We often head to the library to check out interesting books. (I posted earlier about looking at favorite foreign language books.) But often my kids are tired at the end of the day and don’t want to work to decipher new sounds and words. The National Education Association provides a list of 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read. What a great starting point to introduce international ideas, people and customs into your daily reading. One of our favorites not on the list is HUSH! by Minfong Ho, a Thai bedtime story with lilting verse and beautiful art. Published in 1996 it was one of the original “Go the F**k to Sleep” themed books. I’d love to hear from anyone who has other favorites! We’re off to the library this afternoon and could use a new title to search for. Please share your titles in the comment section.
Who doesn’t love puzzles? Geography puzzles provide great entertainment and education wrapped in one fun family activity. If you sample a new international food why not take a few minutes to identify the region on a map? Better yet, do something interactive and put together a puzzle with the region. Adding another layer of where the food/person/toy comes from helps children of all ages understand cultures and people around the world.