Around the World through Children’s Books

World Map

This is a list of children’s books that I have read that are based in countries other than the United States (that take me from Here to There) or that reflect intercultural themes (that show a new perspective of “Here” through someone from “There”-otherwise known as from There to Here). I have noted at the end which category the book falls into. The list is ongoing and is open to include everything from picture books to young adult writing. Your recommendations in the comments sections are greatly appreciated.

Here (U.S.) to There (the World)

Afghanistan – Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

Brazil – The Sock Thief by Ana Crespo (PB)

Cambodia – Running Shoes by Frederick Lipp (PB)

Canada – Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey (PB)
When We Were Alone by David Robertson (PB)

China – Noodle Magic by Greenfield Thong (PB)
The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen (PB)

Colombia – Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeannette Winter

Cuba – The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (YA/Poetry)
Dalia’s Wondrous Hair by Laura Lacámara

Eritrea – The Mangrove Tree by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

France – King Louie’s Shoes by D.J. Steinberg

Gambia – One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Ghana – Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis
The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove

India – My Mother’s Sari by Sandy Rao (PB)
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman (PB)
The Wheels on the Tuk-Tuk by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal (PB)
The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock (India)

Iraq – The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeannette Winter

Ireland – Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman (PB)

Japan – Little Kunoichi: The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida (PB)
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese Folktale by Koko Nishizuka
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap by Dianne Snyder

Kenya – First Come the Zebra by Lynne Barasch (PB)
Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeannette Winter

Nigeria – Amadi’s Snowman by Katia Novet Saint-Lot (PB)

Pakistan – King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan (PB)

Sweden – Super Grandpa by David M. Schwartz (PB)

Thailand – The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Yim Bridges (PB)
Hush! by Mingfong Ho (PB)

South Africa – Gift of the Sun: Tale from South Africa by Dianne Stewart (PB)

Zimbabwe – The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in A Can by Dr. Tererai Trent (PB)


There (the World) to Here (U.S.)

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald (PB)

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting (PB)

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien (PB)