“I originally started Alien Books out of a desire to have more intelligent and worldly conversations around the dinner table with my son, Charlie. We taped a huge world map on the wall, threw darts at it, and wherever they landed, we found a recipe from that country and made it. Some were winners – some were not. Along the way, I realized that as we looked for recipes, Charlie was also learning about the different cultures and peoples around the world. Alien Books is the same concept – try something new, have fun, and learn something along the way.” – Dan & Charlie Borgmann
The goal of Alien Books is to motivate children into exploring the world around them. Each issue of Alien Books explores popular subjects such as cooking, fashion, sports, and music from all around the globe. These explorations include common use of language, customs, and traditions. Then, through a series of workbooks and interactive online activities called “Missions”, children are challenged to discover even more on their own and taught how to share what they have learned with others.
Alien activities are made up of stories, definitions, games, and puzzles based on what daily life is like around the world. They are designed to inspire a child’s imagination and wonder of people and places yet unseen. Through these activities, Alien Books not only encourages children to learn about other countries but also to participate in unique traditions and lifestyles further enhancing their appreciation and knowledge of our global neighbors and friends.
Our children are growing up in an increasingly interconnected world. Whether for school, in their own families, for a career, their happiness and success will depend on the ability to navigate, communicate and act accordingly with the different cultures around them. Alien Books helps children understand our cultural differences and appreciate the similarities, but most of all helps children to communicate effectively and authenticity with the people around them.