Books for Children Ages 3-8

All the World, by Liz Garten

“Charming illustrations and lyrical rhyming couplets speak volumes in celebration of the world and humankind, combining to create a lovely book that will be appreciated by a wide audience… Perfection.” — School Library Journal (STARRED)

Families of many ethnicities will see themselves and others respectfully reflected in this Caldecott Honor Award winner.

Biblioburro, by Jeannette Winter

“One person can make a difference, and in this book Luis Soriano makes all the difference in the world…Winter has a gift for creating nonfiction that is accessible to and appeals to very young readers. The story is well told, and the colorful illustrations reflect the flora and fauna of Colombia…Winter ends the book by saying, “A small corner of the world is enriched.” What a terrific way to help children think about their role in doing the same.”–School Library Journal

Children's books

Global Babies, by Global Fund for Children

This board book for toddlers shows babies from around the world.  Older siblings (3-5) will also enjoy the pictures which are a wonderful springboard for discussion.

My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? by Jennifer Fosberry

Isabella pretends to be the women she admires– among them Activist Rosa Parks, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and her own mother.

“This story…speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself…because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to.”
-ForeWord Magazine

The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Through beautiful and meaningful illustrations, and using very few words, the author conveys Aesop’s fable of a lion who spares the life of a mouse and is later saved by him.   The result is a more subtle lesson in generosity than is typical of traditional versions.

Stone Soup, By Marcia Brown

This Caldecott Medal winner, written in 1947, is a retelling of a traditional French story.  Three hungry soldiers appear in a town and trick the villagers into sharing their food by making stone soup and offering to share it.  Of course, the soup is improved by adding the ingredients that only the villagers have.  In the end, everyone enjoys the cooperatively made meal together.

What Does It Mean to Be Global, by Rana DiOrio

“Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.”
— Little Pickle Press

Zak the Yak with Books on His Back, by John Wood

Up in the mountains of Nepal, the headmaster of a poor school sends his two children with Zak the Yak to find book donations. After much difficulty, Zak and the children are given more than 5000 books and all rejoice when they return to the village.  This charming book is a fundraiser for Room to Read, one of Global Grandmothers’ recommended charities, and it is the fictionalized version of John Wood’s own history.