Reading the World with Picture Books
348 pages • 8½ x 11
Reading the World with Picture Books presents an exhaustive collection of booktalk options with picture books that are set in the major countries of each continent. Hundreds of children''s books with an international flavor are organized by continent and then by country, and suggested activities accompany the titles, encouraging students to interpret information related to historical or geographic concepts and use problem-solving skills. Activities range from those appropriate for beginners to experienced researchers/writers. All call for high-level thinking and most provide opportunities to respond in creative ways. In addition, all of the activities are keyed to ed national standards in language arts and social studies.
The picture books suggested are not only excellent choices to capture a booktalk audience''s attention and educate young readers about world culture, but also to demonstrate how human beings have adapted to the various environments of the world.
This valuable reference guide provides suggestions of picture books set in more than 70 countries in each continent of the world, along with standards-based activities.
Even in this increasingly global and geopolitical world, many Americans are ignorant of the locations of other nations or have very limited knowledge of other cultures. An easy way to combat this cultural myopia is to expose young school children to stories set in other countries.