You may remember the book Paddington (Bear) from your own childhood. Stowaway Paddington arrives in London after an earthquake kills his parents in deepest, darkest Peru. What a long journey. Arriving with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat, and a love of marmalade, the tag he wears asks someone to “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” The Browns do so. Today I made coloring pages to accompany this story which many children may not realize is the type of thing happening currently. Wait until the subject of Ukraine and other refugee situations comes up in class and be proactive by having these coloring pages as well as the book ready to pull out at a moment’s notice. A storybook can help with many discussion topics that are beyond childhood concerns. The free instant download is at the next link.



Paddington arrives at Paddington station (hence his name) knowing no one.


He waits a long time, and finally the Browns take him home (only temporarily, according to the father).


How nice is that? Paddington manages to have tea with the Queen. See a video here.


Paddington Station is in London, so I included one coloring page of the London Bridge.


Thank you for reading! Carolyn

Social Studies Resources

Abe Lincoln’s Hat has a free supplemental book activity at this link. Free instant download PDF.


Arthur Meets the President free book companion Comprehention multiple choice, manuscript printing practice page, and coloring page.


The Breadwinner is a novel set in Afganistan based on interviews with children. Free novel companion at the post.


Chinese zodiac free printable activity and placemat PDFs.


Government Discussion Pages based on Minnesota Social Studies Standards, opens here.


Printable placemats freebie and informative post about a Machu Picchu trip.

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World


Word wall for a study of China, and word search printable PDF free instant download.

Printable Chinese Vocabulary and Word Search — Opens here



A Different Pond book companion freebie. The father in the picture book story for children reflects on his previous life in war-torn Vietnam.


How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz is a story from World War 2 that resonates with today’s children as it is child-centered and informative.


Symbols of Japan bingo game for grades K-4.


Read then compare and contrast the Korean Cinderella with the usual USA Cinderella Story.


Printable placemats freebie and informative post about a Machu Picchu trip.


Visit to Disneyland, Paris, France and free printable placemat PDF.


Parvana’s Journey is set in Afghanistan and is the second in the trilogy of three books. Free novel companion instant download at the post.


Printable with a map of La Reunion Island and a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast it with Madagascar. Answers provided.


World Landmarks 3-part-cards-freebie printable PDF


Free Printable for St. Nick Day in the Netherlands, this one is on Teachers Pay Teachers


Free PDF printable cards and writing frames for children to fill out and express their thanks to veterans and active-duty personnel.