Around the World in 5 Books for Preschoolers

Written by Pat O’Neill

Stories are the earliest windows into the wider world for the newly independent preschooler, and a well-chosen picture book is a front-row seat.

Preschool is a time of rapid growth and change, inside and out. Kids need books that keep up with their newfound knack for exploration, adventure, and big ideas like counting, compassion, and creativity.

Here are five incredible books with stories from around the world, chosen just for your little dreamer.

Possum Magic, by Mem Fox

Grandma Poss is brewing up some bush magic. A very special kind of magic that can make young Hush invisible and safe from snakes. There are so many adventures to be had when no one can see you! Rolling down a kangaroo’s back, for one. But once you’re invisible, how do you see yourself again? Grandma Poss will venture all across the Australian Outback to find the cure for Hush’s invisibility. Here’s a hint: some Vegemite and delicious lamingtons might just be the cure for what ails you.

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Fortune Cookie Fortunes, by Grace Lin

Young Mei-Mei is convinced that fortune cookie fortunes always come true but the rest of her family isn’t so sure. Once you open your eyes to the possibility, you can see people living their fortunes everywhere. By the end of this fun and delectable story from author and illustrator Grace Lin you too will see the world in a different way.

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, by John Steptoe

Inspired by a folk tale published in an 1895 collection, Caldecott Honor winner John Steptoe has set the classic Cinderella story in an ancient city in Zimbabwe to spectacular effect. This is the story of two beautiful sisters whose similarities are only superficial. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but Manyara is selfish and spoiled. When the king decides to choose a bride from among the most eligible bachelorettes, both sisters travel to the capital city, but only one can be chosen.

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All the Way to Havana, by Margarita Engle

Who’s ready for a road trip? We’re off to the big city of Havana for baby cousin’s birthday. Experience the inventive and joyful spirit of Cuba on this journey through the farms, forests, beaches and city streets of this beautiful island country. Just a few more repairs and a little human ingenuity and our old car is ready for adventure. Away to the city we go! Cara cara, cara cara, cluck, cluck

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A Bucket of Blessings, by Kabir Sehgal

In this myth from India, Monkey learns hardships can be blessings in disguise as he tries to bring rain to his drought-stricken home. But even the best laid plans encounter some bumps along the way and Monkey must learn the importance of patience and perseverance in order to bring rain back to the village.

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