The Book of Cultures

30 Stories to Discover the World

“The Book of Cultures” is a picture book with 30 fictional stories featuring characters (buddies) from different countries.  

The stories are lovingly created to introduce children to the wonders of our world and encourage them to embrace diverse perspectives. A magical, educational experience for young readers to discover the differences that make our planet so special, but also to uncover the similarities we often overlook. 

A book to explore the world and make buddies from all corners of the earth! 


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7.9 /10
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Critical Thinking Rating
7.9 /10
Parenting Rating
7.9 /10
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Universal Themes of friendship and family, the environment, celebrations and adventures.

Designed to raise ACCEPTING CHILDREN who know how to adapt.

Also, every story is accompanied by a 2-page snapshot of that culture, filled with fun facts and engaging activities, such as puzzles, songs and recipe.

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about the author

Evi Triantafyllides
She is a writer and activist.

Evi holds a BA in Geography from LSE and an MA in Education & Creative Writing from NYU. She has worked at kindergartens and in the editorial department of Penguin Random House. As a kid, she always looked for ways to make the world a more playful place and wanted to build a colorful children's city where everything was connected with slides! While she hasn't achieved exactly that, Worldwide Buddies is her adult answer.

Favorite picture book as a kid: The Rainbow Fish


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Worldwide Buddies was born out of our curiosity and fascination about the diverse realities and wonders of our world, and out of a sense of obligation to pass these onto the little humans out there.

Growing up in a divided country, we were brought up reading stories, hearing stories, sometimes even writing stories, of the "good guys" and the "bad guys", of "us" and "them", of classifications, drawn lines and boundaries. But the older we got, the more we interacted with different people. Some of the "good guys", some of the "bad guys", lots of "us", lots of "them", and many, many, many more. The stories we were brought up with became blurred, jumbled in a vibrant assortment of stories, they became only a fraction of our perception.

We soon came to realize all the stories we never heard, the different perspectives we missed out on, the surprising similarities we discovered along the way, the striking peculiarities we were amazed by, the kindness and magic we witnessed in so many unfamiliar eyes!

"Wouldn't it be lovely", we thought, "if we gave children these stories and experiences early on? Expand their minds and ability to learn and comprehend, fuel their imagination, and nurture their capacity to embrace all the friends they'll encounter in life? Wouldn't that turn them into the best adult humans yet?"

We concluded that it would.

So we did.


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