For children all across the globe, home is where the family is. It’s also where plenty of their adventures take place! Check out these 14 books that introduce children to homes real and imagined, near and far, tallest to smallest, oldest and newest, but most of all: unique in their own way.

As you read with your child, talk about where you live and what makes it a home. Is it the memories you make in the home or the people or pets you share it with? Is it the smell of a home cooked meal or the warmth you feel from cuddling with a favorite blanket?

 

Turn the Key: Around the World Series
By Julie Merberg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This chunky book comes with a key that children 9 months old and up can use to unlock doors to different types of homes around the world. As they grasp the attached key (building fine motor coordination) to open each door, children get a colorful glimpse of family life in other corners of the world — from a Central Asian yurt to an African mud house to a houseboat in the Netherlands.

Living in… China (Series)
By Chloe Perkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join Jin as he takes you on an adventure to his neighborhood in China. China is a country filled with ancient wonders, high-tech cities, and lots of people — more than any other country on Earth! Have you ever wondered what life in China is like? Follow Jin to find out!

If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
By Giles Laroche
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Step into unique homes from around the world and discover the many fascinating ways in which people live and have lived. Showing the variety of houses worldwide — log cabins, houses on stilts, cave dwellings, boathouses and yurts — this book addresses why each house is culturally built the way it is!

My Neighborhood: Places and Faces
By Lisa Bullard
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Libbie gives a tour of her neighborhood to a boy just about her age whose family is moving in next door. By highlighting neighborhood safety and activities, Libby makes her brand-new neighbor feel welcome!

Where Do I Live?
By Neil Chesanow
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Children will gain a whole new understanding of the world we live in with this fun, first-look at geography. Starting in their bedrooms, children will travel outside for a look around the streets of their neighborhood. Then, they’ll zoom out for a bird’s eye view of their town, city, suburb, and countryside. They’ll move out even further for a view of the states, the country, and the different continents. The next stop is space, for an exciting look at our solar system! From there, they’ll trace their way home again.

In Lucia’s Neighborhood
By Pat Shewchuk
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lucia takes readers on a daylong tour of her own bustling city neighborhood, commenting on all the people and their activities that she encounters along the way. Follow Lucia as she celebraties the Portuguese cultural festival of Senhor Da Pedra, which involves decorating the street and hosting a parade. The book’s bright, gorgeous illustrations provide a detail-filled urban backdrop to Lucia’s explanations and bring them fully to life for small children.

Same, Same But Different
By  Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet Elliot and Kailash! Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. As pen pals, they exchange letters and pictures to get to know each other. Eventually, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school! Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Through an inviting point-of-view and vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

Quinito’s Neighborhood/ El Vecindario de Quinito
By Ina Cumpiano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Quinito’s neighborhood is made up of more than just buildings, streets, and shops — it’s made up of people he loves! In this bilingual book, each person has an important job to do, and each knows and values every member of the community. Readers meet them on this delightful neighborhood tour while learning the importance of community building.

City Mouse and Country Mouse
By Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

City Mouse and Country Mouse trade places. But will they like how the other lives? This popular Aesop fable shows young readers the fun similarities and differences in both mouses’ lives!

Houses and Homes: Around the World Series
By Ann Morris
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The world is full of houses. Big houses and little houses. Houses that stay in one place and houses that move from place to place. Readers will explore  different types of homes all across the world — including how some houses are made of wood or stone and others are made from mud or straw! 

Come Over to My House
By Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This delightful Dr. Seuss story introduces kids to homes around the world, where children just like them live and play. The colorful, cheerful illustrations match the happiness of the book’s main character as he meets friends and plays in new, yet not so different from his own, houses in faraway places.

Building Our House
By Jonathan Bean
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. This book wonderfully demonstrates the process and the people behind the building of a house.

The Little House (Sandpiper Books)
By Virginia Lee Burton
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

For more than 70 years families have enjoyed The Little House, an endearing story of a country cottage that becomes surrounded by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person! So she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the noisy city’s hustle and bustle. Luckily, there’s a happy ending!

Home
By Carson Ellis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Home is a visually engaging book that looks at the places where people live. Whether it be a simple home in the country, an apartment in the city, or a floating home, the illustrations in this book transforms everyday, different houses into fairy-tale-like paintings.

 

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