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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


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  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Picture Books We Love

All Around the World: 5 Books

Summer vacation is a great time to travel somewhere new and, if you’re lucky, maybe visit a new country. Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or staying close to home, these are my favorite recommendations for books that explore our big, wonderful world.

1. Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski (Big Picture Press, 2013)

This is the ULTIMATE map book for kids. This oversized book consists of pages and pages of maps of countries all over the world. Each map includes detailed illustrations that highlight native animals, plants, people and fascinating facts. Be sure to notice the glossary of country flags in the back. A fabulous gift book, this is also a must for any home library.

2. At The Same Moment Around the World by Clotilde Perrin (Chronicle Books, 2014)

This is a beautifully illustrated book that shows the different things children are doing, all at the same time, all around the world. Not only a wonderful look at the diverse people and cultures of the world, it’s also a great introduction to geography and time zones. Includes a fold-out map in the back to see where each character and time zone is located.

3. If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche

A fascinating look at a variety of houses of yesterday and today, all around the world. This book is full of interesting facts and the collage illustrations of packed with stunning detail.

4. Mirror by Jeannie Baker

This unique almost-wordless book open to two stories – one about a family in Australia, the other about a family in Morocco, North Africa – that can be read side-by-side. Through Baker’s amazing collage illustrations, see how two families homes and daily lives are similar, as well as different.

5. The Yellow Balloon by Charlotte Dematos (Lemniscaat, 2004)

This wordless book gives readers a birds-eye view of the world as a yellow balloon drifts from country to country. Lovely illustrations portray the changing landscape below and offer a great deal of detail for many, many imaginative sides-stories readers can explore and imagine as they go. Is that Robin Hood and his Merry Men hidden in the forest? What creature could have left those footsteps in the snow? In addition to searching for the small yellow balloon on each page, see what (or who) else is also found in every location!

These last two are fun activity books, just in time for summer vacation!

All Around the World by Geraldine Cosneau (Tate, 2011)

A fabulous sticker book filled with hundreds of adorable animal stickers, featuring creatures from all around the world. Flip through the various fold-out landscapes such as the North American Forest or the Sahara Desert and find the animals that live there by placing the stickers (you can use the book’s reference picture as a guide or get a silly as you want!). The glossy pages make the stickers replaceable giving you lots of use for this book. Great for a car trip!

Make Map Art: Creatively Illustrate Your World by Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell (Chronicle Books, 2014)

This kit gives kids (and adults!) a great new way to look at maps and the world around them. Instead of being confided to a boring old atlas, Padavick and Swindell provide a great plethora of map-making ideas, projects and prompts that takes your map thinking out of the box. Draw your map of happiness and give the streets names of all the things that make you happy. What else would be on the map? Kit includes 30 illustrated temples and cut-out cartouches, legends and other icons, as well as a big fold-out map of the world. Get crafting!


Kelly Mullaly
Wednesday, July 7, 2014 - 5:38 pm
May I also suggest A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray and Phillipe Depasquier? It's about 2 boys' lives in 2 very different places, told through panel illustrations, with simple text that relates to both boys.
Tuesday, July 7, 2014 - 1:54 pm
Great suggestion, thanks! I haven't seen that book before, but I will definitely check it out.

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