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GLOBAL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

In this column I feature books that I recommend. Books specifically suited to use as read-alouds or to support the curriculum. These books often reflect a global lifestyle. But books also need to be plain funny and entertaining, demonstrating the power of imagination and encouraging children to become readers. Today’s books are great examples of that. World Read Aloud Day is in February so celebrate by reading aloud to any grade level! Happy reading!

Cinderella With Dogs by Linda Bailey, with art by Freya Hartas is a frolicking romp through a dog park! Like fractured fairytales, this one shows us a Cinderella who loves dogs. When – unexpectedly – her fairy dog mother shows up instead of a god mother, Cinderella is thrilled. When she mentions a… ball, the dog is very excited. Together they chase squirrels and end up at the royal palace where people are shocked. But the prince is thrilled to find someone who loves dogs as much as he does. Not only is this a wonderful spin on a well known tale, it also shows readers how to use your imagination and create new stories. ISBN 978-1-9848-1382-4, Tundra Books/Penguin

Our Cat Cuddles by Gervase Phinn is a wonderful rhyming story that will be fun to share out loud with preschoolers to Grade One. It’s a perfect story to talk about predicating a plot. What do you think might happen? What kind of cat will this family end up with when they visit the animal shelter? Each family is looking for different qualities in a cat. Will they be able to agree on a kitten? With a surprise ending, this is a great story with good rhyme. Illustrations by Amanda Montgomery-Higham. ISBN 978-0859538640, Child’s Play

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, with art by Eugene Yelchin is a brilliant story about a small but noisy village. Cars, dogs, children – everything makes noise. When Don Pepe runs for mayor, he promises quiet – nice and quiet. So everyone votes for him. At first it’s nice. But soon more and more laws come into effect. No more singing, no more whistling, no more talking. Some people move away but the village stays deadly quiet. Until, one day a loud rooster crows. He and the mayor have a stand off. But the rooster will not be quiet. Even behind bars, even when his family is taken away. The little rooster shows everyone that a song is stronger than the biggest bully and cannot be taken away. This book can be used with young children but is especially effective with high school students to discuss oppression, dictatorship and freedom of speech. ISBN 978-0-545-72288-9, Scholastic. 

Mixed Beasts by Wallace Edwards, with verses by Kenyon Cox, is a book of ‘Rare and Fantastic Creatures’ compiled by Professor Julius Duckworth O’Hare. This studious hare can be spotted throughout the large illustrations as he observes the creatures he studies. There is the Rhinocerostrich, the busy Bumblebeaver, the loud Kangarooster and, my favourite, Creampuffin among many other. Not only are the black and white drawings of each ‘beast’ almost believable, the full page colour illustrations are full of other, smaller creatures to spot. A back page is an index of animals like horsefly, fowl balls and fruit bats that are hilarious. What a fun activity to follow up reading and studying this book with inviting students of all ages to create their own ‘mixed beasts’. ISBN 978-1553-377-962, Kids Can Press

And if you got carried away by those fantastical beasts and want to meet more, there is Unnatural Selections, a collection of more beasts composed of two, three or even four different animal parts. In these pages you will meet, almost seemingly possible, animals like the Whalephant, a black and white cowaconda and a Shardunk (combination shark, duck and skunk!). This is a book to have endless fun, alone or with a group, to study the detailed illustrations, spot more beasts and then draw and write about your own creations. ISBN 978-1-4598-0555-2, Orca Book Publishers

Margriet Ruurs conducts author visits to international schools, writes books and believes in using your imagination.

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From elephants to sea turtles, from caterpillars to owls, here are some fabulous (new) books for children – and nature lovers of all ages – to learn more about the natural environment. I have included fictional and nonfiction texts, both picturebooks and novels.

The Smallest Owlet, written and illustrated by Georgia Graham, is my new favourite nonfiction picture book with gorgeous art. It is an intimate look at day by day life of a pair of Great Horned owls. As we follow the hatching of eggs and growing of young, we learn about diet, growth and dangers faced by these majestic birds. Did you know that Great Horned Owls do not have eye balls? Or that the ‘ears’ on their head are not ears but feather tufts? A fascinating look at all things owl that shows readers how impressive nature has designed the smallest details. A beautiful book for owl lovers of all ages.

ISBN  978-1554556144, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Coco and the Caterpillars by Geraldo Valério has wonderful paper collage images. My favourite character is Coco the chicken, who has a mind of her own. While a little boy studies books about plants, bugs and flowers, Coco is busy pulling tasty worms from the soil. While the boy discovers butterfly eggs underneath a leaf, Coco is chasing insects to eat. The boy can’t wait to see what kind of butterflies will come from the eggs and is careful not to show Coco. But when he goes to find her more chicken treats, Coco finds and devours most of the newly hatched caterpillars. And then she has a tummy ache. Luckily she did not eat all caterpillar and some turn into beautiful monarch butterflies. And while the boy studies their beautiful wings, Coco tries to catch them but they are too big for her now! 

If you have ever used The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in your classroom, this will be a valuable addition to your lesson plan about gardens and insects.

ISBN 978-1-77306-798-8, Groundwood Books

Written by science writer Dr. Wayne Lynch, the book Bears, Bears, Bears for Kids is the ultimate guide to all things bear. Not only does it include information on polar bears, grizzlies and black bears, but also on sun bears, sloth bears and many more. The informative text is full of fascinating facts. The photos give an intimate look into the lives of bears, what they eat, how they survive, and much more. A must-have bear guide for every classroom.

ISBN 978-1554556137, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Little Bull, Growing Up in Africa’s Elephant Kingdom by Ellen Foley James is an older picturebook but so beautiful that I hope you can still find a (used) copy for your students. Through perfect text and photos, the author share the magic and the facts about a baby elephant, his environment, his family and his herd’s life. The book touches on lifespan and challenges faces by elephants, including drought, enemies and food. The photos are gorgeous and are a great reflection of the reality of Africa’s plains in the shadow of mount Kilimanjaro. Using a baby elephant makes the book very relatable for kids. 

ISBN 0-8069-2098-X, Sterling Publishing Co.

We The Sea Turtles by Michelle Kadarusman is a wonderful collections of short stories featuring turtles around the globe. Each chapter is placed in a different place: Australia, Florida, Indonesia and many more. Each story is a complete and interesting tale, always focusing on a turtle and its importance to man and nature. Stories deal with environmental issues, endangered species and global warming. This book is a must for any turtle lover and works for readers of all ages. Highly recommended for pleasure reading as well as adding value to curriculum content.

Use a world map to pinpoint the different locations, research the variety of turtles mentioned and discuss what you can do to help protect this amazing species.

ISBN 978-1772782851, Pajama Press

Margriet Ruurs is a Canadian author of many books for children. She conducts author presentations and writing workshops at International Schools anywhere.

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Books can help children understand the world around them. Nonfiction information or fictional stories can help a reader make sense of his own or others’ situations. Books can be tools to deal with life. These new titles are good examples of stories as tools.

All Our Love

All Our Love by Kari-Lynn Winters is a beautiful picturebook about love within a family. Written as a welcome letter to the new baby, with loving illustrations by Scot Ritchie, the story is told in Sofia’s words. Sofia’s dad always told her that their family was just right after she came along. But now a new baby is coming and Sofia worries that all might not be so perfect anymore. Will her parents like the new baby better? Will Sofia like being a big sister? Will the baby want everything to be just perfect, too?

Sofia helps to prepare the baby’s crib. And one day her dad picks her up from school. Together they go to the hospital where the other daddy is waiting with the new baby. And Sofia just knows that their family will be even more perfect now that he has joined them.

ISBN 978-1-4431-9880-6, North Winds Press/Scholastic

Still My Tessa

Still My Tessa, written by Sylv Chiang and illustrated by Mathias Ball, is a picture book in which non-binary students will recognize themselves. Evelyn misses her older sibling when Tessa hides in her room. But once she understands that Tessa does not want to be defined as her older sister or brother, Evelyn gets it. It only takes her a week to change pronouns when referring to Tessa. And soon their parents, and new neighbors, get the message too. They all accept Tessa for the person behind the labels. And that makes Tessa smile.

ISBN 978-1-4431-9623-9, North Winds Press/Scholastic

José Speaks Out

José Speaks Out is the speech given by José Mujica, former president of Uruguay. He gave this speech to the Un and focused on how we can reduce consumerism and cut down on the production of so much stuff we don’t need. “We should stop making diSposable things,” he told the UN, “use ful things could end world poverty.” The back of the book offers discussion points and explanations, making this a perfect text for high school students to ponder. This book is one of a series of famous speeches, including those made by Severn Suzuki and Malala Yousafzai.

ISBN 978-177-3067-254, Groundwood Books

Make Your Mark, Make a Difference: A Kid's Guide to Standing Up for People, Animals, and the Planet

Make Your Mark, Make A Difference by Joan Marie Galat is a kid’s guide to standing up for people, animals and the planet. This 340 page book is a pretty comprehensive guide to activism for kids. The book examines issues like inequality, literacy or environmental issues and looks closely at how kids can make a difference by creating awareness and taking action. Which actions are most effective? How can you initiate sustainable change? Activism can range from raising funds to organizing protests and changing laws. The book carefully guides a young reader through the process of researching a concern, planning action and seeing it through. The guide can be a very useful tool for any young activist and should be in every (school) library to guide those wanting to make the world a better place. 

ISBN 978-1-6659-2931-8, Aladdin/Beyond Words

Margriet Ruurs is a Canadian author of over 40 books for children. She conducts presentations at international schools around the world.

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A new year! Time for new books! And maybe some wonderful older ones… Wishing you a good year and hope every teacher’s resolution is to read more books in the classroom!

Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind, Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley. This picture book is the story of a kid who does not like reading. He loves video games but not books. But when his school sets out to to read 1,000 books this year, his librarian tries her best to make readers of all students. Slowly, most kids end up with their nose in a book, because who can resist these great books. No matter how much he does not like reading, Miss Malarkey eventually manages to put the perfect book in his hands and the school principal has to dye his hair purple! ISBN 0-8027-8084-9, Walker & Company

Class Trip is a new title by the indefatigable Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko. Stephanie and Sean and their entire class embark on a trip to the museum. The guide shows them chicken eggs that are about to hatch and, indeed, they watch a little chick come out of its shell. “Fantastic,” say the kids, “do you have any bigger eggs?” As the size of the eggs increases, so do the things that hatch. Until they are shown an enormous shell in the museum’s basement. Will a teacher fit in a shell? And how can eggs do math? A fun, new read-aloud in typical Munsch style with lots of repetition and an unexpected ending. ISBN 978-1-0397-0224-0, Scholastic Canada

What I Like! by Gervase Phinn British author Gervase Phinn has written fun picturebooks for kids, including What I Like!, a collection of poems for the very young. Ranging from food to pets to runaway trains these poems are great for sharing out loud in Kindergarten. They include rhymes as well as tongue twisters and guessing games. ISBN 978-1904-5501-29, Child’s Play

Raina Telgemeier wrote successful graphic novels that kids love, like Ghosts, Smile and Drama. How do writers and illustrators use their own life to come up with great stories? In Share Your Smile, she shows readers, and kids who like to doodle, how to create the best stories from real experiences. Losing a tooth as a kid, may not be fun. But writing and drawing about it, turning it into a universal story, can help yourself as well as others. Telgemeier takes the reader through all steps of remembering, recording, and sketching stories. A great book to encourage others to write your own story. ISBN 978-1-338-35384-6, Scholastic Graphix

Margriet Ruurs loves reading. She also writes books for children and conducts author visits at schools around the world.

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Wishing you happy Holidays. I hope that, if you receive gifts this time of year, it will be lots of wonderful books. Here are some global stories about hope, love and peace that we can use around the world.

A Kwanzaa Miracle by Sharon Shayers Gayle with art by Frank Norfleet is a heartwarming story about the neighbors in an apartment building getting together to celebrate Kwanzaa, a relatively new, secular celebration based on African harvest traditions. Ashley and Darryl are scared of mean Mrs. Jackson who always scolds them. Until they discover that Mrs. Jackson lost her daughter and is all alone. Through visits, they come to enjoy their neighbor and even honor her as special ancestor during the Kwanzaa celebration. The back of the book explains the seven principles of Kwanzaa. ISBN 0-439-69003-X, Scholastic

Sélavi, A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme is a wonderful, unique story. Inspired by real children in Haiti, it features a homeless child who tries to find a safe place to live. Soon, he meets other children who help and support him until they all get chased away. He finds a group who tries to give him shelter. When the community works together, they accomplish their goal of building a safe place to live and also a radio station to broadcast and share their stories, their hopes and dream. The radio station is real and so are the characters in this touching picture book. ISBN 0-938317-84-9, Cinco Puntos Press

A wonderful new title by Peter H. Reynolds and his son Henry Rocket Reynolds is All We Need Is Love. This story sneaks into your heart while you are reading it… Poppy and Little One agree, all they need is love. And a soft pillow. Oh, and a roof over their heads. Slowly, their wish list grows until they accumulate more and more and have a house full of things. Then the big storm blows it all away and they discover that, yes, love is really all they need. And a soft pillow! This is a great story for a wide age range that can be accompanied by discussions on how much stuff we really need and what is essential. ISBN 978-1-338-57233-5, Scholastic

Because I Already Loved You by Andrée-Anne Cyr, with art by Bérengère Delaporte is a lovely but sad picture book that can fill a much needed void. The still-born birth or death of a new baby is acknowledged as a very sad event for the parents but not often addressed properly for the young sibling who has eagerly awaited the birth. This story is beautiful and realistic and a good tool to use for families faced with the tragic loss of a new baby. ISBN 978-1-77306-973-9, Groundwood Books

What Is Peace? by Wallace Edwards asks a question that you can expand in the classroom. Is Peace old or new? Is Peace near or far? Is it quiet or loud, captive or free? So many ways to think about what exactly peace is. Coupled with exquisite art full of things to discover, this picture book is rich in both text and illustrations and can be used as a discussion point for students of all ages.

ISBN 978-1443148436, North Winds Press

Margriet Ruurs is a Canadian author of over 40 books for children. Her next in person author presentations will be at international schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Everyone has different abilities. Some people speak many languages, some can make sushi while others can create paintings. And some people need devices to help them along – devices like a wheelchair or a hearing aid. Here are some picture books that will be wonderful additions to any school or classroom library, allowing discussion on physical challenges.

I Can, Too! by Karen Autio, illustrated by Laura Watson, is a story of friendship between two children with diverse abilities.

Piper and Kayla are on the move. While Piper pedals her tricycle with her feet, Kayla uses her hands to move forward. On the ice, Kayla loves her sled while Piper zooms along on skates. And both friends love the playground.

The inspiration for I Can, Too! comes from the author’s daughter, who was born with spina bifida. Karen always welcomed questions by children so the unknown could be named and understood and children could get to know her daughter. I Can, Too! shines a much-needed spotlight on kids who use special gear to navigate the world It is also an affirming story of inclusion. ISBN 978-1443190084, Scholastic

Fast Friends by Heather M. O’Connor, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, is the story of Tyson who is always fast! He speeds around the playground, runs around the classroom and always has to wait for others. His teacher is always telling Tyson to slow down. Until a new friend arrives. Suze is in a shiny red wheelchair and wears a helmet. While everyone is careful and slow with her, Tyson just knows she loves speed, just like him. And when he gets a chance, they race around the school yard together. Suze can’t talk but her laugh tells everyone how much she loves being fast, too. 978-1-4431-7040-6, Scholastic

And in Friends Find A Way! by the same author and illustrator team, the two friends and their class visit the zoo on a fieldtrip. While everyone wants to see the camels and the giraffes, Tyson and Suze are only interested in the cheetahs. And when the pair gets lost, Suze saves the day by having a map.

978-1-4431-9386-3, Scholastic

Margriet Ruurs writes books for children on Canada’s West Coast and visits international schools around the world.

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Are you already getting into Christmas or year end activities? In previous years I have recommended books to celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa and others. Here are some good titles to share in the classroom (or use as gifts) during December.

An Aboriginal Carol by David Bouchard.

With Christmas just around the corner, this aboriginal Christmas tale is perfect to share in the classroom. According to traditional beliefs the ‘peace maker’ was born before contact with white Europeans and brings together First Nations, Inuit and Dene groups. Told in poetry in both English and Inuktitut, this is the winter tale of a joyful birth. The incredible art of Moses Beaver illustrates text by David Bouchard while Susan Aglukark provided translation to Inuktitut and music on an accompanying CD. ISBN 978-0-88995-406-9, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

One of my favorite Christmas stories ever, is the book Baseball Bats For Christmas by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak. The award-winning Inuit author paints the perfect picture of life in the high Arctic when he was little. Arvaarluk and his friends lived in in Repulse Bay, a tiny community on the Arctic Circle.  One day a small plane buzzed in and landed on the ice. But what did it deliver? Never having seen trees before, the children try to guess what the six green spindly things are. One of the boys has a brilliant idea: why not use them as baseball bats?  Full of vibrant illustrations, this story gives young readers a glimpse into a time, place, and culture that may be new to them.  A great way also to introduce discussions about Christmas traditions that others may not be familiar with. ISBN 978-1554519286, Annick Press

Island Santa by Sheryl McFarlane, with art by Sheena Lott, is a wonderful story that works on many different levels. Sophie and Sam live on an island, which is great for spotting orcas or seeing seals but not when you are sick. Just before Christmas, Sophie needs to go to the hospital in the city by Water Taxi. Santa arrives each year by boat. But this year Sophie is in the hospital. All Sam wants, is to be with her and his dad. The skipper of Santa’s ship offers Sam a ride and will get him dropped off at the city’s hospital, if he helps along the way. Sam helps sort gifts and make balloon animals. A gale hits when they visit another island. But eventually they safely reach the lighthouse where Santa delivers gifts. And, finally, Sam reaches the hospital where he shares gifts and stories with his family – the perfect way to spend Christmas. This book is not only a heartwarming story, it supports Jeneece Place – a house for island families to stay while their children are in hospital.  ISBN 978-0-9880536-0-1, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

A Wayne in a Manger by Gervase Phinn is a small, hilarious book for educators. It’s a heartwarming collection of anecdotes focusing on the nativity scene and Christmas pageants in schools that any teacher will recognize and enjoy. From shepherds clad in housecoats to a nose picking Joseph, from angels falling off stage and many other mishaps, the stories reflect a caring educator who loves nothing better than to observe and stimulate children. This little book will bring you joy and laughter and makes a perfect Christmas gift for other educators. ISBN 978-0141-026-886, Penguin

In this edition of my book review column, I celebrate sharing the 500th book with you! Happy celebrating, no matter which feast of the season you feature.

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Usually, in this space, I post recommendations for a variety of good books – books that will appeal to kids, parents and educators at international schools, with wide global appeal. This time, I would like to share just one book – a very special, impressive book which will be meaningful to many booklovers.

Years ago, I wrote a nonfiction children’s book called My Librarian is a Camel. That book started when I read a newspaper article about camels in Kenya being used to deliver books to remote villages. That’s when I realized I, like many others, was taking my free public library for granted.

I thought ‘If kids in Kenya get books delivered by camel, how else do people get library books if they live in remote areas and have no access to books?’ That question kept me occupied with research for the next many years. In the process of finding out the answers, I made friends with librarians in Zimbabwe, with booklovers in Papua New Guinea and made life long friends with fellow authors in Pakistan and Mongolia. The result was my book for children, published by Boyds Mill Press in the USA. Not only did that book lead to me speaking at many literacy conferences and in schools, I also made contact with people who wanted to help. Boxes and boxes of books, as well as funds, were gathered by school children in the USA to help children in far away countries. The book helped to stock a library built by volunteers in a Mayan village in Mexico. It led to pen-pal exchanges, with books as the focus, between thousands of students in over 30 countries. So I know first hand the effect a book can have on rallying people together and creating awareness.

And, being so involved in books and unusual libraries, I was surprised to discover a book I didn’t know yet. Recently, I received a copy of a book called The Library Tree. The book is written by Deborah Cowley. This very special, touching book is the story of one woman: Kathy Knowles. Many years ago, Kathy, her husband and young children left Canada to work in Ghana. While there, Kathy started reading picturebooks to her children, under a shady tree in her backyard. It wasn’t long before neighborhood children joined them. 

Seeing how much the kids loved the stories, and realizing they had no other access to books, Kathy started collecting books. She eventually turned one room in her house into ‘a room full of books’ and used it as a small lending library. 

More kids led to more books, more books led to more libraries. Over the years, Kathy Knowles has build many libraries across Ghana and beyond. These libraries were built on solid foundations and with local input. The libraries employ many people and have received worldwide praise. They serve schools and universities as well as street children. Everyone is welcome in these libraries.

Kathy Knowles also started training librarians and educators, ensuring that libraries will be well staffed. From the beginning, she managed to persuade the government to pay all staff salaries.

And while she spearheaded her enormous project alone, she has not accomplished everything single handedly. Her community in Canada has been collected, cleaning, packing and shipping the best books for many years. Kathy’s initiative has helped hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children in Ghana to learn to read, to get an education and to achieve their dreams.

For her many years of hard volunteer work, Kathy has received many awards and recognitions, including the Governor General’s Award. But likely, the most meaningful award for her will be the fact that so many children have learned to read and use books.

The Library Tree is a small book but it has a profound impact on the reader. It inspires us all to make a difference in the world.

The Library Tree, Deborah Cowley, ISBN 978-1-926531-83-0

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Picturebooks are the perfect tool to learn and talk about different cultures, about emotions that you and others might feel, and to share experiences. Using picturebooks in the classroom can help create compassion and respect for different cultures. Here are some brand new releases that will add value to reading in the global classroom.

Zander Stays by Maureen Fergus, with illustrations by Scot Ritchie is the perfect book to read in the fall. Zander is a goose. And when his friends prepare to fly south for the winter, Zander decides to try something different. He stays. But when fall turns to winter he faces one hardship after another. Having to face frozen water and falling snow, he despairs about his decision until he finally meets the perfect friend. They end up having such a wonderful time together that, in spring, his returning flock decides to try something different as well. A fun story, complete with information on hibernation and adaption. ISBN 978-1-77278-296-7, Pajama Press

The Pet Store Window, Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Construction in a city can have far reaching effects. When a new office tower goes up, an old building get demolished. That building housed a pet store where Ana worked, caring for a dog, a hedgehog, a mouse. They had all been there for a long time. When the store closes, displacing them all, Ana does not know what to do with the animals which have not sold to new homes. But once a friend, always a friend and Ana cares for them. Together, they end up bringing joy to more people. Translated from Spanish. ISBN 978-1-77306-459-8, Groundwood Books

Malaika’s Costume, written by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, is the story of Malaika who lives in Jamaica with her grandmother while her mother works in Canada to send money back home. Malaika misses her mom, especially at a time when she needs a carnival costume. There is no money to buy one and she refuses to wear grandmother’s old, musky costume. When a tailor gives her a bag of scrap material, Malaika and her grandmother make the most beautiful costume of all. And they send photos of Malaika as a proud peacock to her mother in Canada. Nadia L. Hohn is a Canadian author of Caribbean heritage. This picture book has a unique setting, mentioning foods and traditions that can be discussed and celebrated in the classroom. ISBN 978-1988325125, Groundwood Books

If You See a Bluebird, written by Bahram Rahman with art by Gabrielle Grimard, explores the concept of ‘home’. What is home? Is it the place you had to leave behind when war comes, like Ali from Afghanistan? During a day of picking berries, he feels homesick for Kabul as he remembers where he played. But his grandmother explains that home is where his family is safe and now lives together. Ali realizes that having his family, ánd berries, is what matters most. A good story to share and to discuss what makes you feel safe and at home. ISBN 978-1-77278-284-4, Pajama Press

Margriet Ruurs is a writer of many multicultural books for children including Where We Live. She conducts author visits in schools around the world and has openings for the 2024 school year.

www.margrietruurs.com

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Usually I post new book recommendations here every two weeks. This time, I’m traveling and unable to share reviews of new books. So I’d like to share a list of my favourite books about many countries around the world.

This list includes books for young people, and anyone else. Most are paired with travels to countries which I read about. Often, I found these gems in the country itself. They enriched my travels and my understanding of country and culture.

It is an evergrowing list, so you can check back at other times to find more titles.

Happy reading!

https://www.globetrottingbooklovers.com/books

Margriet Ruurs is an author of many books for children. Her travel are often combined with visits to international schools to inspire children to read and write their own stories.

www.margrietruurs.com