Best Children's Books About Culture

61 Children's Books About Culture

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines book
#1
Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machines
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The sheep on the hillside were munching away, much as they always did, day after day, when suddenly something went ZOOM overhead! "Let's go and see what it is!" they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the magnificent sheep take to skies in their spiffing, yellow flying machine...

That's Not How You Do It! book
#2
That's Not How You Do It!
Written and illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Lucy knows how to do everything. All her friends ask her for help if they need to know the right way to do something. When Toshi arrives, Lucy thinks he can't do anything properly at all. She can barely hide her frustration. When she finally tries to teach Toshi the right way to do things, she learns a very important lesson herself.

The Talkative Tortoise book
#3
The Talkative Tortoise
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Charlotte Cooke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A talkative tortoise lets his vanity win out over common sense in this tale of why the tortoise has a cracked shell. This traditional Himalayan 'Tale with a Twist' is retold by poet, author and storyteller, Andrew Fusek Peters. Tales from around the world provide an insight into cultures other than our own.

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro book
#4
Ossiri and the Bala Mengro
Written by Katharine Quarmby, Richard O'Neill and illustrated by Hannah Tolson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani storyteller and a picture book author, this original tale offers a fascinating insight into Travelling lifestyles and cultures.

Summertime Rainbow book
#5
Summertime Rainbow
Written and illustrated by Belle Yang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang's bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations. It's summer, and the meadow is in full bloom. As some bunnies hop along, they see blue sky, white clouds, and yummy green grass. How many more colors can be found? Look for an explanation of tonal marks at the end of the story, along with pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.

Good Night Taj Mahal book
#6
Good Night Taj Mahal
Written and illustrated by Kavita Singh Kale, Nitya Mohan Khemka
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This delightful and educational board book tours little explorers around the magical city of Agra. Children will discover all of their favorite landmarks and attractions, including Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh Gardens, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Kinari bazaar, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Rambagh Gardens, Sadar Bazaar, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri and more. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of India's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for India's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

Good Night Outer Banks book
#7
Good Night Outer Banks
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Outer Banks highlights the Duck Town Boardwalk, North Carolina Aquariums, Jennette's Pier, Jockey's Ridge State Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Carova Beach and wild horses, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, pirates, ghost crabs, and more. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of North America's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the North America's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. This charming and educational board book takes young readers on an unforgettable tour of the Outer Banks. From beaches and lighthouses to fishing and sea turtles, no seashell is left unturned!

My Dad and Me book
#8
My Dad and Me
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Susan Mitchell
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Follow fathers and their children on playful adventures. When it's only my ba and me.... We pick shell from the sand, And jump waves hand in hand. We go sailing away “IT’S SUMMER! HOORAY!” When it’s only my ba and me. When it's only my bapa and me... We celebrate every day, And also each night . . . My kiss says, “I love you.” When it's only my bapa and me. The double flaps in this book reveal fathers and children of different cultures as they share special moments through every season. This book is perfect for Father's Day or any day of the year.

Good Night Goa book
#9
Good Night Goa
Written and illustrated by Kavita Singh Kale, Nitya Mohan Khemka
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This board book tours little explorers around the magical city of Goa. Children will discover all of their favorite landmarks and attractions, including beaches, carnival floats, white water rafting on the Mandovi river, Panaji's latin quarter, Fort Aguada, Dudhsagar waterfall, Nerul River dolphins, historical Old Goa, Reis Magos Fort, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Shri Mangueshi temple and more. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of India's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for India's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. This delightful and educational board book tours little explorers around the magical city of Goa.

Good Night French Riviera book
#10
Good Night French Riviera
Written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night France features Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, Paris, French Riviera, French Alps, Loire Valley, Provence, Alsace, Bordeaux, castles, the Mediterranean Sea, boating, skiing, local foods, and more. Bonjour, and welcome to France, one of loveliest countries on earth. Young readers will delight in a personal tour of this country’s greatest landmarks and attractions. Croissants included! This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes.

Good Night Idaho book
#11
Good Night Idaho
Written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Idaho highlights mountains, wildlife, Boise River Greenbelt, Discovery Center of Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Zoo Boise, Aquarium of Boise, Yellowstone Bear World, potato farmers, Museum of Idaho, and more. Little Idahoans will leap out of their potato skins as they tour the state’s most beloved treasures and attractions. From the mountains to the city, this book covers it all. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

Horrible Harry and the Holidaze book
#12
Horrible Harry and the Holidaze
Written by Suzy Kline and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

The holiday season is here, and the kids in Room 3B are learning about all the different ways people celebrate. In addition to Christmas and Hanukkah, there's Kwanzaa, Three Kings' Day, Korean New Year, and more. All the talk about holidays has everyone feeling festive. Everyone, that is, except Harry. He doesn't seem to care about the holidays, the class pet, or even the new student in class. It's clear that something is bugging Harry, but what could it be?

Rapunzel book
#13
Rapunzel
Written by Chloe Perkins and illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The classic story of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Indian spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl with long, long hair, who lived in a tall, tall tower... The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this third book of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With India as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from illustrator Archana Sreenivasan, Rapunzel is still the same girl who lets down her beautiful hair—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

Cinderella book
#14
Cinderella
Written by Chloe Perkins and illustrated by Sandra Equihua
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The classic story of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this vibrant Mexican spin on the beloved fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a little cottage with her stepmother and two stepsisters... The classic tale of Cinderella gets a fresh twist in this debut title of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With Mexico as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from Mexican illustrator Sandra Equihua, Cinderella is still the same girl with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

My First Jewish Baby Book book
#15
My First Jewish Baby Book
Written by Julie Merberg and illustrated by Beck Feiner
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This unique and adorable concept board book offers a fun introduction to Jewish culture, celebrations, food and more. Adorably illustrated alphabetical entries provide a fun taste of all things Jewish. A must-have for any Jewish baby's nursery, this tiny tome covers quintessential foods such as bagels and brisket, rituals and holidays including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Shabbat, and Hanukkah, as well as important cultural references (with a little Yiddish thrown in). Parents and grandparents will love sharing every concise, funny entry with the little ones in their lives.

Good Night Niagara Falls book
#16
Good Night Niagara Falls
Written and illustrated by Mark Jasper, Adam Gamble
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Good Night Niagara Falls features Niagara Falls State Park, Cave of the Winds, Bridal Falls, Skylon Tower Observation Deck, boat tours, Whirlpool State Park, Three Sisters Island, Aquarium of Niagara, and more. Put on your raincoat and let's explore the grandeur of Niagara Falls! In the pages of this colorful board book, young readers are treated to a personal tour of one of the world's greatest landmarks. This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes. Many of North America's most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area's attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

My Mom and Me book
#17
My Mom and Me
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Susan Mitchell
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Follow mothers and their children on a sweet adventure through every season! When it's only my mamá and me.... We sip cocoa in mugs, And share frosty nose hugs. We twirl on the ice and shout, “WINTER’S NICE!" When it’s only my mamá and me. When it's only my ima and me... We let our kites fly, And watch clouds dancing by. We smell flowers and sing, “HOORAY! IT’S SPRING!” When it’s only my ima and me. The double flaps in this book reveal mothers and children of different cultures as they share special moments. This book is perfect for Mother's Day or any day of the year.

Amina's Voice book
#18
Amina's Voice
Written and illustrated by Hena Khan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this “compassionate, timely novel” (Booklist, starred review) from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani-American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

Food Trucks! book
#19
Food Trucks!
Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Burton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This truck-shaped, lift-the-flap board book combines food with things that go for a novelty that has more than gears under the hood. Go on a culinary adventure with this exciting new lift-the-flap book that serves as an amuse-bouche introduction to different types of food from around the world. From the standard burger and taco truck to Japanese, Italian, Indian, and Chinese (with a health food and ice cream, too), this parking lot is filled with good eats for readers to find under every flap. With inviting truck characters on each page, little ones will love flipping through the visual menus hidden in each spread as they learn more about food…and about trucks—two things that go, go, go great together to make a well-balanced book.

What's Inside My Lunchbox book
#20
What's Inside My Lunchbox
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Elio
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Shaped like a lunch box, with lift-the-flaps throughout, What’s Inside My Lunch Box? is the perfect introduction to what kids eat for lunch around the world! This sturdy novelty board book features lunchtime meals from eight different countries (USA, Brazil, China, France, South Korea, Russia, India, and Italy). From dal (lentil stew) in India to Ma-po tofu in China to cheese and jam in France, young foodies will love lifting the flaps to reveal tasty treats underneath!

Two Roads book
#21
Two Roads
Written by Joseph Bruchac
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

In 1932, twelve-year-old Cal must stop being a hobo with his father and go to a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, where he begins learning about his history and heritage as a Creek Indian.

The Day the Buddha Woke Up book
#22
The Day the Buddha Woke Up
Written by Andrea Miller and illustrated by Rima Fujita
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The heart of the Buddha’s story in a handful of words— beautifully illustrated by a world-renowned artist. The Day the Buddha Woke Up is a board book that will captivate children of all ages. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to the story of the Buddha—the clear, gracefully written story puts the Buddha's awakening into language children can understand. The simple arc of the Buddha’s questions, his quest, and his ultimate understanding will provide a meaningful and peaceful story that children—and their parents!—will love returning to again and again.

I'm an Immigrant Too! book
#23
I'm an Immigrant Too!
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

From beloved Australian author Mem Fox comes a timely picture book about how all of our lives are enriched by the vibrant cultural diversity immigrants bring to their new communities. What journeys we have travelled, from countries near and far! Together now, we live in peace, beneath the Southern Star. Inspired by the plight of immigrants around the world, Mem Fox was moved to write this lyrical and rhyming exploration of the myriad ways immigrants have enriched her home country of Australia. Young readers everywhere will see themselves—and their friends and neighbors—in this powerful and moving picture book.

Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot book
#24
Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot
Written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The third book in the fully illustrated, globe-trotting new middle grade fantasy-adventure series about mythical creatures and their cultures of origin, from the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor's Tale. Elliot and Uchenna, along with Jersey, are back for their next adventure with Professor Fauna, searching out and rescuing a new mythical creature.

Decorated Horses book
#25
Decorated Horses
Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and illustrated by Jeannie Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

This nonfiction picture book about horses has a fresh focus: how people over the ages have decorated horses in special ways. Organized into three categories—warfare and hunting, performance and competition, performance, and ceremony—the book introduces horses such as the chariot-pulling war horse of the Persians to the rose-decorated winner of the Kentucky Derby.

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