A list of our favorite picture books about globe-trotting and different cultures:
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman: This whimsical book chronicles a global quest for the finest ingredients for an apple pie. We like it especially because it includes a stop in Vermont for apples. Great to read after an apple-picking trip!
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie: A charming account of two best friends over the course of the year. One goes off on a world tour while the other stays home and enjoys the turn of the seasons. I love that it portrays both the homebody and the adventurer positively.
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley: While searching through her ethnically diverse neighborhood for her brother before dinnertime, Carrie learns that people from all over the world cook rice. Includes recipes!
People by Peter Spier: Oversized book shows not only cultural but individual diversity. There is a lot to see and talk about in this one. We spread it out over several days.
Madlenka by Peter Sis: A girl living in NYC learns about different cultures from her neighbors–and through the variations of her own name.