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Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents through Craft Fun. Judy Press, $16.95 (ages 4-8)

Grab your homemade cereal-box suitcase, and plant a stamp on your newly made passport, for we`re about to leave on a whirlwind tour of the seven continents. And what fun it is sure to be. Make a Masai necklace, craft a Greek vase, create your own Guatemalan-styled 'worry' doll, and break some Maori bread from New Zealand! Broaden kids' view of their world and see the sights. Make your own standing Eiffel Tower, construct a salt-box windmill from Holland, build a wonderful Egyptian pyramid, and craft a clever London-styled 'Big Ben' clock. Make the Nile overflow, construct an erupting volcano, grow a pineapple plant, and create an Australian koala bear and a tissue-paper penguin. Explore the seven continents of the world and their distinctive lands, waterways, animals, plants, and natural treasures on a getting-to-know-you tour — with kids in the cockpit.


The Barefoot Book of Blessings from Many Faiths and Cultures. Sabrina Dearborn, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan, $24.99

This graceful compilation brings together a wide range of countries, cultures and faiths. Beautifully and sensitively illustrated, this is a wonderful book for families looking to celebrate and show gratitude.


Canadian Festivals. Susan Hughes, $6.99 http://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

This book introduces children to six holidays from various cultures. From the reason why the holiday is celebrated to how it is observed, this book provides a close look at the important festivities that make our country so diverse. The holidays featured are: Christmas, Eid-ul-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan), Diwali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year.

With so many festivals being celebrated throughout the country, this book will provide easy explanations to help children learn about various cultures ó perfect for classroom use by teachers.

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Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs, 2nd Edition. Julie Bisson, $35.95

Since demographics have changed in early childhood programs, questions of how, when, and which holidays to celebrate have also become more complex and controversial. This guide provides educators with a toolbox for:

  • Developing inclusive policies
  • Evaluating holiday activities for appropriateness
  • Addressing commercialism and stereotypes
  • Involving families

Includes reproducible holiday policies, sample questionnaires for families, and a sample Holiday Practices Improvement Plan to adapt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own holiday activities. This hands-on guide helps you celebrate holidays in your early learning program in culturally responsive, respectful, and inclusive ways. Age focus: 0–8.


Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World. Katrin Hyman Tchana, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, $28.95

This wonderful celebration of feminine power, beauty, and complexity tells the stories of ten goddesses from cultures the world over. The stories are beautifully told in prose and art ó a collaboration of the talents of a mother and daughter team.


Come Out and Play: Count Around the World in 5 Languages. Diane Law, $10.95

Count along in English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese while enjoying the bright, playful illustrations of author and illustrator Diane Law.

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Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World. MaryAnn Kohl & Jean Potter, $26.95

An ideal way to start children on an exciting, creative adventure towards global understanding! The fun, easy-to-do art activities IN GLOBAL ART use collage, painting, drawing, printing, construction and sculpture to help children appreciate people and cultures from all over the world. Each activity is explained in step-by-step detail an accompanied by geographic and cultural background to help you make the most of the teaching possibilities.


Kids Around the World Celebrate! The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands. Lynda Jones, $17.99

Everyone loves a reason to have a good time, and although cultures around the world have their own unique feasts and festivals, we all share many of the same reasons to celebrate. Now you can learn about the many ways people from around the globe celebrate their special days, and join in the fun! Eat, drink, and make merry with the many diverse and exciting crafts, recipes, and activities in this book. No matter what language you say it in, celebrations are fun!


Kids Around the World Cook! The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands.  Arlette Braman, $17.99

KIDS AROUND THE WORLD COOK is a fabulous blend of fascinating facts and delicious recipes. Sample all of the tasty results in these exciting excursions.


Learning Together in the Multicultural Classroom. Elizabeth Coelho, $16.95

How many students should be in a group? How long should a group stay together? How can groups be managed so that real learning happens? How can noise be controlled? How can group work improve race relations?

In LEARNING TOGETHER IN THE MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM, Elizabeth Coelho, one of North America's best-known speakers on co-operative learning, answers all these questions as well as many, many more. Drawing on her vast experience of theory and research, not only in co-operative learning but also in language across the curriculum and second language acquisition, she provides her readers with a wealth of practical ideas for making groupwork work in a multicultural context.

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More Than Moccasins: a Kidís Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life. Laurie Carlson, $22.99

Kids discover traditions and skills from the people who first settled this continent, including gardening, making useful pottery, and communicating through Navajo codes.


Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak. Edited by Emily Hearn & Marywinn Milne, $13.95

What is it like to leave home and arrive in a place where everything is new Ė language, weather, customs and people?

Every year families from around the world leave their homes to start a new life in a new place and they each have a story. In Our New Home, children use their writing and artwork to share these stories with us. Their words and pictures tell of the fear and sadness, the excitement and challenge of moving to a new country and starting a new life.

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Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting Into Canada. Teresa Toten, $20.00

This new anthology features stories by some of Canada's finest authors who were born in another country and who went through the experience of trying to "fit in." From the shock of first impressions to the first stirrings of "becoming Canadian" and what that meant to them, this collection speaks of a powerful desire to be accepted, to feel at home.


Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs, 3rd Edition. Stacey York, $62.50

Use the updated activities, examples, and research to improve your anti-bias and multicultural education programs. This clear and practical guide includes expanded information on English Language Learners, family engagement, culturally responsive teaching, and staff training. Create a positive environment for working with diverse groups of children and families. 


You, Me and Diversity: Picturebooks for Teaching Development and Intercultural Education. Anne Dolan, $47.50

You, Me and Diversity offers teachers and student teachers approaches for teaching children about development education and promoting intercultural understanding through carefully selected picturebooks. Dr Dolan provides a directory of recent picturebooks that feature development and intercultural themes such as climate change, migration and social justice, and range from the earthquake in Haiti to the struggles for civil rights. The framework used for categorizing the picturebooks gives teachers a planning tool to ensure they offer children a full range of development and intercultural perspectives while also adhering to literacy guidelines.

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Complete Booklist

Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents through Craft Fun. Judy Press, $16.95

The Barefoot Book of Blessings from Many Faiths and Cultures. Sabrina Dearborn, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan, $24.99

Canadian Festivals. Susan Hughes, $6.99

Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs, 2nd Edition. Julie Bisson, $35.95

Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses from Around the World. Katrin Hyman Tchana, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, $28.95

Come Out and Play: Count Around the World in 5 Languages. Diane Law, $10.95

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. Carol Ann Tomlinson, $24.95

Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions From Around the World. MaryAnn Kohl & Jean Potter, $26.95

In the Global Classroom. Graham Pike & David Selby, $29.95

Kids Around the World Celebrate! The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands. Lynda Jones, $17.99

Kids around the World Cook! The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands.  Arlette Braman, $17.99

Learning Together in the Multicultural Classroom. Elizabeth Coelho, $16.95

More Than Moccasins: a Kidís Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life. Laurie Carlson, $22.99

Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak. Edited by Emily Hearn & Marywinn Milne, $13.95

Piece by Piece: Stories about Fitting Into Canada. Teresa Toten, $20.00

Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early Childhood Programs, 3rd Edition. Stacey York, $62.50

You, Me and Diversity: Picturebooks for Teaching Development and Intercultural Education. Anne Dolan, $47.50

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