Kids Books Set in Colombia
The first thing to do when planning a trip for the kids is to get them onboard! They need to know why they are going to a certain place and why they should care about it. Giving them information on a destination gets them involved and thinking about the trip. Anyone who is happy and interested makes a great travel companion and even more so – kids!
We are headed to Colombia this summer, 2018, and here is the list I’ve put together of things to read about before you go!
Kids’ Books Set in Colombia: Read Before You Go
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Make the MOST of any trip:
To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in Colombia is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?
Don’t let this happen to you!
Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another church?” and have no idea what they are seeing or why.
Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:
We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Use travel to get smarter and improve skills for the kids in the family!
A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your child’s intelligence and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience. Read kids’ books set in Italy or listen with an audio book.
Need more proof that reading is valuable?
A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side’ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”.
If you are wondering where the stats are on girls that read, well so am I! Perhaps someone will do the obvious study on ‘kids that read’ but until then I think it is safe to extrapolate from the information on ‘boys and reading’.
So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run.
Read at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too.
You can get ideas on which books to read from the school librarian or research topics online. Choose based on your family’s interest? Big into gladiators? Art? Architecture? Sculpture? Food? There are many, many to choose from but don’t despair. I have spent hours reading books, reading about authors, reading reviews, reading summaries, and researching topics you need to read about so YOU DON’T HAVE TO! This comprehensive list will get you started daydreaming about your trip.
Books to read before you visit Colombia
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Kids Books Set in Colombia – Country Overview
Colombia by Tracey Boraas Easy to understand book on the geography, history and people of Columbia. Nice overview – a little dry. Written for kids aged 4 and up. Length 64 pages.
Colombia (Country Explorers) by Cheryl Blackford Fresh bright photos keep you interested in the text about Columbia: geography, history and the people. Feels up to date. Written for kids 7-10. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: 48 pages.
Colombia (Exploring Countries) by Blaine Wiseman Excellent overview of things like natural resources, food, history and people. Written for the tweens 8-12. Length: 32 pages. Lexile measure: 900.
Colombia (Enchantment of the World) Marion Morrison Overview of the country including food, history, government, climate and more. Longer and goes into more depth that the shorter picture books. Excellent choice if you are writing a report on your trip as a school assignment. Written for older elementary school kids 10+. Length: 144 pages. Lexile Measure: 970L.
Colombia (Countries We Come From) by Joyce Markovics Fun and easy to understand this book includes a little bit about the country. Included: holidays, food, music, animals and a few Spanish words. Excellent intro before traveling. Written for young elementary aged kids 4-8. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 510.
Colombia (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) By Walter Simmons I love this book because it includes some cool things the others don’t have like that there are more emeralds and roses produced here than in any other place in the world. Also discusses the important other crops like coffee. Written for upper elementary school aged kids ages 7-9. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 800.
Colombia (Explore the Countries) by Julie Murray Overview of the country including history, geography, people and main cities. Written for the upper elementary school aged kids 8 – 12. Length: 40 pages. Lexile measure: 730.
Colombia: The Gateway to South American (Exploring Cultures of the World) by Lois Markham Excellent book for research if you want a deeper understanding or need to write a report on your vacation for school. Written for tweens. Length: 62 pages.
Colombia: A Question and Answer (Questions and Answers: Countries) by Kremena T. Spengler Excellent overview in a question answer format. Takes the extra step to discuss the different regions separately. Written for upper elementary school aged kids 8 – 10. Length: 32 pages.
Colombia: Picture Book by Planet Collection I’m a sucker for good photos so this one is higher on my list than some of the others. Crisp, colorful photos get attention from the kids of any ages. Short and sweet so read this along with others to get the best overview of the country before your trip. Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 17 pages.
Columbia (South America) by Leeanne Gelletly Overview of the country of Colombia includes geography, history, culture and festivals. Written for upper elementary school aged kids. Length: 63 pages. Lexile measure: 1230 L.
South American (True Books: Geography) by Libby Koponen Crisp overview of the continent. Written for upper elementary school students aged 7 – 9 years. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: 790.
South America (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Hirsch Rebeccas Eileen Simple and clear – this makes a great introduction. Written for young elementary school aged kids. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 450.
Not For Parents South America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Lonely Planet Kids Super cool stuff on South American that the tween set will just love. Truly I love this sort of factoid based stuff, too. A must read about South America for anyone going! Written for kids aged 8-12. Length: 96 pages.
The Walls of Cartegena by Julia Durango This chapter book tells the story of Calepino who was born on a slave ship. Wonderful story by a prolific author. Tweens will enjoy and this makes a great read aloud to discuss Cartegena’s past. Written for kids aged 8-12. Length: 160 pages. Lexile Measure: 870L
Captured in Colombia (Parker Twins Series Book 3) by Jeanette Wood This book in a series about twins Justin and Jenny as they have an adventure in Colombia. Their uncle is captured by Colombian guerrillas and they help save the day. Written for kids aged 8-10. Length: 162 pages.
A Refugee’s Journey from Colombia (Leaving my Homeland) by Linda Barghoorn Follow Andres and his family as they flee Columbia for safety in nearby Ecuador. Written for upper elementary school aged kids. Length: 32 pages. Lexile measure: 780.
Melissa in Colombia by Beryl Ann Boehringerr This is the second book in a series about two German sisters who follow their missionary parents to Colombia. Written for upper elementary school aged kids. Length: 102 pages.
Colombian Adventures: A Boy’s Missionary Dream Comes True by Russell M. Stendal and Sheila Wilkinson Fantastic story with lots of thrills and adventures about a young missionary who was captured by guerrillas in Colombia. Written by a man who really did spend time as a hostage of the Colombian rebels.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter Based on a true story of a little boy who shares his books with kids in far off villages that don’t have any. Cool story of how one person can make a difference in the world. Written for the younger elementary school aged kids but makes a great read aloud for any age. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: AD640L.
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown This book is about the true story of Luis Soriano who shared his books with villages that didn’t have any. I love this book because it is told from the perspective of the kids who benefited from his generosity. Great way to discuss how our actions can make a positive impact on others. Written for young elementary school aged kids, but a great read aloud for anyone and great message. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 880L.
Ava and Salome: Welcome to Cali by Patricia L. Woodard Explore Cali, Colombia with Ava and her grandmother as they take a special trip together from the US. Written for the elementary school aged kids. Length: 38 pages.
Under the Mambo Moon by Julia Durango You can count on Ms. Durango for a great read back by research. Love the inclusion of so many types of music and dance in this book. Gives some great background for the type of music you’ll hear in Colombia. Written for kids aged 8 – 12. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: 840 L. AWARD: nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2102 – 2013.
Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of the Children’s Movement for Peace in Colombia by Sara Cameron Series of personal stories from young Colombians of their experiences during the countries civil conflict. Written for teens. Length: 186 pages. Lexile Measure: 910L.
Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia by Rebecca Davis Part of the Hidden Heroes series, this book is told in narrative form and includes stories from Evangelical Protestant Christian missionaries.Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 144 pages.
My name is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Monica Brown Story of the real life of the colorful life of one of Colombia’s most loved authors. Written for kids aged 4-8. Length: 32 pages. Lexile measure: AD910L.
Kids Books Set in Colombia – The National Bird of Colombia – the Andean Condor
Condor: Amazing Fun Facts and Pictures about Condor for Kids by Gaia Carlo Cool facts and colorful photos about the national bird of Colombia. This bird is HUGE and has a wing span of 10 feet. Mark that off on the floor and let the kids marvel at the sheer enormity! Written for kids in lower elementary school. Length: 24 pages.
On the Wing by David Elliot This book includes some wonderful birds including the Andean Condor which is the national bird of Colombia. Written in poetic verse. Written for kids in grades 2 – 3. Length: 32 pages.
Vendor the Condor by B. L. Walker Fantastic book about the world’s only free flying condor in captivity. Includes cool facts on this endangered species, the national bird of Colombia, and this well loved and appreciated member of the group. Written for elementary school aged kids. Excellent for any age as introduction to this cool bird. Length: 38 pages.
Kids Books Set in Colombia – Animals – Sloth
“Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle Fun book by the master of kids books by Eric Carle about how slowly the sloth works.
Sloths (Nature’s Children) by Josh Gregory Great information about the slow lives of sloths. Written for kids aged 8 – 10. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: 930.
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke The main characters, Mateo and Biscuit, lives in Costa Rica, and not Columbia but you’ll love the fun photos of these sloths, like the ones in Columbia. Written for kids in upper elementary school aged kids but lovable for anyone! Length: 64 pages.
The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray Cute story about the very sleepy sloth and learning to accept your own strengths even if you are different than others. Written for young travelers PreK – 1st grade. Length: 32 pages.
What a Difference a Sloth Makes! by K. F. Ridley Cute book about exploring everyone’s individuality. Written for kids in elementary school and a great message. Length: 40 pages.
National Geographic Readers: Swing Sloth! Explore the Rainforest by Susan B. Newman We love the photos in all National Geographic books and this one is no exception. Written for the really young kiddos as this is a PRE reader book, but fun photos for up to about 3rd grade. Length: 24 pages.
Love sloths? So do we!! Check out this fun parody of Harry Potter – the Harry Slother Coaster Set.
Anacondas (Did You Know?) by Breanne Satori Cool information on the creepy and fascinating anaconda! Written for kids in mid elementary school. Length: 24 pages.
Anacondas (Snakes) by Melissa Higgins Huge snakes, learn about the habits of these large snakes who strangle their prey and then swallow it whole. Written for kids in grades PreK-3 grades. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: 670L.
The Monkey People: A Colombian Folktale (Rabbit Ears We All Have Tales) by Eric Metaxes This is a classic story of ‘be careful what you ask for’. A group of people in the Amazon jungle want to be lazy and do nothing so a mysterious stranger makes their wishes come true. Written for kids, cool story for anyone with a great message. Length: 36 pages.
Kids Books Set in Colombia – Get the Pink River Dolphin Facts
Pink river dolphin facts are fascinating. For starters the dolphin is pink especially the older they get! How fun that that? It is naturally found only in South America – including Colombia. Pink River dolphins live in fresh water – not salty ocean water like Flipper.
Pink River Dolphins (Jungle Babies of the Amazing Rain Forest) by Rachel Lynette Get all the pink river dolphin facts to interest your young traveler for your trip to Colombia! Learn about the habitat, lifecycle and more. Written for kids aged 5-8. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: 740L.
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