Tiny Travelers, a new children’s book series from Encantos, creators of the Emmy-nominated bilingual Nick Jr. television program, Canticos, made its debut last Thursday with Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest Mexico. “Most kids today are told that it’s a small world, when in fact it’s a really big world,” the brand’s creator Steven Wolfe Pereira tells Parentology. “And because the world is so big, there are many countries, cities, and cultures that have yet to be discovered and explored by kids.” Encantos’ goal with the book series: to inspire kids to be global citizens and explorers.
The Tiny Traveler’s collection of search-and-find books feature different countries, helping kids learn about cultural treasures from food and music to animals and national monuments.
The debut book, Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest Mexico, is now available on TinyTravelers.com. Other books following in its wake include Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest China (available in November), Puerto Rico (available in February) and India (available in March). All are available for pre-order.
The books, designed for preschool and elementary school kids to explore geography, language and culture in an engaging way, are just a first step for the Tiny Travelers brand. Future products will include apps, books, content and consumer products. Tiny Travelers is also launching a direct-to-consumer e-commerce website alongside the books, with a collection of travel-inspired merchandise that celebrates the world and its cultures. An animated Tiny Travelers television series is even in development.
Encantos’ goal is to build bridges and cultural understanding for modern families with the brand, offering engaging adventure-based learning through interactive physical and digital play experiences.
“In this digital age when people all over the globe are more connected than ever, we need to foster curiosity, empathy, and understanding by learning what makes people and places so special,” Pereira says. “That’s why we created Tiny Travelers. Today’s parents want their kids to become citizens of the world and they crave opportunities for them to discover and explore in culturally-authentic ways – whether on the road or at home.”
The books are full of fun facts, hidden “easter eggs”, and rhyme-based storytelling. They’re infused with keywords from the featured country’s language, helping teach kids correct pronunciation and useful phrases for travel.
The series is geared toward younger kids to help spark global awareness and digital skills early on. Preschool and elementary school “are the most impactful years for kids and families,” Pereira tells Parentology.
“We want this to be about putting families first,” Pereira says. “We’re family-obsessed.” He sees Tiny Travelers as a tool to give kids the inspiration and a competitive advantage to become “the global leaders of tomorrow.”
Tiny Travelers was made to celebrate the world and bring it into the home, even if families can’t afford to travel. With the power of technology, parents will soon be able to bring a country to life in their own homes.
Pereira sees the brand growing with the digital age. The upcoming app will be multi-lingual, with eventual AI capabilities, and 4K/virtual reality (VR). In 2020, with the introduction of 5G, Pereira anticipates the “beginning of a decade of new innovation, with everything connected, and machine-learning helping to create magical experiences for kids.”
The Tiny Travelers team wants to prepare kids for this new era. “I cannot emphasize enough that there’s a gap when it comes to 21st-century skills,” Pereira says. Pereira anticipates future partnerships with educators and librarians, to help them integrate cultural and digital learning into the classroom.
“It’s so important to understand different people, countries, and cultures,” Pereira says. “When you understand other people and where they’re from, you can identify with them.”
Pereira adds, “It’s a big, beautiful, diverse world — instead of building walls, we need to be building bridges. This is necessary, now more than ever.”
To purchase Tiny Travelers Mexico or pre-order additional products, visit: www.tinytravelers.com.
Tiny Travelers Books — Sources
Steven Wolfe Pereira, Encantos CEO and Tiny Travelers creator and author