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Global Reading:
Selected Literature for Children and Teens
Set in Other Countries

Compiled by Megan Schliesman
© 2013; 2007 Cooperative Children's Book Center; updated annually

This bibliography was designed with U.S. readers in mind, so “other countries” refers to countries other than the United States.

Books on the list are arranged by geographic region of the world as follows:

• The Américas
• Africa
• Asia/Pacific
• Australia
• Europe
• Middle East
• Multinational

The regional categories are further subdivided by type of book: picture books, fiction, and non-fiction.

Most of the books included emphasize contemporary life or 20th-century history (exclusive of World War II, which is covered in another CCBC bibliography: "Tell Them We Remember": Selected Books for Children and Teens about the Holocaust and World War II).

Some of the books on this list were originally published in other nations, and in other languages, giving readers here a glimpse not only of life in or the history of other parts of the world, but also of what children and teens elsewhere may be reading. Check out the Mildred L. Batchelder Award of the American Library Association for a list that focuses exclusively on translated books.

The CCBC's multicultural literature resource links provides links to information on books by and about people of color and includes resources that have an international scope.

Emphasis was placed on books published in 2000 or later; a few older books were chosen if they were translated or provide unique content and are still in print.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


The Américas: Picture Books

    Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built. Illustrated by David Diaz. Lee & Low, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Brown, Monica. Chavela and the Magic Bubble. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Croza, Laurel. I Know Here. Illustrated by Matt James. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

    Dorros, Arthur . Tonight is Carnaval . Illustrated by Members of Madres Virgin del Carmen of Lima, Peru. Dutton , 1991. 24 pages. Ages 4-8

    Ehlert, Lois . Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Hood, Susan. Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. . A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Schimel, Lawrence. Let’s Go See Papá!. Translated by Elisa Amado from the Spanish. Illustrated by Alba Marina Rivera. Groundwood, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 5-9

    Tonatiuh, Duncan. Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. Abrams, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Winter, Jeanette. Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia. Beach Lane Books, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Winter, Jonah. Frida. Illustrated by Ana Juan. Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10


The Américas: Fiction

    Alvarez, Julia . Before We Were Free. Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. 167 pages. Ages 12-15

    Delacre, Lulu. Salsa Stories. Scholastic Press, 2000. 105 pages. Ages 8-11

    Ellis, Deborah. I Am a Taxi. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2006. 205 pages. Ages 10-14

    Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 284 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Jaramillo, Ann. La Línea. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 131 pages. Age 13 and older

    Joseph, Lynn. The Color of My Words. Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, 2000. 138 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Lake, Nick. In Darkness. Bloomsbury, 2012. 341 pages. Age 14 and older

    Leavitt, Martine. My Book of Life by Angel. Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012. 246 pages. Age 15 and older

    Pellegrino, Marge. Journey of Dreams. Frances Lincoln, 2009. 250 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Resau, Laura. Red Glass. Delacorte, 2007. 275 pages. Ages 11-15

    Roberts, Ken. The Thumb in the Box. Illustrated by Leanne Franson. Groundwood, 2001. 95 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Skarmeta, Antonio. The Composition. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. U.S. edition: A Groundwood Book/Douglas & McIntyre, 2000. 36 pages. Ages 9 - 16

    Wynne-Jones, Tim. Blink & Caution. Candlewick Press, 2011. 342 pages. Age 13 and older


The Américas: Non-Fiction

    Aldana, Patricia. Jade and Iron: Latin American Tales from Two Cultures. Translated by Hugh Hazelton, from the Spanish. Illustrated by Luis Garay. Groundwood, 1996. 64 pages. Ages 9-12

    Ancona, George. The Pinata Maker/El pinatero. Harcourt Brace, 1994. 40 pages. Ages 8 - 10

    Ancona, George. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1993. 48 pages. Ages 5-9

    Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Henry Holt, 2006. 183 pages. Age 12 and older

    Marín, Guadalupe Rivera. My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art = Mi papa Diego y yo: Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte. Illustrated by Diego Rivera. Children’s Book Press, 2009. 29 pages. Ages 6 - 12

    Montejo, Victor . Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya. Translated by David Unger, from the Spanish. Illustrated by Luis Garay. Groundwood, 1999. 85 pages. Ages 9 and up

    Scott, Elaine. Buried Alive: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert. Clarion, 2012. 80 pages. Age 11 and older


Africa: Picture Books

    Alalou, Elizabeth and Ali Alalou . The Butter Man. Illustrated by Julie Klear Essakalli. Charlesbridge, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Baker, Jeannie. Mirror. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Diakité, Penda. I Lost My Tooth in Africa. Illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité. Scholastic Press, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Diouf, Sylviane A.. Bintou's Braids. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Chronicle, 2001. 40 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Ichikawa, Satomi. My Father's Shop.. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Javaherbin, Mina. Goal!. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Mollel, Tololwa M. My Rows and Piles of Coins. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Clarion Books, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Rockliff, Mara. My Heart Will Not Sit Down. Illustrated by Ann Tanksley. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Sisulu, Elinor. The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Illustrated by Sharon Wilson. London: Little, Brown, 1996. 32 pages. Ages 7-10

    Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Elizabeti's Doll. Illustrated by Christy Hale. Lee & Low, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Walters, Eric. The Matatu. Illustrated by Eva Campbell. Orca, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5–8


Africa: Fiction

    Atinuke. The No. 1 Car Spotter. Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell. U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2011. 110 pages. Ages 6-9

    Atinuke, . Anna Hibiscus. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2010. 112 pages. Ages 4-8

    Coman, Carolyn. Many Stones. Front Street, 2000. 158 pages. Ages 14 - 18

    Combres, Elisabeth. Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. U.S. edition: Groundwood / House of Anansi Press, 2009. 139 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Cross, Gillian. Where I Belong. U.S. edition: Holiday House, 2011. 245 pages. Age 13 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. The Heaven Shop. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004. 186 pages. Ages 10-14

    Herbstein, Manu. Brave Music of a Distant Drum. Red Deer Press, 2012. 175 pages. Age 16 and older

    Michael, Jan. City Boy. U.S. edition: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 188 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Mwangi, Meja. The Mzungu Boy. Groundwood, 2005. 150 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Naidoo, Beverley. Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. U.S. edition: Lippincott, 1985. 80 pages. Ages 9-13

    Naidoo, Beverley. Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2003. 175 pages. Ages 12 - 18

    Williams, Michael. Now Is the Time for Running. U.S. edition: Little, Brown, 2011. 233 pages. Age 12 and older


Africa: Non-Fiction

    Deedy, Carmen Agra and Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah . 14 Cows for America. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree, 2009. 36 pages. Ages 8 - 13

    Diakité, Baba Wagué. A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010. 134 pages. Ages 11 - 15

    Ellis, Deborah. Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005. 104 pages. Ages 11-18

    Jansen, Hanna. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You. Translated by Elizabeth D. Crawford, from the German. U.S. edition: Carolrhoda, 2006. 342 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer . The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. Dial, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5–9

    McKissack, Patricia C. and Frederick. The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa. Henry Holt, 1994. 142 pages. Ages 10-16

    Nivola, Claire A.. Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 8-12

    Onyefulu, Ifeoma. Emeka's Gift: An African Counting Story. Cobblehill/Dutton, 1995. 20 pages. Ages 4-7

    Onyefulu, Ifeoma. A is for Africa. Cobblehill, 1993. 28 pages. Ages 3-7


Asia/Pacific: Picture Books

    Bridges, Shirin Yim. Ruby's Wish. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 9

    Charles, Veronika Martenova. The Birdman. Illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stephan Daigle. Tundra Books, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 7-11

    Cossi, Olga. Pemba Sherpa. Illustrated by Gary Bernard. Odyssey, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Kajikawa, Kimiko. Tsunami!. Illustrated by Ed Young. Philomel, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Park, Linda Sue. The Firekeeper's Son. Illustrated by Julia Downing. Clarion, 2004. 37 pages. Ages 4-8

    Park, Frances and Ginger Park . My Freedom Trip. Illustrated by Debra Reid Jenkins. Boyds Mills Press, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 8-10

    Ravishankar, Anushka. The Rumor. Illustrated by Kanyika Kini. Tundra Books, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Say, Allen. Tree of Cranes. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 7

    Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Whispering Cloth. Illustrated by Anita Riggio/ You Yang. Caroline House/ Boyds Mills Pess, 1995. 32 pages. Ages 7-11

    Smith, Icy. Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide. Illustrated by Sopaul Nhem. East West Discovery Press, 2010. 43 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    Takabayashi, Mari. I Live in Tokyo. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9


Asia/Pacific: Fiction

    Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Henry Holt, 2007. 248 pages. Ages 10-14

    Harris, R.P.. Tua and the Elephant. Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Chronicle Books, 2012. 202 pages. Ages 7–10

    Krishnaswami, Uma. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Illustrated by Abigail Halpin. Atheneum, 2011. 266 pages. Ages 8-11

    Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Little, Brown, 2009. 278 pages. Ages 8 - 11

    Lin, Grace. Dumpling Days: A Novel. Little, Brown, 2012. 261 pages. Ages 7-10

    Master, Irfan. A Beautiful Lie. Albert Whitman, 2012. 301 pages. Age 11 and older

    McCormick, Patricia. Never Fall Down. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012. 216 pages. Age 14 and older

    Miyabe, Miyuki. Brave Story. Translated by Alexander O. Smith. U.S. edition: Viz Media, 2007. Ages 10-14

    Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge, 2007. 91 pages. Ages 8-10

    Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People. Charlesbridge, 2010. 262 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Sheth, Kashmira. Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. Hyperion, 2006. 25 pages. Age 12 and older

    Sheth, Kashmira. Boys without Names. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010. 320 pages. Ages 9-13

    Venkatraman, Padma. Island’s End. Putnam, 2011. 228 pages. Ages 12-15


Asia/Pacific: Non-Fiction

    Delisle, Guy. Pyongyang: a Journey in North Korea. Translated by Helge Dashner, from the French. Drawn & Quarterly Books, 2005. 176 pages. Ages 13-17

    Haski, Pierre. The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl. Translated by Lisa Appignanesi, from the French. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2005. 166 pages. Ages 9-14

    Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Albert Whitman, 2003. 109 pages. Ages 9-14

    Li, Moying. Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 192 pages. Ages 11-14

    Liu, Na and Andrés Vera Martínez . Little White Duck: A Childhood in China. Graphic Universe, 2012. 108 pages. Age 12 and older

    Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. Scholastic Press, 2011. 64 pages. Age 10 and older

    Sis, Peter. Tibet : through the red box . Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. 58 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Warren, Andrea. Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004. 110 pages. Ages 10-14

    Young, Ed . The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China. Little, Brown, 2011. 48 pages. Ages 7-14


Australia: Picture Books

    Baker, Jeannie. Mirror. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Belton, Robyn. Herbert: The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8


Australia: Fiction

    Clarke, Judith. Kalpana's Dream. U.S. edition: Front Street, 2005. 164 pages. Ages 10-14

    Clarke, Judith. One Whole and Perfect Day. U.S. edition: Front Street / Boyds Mills Press, 2007. 250 pages. Age 13 and older

    Crowley, Cath. Graffiti Moon. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 272 pages. Age 13 and older

    Crowley, Cath. A Little Wanting Song. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 272 pages. Ages 13 and older

    De Goldi, Kate. The 10 p.m. Question. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 245 pages. Ages 11 - 14

    Hartnett, Sonya. Butterfly. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 232 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Hartnett, Sonya. Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf. Candlewick, 2005. 208 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Year of Secret Assignments. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Press, 2004. 340 pages. Ages 14-17

    Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2006. 496 pages. Age 12 and older

    Murphy, Sally. Pearl Verses the World. Illustrated by Heather Potter. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011. 73 pages. Ages 8-10


Europe: Picture Books

    Banks, Kate. The Cat Who Walked Across France. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Bunting, Eve. Ballywhinney Girl. Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully. Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 7–10

    Carnesi, Mônica. Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Group, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5–10

    Hole, Stian. Garmann’s Summer. Translated by Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. U.S. edition: Eerdmans, 2008. 40 pages. Ages 6-10

    Macaulay, David . Angelo. Walter Lorraine Books / Houghton Mifflin, 2002. 48 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Potter, Giselle. The Year I Didn't Go to School. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Radunsky, Vladimir. Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War. An Anne Schwartz Book / Antheneum, 2002. 28 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Rogers, Gregory. The Hero of Little Street. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 6–10


Europe: Fiction

    Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles. Translated by Y. Maudet (from the French). U.S. edition: Delacorte Press, 2010. 180 pages. Age 13 and older

    Boyce, Frank Cottrell. The Unforgotten Coat. Candlewick Press, 2011. 112 pages. Ages 9-12

    Chotjewitz, David. Crazy Diamond. Translated by Doris Orgel. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2008. 252 pages. Age 14 and older

    Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. Delacorte Press, 2010. 471 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery. U.S. edition: David Fickling Books / Random House, 2008. 322 pages. Ages 10-14

    Dowd, Siobhan. Bog Child. U.S. edition: David Fickling Books / Random House, 2008. 321 pages. Age 14 and older

    Erlings, Fridrik. Fish in the Sky. Translated by Translated from the Icelandic by the author. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2012. 288 pages. Ages 12-14

    Hof, Marjolijn. Against the Odds. Translated by Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins, from the Dutch. Groundwood / House of Anansi Press, 2009. 124 pages. Ages 9 - 12

    Marsden, Carolyn. My Own Revolution. Candlewick Press, 2012. 174 pages. Age 12 and older

    Morgenstern, Susie. Secret Letters from 0 to 10. Translated by Gil Rosner, from the French. Viking, 1998. 137 pages. Ages 10-13

    Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 145 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Sepetys, Ruta . Between Shades of Gray. Philomel, 2011. 352 pages. Age 14 and older

    Yelchin, Eugene. Breaking Stalin’s Nose. Henry Holt, 2011. 151 pages. Ages 9-12


Europe: Non-Fiction

    Aliki, . William Shakespeare and the Globe. HarperCollins, 1999. 48 pages. Ages 8 - 12

    Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 176 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Kyuchukov, Hristo and Ian Hancock . A History of the Romani People. Boyds Mills Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 8-12

    McCully, Emily Arnold. The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting. Scholastic Press, 2009. 116 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Schmemann, Serge. When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism. A New York Times Book/ Kingfisher, 2006. 127 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Sís, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 48 pages. Age 9 and older


Middle East: Picture Books

    Addasi, Maha. Time to Pray. Illustrated by Ned Gannon. Boyds Mills Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Balouch, Kristen. Mystery Bottle. Hyperion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    da Costa, Deborah. Snow in Jerusalem. Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. Albert A. Whitman, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Heide, Florence Parry and Judith Heide Gilliland . The Day of Ahmed's Secret. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Roth, Susan L.. Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books. Dial, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 7–12

    Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Bagdhad. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 7-9

    Winter, Jeanette. Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan. Beach Lane, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Winter, Jeanette. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq. Harcourt, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 8-11


Middle East: Fiction

    Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Where the Streets Had a Name. U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2010. 320 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Amir, . Zahra’s Paradise. Illustrated by Khalil. First Second, 2011. 255 pages. Age 16 and older

    Carmi, Daniella. Samir and Yonatan. Translated by Yael Lotan. U.S. edition: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2000. 183 pages. Age 12 and older

    Carter, Anne Laurel. The Shepherd's Granddaughter. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2008. 224 pages. Age 13 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. Groundwood, 2000. 170 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Laird, Elizabeth and Sonia Nimr . A Little Piece of Ground. U.S. edition: Haymarket, 2006. 221 pages. Ages 10-14

    Lottridge, Celia Barker. Home Is Beyond the Mountains. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010. 224 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, Inc., 2011. 264 pages. Ages 12-15

    Sayres, Meghan Nuttall. Anahita’s Woven Riddle. Amulet Books / Harry N. Abrams, 2006. 352 pages. Ages 11-15

    Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. Daughter of War. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008. 210 pages. Age 13 and older

    Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 275 pages. Ages 12-18

    Stein, Tammar. Light Years. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. 263 pages. Ages 15 and older


Middle East: Non-Fiction

    Abirached, Zeina. A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return. Translated by by Edward Gauvin from the French. U.S. edition: Graphic Universe, 2012. 188 pages. Age 12 and older

    Barakat, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 176 pages. Age 13 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2004. 110 pages. Ages 12-18

    Ellis, Deborah. Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees. Groundwood / House of Anansi Press, 2009. 128 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War. Groundwood Books, 2012. 143 pages. Age 11 and older

    Gerszak, Rafal and Dawn Hunter . Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan. Annick Press, 2011. 127 pages. Age 11 and older

    Macaulay, David. Mosque. Walter Lorraine Books / Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 96 pages. Ages 7-17

    Nye, selector, Naomi Shihab. The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002. Age 11 and older

    O'Brien, Tony and Mike Sullivan . Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan. Photographed by Tony O'Brien. Bloomsbury, 2008. 69 pages. Ages 9-14

    Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Pantheon, 2003. 160 pages. Age 15 and older

    Wilkes, Sybella. Out of Iraq: Refugees’ Stories in Words, Paintings and Music. Evans, 2010. 70 pages. Ages 11 and older


Multinational: Picture Books

    Anno , Mitsumasa. All in a Day. Illustrated by Multiple Illustrators. Philomel, 1986. 24 pages. Ages 6-10

    Bernhard, Durga. While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of Time Around the World. Charlesbridge, 2011. 24 pages.

    Ogburn, Jacqueline K.. Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Smith, David J.. If the World were a Village: A Book About the World's People. Illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong. Kids Can Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 8 - 12


Multinational: Fiction

    Amnesty International. Free? Stories about Human Rights. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 202 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Ellis, Deborah. Lunch with Lenin and Other Stories. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008. 169 pages. Age 13 and older


Multinational: Non-Fiction

    . We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. Frances Lincoln, 2008. 64 pages. Age 5 and older

    Aldana, editor, Patricia. Under the Spell of the Moon: Art for Children from the World's Greatest Illustrators. Translated by Stan Dragland. A Groundwood Book / Douglas & McIntyre, 2004. 80 pages. Age 5 and older

    Budhos, Marina . Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Henry Holt, 1999. 144 pages. Age 14 and older

    Global Fund for Children, . Global Babies. Charlesbridge, 2007. 14 pages. Ages birth - 3

    Rumford, James. Traveling Man : The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354 . Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 8 - 11



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