World Book Day 
11 Books from Around the World
Get ready for World Book Day with classic books from around the globe.

With World Book Day just around the corner, now is a great chance to introduce the children at your nursery to some new cultures from around the planet.

France

The Book – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Richard Howard

In a nutshell – A boy leaves Earth to travel the universe.

Tell me more – The most translated book in the French language, The Little Prince focuses on a boy learning about the adult world through all sorts of extraordinary encounters.

Other options? – The Cat Who Walks Across France, The Story of Babar

Sweden

The Book – Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland, Patricia Crampton

In a nutshell – Adventures with a man who has a propellor on his back.

Tell me more – Karlsson takes the young Svante on any number of mischievous adventures, with chaos and fun always following them.

Other options? – Good Night Alfie Atkins, Can You Whistle Johanna?

Australia

The Book – Possum Magic by Mem Fox, Julie Vivas

In a nutshell – An invisible possum longs to be seen again.

Tell me more – When Hush is made invisible by his grandma, it’s not long before the novelty wears off and the playful journey to find the antidote begins.

Other options? – The Magic Pudding, Big Rain Coming

Denmark

The Book – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, Jerry Pinkney

In a nutshell – I don’t think you need us to tell you about this one…

Tell me more – For more than a hundred years we’ve been reading about one duckling’s journey to grow into a beautiful swan, and everything he faces along the way.

Other options? – The Princess & The Pea, The Little Mermaid

UK

The Book – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury

In a nutshell – One family’s journey to find a bear hits a few obstacles.

Tell me more – With more awards to it’s name than The Titanic, this splash sploshing adventure will make any child want to get their wellies on and start their own bear-finding quest.

Other options? – The Gruffalo, Elmer

China

The Book – The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson, Joel Stewart

In a nutshell – One girl’s journey to protect her magic paintbrush from the evil emperor.

Tell me more – As Ma Laing realises that her paintbrush can bring the things she draws to life, she has to find a way to outwit an emperor intent on stealing it.

Other options? – Grandfather Tang’s Story

India

The Book – The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran

In a nutshell – A girl and her monkey meander towards a top-secret monkey wedding.

Tell me more – Truly bringing India alive through pages bursting with colour, the story of Fuzzy Patel and Shoba brings magic, imagination and a few unexpected turns along the way.

Other options? – One Grain of Rice

New Zealand

The Book – Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

In a nutshell – How much trouble can one mischievous dog get up to?

Tell me more – This famous tale follows Hairy Maclary as he collects friends and gets in trouble with Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town…

Other options? – My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, The Little Yellow Digger

Japan

The Book – Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel, Mordicai Gerstein

In a nutshell – Samurai Cats saving a canine lord from an evil rat.

Tell me more – What’s not to like? Beautifully drawn, this hilarious story retold by Eric Kimmel is the perfect introduction to an ancient Japanese empire.

Other options? – The Hungriest Boy in the World, Yoko’s Paper Cranes

US

The Book – Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

In a nutshell – One man’s quest to get his friend to eat some pretty unusual food.

Tell me more – Originally written because of a bet that Seuss couldn’t write a story using fewer than 50 words, the book’s simplicity and humour have helped it to endure as an all time classic.

Other options? – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are

Thailand

The Book – My Cat Copies Me by Yoon-duck Kwon

In a nutshell – One girl learns about the world with the help of her cat.

Tell me more – A gorgeous book that explores the important relationship between kids and their pets, as her cat helps this little girl experience new things and explore the world.

Other options? – Hush: A Thai Lullaby, Peek: A Thai Hide-and-Seek

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