- Tasty baby belly buttons : a Japanese folktale by Judy Sierra
- Moon Festival by Ching Yeung Russell
Craft – Kamon (Japanese paper cutting)
- The librarian of Basra: a true story from Iraq written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter.
- Forty fortunes: a tale of Iran by Aaron Shepard
Craft – Cuneiform using Playdoh
- The brave little parrot by Rafe Martin
- The gifts of Wali Dad : a tale of India and Pakistan retold by Aaron Shepard
Craft: decorated elephant head, using sequins, gems, etc.
Extras: “Henna” on hands using a brown face paint marker. Bindis using sticker earrings.
The Arctic Circle
- Kumak's house: a tale of the far north by Michael Bania.
- Pipaluk and the whales by John Himmelman
Craft – Inuit Finger/Spirit Masks. Craft was found here: http://www2.grand-forks.k12.nd.us/iditarod/inuitact.html
This one was my sample.
One made by a child attending the program:
- The boy who wouldn't obey : a Mayan legend by Anne Rockwell
- The dancing turtle : a folktale from Brazil by Leasant DeSpain ; illustrated by David Boston.
Craft – Balero. This is a game with versions in many cultures throughout the world. This is a popular Latin American toy.
Materials: cardstock (for the cone), yarn or string, markers (etc. for decorating), stapler, scissor, bead.
- Cut the cardstock to be 11 inches on the side and 14 inches on top. Punch a hole in the middle.
- Decorate the flat cone in a bright, festive way.
- Staple the sides and bottom tip of the cone. Cut the string about 24-36 inches long and attach a bead with a secure knot.
The object of the game is to catch the bead in the cone.
Mexico / Cinco de Mayo
- The legend of Mexicatl by Jo Harper
- Borreguita and the coyote : a tale from Ayutla, Mexico by Verna Aardema
Craft - Sombreros made using a craft kit from Oriental Trading.
Native Americans (United States)
- The legend of the lady slipper: an Ojibwe tale by Lise Lunge-Larsen & Margi Preus
- The woman who fell from the sky: the Iroquois story of creation by John Bierhorst
Craft – Paper beads using glue, scrapbook papers, wrapping paper and other decorative papers.
- Bremen town musicians
- Pied Piper of Hamlin
Schultüte (large paper cones designed to fill with school supplies/treats)
- When Chickens grow teeth by Guy de Maupassant; Illustrated and retold by Halperin, Wendy Anderson.
- Three sacks of truth by Eric A. Kimmel
Craft: Cave paintings (due to the many cave paintings throughout france). We used crumpled paper lunch bade as our cave walls, and painted on the paper with tempera paints.
- The Shark God by Rafe Martin
- Aloha Dolores by Barbara Samuels
Craft: Magnets using small sea shells and glitter clue on cardstock.
- “Silly and Sillier: a tale from England” from Read-Aloud Tales from Around the World: Silly and Sillier. Told by Judy Sierra
- Duffy and the Devil by Harve and Margot Zemach
- Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
- A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman
Craft: Handprint turkeys http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/birds/turkeyhands.htm
- Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy by Barbara Larmon Failing
- Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
- Sixteen cows by Lisa Wheeler
- Widdermaker by Pattie Schnetzler
Craft: Wanted Posters
- A confused Hanukkah : an original story of Chelm by Jon Koons
- One candle by Eve Bunting
Craft – Simple Dreidels, using a square of cardstock and a golf pencil. We then played the dreidel game using paper clips.
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
- The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story by Joanne Oppenheim
We had a Christmas party, complete with snacks and little presents. Each child received a Christmas Cracker (a holiday party favor from England).