Exploring the lives of children from around the world through picture books.

I love to travel, experience new cultures, different tastes and open mine and now my daughters eyes to places new. As well as visiting places book can also take you on a journey of wonderful discovery. Not only through a fictional read but non-fiction also.

These three books do just that. Readers witness a day in the life of children who might be thousands and thousands of miles away but whose routine and culture shares similarities.

Now on to these super reads.

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe.


Inspired by his travels Matt Lamothe completed this wonderful book which was published in 2017 by Chronicle Books. It can be easy to assume that we don’t have much in common with someone because of the way they look, how they dress or because they speak another language, but actually we do share a similairty, perhaps more then is first perceived.

Readers are introduced to seven real children from different parts of the world, including Iran, Japan and Italy. We are able to see what their routine is for one day and much of it will be very relatable to children reading this book. Attending school, playtime, after school activities it is all shared in this inspiring read.

Throughout the book wonderful illustrations are used for each of the seven children’s day but at the end of the book a photo is shared of each of the children with their family.

I appreciate the glossary at the end of the book and it was also lovely to read a note from the author.

This book is brilliant and I am delighted to have this in our home library.

One Day, So Many WaysBy Laura Hall and illustrated by Loris Loraimg_9734

One Day So Many Ways written by Laura Hall and illustrated by Loris Lora. Published by Quarto Kids.

Author Laura Hall is no stranger to travelling and she’s put her experience of travel writing into a delightful read for children. This brilliant read celebrates children from all around the world, over forty countries in fact are included in this book which is a must have for all learning settings.

Readers have the opportunity to see the routines of children from across the globe, from morning through to bedtime. It is such an informative read with illustrations that have all the retro feels.

Unique to the other books included, this has a section at the end of the book where you can learn more about the countries mentioned in the book. Pictures of flags alongside facts including the population of the country and the languages spoken, allow another learning point being included. Fantastic.

Welcome to Our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere! by Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Harriet Lynas.


The front cover of this book alone speaks volumes and isn’t it just the cutest? There is so much we can learn from each other. This book takes you on a brilliant journey of discovery. It positively informs of different traditions country to country, from meal times to birthday traditions, to teaching you how to say “My name is” in different languages. It does well to explain that we all may eat different foods but it’s to satisfy our hunger, we may dress differently but it’s so we stay warm and we may speak different languages so that we can communicate. Our world is large but we are more alike then different and we are all welcome.

This book is longer then the other books mentioned so far and the amount of text, though varies on each page (see an example below) it tends to be more text heavy then the other books shared. It’s a book that you can dip in and out of and would be a brilliant resource in a learning setting, also suited to older readers in Key Stage 2 or children above the age of 7.

The illustrations throughout the book are wonderful and I’m sure you will agree they are rather adorable too.


These books would be wonderful gifts not only to give to an individual but also to gift to libraries and schools.

The books are available to buy from Amazon. For further details, click on an image below.

Disclaimer: I received these books from the publishers. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.


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