Reading Around the World: Week 2 – Africa

Give Your Child the World Week 2 AfricaContinuing on with Jamie Martin and Sarah Mackenzie’s children’s book club, although I’m quite behind their official schedule.

Week two is coordinated with the chapter on Africa from Martin’s fantastic book Give Your Child The World.

This week I read the following titles with my kids:

Lala SalamaLala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia Maclachlan, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Beautiful illustrations, and a soft and gentle story that’s perfect for bedtime.

Elephants of AfricaElephants of Africa by Gail Gibbons
Informative nonfiction title – my older two weren’t that interested in it but the youngest liked making elephant noises for every page.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered RockAnansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Generally I don’t like folktales (from any culture) so I wasn’t feeling enthusiastic about starting this title, but it was a lot of fun.

Rain SchoolRain School by James Mumford
Great story, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book set in Chad before, so that was nice.

Jambo Means HelloJambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings, illustrated by Tom Feelings
We skimmed this one mostly, but the illustrations are wonderful.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti PlainBringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
My oldest had wandered off when we read this one, but I hope to get him to listen to it later – I’m curious to see if he recognizes the structure of it being like “This is the House That Jack Built”

Throw Your Tooth on the RoofWe also read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, although that really would have been a better fit with week 1, as a multicultural book. My kids got a little bit bored with it, and we just kind of dipped into it here and there, mostly seeing how many cultures were mentioned having tooth traditions involving 1) mice 2)throwing the tooth on the roof or 3) burying the tooth.

Anna HibiscusAnd I was somewhat hoping to get to it this week but it didn’t happen. Later this year though we will be reading Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, as it is *such* a great book. It’s not a picture book though, which is all we managed this week. 🙂

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Reading Around the World: Week 1 – Multiculturalism

Give Your Child the World Week 1 MulticulturalismYou know I’m a sucker for book clubs (all book clubs) so when I saw that Jamie Martin and Sarah Mackenzie were teaming up for a children’s book club this summer I couldn’t resist.

Themed around Martin’s new book, Give Your Child The World, each week of the book club is matched with a chapter of her book.

Week one was multicultural books, and I read the following titles with my kids:

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton. The two year old LOVED this one.

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka

On The Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Frane Lessac – this is on H’s school list for later this year, so I debated reading it now. I’m glad I did, as they enjoyed it, and it’ll still be a good one to reread later when it comes up in her schedule.

Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris, illustrated by Ken Heyman

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Annette Cable – also on H’s school list.

And, we didn’t read it this time, but earlier this year we read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman and it was a lot of fun.

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