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21st Century Kids: Read Around the World

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Group of kids with their books standing by a background of the world map
A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.”—Katrina Mayer

Reading gives everyone the opportunity to travel all over the world; books provide a wonderful window into other cultures and lands. This exposure encourages tolerance and understanding of individuals that differ from you. The Los Angeles Public Library makes it easy to become a global traveler. Here is a small sampling of books that offer a glimpse of life in other countries.

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”—Mary Schmich

Read Around the World

Through the Water Curtain and Other Tales From Around the World

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
Meloy, Colin

Bronze and Sunflower
Cao, Wenxuan

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Lin, Grace

How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of WWII London
Hopkinson, Deborah

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World
Briggs, Korwin

A Year Full of Stories
McAllister, Angela

The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World
Humphreys, Jessica Dee

Myths and Legends of the World
Brydon, Alli