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I love traveling. I’ve been to over 35 countries, and most of those trips were paid for using credit card rewards points. When I got pregnant, I thought that my traveling days were over. However, I’ve learned that it doesn’t have to be that way! My daughter is 11 months old and has been on 7 trips. We’ve traveled to Hawaii, to Spain, and yes, to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
When I grew up, I received a book from my Grandma on every birthday and Christmas. I didn’t know it at the time, but she helped inspire a love of reading in me that I thankfully haven’t lost. For friends’ children’s birthdays, I try to continue with my grandmother’s tradition of giving books. These are my favorite to help inspire children to travel.
7 International-Inspired Books for Kids of All Ages
1. Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?
This is a delightful story about a cat’s adventures in London. It’s a lot of fun to see landmarks you’ve visited or that you’ll be going to visit. It really brings the story to real life!
2. Babies Come From Airports
Babies Come From Airports is a sweet story about adoption. Kids can read about their favorite characters from airports, including a guy named Security.
3. Welcome, Mei Su
Gyo Fujikawa is one of my favorite illustrators. She’s written over 50 books for children, and her work has been translated into 17 languages. This story is about Mei Su, a girl new to the neighborhood.
4. Explore The World Activity Book
Perfect for older kids, this book has almost 100 pages of different kinds of activities for kids to do. There are quizzes, stickers, word scrambles, and sudoku. It will keep them entertained for hours!
First published in 1956, this classic book is about an adventurous little mouse named Anatole. You’ll love reading about his cheese-eating adventures.
6. The Littlest Matryoshka
This book is about the journey of four matryoshka dolls that travel from Russia all the way to a toy store in the United States. Along the way, the sisters get separated.
Minou is about a cat with a very loving caretaker who dies. Minou must learn how to survive on the streets by herself.
Books are a wonderful way to help inspire the fun of traveling in children. They make wonderful birthday presents, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. You can find these books in used bookstores, thrift stores, and online. What international-themed books do your children love?
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