Written by Flannery Fitch   

It’s fall, and that means back to school! As feet are dragged on the walk to class, there are kids around the world doing the same things—school, chores, life! Here are some of our favorite books for the child who’s a little nervous about starting school, or for the kid who needs a reminder that children everywhere have daily life in common.


Global Babies

by The Global Fund for Children

Babies around the world are incredibly adorable. If you have got a young one still at the chewable book stage, this is a perfect board book to show them what other little ones look like at their age. They can nibble away while you both exclaim in delight at the chubby cheeks contained within!


This is How We Do It

by Matt Lamothe

What is life like for a child in Japan? Or Iran? Or Uganda? This fantastic picture book highlights the daily life of kids from seven different countries. While their food or dress may not be the same, eating breakfast, doing chores, or playing with friends are all universal activities that every child has in common. This is a great book to read aloud to younger readers or to hand off to a slightly older reader to explore.


School’s First Day of School

by Adam Rex

For any child who finds school utterly nerve wracking, this is the perfect book. Told from the perspective of a newly built school anxiously awaiting the first day of school. When the kids arrive, school is scared, but soon finds kinship with the nervous children. This is a completely adorable book—clever, funny, and with super cute illustrations. School’s First Day of School was an instant staff favorite sure to win over kids and adults alike.



by Carson Ellis

Home is one of the most important parts of life—a safe place to rest and recover, a warm place against the storm, a cozy place to tuck away treasures. However, not everyone lives in the same type of home, and the structures can vary across the world. In this lovely picture book, Ellis explores the many types of homes that are lived in—from cottage to palace to the more whimsical, like a shoe.


A Little History of the World

by E. H. Gombrich

If you have a middle grade child or a teen with a love of history, this is a fantastic book. Gombrich tells a history of the world that strives to provide an unbiased view of history that will inspire and empower kids. It advocates freedom, integrity, and accuracy in history, while making history interesting and providing visuals. As a historian, I’m a big fan of this book!


Best Loved Folktales of the World

by Joanna Cole

To give kids a sense of how connected our world is and how humans are similar in so many ways—despite our differences in nationality, race or language—one needs look no further than fairy and folk tales. No matter where or when they come from, there is an element in each that will resonate with any person, proving a universal sameness across humanity. This is a great edition for older kids and teens, but if you have a younger kid (or an older one who really appreciates illustrations), Bookshop Santa Cruz has a fantastic selection of folk and fairy tales from around the world, all cozy together in the children’s section!


Flannery Fitch is a bookseller at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her life has been about books since before she could read.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 00:29
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