Saturday, July 17, 2010

Picture Book Saturday: Real kids!

Babies and young children seem to love looking at other children in photographs and the books I've picked out this week all have featured photos of real children around the world and focus on families and customs. Fun and educational right?

In  Our Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera, Sheila Kinkade, and Cynthia Pon with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we see tons of photos from all around the world, with children and grandparents interacting together. Each photo is labeled with the country and a small amount of text on each page leads into the images. A world map and a list of fun things to do with grandparents is also included. And I LOVE the cover sweet!

As a quick side note, Global Fund for Children also has a fun new board
book out for the littlest readers, also featuring baby photographs. It's called American Babies and is almost completely photos with only a single line of text every other page. When purchasing books from GFC a portion of the proceeds is donated to "support innovative community-based organizations that serve the world's most vulnerable children and youth."

Grand, by Marla Stewart Konrad is another that focuses on the relationships between children and grandparents, with lots of beautiful photos. Pairing it with I Like to Play, also by Konrad, young children will get simplistic, yet well-written text and a fantastic look into other cultures.

I'm a huge fan of Tundra's books, but especially the ones from their World Vision Early Readers collection. They also donate proceeds to organizations for children around the world. Awesome! Reader AND charity? Great combo.

All of these are great choices for first introducing your kids to other customs, other countries, and as a simple way to show them the different ways in which people live around the world. Kids love to look at other kids and these are 3 fantastic selections.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

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Abby said...

Thanks for this post, Amanda! We get requests for multicultural children's books from the education classes at our local colleges, so I added these to our next order!

Amanda said...

You're so welcome! These books will really be great for such a wide variety of kids and teachers/librarians.

CoffeeShopBloggers said...

You are so right! My kids loved to see baby stories of babies and they were especially fascinated if any looked a little like them. Great reminder and thanks for posting on these books!

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