Culture and Customs

Streta Nona’s Harvest (Italian and English)

By Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2012.

A charming celebration of autumn's bounty by perennial favorite Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola's beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons. With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original Strega Nona, this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

El Gusto Del Mercado Mexicano (Taste of the Mexican Market, Spanish and English)

By Nancy Maria Grande, illustrated by Nancy Maria Grande. Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 1996. Let's visit a Mexican market!

Along the way you can compare, weigh, count, and learn about culture and customs. From bunches of hanging bananas and braids of garlic to pyramids of melon and baskets of sweet cheese, this Mexican market is full of fun and surprises.

Colorful cut-paper art sets the scene for a creative way to build new vocabulary for beginning readers of Spanish or English.

My Village Rhymes from Around the World

Collected by Danielle Wright, illustrated by Mique Moriuchi, introduciton by Michael Rosen. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015.

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world.

My Song is Beautiful

Selected by Mary Ann Hoberman. Little, Brown and Company, 1994.

The words and images of these poets and artists are woven into a collection that also features a poem by a child and a piece of original artwork by a classes of elementary students. This book is sure to speak to young children who are just beginning to unravel the mystery of what sets them apart and what draws them together.

School Days Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Alice Feagan. Kids Can Press, 2015.

Author Margriet Ruurs begins this engaging informational picture book by posing an intriguing question: What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn? The fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world.

Families Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Alice Feagan. Kids Can Press, 2014.

A successor to the popular Children Around the World written and illustrated by Donata Montanari, this book allows young readers to visit with fourteen children, each from a different country, to learn about their families. Based on real children, each one's story fills a two-page spread and is told in the first person, beginning with a greeting in the child's native language.

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