Learning About Geography and World Culture With Books About Feasts Around the World

Studying geography can be much more fun than just memorizing where countries are on a map. When I did a geography focused unit study with my younger girls a few years ago, we enjoyed finding out where places were, but we also loved learning about the cultures of different people groups.

One fun way to learn about the culture of an area is to experience food from that place. These books are all about feasts in different cultures around the world.

Before you begin reading about feasts from around the world, print a world map from this site. As you read about feasts and cultures, you can find the places you're reading about and mark them on the map. For older kids you can print a blank map that they will label. For younger kids you can print a labeled map and let them find the countries as you read about them.

Books about feasts around the world

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Kids Around the World Celebrate: The Best Feasts and Festivals From Many Lands by Lynda Jones (upper elementary)- Take a tour around the world with crafts and recipes as you read about different feasts and celebrations from countries around the world.

Kids books about feasts around the world

Easy Desserts From Around the World by Heather Alexander (upper elementary)- This simple cookbook takes favorites desserts from around the world and gives kids simple recipes to make them.

Kids books about feasts around the world












Pino and the Signora's Pasta by Janet Pederson (elementary)- As a cat is on the search for the best food, readers can learn about the places and food in Rome.

Kids books about feasts around the world











What Should I Make by Nandini Nayar (PreK-elementary)- Neeraj gets to play with a ball of dough as his mother makes chapatis (Indian bread).

Kids books about feasts around the world


 







Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova (elementary)-Mama Provi makes a pot of arroz con pollo for her granddaughter who lives in the upstairs apartment. On her way up the eight flights of stairs, she stops to trade a bowl of rice with various cultural foods from the neighbors. By the time she reaches Lucy, the two have a feast of foods from a variety of cultures.

Kids books about feasts around the world












How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman (early elementary)- It's fun to make an apple pie when you travel all over the world to find ingredients. Readers learn about different kinds of food all around the world. I recently posted a literature unit for this book.

Kids books about feasts around the world












Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley (elementary)- Carrie heads around the neighborhood to find her young brother for supper. In each house she stops in, she finds a different ethnic culture and a different way to cook rice. Recipes are included for the rice dishes.

Kids books about feasts around the world











Everybody Brings Noodles by Norah Dooley (elementary)- This is another of Norah Dooley's books. In this one, Carrie throws a block party, and everyone brings noodles cooked in their ethnic style. It's another mix of cultural recipes- this time with noodles.

Kids books about feasts around the world









  

Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan (early elementary)-In this story, Marisa gets to help make the traditional dumplings for her family's Hawaiian New Year's celebration.

Kids books about feasts around the world











Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin (early elementary)- A family visits a restaurant where they have a feast of cultural delicacies. There are many foods and items labeled in both Chinese and English.

Kids books about feasts around the world










Do you have any cultural feasts or meals that your family participates in?

Kids books about feasts around the world



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