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Adventure Is Bound to Happen With These Kids Books From Around the World

Travel the world from cover to cover with our favorite children’s books from Tanzania to Taiwan.

Megan Baldwin · 8 months ago

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Have you booked your ticket yet? Get on board with our favorite children’s books from around the world, from France and China to India! Inspiration and adventure are bound to happen while discovering different cultures and traditions like the Double Sixth Festival. For all of you grown-ups out there, these books are a great way to expand your kid’s universe and lay the foundation for appreciating far away places and people — even if we can’t see them in person right now. On your bookmark, get set, let’s go!

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

Say Hej! Grown-ups will recognize Pippi by her upside-down braids. But did you know this mischief-making girl with no parents originated in Sweden? Join Pippi for trouble-making times three in this all-together-in-one volume. Extra credit for an origin story about Pippi and author Astrid Lindgren.

Who Left the Light On?

Flip the switch! In a town that’s in the dark, one neighbor’s decision to leave the light on at night sparks a creative revolution. This French picture book’s brilliance is that it playfully celebrates rule-breaking and illuminates that a singular act can change everything.

Tan Hou and the Double Sixth Festival

Discover the story behind the Double Sixth Festival, a traditional Chinese festival on the sixth day of the sixth month of the Chinese calendar. As the story goes, Tan Hou is born with three dragon marks on his body. His parents know this means something special… but what could it be?

Angel in Beijing

Travel to Beijing with Taiwanese artist Belle Yang in this story of something lost and something found. Adventure is bound to happen when a kitty goes missing in busy Beijing. Take in a traditional Dragon Boat Festival and watch kites soaring above Tiananmen Square as the magic of Chinese culture comes alive, page by page.

Edward the Emu

Good day, mate! Head down under and meet Edward, an emu who’s having an identity crisis. Emu life is hard, so maybe he’ll be a snake, or better yet, a lion? What about a seal? Kids will get to meet this Aussie creature-in-crisis and laugh along as he tries to find himself.

Tiger in my Soup

Tigers and sisters and soup, oh my! Head to India to meet an adventurous boy who just wants his sister to pay attention to him. How far will he go? Hint: It involves a bowl of soup, a tiger, and a lot of imagination.

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business

German children's authors Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch tell this stinky story of a mole on a whodunit mission. The story starts when he looks out of his hole, and something that looks just like a sausage lands on his head.

Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa — a dreamy landscape that’s home to some very loud animals like lions! So how to get the little ones to sleep? Enter: lala salama. This book follows a loving family throughout their day and teaches kids the meaning of  lala salama — a soothing invitation to “sleep well.”

Rainbow Fish (Bilingual Edition)

Encore! Your kids will ask for you to read this classic story again and again. Learn new words in the multilingual edition, while hitting on universal themes, like friendship, tolerance, and finding courage.

Guji Guji

Guji Guji begins with a strange egg rolling down a hill and landing in a duck’s nest. But in this story by Chih-Yuan Chen, a mother duck brings up her duckling and “crocoduck” just the same.

Jambo Means Hello

Learn the basics of the Swahili alphabet in this fun book that introduces East African culture. With bold illustrations and lyrical text, each page presents a Swahili word and explains its meaning within African culture.