Global Explorers: Brazil
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Global Explorers: Brazil

Global Explorers is a new series of programs for the whole family to learn about countries, cultures and experiences found around the world. First up is Brazil, meeting on Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 2-3pm at Parr Library.

Travel Guides and Experiences

DK Eyewitness: Brazil (2023) Print
Whether you want to spot jaguars on the Paraguay river, tuck into regional dishes in São Paulo or party all day at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Brazil has to offer. From the Amazon jungle to the immense Iguaçu Falls, South America’s largest country is packed with natural wonders.

Lonely Planet: Brazil (2023) Print
Lonely Planet’s Brazil is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Marvel at Iguacu Falls, take a jungle trip, and frolick in the waves at Ipanema Beach; all with your trusted travel companion.

Brazil (Board Book) by Ana Siqueira Print
Let’s spend a day in Brazil! Ride the ônibus to the beach, drink sugar cane juice at the feira and play capoeira. Brazilian author Ana Siquiera and illustrator Ana Matsusaki draw on their personal experiences living in Brazil.

Brazil by Christopher Richard Print
Readers take a tour through Brazil in this comprehensive look at its geography, history, and culture. Featuring fact boxes that highlight essential words and phrases to know when traveling to this South American nation and points of interest to put on your itinerary, this guide will inspire future world travelers.

Travel to Brazil by Christine Layton Print
Brazil is the biggest country in South America and has 4,600 miles (7,403 km) of coastline. Discover Brazil’s history and government since gaining independence in 1822. Then learn more about its people and cultures.

Top Ten: Rio de Janeiro (2023) from DK Eyewitness Print
Famous around the globe for its riotous Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro offers visitors everything from beautiful beaches and natural wonders, to fine Latin art and spectacular samba shows.

Family & Celebrations

The Spark in You by Andrea Pippins Print
A young girl unleashes her inner spark and expresses her creativity and uniqueness during Carnival’s lively atmosphere.

Lia & Luís: Puzzled! by Ana Crespo Print
When Brazilian American twins Lia and Luís receive a jigsaw puzzle from their grandmother, they must quickly solve it to figure out its secret message.

Listen, Beautiful Márcia (Graphic Novel) by Marcello Quintanilha Print
Translated from Portuguese; Listen, Beautiful Márcia is a fast-paced, flamboyantly colorful new graphic novel by one of the most important Brazilian graphic novelists working today. Marcello Quintanilha’s first English-language graphic novel is a tour de force — a tightly wound drama filled with masterful suspense and a deep love for family and character.

Bisa’s Carnaval by Joana Pastro Print
In the city of Olinda, Brazil, Clara is looking forward to the Carnaval street parade, with the colorful, fantastic costumes that her great-grandmother makes for the family–but her Bisa is too old to follow the parade, so Clara decides to bring the parade to her.

From my Window by Júnior Otávio Print
A boy describes the building, people, weather, games, and activities he can observe from his window in a favela, a neighborhood in Rio de Janiero. Includes notes about favelas and the author’s experiences growing up in one.

Sebi y la tierra del chachachá by Roselyn Sanchez Print
Es el carnaval Latino y Sebi está entusiasmada. Le gustan los trajes llenos de color, la alegre música, pero, sobre todo, le encantan los bailes. Su mamá le dice que todavía es muy pequeña para tomar clases de baile. Sin embargo, cuando una hermosa cotorra aparece volando y invita a Sebi y a su amigo Keeke a que la sigan, los conduce, viviendo una emocionante aventura, a una tierra encantada, ¡donde los bailes y la diversión recién han comenzado!

People & Nature

Planting Hope: a Portrait of Photographer Sebastião Salgado by Philip Hoelzel Print
Presents a biography of Brazilian photojournalist, humanitarian, and environmental advocate Sebastião Salgado showing how he used his pictures to tell the stories of people who might not otherwise be seen and photographed the beauty of the world to save it.

Lionel Messi vs. Pelé: Who Would Win? by Josh Anderson Print
Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Pelé (Brazil) are soccer legends. They thrilled fans with incredible goals and led their national teams to World Cup titles. But which soccer hero is better?

Into the Amazon: the Life of Cândido Rondon, Trailblazing Explorer, Scientist, Statesman, and Conservationist by Larry Rohter Print
A comprehensive biography of the Indigenous Brazilian explorer, scientist, statesman and conservationist who guided Theodore Roosevelt on his journey down the River of Doubt chronicles his extraordinary career and his many achievements, including three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Masters of the Lost Land: the Untold Story of the Amazon and the Violent Fight for the World’s Last Frontier by Heriberto Araújo Print
In the tradition of Killers of the Flower Moon, a haunting murder-mystery revealing the human story behind one of the most devastating crimes of our time: the ruthless destruction of the Amazon rainforest-and anyone who stands in the way.

Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis Print
Hailed as “the greatest writer ever produced in Latin America” (Susan Sontag), Machado’s genius is on full display in this fresh translation of the 1899 classic Dom Casmurro. A gripping domestic drama brimming with Machado’s signature humor, this is another stunningly modern tale from the progenitor of twentieth-century fiction.

Song for Almeyda; and, Song for Anninho by Gayl Jones Print
Two epic poems, the love songs of fugitive slaves, set in 17th-century Brazil

Forest Fighter: the Story of Chico Mendes by Anita Ganeri Print
A picture book that tells the important story of Chico Mendes, who led the fight to protect the Amazon rainforest and demand fair treatment for the people whose livelihoods depended on it.

The Life and Death of a Minke Whale in the Amazon by Fábio Zuker Print
In these essays, Zuker shares intimate stories of life in the rainforest and its surrounding cities during an age of raging wildfires, mass migration, populist politics, and increasing deforestation. The subjects Zuker interviews are often torn between ties with their ancestral territories and the push for capitalist gain.

Pelé: Soccer Hero by Percy Leed Print
During his soccer career, superstar forward Pelé won three FIFA World Cup titles and became the all-time leading scorer for Brazil. Find out more about his record-breaking achievements and lasting legacy in this biography.

Ayrton Senna by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara Print
Little Ayrton couldn’t keep still and was happiest behind the wheel of a go-kart– or his father’s car. He practiced hard through rain or shine to become World Champion of Formula One. Voted as one of the best Formula One drivers of all time, Senna also gave back to those in his home country, Brazil.

The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum Print
The Collector of Leftover Souls showcases the best of Brum’s work from two books, combining short profiles with longer reported pieces. These vibrant missives range across current issues such as the human cost of exploiting natural resources, the Belo Monté Dam’s eradication of a way of life for those on the banks of the Xingu River, and the contrast between urban centers and remote villages.

Along the Tapajós by Fernando Vilela Print
Cauã and Inaê are a brother and sister who live in a small community along the Tapajós River in Brazil. Here, the homes are on stilts and everyone travels around by boat— even to school! When the rainy season comes, they must leave their village and relocate to higher ground for a while. But after moving this year, Cauã and Inaê realize they’ve left behind something important: their pet tortoise, Titi!


With your library card, you can utilize Pronunciator, an online language-learning site/app. Learn more about Pronunciator.

Just Enough Portuguese Print
Travelers can use these phrases for crossing borders; changing money; asking directions; meeting people; and finding accommodations, the post office, telephones, shopping areas, and transportation.

The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book Print
Whether you are planning a vacation, adding a valuable second language to your resume, or simply brushing up on your skills, The Everything Essential Brazilian Portuguese Book is your perfect introduction to the Portuguese language.

Save the Date

We have two additional Global Explorers programs this summer:

  • Korea: Saturday, June 29 at 3pm at Davis Library
  • Egypt: Saturday, August 24 at 3pm at Schimelpfenig
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