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Volunteering in Tanzania was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes not only to the needs of our fellow global citizens, but also to the lovable and exhilarating culture of Bukoba.

- Megan


The Ultimate Geography Guide 

Author: Mobile

An excellent database of facts & figures on world geography.  From the deepest oceans to the tallest mountains, discover more about the earth.

A Life Like Mine

Author: DK Publishing
Publisher: DK Children, 2005
Ages 4-8

Created in conjunction with UNICEF, A Life Like Mine introduces the reader to eighteen children from several different countries and provides a glimpse into what life is like for different children around the world. The book features beautiful photographs of the children going about their daily lives.

All in a Day

Author: Anno, Mitsumasa; illus. Raymond Briggs, et al
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, 1999
Ages 4-8

Illustrated by ten artists from around the world, including Eric Carle and Raymond Briggs, this book shows the activities of children from various parts of the world over a 24-hour period.

All Kinds of Children

Author: Simon, Norma; illus. Diane Paterson
Publisher: Shen’s Books, 1999
Ages 4-8

Using colorful illustrations and a reassuring tone, All Kinds of Children celebrates the basic needs and similarities among children of all cultures. Questions are incorporated into the text to involve the reader and help them make personal comparisons.

Babar’s World Tour

Author: De Brunhoff, Laurent
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005
Ages 4-8

Join Babar and Queen Celeste as they embark on a tour of the world and its many cultures! Babar’s trip includes stops in India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, and many other countries, providing a glimpse into how diverse our world truly is.

Be My Neighbor

Author: Ajmera, Maya
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2006
Ages 4-8

Using photographs of children from various parts of the world paired with the words of Mr. Rogers, Be My Neighbor emphasizes the concept of community and encourages children to view even those who live far away as neighbors and to respect their similarities and differences.

Children Around The World

Author: Montanari, Donata
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2008
Ages 4-8

Children Around The World allows the reader to take an armchair trip around the globe to meet children from twelve different countries and learn about many aspects of their lives including their schools, food, language, and families. The book features unique collage illustrations created with fabric, paper, mesh, string, and felt.

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World

Author: Ajmera, Maya
Publisher: Shakti for Children, 2001
Ages 9-12

Written by the founder of the Global Fund for Children, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe introduces the reader to children from 25 different countries through beautiful, full color photos. Each country profiled includes a map, favorite sports, a fact about the environment, and the number of children who live there. Additional resources and activities are listed in the afterword to help children further explore other cultures.

Countries of the World Series

Capstone Press
Ages 4-8

Each book in Capstone’s Countries of the World series focuses on a different country and provides information about its culture, landscape, geography, economics, and more.

Culture Quest World Tour

Created by the Internet Public Library, kids can join Ophelia Owl and Parsifal Penguin as they learn about many of the world’s cultures through activities, games, folk tales, and recipes.

Cultures of the World Series

Benchmark Books
Ages 9-12

Each book in the Cultures of the World series presents an overview of a specific country along with facts about the country’s history, government, languages, etc.

Faces Magazine

Publisher: Carus Publishing
Ages 9 and up

Faces is a multicultural children’s magazine that helps kids understand how people in other countries and cultures live. Each issue focuses on a different culture and includes interesting articles, photos, stories, and folk tales.


This informational website provides facts and intriguing articles about countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. A great resource for families traveling to another country for the first time, the site includes guides to activities and points of interest in each country.

Global Wonders Educational DVD Series

Ages 2-7

Each DVD in the Global Wonders series introduces children to a different country through music, lessons in language, and information about culture and customs. Included in the series are programs on India, Mexico, and one on several different cultures called “Around the World.”

How People Live

Author: Freeman, Dena
Publisher: DK Children, 2003
Ages 4-8

Organized by cultural or ethnic group, How People Live provides a brief introduction to the languages, beliefs, traditions, and customs of many cultures around the globe. The book is not all-inclusive, but does include information on many little-known cultural groups.

If The World Were A Village: A Book About The World’s People

Author: Smith, David; illus. Shelagh Armstrong
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 2002
Ages 9-12

If The World Were A Village encourages children to imagine the world’s population of over six billion people as a village of only 100 people, providing scaled-down statistics that are easier for children to grasp. For example, in this global village of 100, 22 people speak Chinese, 17 cannot read or write, etc.


Kids Around the World Celebrate!: The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands

Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands

Kids Around the World Create!: The Best Crafts and Activities from Many Lands

Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands

Author: All by Braman, Arlette N. except Kids Around the World Celebrate! By Lynda Jones
Publisher: All published by Wiley, except Kids Around the World Cook! published by Jossey-Bass
Ages 9-12

The Kids Around the World series features recipes, games, crafts, and activities children can do to learn about other cultures and the world around them. Instructions are accompanied by facts and historical information. The series is an excellent “hands-on” way for children to develop interest in and respect for other cultures.

Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Ages 9-12

Using colorful photos and informative text, the Lands, Peoples, and Cultures series of books provides elementary school readers with an introduction to life in several different countries.

Material World: A Global Family Portrait

Author: Menzel, Peter
Publisher: Sierra Club Books, 1995
Young Adult

Created in honor of the United Nations-sponsored International Year of the Family in 1994, Material World is a photographic portrait of life in 30 nations. Each section focuses on an example of what is considered an average family in that particular country, and provides a glimpse of the family’s work, home, and material possessions.

Monsoon Summer

Author: Perkins, Mitali
Publisher: Laurel Leaf, 2006
Young Adult

When 15-year-old Jazz learns that her mother has received a grant to establish a clinic at an orphanage in India and that she must spend her summer vacation there helping, she is extremely unhappy. However, her experiences in India and the friends she makes there help Jazz realize that she has the power to help others in need.

Motospot "Roadtrip Geography"

Website made for Ms. Britton's students at the Jean Massieu Academy.

National Geographic Countries of the World Series

National Geographic Children's Books
Ages 9-12

Published by National Geographic, the Countries of the World series provides a basic overview of several different countries’ geography, environment, history, culture, government, and economy. A section at the end of the book includes web addresses and other resources in case the reader wants to do additional research.

National Geographic Kids: People and Places

This National Geographic site features profiles of several different countries and the people who live there, as well as photos, maps, videos and e-cards that kids can send to their friends.

Open Your Eyes: Extraordinary Experiences in Faraway Places

Author: Various
Publisher: Viking Juvenile, 2003
Young Adult

Open Your Eyes features true accounts of travel to faraway places from writers like Lowis Lowry, Susie Morgenstern, Katherine Paterson, Graham Salisbury, and Jean Fritz. The collection of stories emphasizes how exposure to other cultures is often a life-changing experience.

People Around the World

Author: Mason, Antony
Publisher: Kingfisher, 2002
Ages 9-12

By examining the daily lives of many of the diverse peoples and cultures that make up our world, this reference guide for elementary and middle school students encourages global understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

Sticky Situations: Stories of Childhood Adventures Abroad

Author: Rogers, Lynn Platt
Publisher: Infinity Publishing, 2003
Young Adult

As the daughter of a CIA agent, Lynn Platt Rogers spent her childhood all over the world. Sticky Situations is an often humorous autobiographical account of Rogers’ experiences living in other countries, including Austria, Laos, and France.

Teen Life Around the World Series

Publisher: Greenwood Press
Young Adult

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a teenager in another part of the world? The Teen Life Around the World series of books introduces the reader to teens growing up in other countries and demonstrates how different - and similar - their lives are. Included in the series are books on the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Time for Kids World Atlas

Author: Editors of Time for Kids Magazine
Publisher: Time for Kids, 2007
Ages 9-12

This atlas from the editors of Time for Kids Magazine includes maps of all seven continents and information about every country, along with full-color photos and in-depth information about the culture and the people who live there.

To Be a Kid

Author: Ajmera, Maya
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, 1999
Ages: 4-8

Using photos of children from all over the world participating in similar activities, To Be A Kid describes what it really means to be a kid in the world, regardless of location, race, or language. The book features beautiful photographs taken by Peace Corps volunteers and celebrates those universal activities that children all around the world enjoy, such as playing with friends, spending time with family, and learning.

Wake Up, World!: A Day In The Life Of Children Around The World

Author: Hollyer, Beatrice
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., 1999
Ages 4-8

A look at the diverse cultures of children from eight different countries: Brazil, Vietnam, Ghana, India, USA, Australia, England, and Russia.

Whoever You Are

Author: Fox, Mem; illus. Leslie Staub
Publisher: Voyager Books, 2006
Ages 4-8

Accompanied by folk art oil paintings by illustrator Leslie Staub, Whoever You Are emphasizes the idea that although children around the world may look different or speak different languages, they all experience the same feelings of pain and joy.

World Almanac for Kids: Nations

This section of the World Almanac for Kids website includes information about how kids around the world live, as well as an alphabetical listing of nations with facts and figures. The website also includes sections from the World Almanac for Kids book, which is revised each year and includes up-to-date facts on several subjects.

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World

Author: Kerley, Barbara
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books, 2005
Ages 4-8

Through beautiful photographs and simple rhyming text, You and Me Together depicts the relationship between parents and children all over the world and emphasizes the similarities that all families share.