One World booklist

These children's books cover experiences from around the globe, and can help to encourage children to think about and appreciate the rest of the world and unfamiliar cultures.

Baby to 3

The skin you live in The skin you live in
Michael Tyler

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are ilustrated with children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake.

Global Babies Global Babies

This board book shows photographs of babies from all over the world in their native costume and describes how all babies are special. Babies love looking at faces and other children so this book is great for that whilst also introducing them to the diversity of cultures and people around the world.

Age 3 to 5

Handa’s Surprise Handa’s Surprise
Eileen Browne

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. Which fruit will Akeyo like best, she wonders - the yellow banana, the sweet guava, the juicy orange, the ripe mango, the spiky pineapple, the creamy avocado, or the tangy passion fruit? As Handa makes the long walk to the next village, carrying the basket on her head, a monkey, ostrich, zebra, elephant, giraffe, antelope, and parrot steal her fruits, one by one. But little do they know that Handa has an even bigger surprise in store! This charming book is also ideal for reading aloud.

How to make an apple pie and see the world How to make an apple pie and see the world
Marjorie Priceman

This engaging picture book can encourage young readers to think about different places around the world, and might even get them thinking about where different foods and ingredients come from. A deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont!‘
A simple recipe for apple pie is included too!

The swirling Hijaab The swirling Hijaab
Na’ima bint Robert

A lyrical picture book about the feelings a little Muslim girl has for her head scarf, her Hijaab. Imaginatively written and beautifully illustrated, this book and can provide children with an interesting insight into the Hijaab, and encourage them to think about different cultures. Reading and looking at the brilliant illustrations together within the book can be fun for both you and your children.

Cleversticks Cleversticks
Bernard Ashley

Ling Sung doesn’t like school. The other children can do things that he can’t; Terry can tie up his shoes, Manjit can write her name and Sharon can button up her coat perfectly. But Ling Sung soon finds out that there is something very special that only he can do when at snack time he uses two paintbrushes as chopsticks to pick up biscuits. Not even the teachers can do this, and Ling Sung feels very special indeed!

Age 5 to 7

Elephant Dance Elephant Dance
A journey to India

‘Ravi and Anjali are fascinated by their grandfather's stories of India, where the sun is like a ferocious tiger, the wind is like a wild horse, and monsoon rains cascade from the sky like waterfalls. Ravi particularly loves to hear about the festival of Divaali, where parading elephants take pride of place in their grandfather's memories, and he dreams of having an elephant dance to the tune he composes on his flute. In addition to an evocative, beautifully written story, Elephant Dance also contains endnotes on the cultural heritage of India, making it a perfect introduction to Indian life and traditions.’

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Verna Aardema

Set in Africa, this book can encourage children to think about other cultures and ways of life. Young readers will find out how Ki-pat the herd boy ended a dreadful drought in an enjoyable and vividly illustrated rhyming story.

Age 7 to 11

Haroun and the sea of stories Haroun and the sea of stories
Salman Rushdie

Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals this work of fantasy from the author of Midnight’s Children is an exciting and imaginative world-related story. Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers. A great introduction for children to Rushdie's other works.

The silly chicken The silly chicken
Idries Shah

This quirky story is set in rural Pakistan and should help children think about life in other parts of the world! It features a young girl whose mother’s pet chicken develops the ability to talk, and soon has the whole town following it. The chicken spreads an alarming warning, which causes the townspeople to panic without first considering the messenger, leaving the young girl in a position where she must restore sense to the town.

Kensuke’s Kingdom Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo

This exciting book was written by the author of ‘War Horse’. It tells a tale of a young boy who is shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific Ocean… ‘Washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food, and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish and fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone'. There is another inhabitant of the island, and Michael must come to terms with his new neighbour despite a language barrier and cultural differences between the pair.

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