“Children’s books should reflect their readers and the world they live in.  We live in a world full of all different kinds of people, and if we want to educate children meaningfully and completely, we have to be teaching them about all different kinds of people.” – Kate DePalma, co-author of The Barefoot Book of […]

Bring world geography, cultural awareness, and lots of fun into your classroom or home all year long with Games Around the World. Children all over the world enjoy playing traditional games like tag, hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, and dominoes.  However, the names of the games, how they are played, and the materials they use may be different.  This […]

2013:  On her 16th birthday, Malala spoke at the United Nations (UN) to call for worldwide access to education.  The UN declared the event “Malala Day” which is now celebrated every year on her birthday – July 12. Malala and her father, Ziauddin, started the Malala Fund with the goal of helping all girls get 12 years of […]

National Children’s Days are observed on various days throughout the year in countries all around the world.  The day is devoted to celebrating the health and happiness of all children. Japan and South Korea will be celebrating Children’s Day on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. Kodomo No Hi is a national holiday in Japan.  Colorful streamers called koinobori are popular symbols […]

I recently had the opportunity to read a new book that shares the story of a Muslim boy’s first fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan.  Zachariah’s Perfect Day, written by Farrah Qazi and illustrated by Durre Waseem, is a wonderful addition to my collection of multicultural children’s books.   The story begins with 12-year old Zachariah waking up […]

International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated annually on or around Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday (April 2) since 1967.   The day is about inspiring a love of reading and shining a light on children’s literature. Each year the event is sponsored by a different member of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).   The country […]

  Today is “Clean Monday,” the start of Lent for Orthodox Christians around the world.  Pascha, Orthodox Easter, is celebrated on May 1. As an American married to a Greek, I have been celebrating Pascha for many years.  We raised our children to learn about both of our Easter traditions – from the Easter Bunny […]