Whether you’re traveling the world or just want to take a vacation from the comfort of your home, bring out your child’s inner explorer with this selection of books for kids ages 0-9.  Get lost in the streets of London, ride across the hills of Peru, navigate the African grasslands with the Masaai people and discover other cultures from around the world.

 

All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More for Kids
By: Allison Branscombe
Illustrated by: Lin Wang
Ages: 3-6
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Though this book is full of history, it also introduces kids to fun activities taken straight from Chinese culture. Test your skill at solving puzzles, learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac or grab a paint brush and try creating a traditional painting of a panda and more. The pages are full of colorful artwork, facts, stories and plenty of photos to transport readers to one of the largest and oldest nations on Earth.

Continue the adventure with All About Japan! Learn how to make rice cakes, origami frogs and traditional Japanese songs and poems!

Are We There Yet? A Journey Around Australia
By: Alison Lester
Ages: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Grab your hat and sunscreen and join this family through a tour of the diverse Australian countryside. The book’s layout resembles a photo album with different characters inserting their opinions and reactions as they visit each site. Though some of the landmarks aren’t given detailed descriptions, small maps throughout the book help illustrate where everything is located.

B is for Big Ben
By: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrated by: Melanie Rose
Ages: 1-3
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
The book uses a simple rhyme scheme to introduce readers to the life and lands of the English people, making it perfect for younger children. From the busy streets of London to the mysterious Stonehenge, this illustrated journey includes both well-known landmarks and lesser-known facts, such as the history of the Earl of Sandwich.

Continue the adventure with the rest of the Discover the World series! Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s art, the Roman empire and Italian culture with C is for Ciao, travel to India’s busy streets and spicy markets with T is for Taj Mahal, and more.

Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit Istanbul!
By: Lisa Manzione
Illustrated by: Kristine Lucco
Ages: 5-9
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Follow Bella and Harry, two Chihuahua siblings, to where Europe meets Asia in the city of Istanbul. Explore mosques, Turkish delicacies and the colorful fashion of Turkey. The book is full of illustrated landscapes and iconic landmarks, and Bella and Harry also learn some Turkish phrases as they travel by boat and paw around the ancient city.

Continue the adventure with the rest of the Bella & Harry series! Journey through castles and green hills in Let’s Visit Dublin, go dancing in Spain with Let’s Visit Barcelona, and more.

I Live in Tokyo
By: Mari Takabayashi
Illustrated by:
Ages: 4-7
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Seven-year-old Mimiko shows you around Tokyo, complete with traditional Japanese meals, festivals and crowds. The book also includes Japanese words, numbers and phrases, along with colorful illustrations depicting customs and icons.

If You Were Me and Lived In… Mexico: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World
By: Carole P. Roman
Ages: 3-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Enjoy this look at Mexico and its people, customs, food and language. Learn what children call their mothers and fathers, how they celebrate their holidays and their day to day lives as they grow up in this hot and historic nation. The words are simple to help younger readers join the experience, and a Spanish glossary at the back of the book provides even more learning opportunities.

Continue the adventure with the rest of the If You Were Me and Lived In… series! Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Seoul with If You Were Me and Lived in… South Korea, journey to the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and the rest of Moscow with If You Were Me and Lived in… Russia, and more.

M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet
By: Michael Ulmer
Illustrated by: Melanie Rose
Ages: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Meet our neighbor in the north with this delightful picture book chronicling famous sites and characters of Canada. Travel to Toronto and Quebec, ride along with Mounties, play with Anne of Green Gables and get lost in maple forests. The words are arranged like rhymes to make it easy to follow along with.

Me on the Map
By: Joan Sweeney
Illustrated by: Annette Cable
Ages: 3-7
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
No trip is complete without a map and this young girl has plenty of them. The book focuses on the United States and using maps as tools instead of looking at foreign countries or cultures, but it teaches readers how to use maps to find where they are and discover where they’re going – a valuable skill to have when traveling the world.

Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt
By: Joanna Cole
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Ages: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Mummies, pharaohs, pyramids and more come back to life as the Magic School Bus transports its readers back to ancient Egypt. Though not as modern as some of the other books in this list, Ms. Frizzle’s tour of Egypt is full of familiar sites, including the Sphinx still watching over Giza today. This history lesson disguised as a comic book is easy for young readers to enjoy.

Patterns in Peru: An Adventure in Patterning
By: Cindy Neuschwander
Illustrated by: Bryan Langdo
Ages: 7-9
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Become an archaeologist with Matt and Bibi as they travel to Peru. Art and science meet when the twins have to solve the cryptic patterns woven into an Inca shawl hiding the location of the Lost City of Quwi. The treasure hunt takes them across the country, and they even pick up some new words and customs along the way.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
By: Lynne Cherry
Ages: 4-7
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Journey into the Amazon rain forest and meet the animals and plants that call it home. This book focuses on the forest’s ecosystem and how everything is connected with one another, and though the talking animals come across as lighthearted in the beginning, the tone becomes more serious as they begin to talk about losing their food and shelter to those chopping down the trees. An assortment of illustrations make the pages as lively as the forest floor.

Also available in Spanish.

This is Paris
By: Miroslav Sasek
Ages: 4-8
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
A reissue of a classic children’s book, This is Paris follows the lively streets of the City of Light. Visit monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or the Louvre, enjoy a nice cup of tea in a street-side cafe, or simply play with the many, many cats in the twisting alleys. Though the text is simple, the book does go a little into the history behind Paris’ most famous landmarks, and older readers may have an easier time following along.

Continue the adventure with the rest of the This is… series! Catch a play at the Athens’ amphitheater and greet the gods at the Parthenon with This is Greece, enjoy German cuisine and cathedrals with This is Munich, and more.

We All Went on Safari
By: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by: Julia Cairns
Ages: 5-7
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
This rhyming adventure across the African grasslands is full of familiar and foreign animals. The book also goes into the history and culture behind the Maasai people and even includes English and Swahili numbers as kids are encouraged to count the animals they spot across the pages. Facts about giraffes, zebras and Tanzania fill out this bright and colorful picture book.

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