It’s International Children’s Book Day: 8 Books that Fill the Bill.

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Preschool and Kindergarten

The Giant Carrot by Jan Peck. Adapted from a Russian folktale, “The Turnip.”

I call my Grandma Nana, and  I call my Grandpa Papa by Ashley Wolff. About how different cultures and family structures refer to their relatives.

A Story A Story by Gail Haley. An ancient African folk tale, beautifully illustrated.

Elementary and Middle School

Brundibar by Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak. An illustrated book that depicts serious topics like illness, poverty and tyranny, Brundibar is based on a Czech Opera first performed in a Nazi concentration camp.

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folk Tales Mandela has selected 32 African tales that he hopes will last through the ages.

The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene Dubois. A fantasy based on a real-life event about families from diverse nations who build fantastic homes on Krakatoa, and what happens when it erupts.

And don’t forget Tumblehome books, including The Curious Case of the Diamond Chip by Pendred Noyce. Tumblehome adventures take kids all over the world and through time, too.

And speaking of good reads, if you live in New England, come and celebrate science writers and science writing with a dozen award-winning authors & journalists at the Tumblehome Learning Science Book Fair & Book Talk Series on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 15th

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