We can't all be world travelers, especially with small children ruling ours. But we can still teach children about different areas of the world and different cultures. We can show them how other people live, eat, and travel. And we can do it through the power of books.

  1. Material World: A Global Family Portrait. In the 1990s, 16 photographers traveled to 30 nations and spent a week living with families from those nations. Each photographer took a family portrait with the family and all of their possessions in front of their home. This bestseller is a great way to share the world with your child.
  2. To Be a Kid. This simple book shares pictures of children from around the world. It emphasizes the similarities among children from a variety of cultures. Great for young children.
  3. One World One Day. This beautifully photographed book captures one day in the lives of different children from around the world. It highlights everything from what a child eats at breakfast to how they get to school.
  4. Houses and Homes (Around the World Series). This book shares pictures of different houses and homes from around the world. From houses of mud to houses of stone, your children will learn about the different structures that make a home.
  5. Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World. This book uses vibrant color photography to capture images of children from all the corners of the earth. Along with the pictures is information about each child's culture and language.
  6. Children of the World: How We Live, Learn, and Play in Poems, Drawings, and Photographs. This book comes straight from the children of 192 different countries. They share their worlds with each other through their own artwork and poetry. The book includes photographs, maps, and fun facts too.
  7. Families: Around the World, One Kid at a Time. This large book feature maps and photos to teach your children about children from across the globe. Your children will learn about different family structures, activities, religions, and local customs.

We can all benefit from a little diversity including learning how others live, especially those without a television to watch or a Wii to play. Exposing your children to different cultures can help foster a sense of a global community, inspire generosity, and teach your children appreciate all that they have.