overseas travel picture books for kids

Overseas Travel Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

Foreign travel is my theme today for Picture Book of the Day. I chose an Asian immigration wordless picture book as the Picture Book of the Day that captures the struggles of a young boy as he adjusts to a new country, a new language and making a new friends.

Since four is an unlucky number in Asian culture, I’ve found five picture books to share with you today with the theme of travel abroad!

What is your favorite foreign travel picture book? Please share!

Here I Am immigration picture book of the day, wordless immigration picture book

Here I Am by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

A young Asian boy emigrates to the United States with his family in this wordless picture book. Kim and Sánchez capture his struggles as he learns a new language, explores his new neighborhood and makes new friends. A seed from his home country connects him to his new life in unexpected ways, both symbolically and literally. [picture book, ages 5 and up]


Traveling to Other Countries Picture Books for Kids

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Traveling Girl by Micah Player

Lily is a fearless traveler who accompanies her parents as they traverse the world by plane, train, bike, boat and camel. Her best friend, Zemorah the zebra, keeps her company as well. [picture book, ages 3 and up]

My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary About the Best 4 Months Ever by Rebecca Otowa

American 5th grader Dan keeps a diary of his adventures in a small town outside of Kyoto in Japan. He takes great notes and the reader will learn everything from folding origami and writing Japanese characters to practicing the martial art Aikido. This notebook style graphic story is informative and fun to read! [notebook non-fiction picture book, ages 7 and up]

I Know How to Hola by Suzanne Aspley, illustrated by Lucas Richards

If you are going to travel to a foreign country, it helps to learn a few words and phrases in that language. This series is bilingual with rhyming English text and plenty of vocabulary! It’s a fun way to introduce a foreign language to kids! [picture book, ages 3 and up]

I Know How to Ni-hao by Suzanne Aspley, illustrated by Lucas Richards

Each English story is the same in the series, so it’s fun to compare different languages across the books! My kids are trying to learn Spanish and Mandarin Chinese so this is a great combination for them. [picture book, ages 3 and up]


Lately Lily Travel Adventure Picture Book GIVEAWAY

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overseas travel picture books for kids

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  1. I would love to visit Australia.

  2. I loved that book trailer! Right now I most want to visit my sister in China.
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  3. fariba

    Congratulation for all Mothers, This is the Day that we appreciate all the things that moms do for us . Happy Mother’Day for you.

  4. Nadine

    We LOVE linking travel to books – both domestic and overseas. Whenever I travel for work, I pick up a book related to the city rather than an airport tchotchke that will last a week.

    I recently picked up The Runaway Kite: An Adventure in Japan. The kids have not put it down!

    PS – Happy Mother’s Day

  5. Ann

    I really like Knuffle Bunny Free, they visit grandparents in Holland. Love the book traier for Here I Am. If we win the Lily book I might give it to my mom, she is in love with France! There are lots of places I would like to go. I really enjoyed my work trip to London. I would like to go back for fun at some point.
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  6. Valerie

    There are so many countries I’d like to visit but New Zealand is my #1.

  7. Elisabeth

    I would love to visit Greece!

  8. Hum, where would I like to visit? I am not sure anymore. I think I would like to go someplace quiet, where nobody goes or is. Not sure where that would be. Maybe Antarctica? Haha!

    What great book suggestions, mama! Thanks so much for this. This list is awesome!
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  9. Anitha Kuppuswamy

    I would love to visit Italy!!!

  10. One of my favourite travel picture books is Katie goes to London by James Mayhew.
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  11. Kim B

    I’ve always wanted to go to Greece.

  12. I adore any travel picture books I can get my hands, especially places I have been. My little G just saw a book trailer for Lately Lilly on Sue’s blog and she wants it, he he. Thanks so much for another great list to pin and for hosting the Kid Lit Blog HOp
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  13. Well I never knew that 4 is an unlucky number in Asian cultures. Thank you for that tidbit of information. I love wordless picture books, and your list is great. Thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Have a great week!
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  14. Renee @ MDBR

    Great post Mia! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
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