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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A Walk in New York

By: Rubbino Salvatore

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A boy and his father share the wonder of a visit to the sites of New York City, from the Empire...

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Adventures of Polo

By: Regis Faller

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The rollicking adventures of Polo, a bright and resourceful pup, are told through lively,...

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Along a Long Road

By: Frank Viva

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A bicyclist rides begins his outing near the sea and rides through cities, towns, and the...

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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

By: Ginnie Lo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While on a visit to her aunt and uncle in Illinois, the narrator and her family unexpectedly find a...

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Dim Sum for Everyone

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A Chinese family goes out for dim sum ("little dishes"), choosing their favorites off...

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Follow That Map! A First Look at Mapping Skills

By: Scot Ritchie

Age Level: 3-6 years old

One day when Sally and her friends are playing, they notice that her dog and cat are missing....

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Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style...

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Just Fine the Way They Are: From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates

By: Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Folks often resist change, even when it came to improving roads and modes of transportation in a...

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Kimonos

By: Annalore Parot

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Traditional wooden Kokeshi dolls inspired this introduction to Japanese words and culture while...

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Line 135

By: Germano Zullo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A child travels to visit her grandmother, "practically on the other side of the world" on a lime...

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Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria

By: Aaron Shephard

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Even the strongest man of all can be outmatched, as Shadusa learns. This retelling of a Nigerian...

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Maybe Something Beautiful

By: F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mira brings color and builds community through her beautiful art which she first gives to...

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Montessori: Map Work

By: Bobby George, June George

Age Level: 3-6 years old

"Our world is made of land and water." The land is called CONTINENTS; the water OCEANS. Select...

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

By: John Steptoe

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While both are beautiful, only one of Mufaro's daughters can marry the prince. The impact...

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On the Road

By: Susan Steggall

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A family trip begins with everyone piling into the car. They then travel through the city with...

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On the Same Day in March

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 3-6 years old

On the same day that it's icy cold in the Artic, it's foggy in Louisiana, sunny in Barbados, and...

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One World, One Day

By: Barbara Kerley

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Every day children around the world awake to begin their days having breakfast, going to school...

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Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

By: Elizabeth Hammill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nursery rhymes from around the globe are collected here with illustrations by more than 70...

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Rhymes Round the World

By: Kay Chorao

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Children everywhere enjoy similar things, celebrated here in rhymes from around the world. Some are...

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Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish...

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Subway Ride

By: Heather Lynn Miller

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Down, down, down ... now off we go! begins a journey on city subways from Washington DC to...

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Temple Cat

By: Andrew Clements

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A temple cat in ancient Egypt grows tired of being worshipped and cared for in a reverent...

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Thanking the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As they did for the Lunar New Year, each family member contributes to the preparations for the mid-...

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The Last Train

By: Gordon Titcomb

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The train's illustrious past combines with realistic illustrations to successfully present...

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The Scrambled States of America

By: Laurie Keller

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Dorothy may have thought there's no place like home when she clicked her ruby slippers, but...

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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

By: Selby Beeler

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lighthearted illustrations provide just the right tone for brief looks at what happens when...

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Tito Puente, Mambo King

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Tito Puente was born to be a musician. He grew up to become the Mamba King to whose music people...

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Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?

By: George Shannon

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The ingredients needed to make cookies launch a journey around the world to find out who...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia

By: Verna Aardema

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The year Grace turned eight, her Mum and Dad took her and her siblings on a trip around...

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Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A trip to Brazil inspired this look at a unique sport called "capoeira." The result is...

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Carnival at Candlelight

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jack and Annie head to a Venice of long ago on a mission for Merlin to save the city from a...

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Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

By: Sherry Garland

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Learn why the tiger has stripes, what happens to those who behave badly, and much more in this...

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Crouching Tiger

By: Ying Chang Compestine

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When Vinson's grandfather visits from China, the boy has conflicting feelings about his grandfather...

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From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish....

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Go, Go America

By: Dan Yaccarino

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This fun, fact-filled glimpse at the states begins with a warning that many of the facts are...

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum

By: Jessie Hartland

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The history of the Hatshepsut sphinx: from its carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival in the...

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If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States

By: David Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

If all of the 300 million people were simply one village of 100 people, its diversity is easier to...

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If You Lived Here: Houses of the World

By: Giles Laroche

Age Level: 6-9 years old

People all around have homes in which to live, but not all of them look alike. Dwellings old and...

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Issun Boshi: The One-Inch Boy

By: Raphael Icinori

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A farmer and his wife longed for a child and miraculously got one who they named Issum Boshi,...

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Kids' Multicultural Cookbook: Food and Fun Around the World

By: Deanna Cook

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Take a culinary tour around the world, with foods and activities from a variety of countries and...

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Let's Celebrate: Festival Poems from Around the World

By: Debjani Chatterjee , Brian D'Arcy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Animated illustrations and a variety of poems from around the world celebrate well and lesser known...

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Mazes Around the World

By: Mary D. Lankford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Regardless of where they are found, mazes are amazing! Visit mazes that can be found around the...

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Me on the Map

By: Joan Sweeney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The United States is a big place which holds many children and their families. Maps and what...

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Monumental Verses

By: J. Patrick Lewis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning color photographs and poems combine to pay homage to some of the "world's enduring man-...

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Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt

By: Joanna Cole

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Imagine traveling to Egypt with the well known and much loved teacher, Ms. Frizzle. Well, the kids...

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My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The beautiful artwork of this award-winning picture book about salsa queen Celia Cruz practically...

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Nadia's Hands

By: Karen English

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nadia is thrilled to be the flower girl at her aunt's wedding, yet continues to worries her...

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Nine O’Clock Lullaby

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When it's 9 P.M. in Brooklyn, it's 10 P.M. in Puerto Rico, and midnight on the mid-atlantic. Far...

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Olinguito, de La A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z!

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Animals from the Ecuadorian Andes cloud forest are introduced in stunning illustrations and...

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Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning

By: Cindy Neuschwander

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Matt and his twin sister, Bibi accompany their scientist parents to Peru where they stumble into an...

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Piñata Maker/el piñatero

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiestas often involve puppets, masks, and piñatas. Meet Tio Rico, the elderly piñata maker in a...

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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangara Maathai

By: Claire Nivola

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wangari Maathai's native Kenya was a changed land, literally blowing away because its trees...

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Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book

By: Ralph Masiello

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Information about the symbols, emblems, and gods from Ancient Egypt is included with step-by-step...

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Red Kite, Blue Kite

By: Ji-li Jiang

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Tai Shan and his father fly kites from "the tippy-top of our triangle roof" where they are free...

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Tales Told in Tents: Stories from Central Asia

By: Sally Pomme

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Where do you find needles? All over the world, of course! Readers will recognize many things in...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By: William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops...

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The Museum Book: A Guide to Strange and Wonderful Collections

By: Jan Mark

Age Level: 6-9 years old

People have kept old and interesting things for a long, long time — in fact, Princess Bel-Shati...

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The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest

By: Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture, this unique book takes readers on the...

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The Ugly Vegetables

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In a neighborhood of flower gardens, a Chinese-American girl and her mother plant what the child...

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Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe

By: Vera B. Williams

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follow the red canoe from page to page as it journeys down river carrying the family on a camping...

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Ultimate Trains

By: Peter McMahon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated readers will learn a great deal about trains and how they work in straightforward...

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Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding

By: Lenore Look

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jenny's favorite uncle, Uncle Peter, is getting married. Now Jenny won't be his only...

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Under the Sunday Tree

By: Eloise Greenfield

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetry and vibrant paintings in the primitive style by a recognized Bahamian artist create...

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Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World

By: Roseanne Thong

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Children around the world make wishes. Information about what makes a wish come true follows a...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids!

By: Lisa Wagner

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Delicious and very nearly foolproof recipes from Mexico, France, Italy, Africa, the Middle East,...

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Historium: Welcome to the Museum

By: Jo Nelson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Welcome to the museum! Discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by...

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If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

By: Marc Aronson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

No matter how much is known, there's always more to learn. In a fascinating re-examination of...

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The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

By: Claudi Logan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

It is 1924, two years after the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Readers are invited to join a...

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United States Atlas for Young Explorers (Third Edition)

By: National Geographic Society

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Explore the entire United States or focus on your state or region in this clearly laid out,...

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