Read Your World

Books and resources for introducing young students to different places, cultures, and experiences from around the world.
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Cinderella Stories Around the World
Dive into the enchanting world of Cinderella stories from around the globe! Discover how this timeless tale transcends cultures, from India to Mexico, West Africa to Native America. Explore variations like Aschenputtel from Germany, Cendrillon from the Caribbean, and The Golden Sandal from Iraq. Enhance learning with activities like comparing and contrasting, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, and creating original stories. Join us on a journey of cultural diversity and universal themes of kindness, love, and triumph over adversity.
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Freedom Soup: A Taste of Haitian Independence
"Freedom Soup" by Tami Charles is a heartwarming children's picture book that follows the lively New Year's Day tradition of a Haitian grandmother, Ti Gran, and her granddaughter, Belle. As they prepare a special soup called Freedom Soup, Ti Gran shares the rich history of Haiti's struggle for independence, intertwining the tale with the vibrant sights, sounds, and flavors of their cultural heritage. The story beautifully captures the essence of family, tradition, and the celebration of freedom, making it a delightful and educational read for young readers. Free printables!
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A Cultural Christmas: 20 Diverse Holiday Picture Books
What’s Christmas without a little culture to jazz it up? This list of 20 picture books feature warm and engaging holiday stories from several different cultures, and all are authored authentically. Carried by bright illustrations, these books are sure to become family or classroom favorites.
Below are wonderful new Native American Heritage Month books by Native authors. They are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, books for young readers and teens, books about history and books with contemporary settings. Books About History, Shocking Quotes, Indian Boarding Schools, Native American Heritage Month, The Incredible True Story, Non Fiction Books, About History, Ya Novels, Music Sing
Native American Heritage Month Books by Native Authors - All Done Monkey
Below are wonderful new Native American Heritage Month books by Native authors. They are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, books for young readers and teens, books about history and books with contemporary settings.
These picture books feature characters who find ways to communicate with older relatives or with each other, even when they don’t share a common language. English Language Learners, Wordless Picture Books, Schools In America, Teaching Literature, 12 Books, Nonverbal Communication, Language Barrier, Learning Strategies, Classroom Language
12 Books About Bridging Language Barriers
These picture books feature characters who find ways to communicate with older relatives or with each other, even when they don’t share a common language.
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Exploring Houses Around the World
Houses come in all shapes and sizes, and they reflect the diverse cultures, climates, and resources of each region. Join us as we travel to different continents and learn about some of the fascinating dwellings that people call home. Includes suggested books and activities for the global classroom.
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Reading Skills Booklist
The books facilitate and support high quality standards-based instructions, including foundational concepts: boosting comprehension, enriching vocabulary, understanding story structure, supporting multilingual learners, building background knowledge, and understanding characters' thoughts and feelings. Students will love the stories, and educators will love the literacy content support. Our multicultural content affirms identity and belonging for all students.
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20 Excellent Early Chapter Books With Diverse Protagonists | Brightly
Best of all, these books feature diverse protagonists. Readers need to identify with the characters in their stories at such a crucial point in their reading development. From fun and hilarious to profound and inspirational, your kids will have a blast reading these titles.
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Social justice poetry: 11 illustrated collections kids will love
These illustrated collections of social justice poetry will deepen children's love of playful language and inspire them to work for change.
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16 Moving & Emotive Historical Novels for Tweens | Brightly
The 16 books below are great examples of moving historical fiction for tweens that will connect them with the past and make them empathize with characters who aren’t so different from them after all.
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Water Book for Kids
Explore one of our planet's most precious resources! A friendly water droplet character guides children through topics ranging from melting and freezing to the ways in which water literally shapes the Earth. Tales by storytellers from around the world are sprinkled throughout the book, highlighting the variety of ways in which global cultures value water. The engaging format includes gatefolds and booklets with hands-on activity ideas for learning about and protecting water.
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Bhutan - Globe Trottin' Kids
Read your world with books set in the Asian country of Bhutan. Aunty Mouse (traditional folktale), Crane Boy (arts, activism, and the environment), The Gift (happiness through giving), Room in Your Heart (openness and generosity), and In Search of the Thunder Dragon (cultural adventure). #BooksForKids #KidLit #DiverseKidLit #ReadYourWorld #Bhutan #culturalawareness #Asia #geography
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Children’s Books About Cuisine Around the World | Brightly
Adventure starts in the kitchen! Research shows that if you want your little ones to take risks and try new foods, they must see you trying new recipes and bravely sampling different cuisine at restaurants. What better way to inspire the palette of a little foodie than with these 12 beautiful and fun picture books featuring various dishes from around the world. Get your little chef in the kitchen and try one of the book and recipe pairings on this list!
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Rad Women Your Girls (and Boys!) Should Read About | Brightly
Sisters are seriously doin’ it for themselves — and there’s a slew of books that prove how women have been making history since the beginning of, well, history. Here are notable nonfiction titles for early and middle grade readers.
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Houses of the World Book Companion
From a chalet in the Austrian Alps to a tulou in a Chinese village, discover 16 types of houses around the world. Learn when, where, why, and how each house was built. If You Lived Here Houses of the World by Giles Laroche is the anchor text for this book companion. The book is not included. #housesaroundtheworld #houses #homes #geography #culturalawareness #reading #informationalreading #nonfictionforkids