One of my greatest joys in life is fostering my daughter’s curiosity about the world. I like to stock her personal library full of exciting, beautiful books about faraway places. When we’re not traveling, we live vicariously through these treasured books. Here are my top five suggestions for books about other cultures that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids they are reading them to.
Henri’s Walk to Paris
by Leonore Klein and Saul Bass
Illustrated by the celebrated graphic designer Saul Bass, Henri’s Walk to Paris recounts the story of a young boy’s adventures--- with stunning 1960s-style graphics, of course. This book is perfect for budding francophiles or anyone who loves a good walk. Henri’s Walk to Paris looks like a design book and reads like a children’s book – a winning combination.
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail
by Ramsingh Urveti
I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail is based on a 17th-century British poem. 21st century Indian artist Ramsingh Urveti designed the die-cut illustrations in the Indian folk art style of the Gond tribe. It is one of the most visually engaging books I have ever laid eyes on, and a great way to immerse your young traveler in both British poetry and stunning traditional Indian art techniques. At once elegant and accessible, I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail is a must-have for your globally inspired library.
Walk this World
by Jenny Broom and Lotta Nieminen
Walk this World is the story of a curious young traveler who takes a day-long trip around the world. The mod, enthralling illustrations depict cultural landmarks of the world's major cities. The narrative drives home the point that there are myriad similarities between cultures, despite the differences we observe on the surface. Walk this World is a colorful, beautiful book with a great message for your young global citizens.
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