1. Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Mom used to put post-it notes all over the house in Spanish and English. Needless to say, our Spanish vocabulary for household items is very rich. This is such a sweet book for learning shapes through Spanish and English vocabulary. Great art and a glossary at the end. Also, the author’s name? Yes.
2. Uncle Goose Korean (and other) Character Blocks by Uncle Goose
If you grew up in Amrika and you marry another Mash-Up American and then you make babies, how do you maintain your connection to your parents’ languages? How do you teach your kid your second language when English is your first? These blocks will help. Made in America, of wood!
3. World Snacks: Chaat and Sweets by
Back to food. You know when your friends came over and were like, why are all these things in your house fermented? Where’s the Sunny D and Chips Ahoy? Indeed, this funny, beautiful book is part of a series called “World Snacks” and each one is equally delightful.
4. DIY Push Pin Travel Map from Etsy
For a much older kid (there are pins) or as a family activity. You know you have to go so many places to see your family. Why not keep track of where they are and where they are from? What a fun activity to do together!
5. TukTuk Toy by Wonder World
Do you remember how surprised you were the first time you left the country and saw how many different rickshaws/tuktuks/motorcycles with 5 people/colorful buses there are in the world? This is a little homage to that.
Because it’s cute to dress a child like an adult. You should probably buy them fake cigars and a tiny hat too.