Given that my son just finished learning about the seven continents at school, I was happy to share the book Amy’s Travels with him. This children’s book by Kathryn Starke is a cool blend of geography and culture that promotes all the things we love to encourage as multilingual families.
The book takes us around the world with a little girl named Amy, whose family has lived on five of the seven continents. She is from Perú and although the book is in English, she talks about Spanish being her first language and describes life in South America. I like that kids can learn about the variety of animals and weather on Earth from this book as well (canoeing over crocodiles on the Amazon River), since we sometimes forget that some elements of culture originate from the type of land we live on.
From learning how to say hello in Swahili to why living in America means experiencing four seasons, the book is a thorough and positive introduction to the overwhelming world.
Starke is a second grade teacher and took care to include social studies topics that are appropriate for 2nd-5th graders in Amy’s Travels, but the simple illustrations and length of the book make it great for younger readers too.
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