I think it is incredibly important for us as parents, librarians, and teachers to instill a quest for knowledge about other cultures into our children. Our world is not nearly as large as we think and it's such an amazing benefit when we learn about something different from what we're comfortable with or used to. Better to start young!
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World is a Global Fund for Children book, meaning a "portion of the proceeds will be donated to support innovative community-based organizations the serve the world's most vulnerable children and youth." Awesome right? Well, the content is awesome too. Gorgeous photographs illustrate different style of dress from all around the world, worn by children. Each photo is labeled with the country it's from and what the clothing is specifically for (school, festivals, sports, etc.)
Great for toddlers to just flip through and look at different faces from around the world, but also excellent for use in a classroom to add to a unit on different cultures. The back of the book provides information on learning about our heritage and discovering different cultures.
I highly recommend this one for classrooms and libraries. And if you're interested in learning more about what the Global Fund for Children does, make sure to visit their website!
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World
Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon