Anya exploring the world in her picture books!

Anya, exploring the world in her picture books!

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.

Nikko, creator of the Anya books.

Nikko, creator of the Anya books.

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.

The first book is about visiting Jamaica.

The first book is about visiting Jamaica.

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!

The books teach about cultures and countries around the world.

The books teach about cultures and countries around the world.

TT: Absolutely! How do you choose the countries you feature in the book series?

N: I started writing these books in 2014, and at that time my goal was to write about countries that aren’t always depicted fairly in the media. Then I started to write about countries that I felt like I didn’t know enough about. Fast forward to 2016, I had 42 countries written and I was finally able to afford the cost of illustration and publishing. Anya Goes to Jamaica was the first book to be released in this series because it is home, as I mentioned before. It was a very proud moment for me, but I think I am even more excited about the next few releases; India, China, Ethiopia, Belize, and the Philippines.

The books teach important lessons about connecting across differences.

The books teach important lessons about connecting across differences.

TT: Yes! What are your goals for your books?

N: I would love to have Anya’s World Adventures in classrooms around the world. The books, website (The AWA Club), and souvenirs are great interactive learning tools. I also plan to create some educational puzzles, card games and apps so that children can take their adventures with them everywhere they go!

TT: Tell us more about the souvenirs that go with the books.

N: The souvenirs are such a great addition to the book series. I was looking for a way to give back to the countries I write about and visit. Not only does it add a sense of authenticity for the reader, it’s also an opportunity for me to make an economic contribution to the country I’m writing about. I research and connect with local craftsman and artisans and I purchase items from them to be sold on AWABookSeries.com

I also feature the business owner on the AWA Club pages and all of my social media platforms. For the Anya Goes to Jamaica book, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Tena Harrison, owner of Pretty Little Things JA. She handmade about 400 anklets and bracelets for this project and I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

In each book, Anya finds a meaningful souvenir.

In each book, Anya finds a meaningful souvenir.

TT: Excellent. Where can people find your wonderful books?

Books and souvenirs are available at AWABookSeries.com. Anya’s World Adventures Book Series can also be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Note: Any purchases made through the Amazon and B&N affiliate links in this article will help support Teaching Traveling at no extra cost to you.)

Teachers, Charitable Organizations and Small Bookstores can contact anyasworldadventures@gmail.com for special pricing.

TT: Thanks so much, Nikko! Readers, what questions or comments do you have for this amazing author?

Multicultural picture books for children about exploring countries and cultures of the world through travel!

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Posted by Lillie

Lillie started TeachingTraveling.com in 2010 to share the infinite ways to combine education and world exploration. Lillie has been a Boston teacher since 2003, and chronicles her own travels at AroundTheWorldL.com.

11 Comments

  1. As a new mom and former teacher, I love the idea and energy behind Anya’s adventures! And how timely in today’s world. Passing these on to teacher friends!

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  2. Lovely book and thoughts behind it. Kids love to travel as much as adults! Great book!

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  3. I wish I had a book like this growing up. I love this idea!

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  4. This book was amazing! Now we can’t wait to visit the beautiful island of Jamaica! We even did a book report on it! The teacher loved it!

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  5. What an awesome way to introduce kids to different cultures! Great share 🙂

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  6. LOVE these books! Wow!! Fantastic addition to the field – sharing!

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  7. What beautiful books for little children. So often travel is portrayed as something that white kids do, so it’s lovely to see a BAME child the hero of a travel story.

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  8. Anya’s World Adventures is an amazing way to introduce children to various places around the world and open their minds to people & cultures that are unfamiliar to them.
    Learning about Jamaica with Anya was so much fun! Can’t wait to continue the journey in India & beyond.

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  9. Omg! This is ny sons favorite book. We love to travel, but aren’t quite ready to take our toddler overseas yet. I got this book to teach him about other cultures until he can one day experience them for himself. The illustrations take us on vacation! Thanks Nikko for such a great addition to our library.

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  10. I’m Jamaican & I bought this book for my niece and she loooooves it! Now she thinks she knows everything about where her mother was raise

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  11. Thank you so much to Lillie and TeachingTraveling for this feature! I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to share this series with your awesome readers.

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