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6 Books That Teach Children to Be Global Citizens

A global citizen believes that the most important membership we belong to is the world as a whole, and it’s never too early to start exploring this mindset. These picture books celebrate the idea that identity transcends borders and that our most important responsibility is to humanity and this pale blue dot we share.

1. What Can a Citizen Do?

By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

A civics primer for the youngest readers, this book presses an important point that a citizen is not what you are, a citizen is what you do. What Can a Citizen Do? urges today’s youth to remember that “everything makes an impact on a bigger big than you.” Find it here

What Can a Citizen Do?

What Can a Citizen Do?

 

2. Her Right Foot

By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

This critically acclaimed work of nonfiction asks the question: why is the Statue of Liberty’s right foot raised, as if she’s moving forward? Within the answer is a powerful message of acceptance and empathy towards all humans. Find it here

Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot

 

3. This is How We Do It

By Matt Lamothe

Join seven real kids around the world as they share what they eat for breakfast, what their school looks like, how they play, and more. Their differences are captivating, but it’s their similarities that will leave an impression on young readers. Find it here

This is How We Do It

This is How We Do It

 

4. Hats of Faith

By Medeia Cohan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Through showcasing different head coverings from around the world—all which share a meaningful purpose—this board book embraces the message that “being understanding helps us spread love and peace.” Find it here

Hats of Faith

Hats of Faith

 

5. Everything & Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters

By Marc Martin

Everything & Everywhere is a gathering of facts, thoughts, and observations about our planet through the eyes of an artist. From Hong Kong to Reykjavik, Ulaanbaatar to New York City, countless surprises await you all around the world: all you need is a good guide and a little curiosity. Find it here

Everything & Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters

Everything & Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters

 

6. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

By Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this book celebrates the shapes and traditions of the Muslim world. Find it here

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

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If you enjoyed this, you’ll might also be interested in these books that teach inclusion to children, tell us about our world, and celebrate diversity. Happy reading!

Madison Killen

Children’s Marketing Manager at Chronicle Books. When she’s not reading picture books, you can find her running up San Francisco’s hills, drawing, or hunting for ripe avocados.
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