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Books that Promote Global Awareness in the Primary Grades

Updated on February 21, 2014

Raising a Globally Aware Child

In today's world it's important for children to be globally aware. The goal of global awareness is for children to understand and accept people from other cultures. With the types of technology available to us, it's likely that today's children, when they are adults will be dealing with people around the world in their daily work and business transactions. An acceptance and understanding of these people will make things easier and more pleasant for all.

Here are some ideas for getting you started with Global Education in the early elementary grades. These can be used in the classroom or at home:

P is for Passport

Recently I found this adorable & educational ABC book that I had to buy. The alphabet pages in P is for Passport: A World Alphabet (Discover the World) by Devin Scillian share information about the culture & people of different countries around the World. There is even a Teacher's Guide for this book that can be found on-line. It includes suggested activities for use when sharing this book with students.

"A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China"

This book is a great book for a child who loves geography. It's not recommended for the earliest primary students, and would be best if read & explained by a knowledgeable adult to a second grader or older child. The book explains such concepts as continental drift, longitude and latitude, and map symbols. There are fun descriptions of the climate and culture of each continent, as well as suggestions for relevant activities.

Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World

This book, written in association with UNICEF (United Nations Children Fund), does an excellent job of teaching children about cultures around the world. Countries are sorted by region, and are represented by a typical boy & girl of that country/culture. The boy & girl are photographed in the type of clothing that they'd wear, have names representative of that culture, and excerpts tell about life in their country. Children reading this book can relate to children around the world, bringing normalcy to what is usually viewed as "different".

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