Teaching Traveling: Are you seeking multicultural children’s books about traveling the world? Learn here about the gorgeous texts by Nikko M. FungChung! Nikko, tell us about your background, and how you started your book series.
Nikko: Hello! I am a wife and mother of two residing in Allen, TX. I am the author, owner and creator of Anya’s World Adventures Book Series. My family has very strong Caribbean roots, with a number of other cultures sprinkled throughout. This diversity within our family is one of my major inspirations behind this book series. I wanted to make sure my children had the opportunity to explore every piece of their cultural puzzle as well as the cultures of others.
TT: So great! Tell us more about your books.
N: Anya’s World Adventures is a Children’s Book Series that focuses on introducing children to different countries around the world through the eyes of a child. Each book in the series will give readers insight into how children and their families live, love and play in other countries! With the help of Anya’s magic globe and a little imagination, children will visit places like Jamaica, Ethiopia, France, Belize, Haiti, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, Cuba and more!
At the end of each adventure, Anya gets souvenir to take home as a reminder of all the fun she had, and readers can collect these awesome and authentic souvenirs at AWABookSeries.com to help keep track of all the wonderful places they have been! It is my hope that this series will make the world a much smaller place as our little readers/adventurers grow up to be compassionate citizens of the world.
TT: Such a great mission. Tell us more about your own travels.
N: Jamaica is home. I’ve traveled there a countless number of times and recently I’ve had the opportunity to share this wonderful country with my children, Kenneth and Anya. This was the first of many international trips for them and they loved every second. One of the best things about writing this series is that I am learning just as much as I am teaching. Many of the countries I write about, I have to gather facts from research and stories from people who were born and raised there. I prefer first-hand accounts because it gives me a better perspective and makes the story that much more interesting and relevant. Traveling with children is a lot of work and takes planning, but I look forward to seeing the world with my family and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.
The stories in the Anya’s World Adventures Book Series are a great way to prepare children for a big trip. It’s a great way to familiarize them with the destination and get them excited for what lies ahead!