Picture Book List

These are the books we have read, and enjoyed from each country of the world. Those marked with * are #ownvoices. You can click on the name of the country in the heading to visit the blog post for that country.

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Afghanistan

*The Library Bus, by Afghan-author Bahram Rahman & Gabrielle Grimard

The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan, by Ann Redisch Stampler & Carol Liddiment

*The Silly Chicken, by Afghan author Idries Shah and illustrated by Jeff Jackson

The Most Beautiful Village in the World, by Yutaka Kobayashi – this is the first in a series, so make sure to check the other two out as well!

Rumi: Whirling Dervish, by Demi

Brave with Beauty: A Story of Afghanistan, by Maxine Rose Schur, illustrated by Patricia Grush, Robin Dewitt & Golsa Yaghoobi

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, by Elizabeth Suneby & Suana Verelst

Four Feet, Two Sandals, by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed & Doug Chayka

Waiting for the Owl’s Call, by Gloria Whelan & Pascal Milelli

Argentina

Gauchada, by C. Drew Lamm & Fabian Megrin

Jemmy Button, by Jennifer Uman, Valerio Vidali & Alix Barzelay

Nocturne: Dream Recipes by Argentinian author/illustrator Isol

Petit the Monster, by Argentinian author/illustrator Isol, translated by Elisa Amado

 *Stephen and the Beetle by Argentinian-Mexican author Jorge Lujan, & Chiara Carrer, translated by Elisa Amado

*The Big Wet Balloon, by Argentinian Ricardo Liniers Siri

Australia

*Shapes of Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft

Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan & Pamela Lofts

*Birrarung Wilam: A Story from Aboriginal Australia by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, & Lisa Kennedy

*Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein and Bronwyn Bancroft

*The Outback by Annaliese Porter & Bronwyn Bancroft

*Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

*Bindi by Aboriginal Australian writer Kirli Saunders and Aboriginal Australian illustrator Dub Leffler

Belgium

*The Pruwahaha Monster, by Flemish writer Jean-Paul Mulders, translated by Kids Can Press, illustrated by Jacques Maes & Lise Braekers

*Scritch Scratch Scraw Plop! by Flemish author Kitty Crowther (check out her other books too!), translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

*Applesauce, by Klaas Verplancke, translated by Helen Mixter

*The Wanderer, by Belgium-based Peter Van Den Ende

Belize

Caye Boy: Barefoot Adventures of an Island Child, by Jessica Reseck Wigh, who splits her time between Belize and Indiana, & Andrew Young. This is the first book in a series.

The Night the Moon Fell: A Maya Myth Retold, by Pat Mora & Domi

Botswana

Ostrich and Lark, by Marilyn Nelson, and illustrated by San artists of the Kuru Art Project of Botswana

The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCallSmith & Iain McIntosh

I See the Sun in Botswana , by Dedie King & Judith Inglese, translated by Rre. Ikanyeng Kgotlaetsile

Brazil

The Dancing Turtle, a Folktale from Brazil, by Pleasant DeSpain & David Boston

*Soccer Star, by Mina Javaherbin & Brazilian illustrator Ranato Alarcao

So Say the Little Monkeys by Nancy Van Laan & Yumi Heo

*One Boy’s Choice, by Brazilian Born Sueli Menezes & Annika Siems

How Night Came From the Sea: a Story From Brazil, retold by Mary-Joan Gerson

*The Best Tailor in Pinbaue, by Brazilian-born and raised Eymard Toledo

*When the Slave Esperanca Garcia Wrote a Letter by Brazilian Sonia Rosa & Brazilian Luciana Justiniani Hees

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure by Laurie Krebs & Anne Wilson

*From My Window, by Brazilian author Otavio Junior & illustrator Vanina Starkoff 

At the Pond (wordless book), by Geraldo Valerio

Chile

Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda and His Muse, by Alexandria Giardino & Felicita Sala

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, by Monica Brown and Julie Paschkis

Mariana and the Merchild: A Folktale from Chili, by Caroline Pitcher & Jackie Morris

My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral, by Monica Brown & John Parra

Denmark

8The Flat Rabbit by Danish author/illustrator Bardur Oskarsson

Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale, retold by Margaret Read MacDonald & Julie Paschkis

retellings of stories by Hans Christian Anderson

  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • Thumbelina
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • The Ugly Duckling

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Dominican Republic

*The Secret Footprints, by Dominican author Julia Alvarez, illustrated by Fabian Negrin

*If Dominican Were a Color, by Afro-Dominican author Sili Recio, illustrator Brianna McCarthy

Anita and the Dragons, by Hannah Carmona & Anna Cunha

*Islandborn, by Pulitzer Prize winning Dominican-American Junot Diaz & award winning Columbian illustrator Leo Espinosa

Egypt

*Goha the Wise Fool, by Canadian-Egyptian author Denys Johnson-Davies  and illustrated by Egyptian tentmakers Hany El Saed Ahmed & Hag Hamdy Mohamed Fattouh

We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt, by Laurie Krebs & Anne Wilson

Miriam at the River, by Jane Yolen  and Khoa Le

Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, by Susan L. Roth & Karen Leggett Abouraya

The Hundredth Name, by Shulamith Levy Oppenheim & Michael Hays

The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence Parry Heide & Judith Heide Gilliland

Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia, by D. Anne Love & Pam Paparone

*The Lion that Dressed as a Sheep, by Egyptian-American author Dina Elabd

*The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story, by Egyptian-American author Aya Khalil & Anait Semirdzhyan

England (UK)

Jonas Hanway’s Scurrilous! Scandalous! Shockingly Sensational Umbrella, by Josh Crute, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen

*The Gruffalo, by British author Julia Donaldson, and German illustrator Axel Scheffler

Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Ilaria Urbinati

The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber, illustrated by Nicola Bayley

Shakespeare -check the post (linked in the title) for more specific information about how I’ve read his work with elementary aged kids.

Finland

*The Moomins and the Great Flood, by Finnish author/illustrator Tove Jansson

The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland, told by Aaron Shepard, illustrated by Leonid Gore

*Tundra Mouse Mountain, by Finnish author Riita Jalonen & Finnish illustrator Kristiina Louhi

France

*Fox’s Garden, by French born illustrator Princesse Camcam

*The Night Walk, by French author Marie Dorleans, translated by Polly Lawson

Mornings With Monet, by Barb Rosenstock & Mary Grandpre

*A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet, by French-born Bijou Le Tord

Who Left the Light On?, by French author Richard Marnier & French illustrator Aude Maurel

A Lion in Paris, by Italian Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Rae Walter

The Cat Who Walked Across France, by American born Kate Banks, who now lives in France, and German born Georg Hallensleben who now lives in Paris

Germany

*The Collector of Moments, by German author/illustrator Quint Bucholz, translated by Peter F. Neumeyer

*Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest, by Swedish-German author/illustrator Ole Konnecke, translated by Shelley Tanaka

*The Visitor, by German author/illustrator Antje Damm, translated by Sally-Ann Spencer

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian, by Margarita Engle & Julie Paschkis

*The Sand Elephant, by German author Rinna Hermann, and German illustrator Sanne Dufft

*In the Land of Fairies, by German author/illustrator Daniela Drescher

*Waiting for Winter, by German author Sebastian Messcenmoser

8Mr. Squirrel and Moon, written by German author Sebastian Messcenmoser, translated by David Henry Wilson

Greece

*Runaway Smile by Greek author Nicholas C. Rossis & Italian-born Greek illustrator Dimitris Fousekis

*The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Greek sociologist Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury

Echo, Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Mythology by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse

I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting & Karen Barbour

Three Gold Pieces: A Greek Folk Tale, retold and illustrated by Aliki

Haiti

*Haiti My Country is a book of poems written by Haitian Schoolchildren, illustrated by Canadian artist Roge, translated by Solange Messier

*I Want to Ride the Tap Tap by Danielle Joseph & Haitian illustrator Olivier Ganthier

*Eight Days: A Story of Haiti, by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat & Haitian-American illustrator Alix Delinois

SeLaVi: A Haitian Story of Hope, by Youme Landowne

My Day with Panye, Tami Charles & Sara Palacios

*Mama’s Nightingale: Story of Immigration and Separation, by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat & Leslie Staub

Tap-Tap, by Karen Lynn Williams & Catherine Stock

I Came from the WaterOne Haitian Boy’s Incredible Tale of Survival, by Vanita Oelschlager & Mike Blanc

Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by daughter of Haitian parents Francie Latour & Ken Daley

Iceland

Lundi the Lost Puffin, by Eric Newman, who often travels to Iceland, & Kronosmond

The Problem with Chickens, by Bruce McMillan, who summers in Iceland, and Gunnella

Going Fishing, written and photo illustrated by Bruce McMillan, who summers in Iceland

Iran

*The Girl With the Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Iranian-born Rita Jahanforuz & Vali Mintzi

*My Grandma and Me by Iranian-born Mina Javaherbin & Lindsey Yankey

*The Phoenix of Persia, by Sally Pomme Clayton & Iranian Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif

The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale by Donna JoNapoli & Gabi Swiatkowska

*The Little Black Fish by Iranian Samad Behrangi & Iranian Farshid Mesghali

*The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi, by Iranian Marjan Vafaeian

Jamaica

*I Am a Promise, by Jamaican athlete Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce & Jamaican author Ashley Rousseau, illustrated by Jamaican artist Rachel Moss

*Anna Carries Water, by award winning Jamaican author Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James

*The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley, by Bob Marley’s oldest child Cedella Marley &  Gerald Hausman, illustrated by Mariah Fox

*Get Up, Stand Up, illustrated by John Jay Cabuay, and Every Little Thing, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverly Found Her Voice, by daughter of Jamaican immigrants Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

*A Story About Afiya, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry, illustrated by Brazilian artist Anna Cunha

Japan

*My First Book of Haiku Poems: A Picture, a Poem, and a Dream written by Japanese haiku masters, translated by Esperanza Ramirez – Christensen, illustrated by Tracy Gallup

*A Pair of Red Clogs by Japanese author Masako Matsuno & Japanese illustrator Kazue Mizumura

*The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

The Funny Little Woman, retold by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent

*I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi

*Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi, translated by Yuki Kaneko

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki & Ellen Weinstein

Yayoi Kusama: Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry by Fausto Gilberti

*The Bicycle Man, by Japanese-American Allen Say

Malawi

The Mean Hyena: A Folktale from Malawi, retold by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Michael Bryant

Galimoto, by Karen Lynn Williams, illustrated by Catherine Stock

*The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by Malawian author William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Mexico

Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith & Tomie dePaola

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown & John Parra

Frida by Jonah Winter & Ana Juan

*Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist, by Susan Wood & Mexican artist Duncan Tonatiuh

*The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, by Mexican author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh

*Guacamole: A Cooking Poem, by Jorge Argueta & Mexican artist Margarita Sada

*Dreamers, by Mexican-born Yuyi Morales

Norway

Ola by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Mastermaid by Aaron Shepard & Pauline Ellison

*Little Parsley by Norwegian poet Inger Hagerup & Paul Rene Gauguin, translated by Becky Lynn Crook

*The Heartless Troll by Oyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson

Pakistan

*Ruler of the Courtyard, by Pakistani-Canadian author Rukhsana Khan (check out her other books too!!), & Gregory Christie

*Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by husband and wife team Kerascoet

*Roots and Wings: How Shahzi Sikander Became an Artist, by Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander & Amy Novesky, illustrated by Hanna Barczyk

Nadia’s Hands by Karen English & Jonathan Weiner

*King for a Day by Pakistani-Canadian author Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Christiane Kromer

Russia

*Grasshopper, by Tatiana Ukhova

At the Wish of the Fish: A Russian Folktale, adapted by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Katya Krenina

Vasilisa the Beautiful, illustrated by Anna Morgunov

Sonia Delaunay: A Life in Color, by Cara Manes, illustrated by Fatinha Ramos

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Grandpre

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad

Salt: A Russian Folktale, retold by Jane Langton, translated by Alice Plume, illustrated by Ilse Plume

The Magic Goldfish: A Russian Folktale by Aleksandr Pushkin, adapted and illustrated by Demi,

Baba Yaga & the Wise Doll, retold by Hiawyn Oram

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, told by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by K. Y. Craft 

The Frog Princess, retold by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

The Magic Nesting Doll, by Jacqueline K. Ogburn & Laurel Long

Baboushka and the Three Kings, by Ruth Robbins & Nicholas Sidjakov

The Snow Princess, by Ruth Sanderson

The Snow Child, by Freya Littledale & Barbara Lavallee

The Turnip, one by Aleksei Tolstory & Niamh Sharkey, and another by the talented artist Jan Brett

*The Tale of the Firebird, by Russian-American artist Gennady Spirin, translated by Tatiana Popova

The Sea King’s Daughter: A Russian Legend, retold by Aaron Shepard, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale, retold by Arthur Ransome, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Frog Went A- Traveling, retold by Amanda StJohn, illustrated by David Wenzel

Somalia

*Spirit of the Cheetah: A Somali Tale, by Karen Lynn Williams & Somali-born Khadra Mohammed

The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood

Muktar and the Camels, by Janet Graber & Scott Mack

*Wiil Waal: A Somali Folktale, by Kathleen Moriarty & Somali-born Amin Amir, translated by Somali-born Jamal Adam

*The Travels of Igal Shidad: A Somali Folktale, retold by Kelly Dupre, illustrated by Somali-Canadian Amin Amir

South Sudan

Nya’s Long Walk: a Step at a Time, by Linda Sue Park & Brian Pinkney

*Traditional Animal Stories of South Sudan, by South Sudanese author Repent Ritta Jad

Brothers In Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by by Mary Williams,  R. Gregory Christie & Gregory Christie 

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

South Korea

*Tap Dancing on the Roof, by Linda Sue Park & Istvan Banyai

*Pool, by Korean JiHyeon Lee

*First Snow, by Korean artist Bomi Park

*Lady Hahn and her Seven Friends by Korean-born Yumi Helo

*Shadow, by Korean author Suzy Lee

*The Firekeeper’s Son, by Linda Sue Park & Julie Downing

*Bee-Bim Bop, by Linda Sue Park & Ho Baek Lee

The Ocean Calls by Tina Cho & Jess X. Snow

*The Green Frogs: A Folktale by Korean-born author/illustrator Yumi Heo

Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairytale by Korean author Soma Han & John Stickler, illustrated by Soman Han

Syria

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margariet Ruurs, Falah Raheem & Syrian artist Nazir Ali Badr

The Little War Cat by Hiba Noor Khan & Laura Chamberlain

*Salma the Syrian Chef by Syrian-Canadian Dany Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron

*The Jasmine Sneeze by Syrian author/illustrator Nadine Kaadan

The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham & Syrian immigrant Karim Shamsi-Basha, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Togo

The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories by Harold Courlander and George Herzog – one story called “Guinea Fowl and Rabbit Get Justice” is from Togo

Venezuela

The Caiman, by Venezuelan-born Maria Eugenia Manrique, Venezuelan illustrator Ramon Paris, & translated by Amy Brill

Vietnam

*Going Home, Coming Home, by Vietnamese American author Truong Tran & Vietnamese American born illustrator Ann Phong

*In a Village by the Sea by Vietnamese American author Muon Van & illustrator April Chu

*Ten Cents a Pound by Vietnamese American author Nhung N. Tran-Davies & illustrator Josee Bisaillon

*Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival, by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch as told by Vietnamese refugee Tuan Ho & Brian Deines

Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong & Eujin Kim Neilan

Song of the Mekong River, by Na-mi Choi, Sinae Jo, & Joy Cowley


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