Vanishing Cultures series


Explore the majesty of the world and its people by visiting some of the oldest, most extraordinary cultures on Earth. In this series of seven books, photojournalist Jan Reynolds documents the distinctive cultures and climates of indigenous peoples. The Vanishing Cultures series introduces readers to the Yanomama of the Amazon Basin, Aborigines of Australia, Sami of the European Arctic, Inuit of the North American Arctic, Tibetans and Sherpas from the Himalaya, Mongolians of Asia, and Tuareg of the Sahara.

Within each native group, Reynolds takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a child into his or her world—offering a window into daily life, family relations, food, chores, games, and special traditions. Each perceptive profile highlights the unique environments and customs that make the society special, as well as the universal humanity that connects us all.

Through engaging text and exceptional photographs full of warm, friendly faces, Reynolds provides readers with an insightful view into seven little-known lifestyles and landscapes that only her first-hand experience can provide.


Vanishing Cultures: Amazon Basin
Vanishing Cultures: Down Under
Vanishing Cultures: Far North
Vanishing Cultures: Frozen Land
Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya
Vanishing Cultures: Mongolia
Vanishing Cultures: Sahara
Vanishing Cultures Collection (all 7 titles)

Teaching Vanishing Cultures series:

Teacher’s Guide from Lee & Low

Interview with Jan Reynolds

Activity: Make a Mandala with Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya

Activity: Make a Papier-Mâché Reindeer with Vanishing Cultures: Far North

Using the Vanishing Cultures series with Common Core instruction

Geo-Literacy Resources:

Beyond “Did you know . . .”: Teaching Geo-Literacy Using the Vanishing Cultures Book Series

Where in the World: How One Class Used Google Maps to Explore the Vanishing Cultures Book Series

Check out how to teach geo-literacy at home using the Vanishing Cultures series and activities created by Adrienne Furness.

Learn more about these ancient cultures on Reynolds’ YouTube channel.

Jan Reynolds is an award-winning author and photographer of children’s books whose work has also appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. To find out more about Jan Reynolds, visit this website:

Author Visits: Jan Reynolds visits schools around the world to share her books and experiences, and also does virtual Skype visits. For more information on her school or virtual visits contact us at events AT

Do you know of more resources educators use to teach the Vanishing Cultures series? Are you interested in having Lee & Low Books feature your lesson plan or unit on our Vanishing Cultures page? Email us at jeisenberg[at]leeandlow[dot]com.

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