Ready for an adventure in 2015? Let’s grab our itinerary and go without leaving your home town– through some amazing books.

Journey across the globe, exploring the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world in the lush and beautifully illustrated book titled appropriately enough This is the World.

This is the World Book - (cool) progeny

Children expand their horizons by seeing the world beyond their front doors and with this book they will do just that. We begin in New York, fly to Europe with stops in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Venice and Munich then jump over to Greece, Israel, Hong Kong, Australia, and back to the United States to visit San Francisco, Texas and Washington, D.C.

What becomes clear as you delve into each new section is that the artist, Sasek, captures the essence of time and place. The world becomes at once vast, with discoveries and interesting tidbits on each page, and tiny, with all the similarities that we share. Captured are the culture and spirit of each location from riding a trolley car up and down the hills of San Francisco to sampling sausage in Munich and visiting the Sydney Opera House. The book concludes with the words, “Now it’s time to explore on your own – Happy Travels!”

At The Same Moment Around the World - (cool) progeny

For another expedition, pick up At the Same Moment Around the World by Clotilde Perrin. Beginning in the early morning we travel eastwards from the Greenwich meridian, from day to night through the different time zones. We find children doing some of the same things that American children do and some things that are quite different. The book opens with “At six o’clock in the morning in Dakar, Senegal, Keita helps his father count the fish caught during night.” We learn about Benedict drinking hot chocolate in Paris, and Sophia chasing the school bus in Bulgaria, Chen in Shanghai celebrating the Lunar New Year and Pablo in Mexico City dreaming at midnight. The beauty is in the ordinariness of everyday life. With a multitude of cultural experiences and a variety of landscapes, customs, clothing and architecture, as well as a world map, this gorgeous book celebrates our diversity and commonality.

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For more amazing selections like Maps by Aleksanda and Dimitri Mizielinska with fabulous illustrations of our world, visit The Ivy Bookshop and let’s go explore.