MeMeTales Readathon Week 6: Global Culture
Taking a Dewey Decimal Journey Around the World
This week’s Readathon theme of Global Culture excites me because, in my opinion, teaching children to understand and respect the many different people and customs that fill the world is one of the most important ways that we can equip our children for their future. Our children live in a global culture connected by fast travel and the world wide web. Even our local smaller cities are becoming quickly multicultural as more and more people relocate for education and work.
I know that you won’t be surprised to hear that I also believe that the public library can be a great place to prepare our children for the many different types of people they will meet and see. For one reason, books and other resources can be taken home and privately looked at and read. Unlike a public place where it would be rude for a child to stare or ask loud questions about someone who looks or acts differently, a child can pour over the pictures in a book and ask as many questions as he/she wants. Also, the library is a multifaceted resource with books on many different topics that will show children the world in hundreds of different specific areas of life. Not only do public libraries contain books, but they also contain music, film, and on-line resources.
This week’s MeMeTales’ free eBooks inspired me to take my children on a journey around the world in the children’s section of our library. I decided to challenge myself to find resources about world culture in as many different areas of the Dewey Decimal System as I could find. I was amazed by the results, and the wonderful books that we found.
We didn’t read all of the books I’m listing below, because I wanted to allow my preschooler to look at the pictures, think, and ask questions. (Plus, he gets a little impatient listening to books with “no story”.) I’m linking them to Amazon, so that you can read reviews and descriptions of any books here that you are interested in. Your library probably has many of these books or other similar books.
027 – General Libraries
200s – Religion
306 - Culture and Institutions
307 – Communities
355: Military Science
391 – Costume and General Appearance
394 – General Customs
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley
398 – Folklore
This section of the library is a lot of fun. We especially enjoy reading familiar fairy tales in different ethnic settings. (You can see several of our finds from other library trips in my list of Red Riding Hood Books.)
636 – Animal Husbandry
641 – Food and Drink
700s – The Arts
The fastest way to find Global Culture books is by heading straight to the 900s.
912 – Atlases
First Atlas (I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book as an “atlas”, but if you are looking for a brightly colored picture book to introduce your child to different elements of world culture this book would be worth checking out.)
930 – History of the Ancient World
940-999 – General History
A Child’s Day in a Nordic Village by Jaakko Alatalo
What are some of your favorite books about Global Culture?
Disclaimer: I am receiving a copy of a book from each week in exchange for posting a weekly activity.