Which Worldwide Buddies character is your child like?

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Is your child sweet and naive, just like our buddy, Adri? Or cheeky and full of mischief, just like Tani? Maybe they’re just full of imagination and wacky, creative ideas, similar to Mei Ling! Take the quiz below to find out!

And if you want to learn more about each character, you can always explore their picture books - laugh with Adri and Tani in “A Marvelous Mexican Misunderstanding” and discover the devise secret plans with Mei Ling, in “China’s Child”.

Which after-school activity would your little choose?
Which Halloween costume would your little one choose?
Which of these dishes would your child prefer?
What would you do if you had a test tomorrow that you weren’t ready for?
What would your child do if they really wanted a new toy but you refused to get it for them?
Which toy would your child enjoy the most?
Which superpower would your kiddo most likely have?

A team of buddies is calculating the results and will reach out to you shortly. Look out for an email!

8 reasons this picture book is the near perfect introduction to Chinese culture.

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Our newest picture book, “China’s Child” is here and littles from around the world are already joining Mei Ling, Teddies and their fantastical world as they embark on a topsy-turvy adventure all across China. Your little ones can join their adventures, too - and it’s the perfect way to get them to learn and love China’s intricate culture, too.

1. Meet Mei Ling, the can-do, strong-minded Chinese girl.

Both you and your little ones will immediately fall in love with our buddy Mei Ling, the perfect representation of the strengths and struggles of a little girl growing up in China. The impact of societal and family structures are magically portrayed through her imaginative, playful and powerful character.

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2. Watch some of China’s endangered animals come to life in the most adorable ways.

Introduce your littles to China’s endangered animals and their features (as well as to an imaginary dragon!), while they help Mei Ling on her adventures. Their journey is nothing short of giggles, silliness, and mischief. And you can even take home your very own Shui, the spotted seal stuffy, too!

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3. Uncover Chinese customs, traditions and surprises!

Chinese traditions, inventions, Lunar New Year customs and shenanigans, are all hiding inside the story and waiting for you and your littles to discover them.

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4. Prepare dumplings with Mei Ling and Teddies.

Did anyone say food? Prepare dumplings with Mei Ling and Teddies in this hilarious scene, where everyone takes a special part. Did you know?Dumplings are balls of vegetables or meat wrapped in a thin piece of dough and a staple of traditional Chinese cuisine. And on New Year’s Eve dumpling making is considered a good luck tradition!

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5. Travel to China’s breathtaking landmarks and landscapes through colorful, detail-packed illustrations.

China might be known for its bustling cities and for being the most populous country in the world, but it’s also full of natural wonders and beautiful landscapes. The Yangtze River, the Floating Mountains and the Stone Forest are only a few of these. Follow Mei Ling and Teddies and get transported all across China’s distinct places, all from a comfy bed.

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6. Test your knowledge with a quiz at the end of the book.

Finished reading? Think you’ve covered Chinese culture by now? Think again. At the end of the story, a quiz will send young readers on a search and find expedition within the pages of the book, helping them discover additional fun facts about China and its culture! And there’s more. Read small snippets and discover the habitat of China’s endangered animals and China’s good luck and superstition symbols.

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7. And of course, get your very own introduction to Mandarin and calligraphy!

From Mandarin words dispersed around the story, to a short glossary of Mandarin/English words at the back of the story, this picture book is the perfect introduction into calligraphy and the Mandarin language. And if you want to take it a step further, you can even pair the book with Minilingo, our set of Mandarin/English flashcards, specially designed for memory, snap and lots of laughs!

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8. Bring China’s culture to life with the complete story box.

A bilingual Mandarin/English memory game, Shui, the spotted seal cuddly plush, a design-your-own-dragon craft and tangram (the famous 7-piece STEM puzzle) are only some of the toys that accompany China’s Child in our China story box - the absolute perfect gift for every curious child!

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Read the world! Embrace its diversity.

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We started Worldwide Buddies with a single mission in mind: to bring the wonderfully diverse stories and cultures of the world inside the homes of children around the globe - to help them grow into curious, open-minded adults that are able to adapt, accept, listen and explore the multi-faceted realities that exist.

100th Children’s Books Week

Read Now, Read Forever. It’s the centennial celebration of Children’s Books Week and the message it celebrates is more pressing than ever. “Read Now, Read Forever.” looks to the past, present, and most importantly, the future of children’s books - a message very close to our own mission and heart.

At Worldwide Buddies, not only are we committed to the future of children’s books, but we’re committed to creating a future of diverse children’s books, a future world where empathy, acceptance, freedom and communication are at the very center of it.

Technology is unstoppably breaking down barriers. Physical distance proves less and less of a barrier. It’s never been easier to interact with people living on the other side of the world. It’s time to break down cultural barriers, too.

Now, more than ever, we need diversity in children’s books. Children familiar with foreign cultures are bound to excel in this ever-changing, diverse world. Understanding and embracing various cultures, viewpoints and voices allows children to develop empathy, adaptability, open-mindedness, and communication skills crucial to the future of happiness, work and life of our the planet as barriers dissolve more and more.

“Read the world. Embrace its diversity.” campaign

Today, we're lucky enough to be celebrating in so, SO many ways! Not only are we thrilled to announce the launch of China’s story box (just in time for Children’s Books Week), but we're also fortunate to have the support of incredible mothers, bloggers and buddies that are championing our mission.

Our “Read the world! Embrace its diversity.” campaign is designed to raise awareness around the need for diverse children's books; the very reason Worldwide Buddies was born.

Today, our buddies are raising their voices and posting pictures "READ THE WORLD! EMBRACE ITS DIVERSITY."

And there's something in it for you, too! Each post will reveal a 15% discount code on China's story box (or on any other website purchase) all through May. Simply follow hashtag #readtheworldembracediversity or look up our tagged pictures on Instagram to spot the images, uncover the discount codes and show our supporters your love.

Of course, you can join the shenanigans, too!

If you're also passionate about building an accepting, open-minded world in which our children can thrive in, we invite you to join us. Snap and post your own picture with the message "READ THE WORLD! EMBRACE ITS DIVERSITY." (or simply share someone else's picture) and become part of our campaign. And of course, don't forget to tag @worldwidebuddies for a lovely feature. ;)

Let’s build a HAPPY, ACCEPTING future for all the children of the world.

Your Worldwide Buddies,

Evi, Nefeli & the rest of the team

Here are 5 reasons this game is the bestest, funnest way for children to learn Spanish

If you’re looking for a fun, engaging way for your little ones to learn Spanish, we suggest the first word you add to your child’s Spanish vocabulary is Minilingo!

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Minilingo is an exciting new card game that incorporates visual aids and familiar card game fun to expose kids to the Spanish language.

Here are 5 reasons Minilingo is the most exciting and engaging way for children to learn Spanish:

1. It’s extremely versatile: play Snap, Memory and more!
There are countless ways to use Minilingo cards! You can play Snap, Memory, and any other game you can think of. Small and portable, these cute cards make a perfect addition to the home, playground, family vacations, and anywhere in between. The possibilities are endless, and we know your child won’t be aburrido with these.

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2. It has developmental benefits, aside from just learning Spanish.
The evidence speaks for itself: memory games have been shown to help develop spatial skills, concentration, and thinking skills.

3. Visual aids help children learn better.
Research has shown over and over again that visual associations help us remember words better, decreasing learning time, improving comprehension, retrieval and retention. Don’t believe us? Here's proof.

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4. Early exposure is the most effective way to learn a new language
Research shows that children who are exposed to a new language before the age of 10 have the greatest chance of becoming fluent in that language. Don’t worry, parents -- you can still play Minilingo with your little one, but they will probably win!


5. It’s actually… great fun!
Minilingo doesn’t just teach children Spanish, it makes them WANT to learn it! Say goodbye to plain old flash cards - you won't be needing those anymore!

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With amor,

Worldwide Buddies

Your Christmas guide to children's presents that will be used and reused. No gifts for the sake of gifting!

Christmas lights are shining, holiday trees are twinkling, songs are jingling and children are beaming with joy. It must mean that the Christmas holidays (also known as the most wonderful time of the year) are approaching! And no matter what type of gifter you are (even if you’re the expert-acular type), there’s always that someone you’re not sure what to gift to.

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At Worldwide Buddies, we’re more of the meaningful type of gifters. No gifts for the sake of gifting. We believe in the power of gifts that put a smile on people’s faces, gifts that actually make an impact and gifts that create experiences. We believe in presents that bring people closer, educate, inspire and spread love! After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.

To help you, we’ve created a list of Christmas presents for littles (… and not so littles) tailored to personalities and tastes. Take a look an if you don’t find something that’s perfectly fitting, please, keep looking.:) No gifts for the sake of gifting!

FOR THE GIFT OF THE YEAR AWARD

A Marvelous Mexican Story Box. Our famous “gift filled with gifts”, is an out-of-this-world educational and funtabulous experience for littles and families, alike. Filled with toys, games, activities and surprises, it’s guaranteed to keep families engaged for weeks, let alone get you the “present of the year” award. Little ones have already stated that “opening this felt like Christmas morning”!

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Price: $46.00 - Shop Now

Perfect for: that special Christmas present for your daughter / son / niece / nephew / granddaughter… (you get the gist!), Santa’s surprise gift or simply if you want to… top Santa’s gift!

FOR THE LITTLE BOOKWORMS THAT LOVE A GOOD ADVENTURE

A Marvelous Mexican Misunderstanding, HC picture book. Bring Mexico’s culture to life in 62 pages packed with imagination, adventure, and colorful outbursts of fun!

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Price: $17.99 - Shop Now

Perfect for: little book worms, children who love Coco, children who love a good adventure, children who love to solve riddles and puzzles, children who have been or will visit Mexico soon, children with relatives or friends from Mexico.

FOR THE GAME LOVERS, AND ALL ASPIRING SPANISH SPEAKERS

Minilingo, English/Spanish bilingual playing cards. 20 pairs of English / Spanish flashcards that can be used for memory, snap and any other game you can think of!

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Price: $12.50 - Shop Now

Perfect for: Secret Santa, bilingual speakers and bilingual speakers-to-be, children that like to play card games, children with a Spanish-speaking background or relative, children at a bilingual school, your competitive colleague that always makes you play games, your friend who claims knows Spanish, but definitely needs some practice!

FOR THE PLUSH TOYS ENTHUSIASTS, AND THE PECULIAR CREATURE LOVERS

Hermelindo, axolotl plush toy. He even comes with a personal message to you, alongside a link to our post, so that its new owner can learn all about his special properties!

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Price: $12.00 - Shop Now

Perfect for: your Secret Santa, little ones that love cuddling, little ones that love adorable animals and plushies (especially peculiar ones, that not many people know about!), little ones that are interested in science and the environment, your colleague at work that still collects stuffed animals!

FOR THE HOLIDAY CARD SENDERS

Buddiful Christmas Cards. A set of 12 colorful holiday cards, each of which contains a surprising Christmas fact from around the world. And part of the proceed s e part of the proceeds to donate a new book to a child in need.

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Price: $14.00 - Shop Now

Perfect for: You - fill them with wonderful words and give them to your favorite people. Your child who just learned how to write and can’t wait to spread his/her wisdom, or your cute and thoughtful friend, who’s full of nice words and sends quirky Christmas cards.