants and the real world of London streets.
Then there are the books that show you the world. The childhoods and experiences being held by others right now. These are the books that most make me reach for a map. They are books that inspire you to wonder and plan trips and think about the broader world.
We recently read 3 fantastic books that had us looking at our Little Passports wall map and I had to share. I know they will inspire you to wonder and question and ponder the world too.
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This beautiful book celebrates both the diversity and universality of childhood in the most hopeful and conversational way. Each page addresses a global truth, such as all children needed a home, food, or time to play, while demonstrating the vast differences that exist around the world. Reading this with my twins opened up many opportunities for conversations through the questions in the text and the detailed illustrations about both their lives and the different lives of children around the world. The back of the book was our favorite part. Each illustration is taken in depth and you learn the back story and where in the world the kid is living. This amazing book from Barefoot Books is being released in October (we got an early sneak peek!) and you can pre-order your own on Amazon now. Learn More.
Anyone who has had the unfortunate luck of encountering fire ants will feel a little itchy at first, but the illustrations and humor take over in this fun book and you forget the ache those little bugs cause. A little girl's uncle can't dance until he steps on an ant bed and soon he is shuffling and sliding "just like Fred Astaire." He disappears over a hill and dances his way around the world. Exotic locations from Costa Rica and Paree to Rio and the big stage in NYC, this book rhythmically transports you around the globe. The silhouette illustrations are full of bold colors and playful cut outs that capture the movement and cultures this book travels. This is a thoroughly entertaining and impressive book to add to your collection. Find Online.
At 6am in Senegal, a little boy is helping his father fish while it is 7am in France and another little boy is drinking hot cocoa. So it goes around the world as hour by hour this beautiful book circles the globe stopping for the same moment everywhere from Baghdad to Phoenix and back to Senegal. Each page depects one of the 24 original time zones with a snapshot of a child's day in that moment. Oozing with culture and beauty and a dream like quality, this book captures you and carries you floating through time and around the world. We love this completely unique look at geography, different cultures, and timezones. Find Online.
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