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Start With a Book: Books and activities for summer reading and summer learning

Children's books and activities

Geography, Travel and Cultures

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week in November — and all year long! Do you know any kids who are fascinated by maps, the geography of the world, exploring their own town or city, or discovering other cultures? We've gathered up a great collection of books, activities, apps, and websites for learning all about geography, travel, and cultures.

Try pairing fiction with nonfiction books and exploring different genres (like poetry and biographies) and formats (like graphic novels and audio books). You'll be creating your own "text sets" — collections of texts focused on a specific topic, such as geography, travel, and cultures. Reading widely in this way helps children build background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

You may also want to explore the writing, oral storytelling, poetry, mapmaking, and other creative activities featured in our guide, We Are Storytellers: Exploring Multicultural Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Myths.


Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet

By: Barbara Berger

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

There's a saying that "slow but steady wins the race." In this richly illustrated book, the...

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to...

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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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Around the World in a Bathtub

By: Wade Bradford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Everywhere people take baths, but baths and bathing traditions are different in places and...

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As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps

By: Gail Hartman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Follow the crow along a stream and a long and winding road, with other animals and landmarks...

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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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Brush of the Gods

By: Lenore Look

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

Wu Daozi's brush created images that seemed to come alive. Travel to ancient China to meet Daozi...

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Colores de la Vida

By: Cynthia Weill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Concept Book

Animal sculptures on carefully composed pages with the color words provide a fine introduction...

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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

By: Hena Khan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Concept Book

Handsomely illustrated, shapes both simple (square, rectangle) and complex (cone, hexagon) are...

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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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From My Window

By: Otavio Júnior

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

From the window in his favela, the narrator shares what he sees: neighbors working, playing,...

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

By: Hena Khan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

This picture book celebrates Islam's beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue...

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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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Henry's Map

By: David Elliot

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Henry is a very particular sort of pig. "A place for everything and everything in its place," he...

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Home

By: Carson Ellis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

Travel through time, imagination, literature, and more for a unique look at "home" in any number...

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Home, Sweet Home: What Makes a House a Home?

By: Moira Butterfield

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

The world is full of different homes, from tents and huts to bobbing boats, and apartments high...

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Josefina

By: Jeanette Winter

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Concept Book

Count along in English and Spanish with a Mexican folk artist as she sculpts her world from clay...

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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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Kat's Maps

By: Jon Scieszka

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Kat loves maps! She loves to make maps for everything. Her room, her block, her town, even her...

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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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Kumak's River: A Tale from the Far North

By: Michael Bania

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Spring comes to a remote Alaskan village, and the ice on the frozen river cracks and breaks and...

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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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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

Poetry

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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Room for Everyone

By: Naaz Khan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A young boy on a crowded bus (dala dala) discovers that, after some wiggles and giggles, there’s...

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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 Name Jar

By: Yangsook Choi

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough...

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The Pot that Juan Built

By: Nancy Andrews-Goebel

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

A cumulative poem (in the cadence of "The House that Jack Built") chronicles the work and life...

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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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There's a Map on My Lap

By: Tish Rabe

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

The familiar Cat in the Hat is used to introduce newly independent readers to maps of all kinds...

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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

Nonfiction

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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Watercress

By: Andrea Wang

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fiction

A child is embarrassed when parents stop the car to harvest wild watercress. Illustrations in...

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

By: Traci Sorell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, offers readers a look at contemporary Cherokee life as...

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We're Sailing to Galapagos: A Week in the Pacific

By: Laurie Krebs

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nonfiction

Two people in bright, stylized garb sail to the islands known as the Galapagos. On successive...

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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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111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl

By: Rina Singh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In a small village in India, a boy grows up to make a huge difference in his community by...

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A Cool Drink of Water

By: Barabara Kerley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Beautiful full-page photographs and spare, poetic text give global perspective to the idea that...

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A Country Far Away

By: Nigel Grey

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Told in the first person by two young boys, this story relates the same daily activities in two...

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A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

By: Nadia Hohn

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as Miss Lou, was a Jamaican poet and entertainer who used...

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A Piece of Home

By: Jeri Watts

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

When his family moves from Korea to West Virginia, Hee Jun has a difficult time adjusting. He...

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Along the Tapajós

By: Fernando Vilela

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Cauã and Inaê are a brother and sister who live in a small community along the Tapajós River in...

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Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia

By: Verna Aardema

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

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

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Beatrice's Goat

By: Page McBrier

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

The true story of how a young girl from Uganda was able to attend school after receiving a goat...

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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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Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

By: Marsha Diane Arnold

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

As a Galápagueña, Valentina spends her days observing the natural world around her. This...

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Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary

By: Jack Knowlton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Have you ever wondered what a badland is? What about a gulch? Do you know what an isthmus is? Or...

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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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Gugu's House

By: Catherine Stock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Set in Zimbabwe, Kukamba leaves the city to visit her grandmother, Gugu, in her small village....

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Harlem

By: Walter Dean Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Experienced readers will enjoy this stunning and sophisticated visit to Harlem in word and image...

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Ho'onani: Hula Warrior

By: Heather Gale

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR ...

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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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I'm New Here

By: Anne Sibley O'Brien

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking,...

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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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Let's Talk About Race

By: Julius Lester

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. He says, "I...

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Lucy in the City: A Story About Developing Spatial Thinking Skills

By: Julie Dillemuth

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Lucy in the City is about a young raccoon who gets separated from her family one night and has...

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

By: Meg MedinaAngela

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language....

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Mapping Penny's World

By: Loreen Leedy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A girl maps her dog Penny's world from her room, to the neighborhood as well as the tools she...

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Mapping Sam

By: Joyce Hesselberth

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Sam the cat puts her family to bed, and then — when all is quiet — heads out to explore her...

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Maps and Globes

By: Jack Knowlton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This comprehensive look at geography and the environment can take you anywhere — to the top of...

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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

Nonfiction

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 Map Book

By: Sara Fanelli

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

In each spread of this bold and humorous picture book, children can examine their place in the...

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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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My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As she did in My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia, Monica Brown tells the story of young...

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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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Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time

By: Linda Sue Park

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

With compassion, the creators present younger readers with a portrait of a life in which...

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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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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

By: Kate Smith Milway

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

This fictionalized story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana, who changes his world with a small loan and...

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Our World of Water

By: Beatrice Hollyer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

This book follows the daily lives of children in Peru, Mauritania, the United States, Bangladesh...

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Parrots Over Puerto Rico

By: Susan L. Roth

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

How colorful parrots that have lived on the island of Puerto Rico for “millions of years” almost...

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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 Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

By: Anika Aldamuy Denise

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

A picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican...

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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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Shaped By Her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

By: Anna Harber Freeman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned...

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Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nonfiction

 A bilingual picture book biography of Peruvian archaeologist and national icon Julio C....

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Snail Mail

By: Samantha Berger

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Snails delivering letters trek across the country-through desert heat and dangerous blizzards,...

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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 Sun Shines Everywhere

By: Mary Ann Hoberman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poetry

This rhyming read-aloud celebrates how we’re all connected under the sun. As readers are...

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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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The Water Princess

By: Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce and she...

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The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

By: Jeanette Winter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying...

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This Is How I Do It: One Day in the Life of You and 59 Real Kids from Around the World

By: Matt Lamothe

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This activity book invites kids to document their lives and daily rituals alongside 59 real kids...

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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

Fiction

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

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Your Name Is a Song

By: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiction

A celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names....

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Amina's Voice

By: Hena Khan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fiction

Amina loves music, but stage fright and her conservative uncle’s disapproval hamper her...

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Black Artists Shaping the World

By: Sharna Jackson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Dedicated to the work of contemporary Black artists from around the world, this engaging book...

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Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

By: Margarita Engle

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Poetry

Lyrical poems introduce a “variety of amazing people …” including Pura Belpre became a New York...

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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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Fanny in France: Travel Adventures of a Chef's Daughter, with Recipes

By: Alice Waters

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Fanny is a girl who knows a lot about food and cooking since she’s grown up in and around the...

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Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities

By: Jonathan Litton

Age Level: 9-12 years old

There are many ways to say Hello! There’s more than just “hi!” People world-over say it in their...

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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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Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers

By: Juliet Menéndez

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today in this collection of...

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Maps

By: Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Travel the world without leaving your living room. Much more than an ordinary atlas, this book...

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National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers, 3rd edition

By: National Geographic Society

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The latest edition of the Young Explorers atlas uses satellite images to help focus on various...

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Other Words for Home

By: Jasmine Warga

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

A hopeful middle grade novel in free verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move...

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Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist

By: Gina Capaldi, Q.L. Pearce

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Ša willingly left her...

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Rivers: A Visual History from River to Sea

By: Peter Goes

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Our seas and rivers tell a compelling story about our planet. Take a journey along the most...

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Sharuko: Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello / El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello

By: Monica Brown

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Nonfiction

Peruvian archaeologist and national icon Julio C. Tello unearthed Peru's ancient cultures and...

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Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

By: Nikki Tate

Age Level: 9-12 years old

A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some...

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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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The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America

By: Jamie Hernandez

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Meet the dragon slayer, a girl and a mouse, and a boy who talks to ants. Three traditional tales...

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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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