School Around the World, Book Spotlight, 15+ Years of Partnership / October 2022
The days are shorter, stores are stocked with notebooks, crayons, and glue-sticks, and school is in full-swing. The familiar cycle makes the world feel smaller, and lately we're more connected than ever by global currents like the pandemic, social and economic disruptions of war, and on the positive side, enabling technology.

It is important for children to understand that there are many different people in our world, and that they do familiar things that we can relate to, like go to school! A broader perspective will lead children to wonder: is school the same everywhere?

What is school like in Venezuela, China, or Kazakhstan? Books can tell us! Through stories about children in Chad who built their own school, or girls in Afghanistan who were not allowed to go to school, children will discover commonalities and differences that make our world both smaller and bigger at the same time!

- Kathy Balch, BookTree Founder
Book Spotlight: School Around the World
Someone Says, by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrator Pierr Morgan. Imagination, creativity, and energy emanate from this story of preschooler friends finding fun and inspiration in everything they do, beginning with their walk to school; for ages 2 and up.

This Is the Way We Go to School, by Edith Baer and illustrator Steve Bjorkman. Brought to life by vibrant watercolor illustrations, this book shows how children from all over the world get to school, by land, sea, and air, over a variety of terrains; for ages 3 and up.

Rain School, by James Rumford. In this story based on the author's experience as a Peace Corps volunteer and enhanced by his own colorful ink and pastel artwork, an African community strives for education in the face of huge challenges; for ages 4 and up.

School Days Around the World, by Margriet Ruurs and illustrator Alice Feagan. Engaging stories and collage-style illustrations provide a vivid perspective of what school is like for children in thirteen different countries spanning the globe; for ages 5 and up.

The Library Bus, by Bahram Rahman and illustrator Gabrielle Grimard. In this captivating story informed by the author's experience growing up in Afghanistan, a young girl travels with her mother to bring literacy to girls in villages and refugee camps; for ages 6 and up.
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