Level 0

( Kindergarten – Age 4-6 )

Build Your Library: Level 0 - Around the WorldYou are about to embark on an adventure around the world with your kindergarten child! We’ll be visiting each of the seven continents and exploring the amazing places found on our planet earth! This is a gentle but exciting tour around the world.

You’ll meet children from around the world whose lives may be very similar or extremely different from your own in Children Just Like Me: A New Celebration of Children Around the World. You’ll also explore the different ecosystems and animals found on each of the seven continents in the Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth’s Astonishing Animals and Where They Live.

You will of course enjoy great literature selections, giving you a glimpse into the life and culture in different countries. Stories like The Year of the Dog, Linnea in Monet’s Garden, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins will captivate your child and introduce them to longer stories. In addition to listening to these beautiful stories, you will complete a variety of activities to tie in science, life skills, and more.

Your child will enjoy the short, simple poetry and gorgeous photography in the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry and create a variety of fun art projects from the book Global Art. You will also learn about what people eat in other countries as well as try out some of the international recipes found in Cooking Class: Global Feast! .

The 245 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 30 weeks of study
  • a book list of all scheduled reading materials
  • an additional library book list for extended reading
  • activities and projects tied to the literature readings
  • web-links and hyper-linked optional books to help you get the most from the lessons
  • 30+ pages of activity pages (including maps), and animal research projects.

Note: The Narration Cards, which are included in Levels 1 and up are not included in the Level 0 Kindergarten, as I do not normally recommend beginning formal narration until Level 1. If you feel your child is ready or if you are using this with an older child, you can purchase a set of narration cards separately.

You can see a sample week here: 

L0 – Around the World 2020 sample week

Purchase Level 0 – Around the World  – $29.95

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I’m excited to announce that we are collaborating with Soul Sparklettes Art!  They have so many amazing art projects that blend well with Build Your Library. You can sign up for Glitterbombers membership through our affiliate link. Check the download below to see what projects align with this level!

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Glitterbombers Projects to Pair with Level 0

You can see the entire Level 0 booklist below:

(now powered by Amazon and Bookshop.org):


Smithsonian Children’s Illustrated Atlas (spine) – Bookshop.org
Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world (spine) – Bookshop.org
Cooking Class: Global Feast! (spine) – Bookshop.org
Gold Stars World Atlas for Kids: Facts and Activity Book (consumable spine)
Flags Around the World Ultimate Sticker Book (consumable spine) – Bookshop.org
Me on the Map (Dragonfly Books) – Bookshop.org
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest Bookshop.org
Africa Is Not A CountryBookshop.org
Sophie Scott Goes SouthBookshop.org


A World Full of Animal Stories (spine) – Bookshop.org


How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Bookshop.org
The Very, Very Far NorthBookshop.org
Carson Crosses CanadaBookshop.org
A Boy Called Slow: The True Tale of Sitting BullBookshop.org
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin Bookshop.org
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale CollectionBookshop.org
Along the TapajosBookshop.org
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia Bookshop.org
The Children of Noisy VillageBookshop.org
Katie in London Bookshop.org
Linnea in Monet’s GardenBookshop.org
The MittenBookshop.org
Babushka Baba Yaga Bookshop.org
The Year of the Dog Bookshop.org
Malala’s Magic Pencil Bookshop.org
Mela and the ElephantBookshop.org
Snow in JerusalemBookshop.org
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book Bookshop.org
The Storyteller Bookshop.org
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African FolktalesBookshop.org
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African TaleBookshop.org
Audrey of the OutbackBookshop.org
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsBookshop.org


Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth’s Astonishing Animals and Where They Live (Spine) – Bookshop.org
A Drop Around the WorldBookshop.org
African Critters – Bookshop.org
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?Bookshop.org
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s WeatherBookshop.org


National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry (spine) – Bookshop.org


Global Art (spine)

As a reminder, if you are going to purchase books we would greatly appreciate the use of our provided Amazon or Bookshop.org Links! Thanks!

Disclosure: This list contains affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission if you make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you.

New to Build Your Library or looking for some more information about our curriculum and lesson plans? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Customer Testimonials:

We are about 1/3 of the way through BYL’s Kinder program. We’ve been all over North America, including Canada, South America and Europe. We are getting ready to move on to Africa this week and my son is so excited. This has been such a fun and educational “journey” for him. He is gaining a much wider perspective of the world, it’s cultures and people, as well as the animals of the world and their habitats. He is fascinated by the other children and their way of life.

His heart aches for the endangered or extinct animals and insects. He loves doing the animal research reports, loves the novels, loves the crafts and all the fun activities and projects we get to do. He is proud of his work and loves to share all his new knowledge with anyone who will listen. And he often begs me to keep reading which has led us to move through the program at a quicker pace, but I can’t complain, as his zest for knowledge and love of books is exactly what I’ve always wanted for him! ~ SDJeannieZ3 (from the BYL Forums)

Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I just purchased the kindergarten units and it is so refreshing to have such a literature rich curriculum that includes sciences and is not based around the bible. It has taken me over a year to find you but I am so happy to say that we have finally made our choice. ~ Sarah (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)

We have taken a bit of a break from school lately (we are doing BYL Around the World) and yesterday my son asked me when he gets to start doing learning about all the kids and their countries again. Yes, he was actually anxious to start school again. I call that a win! Thanks BYL, for having such a super program that my kid love learning and doing their school work! ~ Jessica (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)

I am thrilled to be using Build Your Library Kindergarten with my oldest this year. Here is a quick overview of the program with some colorful commentary. A more in-depth review is below. ~ Ashley, Some Random Lady blog posted 8/26/2016
Build Your Library – Kindergarten Curriculum Review

YouTube review from Crazy Busy Family Life posted 4/27/2016
Best Kindergarten Curriculum | Build Your Library – Around the World

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