Around the World in 30 Weeks…

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This is a “World Culture” year at Inly so my goal is to select picture books by authors who live outside of the United States. We read stories about New England and the Wild West last year (during our focus on this country), but this year – when I read aloud to groups of children – I am choosing books written by people who live in other parts of the world.  I’m not certain exactly how many weeks we’re in school, especially with holidays and various other “special events” that cause the kids to miss a library class, but I’ve selected 30 titles for my weekly groups of first, second and third graders. If we get through all them with a few weeks to spare, our friends across the pond will keep us well supplied. In fact, we could easily spend the whole year reading books by British authors.

These are the first 15 books in my “to read” pile:

The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine – China

Curious George by H.A. Rey – Rey was born in Germany

Herbert: The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton – New Zealand

My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel – Tanzania

Cornelius by Leo Lionni – Lionni was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Italy

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – Scotland

The Snow Day by Komako Sakai – Japan

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers – Ireland

The Bicycle Man by Allen Say – Japan

Ginger Bear by Mini Grey – England

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – England

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore – England

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne – England

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Bemelmans was born in Austria)

Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx –  Netherlands

I’ll list the other 15 books on Friday…


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