So we’ve had geography on the brain last month, thanks to the Poppins Book Nook.  I’m so loving the accountability to do fun stuff with the kiddos.  I found one of my favorite resources ever for geography for tots to early elementary thanks to Carrie @ Reading to Know.


I happened to catch a sideways mention of a few books she found at a resale shop that she regretted not buying more of from the Disney Small World Library.  Published in 1994 (or thereabouts), the set includes 28 books, from the following countries:

  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • United States of America
  • Kenya
  • Egypt
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Japan
  • Peru
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • Great Britain
  • China
  • Israel
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • Scotland
  • Russia
  • Argentina
  • Scotland
  • France
  • Denmark


I paid an obscene amount of money for a complete set on eBay without ever having looked at one.  We’ve had great luck with the Walt Disney Fun-to-Learn Library, too.  I had a set as a kid and grabbed the first set I ever found used.  Both girls loved them! When I got the Disney Small World Library, I don’t think they had ever been read.  They were in great shape and these have been just as loved!


Each story is about Mickey & the gang traveling around the world and experiencing the different countries. The final 4 pages tell about several  things the country is well-known for. My daughter had asked if her daddy & I made friends around the world when we traveled.  I wish I could say yes; we will work on doing better next time.  They do a great job of introducing local places, foods, customs & culture with the familiarity of Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald & Goofy.  They don’t even know they are learning and that’s my favorite way to do it!


If you are interested in either set, check eBay.  I’ve found individual books on Amazon or Paperback Swap, but I’d rather get them all (or most) at once.  We’ve loved them both!

What books do you use to teach your little ones without them knowing it?

Jen S.




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