Sunday, August 31, 2014

Travel the World in Books Readathon

DAY 14'd it go? I'm quite happy. I feel like I've explored a bit of around-the-world children's literature, though I'd still love to have more recommendations. Let's many books did I read? 
Wow. Sixty-nine! I've got tentative plans for a monthly read aloud in the library for some of my favorite countries, complete with a taste of an (imaginary) food, a costume, and some folk tales, nonfiction, and poetry. Looking forward to this. I think I'll start with Japan next week!

Thank you, Tanya for this great readathon!


Spine Poetry Mini-Challenge from Lost in Books

Today, Becca from Lost in Books is hosting a Spine Poetry Mini-Challenge. Create a poem from your favorite book titles from around the world and share it on her blog comments or in Instagram. A fun and easy mini-challenge to create your own poetry. Stop by her Spine Poetry Mini-Challenge post for all the details and join in the fun.

At the same moment around the world...
the three Chinese brothers,
the boy from the dragon palace,
Aunt Elaine does the dance from Spain.
My dad is big and strong, but...
cactus soup,
mice and beans,
the pea blossom, 
the empty pot:
Yoshi's feast!
Ruby's wish:
Rabbit's gift...
Wangari's trees of peace...
rain school...
possum magic...
crocodile beat...
for you are a Kenyan child.
Wabi sabi!


Here are the books I'm trying to read!


Getting to Know You Questions

1. What’s the name of your blog, your blog URL  and how long have you been blogging?
* I’m Deb Nance from Readerbuzz. Readerbuzz is parked at I've been blogging since June of 2008. Whoa! That's six years!
2. How many kids and/or fur babies do you have?
* I have two grown sons, both married to wonderful women, so now I say two sons and two daughters. You don't really want to ask me how many fur babies I have...but here goes: a cockatiel, a Quaker parrot, a chinchilla, a blue-tongued skink, two turtles, five tropical fish, a leopard gecko, and a bearded dragon!
3. Where in the world does your family originate from?
* My people are from everywhere. I just say that I'm a native Texan.
4. Can you speak any foreign languages?
* Don't test me on this, but I can speak a little French and Italian and I can fumble through a lot of Spanish.

5. Give a shout out to a blogger you visited during the Readathon.
* I'm so happy that Tanya gave me a shout out on her blog: "I love it that Deb from Readerbuzz is using the Readathon as a way to choose books from around the world to read to her classes in the school library. She will be planning music and activities for the kids for each country. If you have kids’ book recommendations about a particular country/culture, stop by and let her know. She’s also giving 2 books away, so give her big thanks for that too!"

1. Tell us your name and what state and country you are from.
* I’m Deb Nance from Texas in the US.
2. What do you hope to accomplish during the Readathon?
* My plan is to read a lot of children's picture books from many countries. (See below.)
3. What book are you and/or your kids looking forward to reading most?
* Nerdishly, I'm looking forward to reading the nonfiction books about the countries.
4. What’s your beverage and snack of choice during the Readathon?
* Yep, just black coffee for me. 
5. Hop around to the other participants from the Sign Up Page or Goals Page and let me know who you visited that’s new to you.
* I'm off to do a little of this right now.
6. If money was no object, what would be your dream travel destination?
* Around the world, of course!
7. What are your favorite reading spots?
* I love to read on my front porch.


Monday, September 1, will be the start of the Travel the World in Books Readathon. I've decided to travel the world in my primary school library this year. Every month I'm going to pick a country and read a book to my classes from that country. We'll put on a (virtual) hat from each country, have some background music for each country, find the country on the map, listen to a rhyme from each country, and (virtually) taste a little food from that country. My plan is to use this Travel the World Readathon to scope out the books I might read to each class.

Here's what I've planned so far (with books highlighted as they are read):


Night of the Ninjas
Dodsworth in Japan
Japan in Colors
Wabi Sabi
Boy from the Dragon Palace
Crow Boy
My Japan
Yoshi's Feast
I Live in Tokyo


Olivia Goes to Venice
Look What Came from Italy
Strega Nona
Dodsworth in Rome
Legend of Old Befana
The Year I Didn't Go to School


Antarctic Adventure
A Trip to the Bottom of the World
Eve of the Emperor Penguins
Sophie Scott Goes South
A Trip to the Bottom of the World


Australia in Colors
Diary of a Baby Wombat
Dingos at Dinnertime
Koala Commotion
Nic Bishop's Marsupials
Possum Magic
Boris Gets a Lizard
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under
Are We There Yet?


China in Colors
Lon Po Po
Yeh Shen
Five Chinese Brothers
Pea Blossom
Ruby's Wish
Story About Ping
Tikki Tikki
Rabbit's Gift
The Empty Pot


The Eiffel Tower
Family Under the Bridge
This is Paris
The Inside-Outside Book of Paris
Minette's Feast
Linnea in Monet's Garden
Everybody Bonjours
Cat Who Walked Across France


Kenya ABCs
Chirchir is Singing
Kenya in Colors
For You Are a Kenyan Child
Wangari's Trees of Peace
14 Cows for America
The Matatu


Welcome to Morocco
1001 Nights
The Butter Man (public library)


India in Colors
Once a Mouse
Taj Mahal
Mother Teresa
Seven Blind Mice
A Child's Day in an Indian Village


Cactus Soup
Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale
Hill of Fire
Mexico in Colors
Mice and Beans
Gilbert and the Wind
The Pot that Juan Built
Chavela and the Magic Bubble


The Story of Ferdinand
Don Quixote by Eric Kimmel
Aunt Elaine Does the Dance


The Turnip
Baba Yaga
Clay Boy
The Firebird 

Other Places

Que hay para comer Jamela? (South Africa)
Rechenka's Eggs
Day of Ahmed's Secret
Not So Fast, Songolo
One Hen
Bee-bim Bop! (Korea)
Boundless Grace (The Gambia)
Rain School (Chad)
The Mitten (Ukraine)
Waiting for Biblioburro (Colombia)
Bintou's Braids (West Africa)
Goal! (South Africa)
I Lost My Tooth in Africa (Mali)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Malawi)
The Firekeeper's Son (Korea)
My Freedom Trip: A Child's Escape from North Korea
Journey to Jo'burg (South Africa)

The Whole World

Rhymes Round the World
Usborne Internet-Linked Children's World Cookbook
One World, One Day
If the World Were a Village

Do you have any book suggestions for me? (Hope somebody can suggest some more good books about Morocco!) I'd love to add your ideas to my list.

And it's not too late to sign up for the Travel the World in Books Readathon. There will be prizes and Twitter chats and fun mini-challenges. Hope to see you there!


Today, Tanya from Girl XOXO is bringing us the Global Reading Exposure Mini-Challenge. The challenge is simple: share a favorite book that’s set in a different region of the world from where you live.
I have so many favorites, but if I was going to push just one I'd urge you to read the first book I read outside my culture, The Good Earth. 


  1. Oooh, sounds like lots of fun for the class! Happy travels ;)

  2. I've no books to suggest, but this does look like fun. I'm hoping to switch to 5th grade after this year so I'll be able to do things like this.

    1. So far, these are all books I have in my school library. I hope to find more.

  3. What a wonderful way to teach young minds to the big world out there.

    1. I am looking forward to it. I hope to find a costume that will work for each location.

  4. I LOVE this idea!! What grade do you teach? We got a stack of about 30 books from the library for my kids and got Japan, Kenya and Mexico in Colors too. They are such beautiful books. We have a couple kids books on our giveaway page. The Children's Activities Atlas sounds like it would be great for your class. Thanks for joining our Readathon and hosting a couple great books to giveaway!

    1. I'm a primary school librarian. I see every class in our school each week, so I think this will be a fun way to share literature from around the world.

    2. oh sweet! I posted a picture of the books the kids and I got from the library. My kids are very partial to the National Geographic Kids books. We hunt them down in the library since they cover all sorts of topics. And as soon as we get one, they grab it first and read them cover to cover. I wish NG Kids had a book for each country but we'll settle for these gorgeous atlases. My elementary schooler already found Poland where one of his classmates (ok, the girl he likes) is from. :)

  5. Those all sound terrific. It's going to be such a fun project for the kids that they'll barely notice that they're learning, too!

  6. Wow! Looks like a lot of fun! Enjoy these books from all around the world.
    Book Dilettante

  7. cool school project! lucky kids

  8. I like this plan! I'm going to have to share some of these books with my kids.

  9. Such a wonderful idea!!!! The students will love that and to think how much you will open their eyes to the world around them!

  10. What a great idea!!

    They children will love it.


  11. Great job. Glad you were able to map your children's books. I'd like to add the kids books to my book map. Which reminds me I need to work on mine! I think one color will be for my books and another for the kids :) I have some catching up to do to them! Hope you are enjoying the readathon, thanks for joining us!

  12. I wish I had thought of this. I love children's books. That is awesome.

  13. What a tremendous idea and kudos to you for taking such a robust approach to expanding young minds. I've just finished The Good Earth and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  14. Wow, 69 books is great and I'm sure the kids will enjoy Japan next week! Thanks for joining the readathon and giving away 2 books. Hope you join us for the full challenge- would love to see your reviews on adult and kids books alike.

  15. Holy cow! You read a lot of books! Those kids are pretty lucky to have a librarian that will dress the part for them. :)


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