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With the increased emphasis on incorporating STEM activities in children’s curriculum at ever earlier ages, often neglected are opportunities to explore subjects outside the sciences, or simply to give children the time and space to use their imagination. 25 Projects for Global Explorers will spark their interest in history, geography, events, and landmarks around the world, and nourish their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Designed for kids aged 5-10, and flexible enough to use in either storytimes or classroom settings, the projects here

  • use representative picture books as tools for learning about different places and people;
  • take kids’ imaginations on journeys to a variety of U.S. landmarks, such as Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Lei Day Festival in Hawaii;
  • introduce more than a dozen fascinating places, traditions, and cultures from across the world, including the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, the Day of the Dead in Mexico, the Ziggurat of Ancient Mesopotamia in Iraq, and the San People, formerly known as the Bushmen of South Africa; and
  • include hands-on activities for teaching children what makes each topic special, materials lists, programming tips, and additional resources.

The projects inside this book will reinforce learning, encourage experimentation, and bolster children’s appreciation for the world.


  • Part I    Exploring the United States of America

1    Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (Alaska)
2    Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
3    Golden Gate Bridge (California)
4    Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
5    Lei Day Festival (Hawaii)
6    Mardi Gras, New Orleans (Louisiana)
7    Chaco Culture National Historic Park (New Mexico)
8    Statue of Liberty (New York)
9    Oregon Trail (Oregon)
10    The Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park (Pennsylvania)
11    Mount Rushmore National Park (South Dakota)
12    Vaqueros and American Cowboys (Texas)
13    The White House (Washington, D.C.)

  • Part II        Exploring Other Countries

14    San People, Formerly Known as the Bushmen of South Africa (Botswana, Africa)
15    Aborigines Indigenous People (Australia)
16    Amazon Rainforest (Brazil)
17    Moon Festival (China)
18    Son Cubano Music (Cuba)
19    Eiffel Tower (France)
20    Holi Festival (India)
21    Ziggurat of Ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq)
22    Saint Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
23    Cherry Blossom Festival (Japan)
24    Day of the Dead (Mexico)
25    Trans-Siberian Railway (Russia)

Additional Resources

Christine M. Kirker

Christine M. Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, Christine has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. She is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). Previously, Christine spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She graduated from UMBC in 1992. Christine presents trainings and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

"An excellent resource for a focused study for classrooms, libraries, and curious families ... The suggested activities include writing, math, building, and crafts. Most of these could be simplified for younger students or enhanced for older ones with a more elaborate project."
— Catholic Library World