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Children's Nonfiction Travel

A Ticket Around the World

by (author) Natalia Diaz & Melissa Owens

illustrated by Kim Smith

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Travel, General, Customs, Traditions, Anthropology, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5


Take a tour of 13 countries in this introduction to cultures around the world, an Teachers' Pick for ages 5 to 8!

Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated spread with a small map that shows geography and landmarks, letting readers imagine they are traveling, too. The format makes it easy to spot similarities and differences between countries.
This informational picture book brings engaging nonfiction content to younger readers by showing them how other children live around the world. Playful illustrations done with stylized realism lend warmth and whimsy to the book, making each locale feel welcoming. A Ticket Around the World will leave young readers feeling like they’ve toured the globe without ever having left home.


About the authors

NATALIA DIAZ is the former acting editor of Chickadee magazine. This is her first published book. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.

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MELISSA OWENS is the assistant editor of Chickadee magazine. This is her first published book. She is based in Toronto, Ontario.

Melissa Owens' profile page

Kim Smith lives in Calgary, Alberta. This is her first children's book. When not illustrating for children, Kim illustrates comics. Her illustrations have been featured in advertising as well as in two comic collections, The Anthology Project and The Anthology Project, Volume Two. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008 with a Bachelor of Design specializing in character design.

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Editorial Reviews

"The format easily invites comparisons and contrasts, and thought-provoking questions at the end will encourage additional critical thinking." — Booklist

"Can easily appeal beyond an American readership." — Publishers Weekly

"The book's inviting design resembles a scrapbook, with small, fact-filled vignettes sprinkled across the pages... will undoubtedly inspire young armchair travelers." — The National Reading Campaign

"Facts are incorporated into the page seamlessly, like a conversation between friends." — Canadian Review of Materials

"A great resource for students at the primary level who are beginning to learn about other countries." — Resource Links

"An excellent resource." – Canadian Children's Book News

Librarian Reviews

A Ticket Around the World

An introduction to cultures around the world which presents 13 countries and their traditions, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks, and more.

Each spread in this collection invites readers to travel to a different country and to learn about and compare the people, the animals, and the celebrations of different cultures. This is an ideal resource for teaching social studies and geography curriculum about communities around the world. Also, it is a good example of a non-fiction text that present information through maps and illustrations.

Teacher’s guide available (

Also available: Off to Class by Susan Hughes

Authors available for school visits @savvynatalia, @melio_25

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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