Last year around this time, I did a fun reading challenge post called Around the World in 80 Books. Since then, it’s been one of my most popular posts on Pinterest. I thought, since so many people seem interested in traveling through literature, it would be fun to turn it into a series! This time, I’m sharing children’s books from 80 different countries! I hope you have as much fun reading through this list as I did researching it!


Take your kids on a literary adventure with Around The World in 80 Children's Books! Check out 80 books from or about 80 different countries!

Around the World in 80 Children’s Books

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Again, there is no particular reason that I picked these 80 countries out of the hundreds throughout the world. Mostly, it had to do with which books I could find that took place in (or were from) different countries.

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AfghanistanThe Sky of Afghanistan by Ana A. de Eulate and Sonja Wimmer
AlbaniaDrita: An Albanian Girl Discovers Her Ancestors’ Faith by Renee Ritsi
AntarcticaLittle Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica by Jonathan London and Julie Olson
ArgentinaThe Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina by Nancy Van Laan and Beatriz Vidal
Australia: Pouch! by David Ezra Stein
Bahamas: Nighty Night Sailboat in the Bahamas by Susan Renne’ Siewers
Bangladesh Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins and Jamie Hogan
Belgium: Mission Amsterdam: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Travel Book For Kids) by Catherine Aragon
Brazil: For the Love of Soccer! by Pele
Cambodia: A Song For Cambodia by Michelle Lord and Shino Arihara

Canada: Caribou Song by Tomson Highwa
Chile: A Pen Pal for Max by Gloria Rand and Ted Rand
China: Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges and Sophie Blackall
Costa Rica: Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica by Cathleen Burnham
Croatia: The Traveling Circus (Travels with My Family) by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel
Cuba: The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Denmark: Sticks across the Chimney: a story of Denmark by Nora Burglon and Fritz Eichenberg
Dominican Republic: The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph
England: Starting School by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg
Egypt: Goha The Wise Fool by Denys Johnson-Davies and Hag Hamdy Mohamed Fattou

Ethiopia: The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia by Frank P. Araujo and Xiao-Jun Li
Fiji: My Ocean Home Fiji by Penelope Casey
Finland: The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland by Aaron Shepard and Leonid Gore
France: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Germany: This is Munich by M. Sasek
Greece: The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony Manna and Christodoula Mitakidou
Greenland: The Raven’s Gift: A True Story from Greenland by Kelly Dupre and Lonnie Dupre
Guatemala: Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Elisa Amado and Joya Hairs
Haiti: Haiti Is by Cindy Similien-Johnson and Paola Velez
Honduras: Cinco the Clinic Cat: In English and Spanish by Carol Brickell and Jim Hastings

Hungary: The Valiant Red Rooster: A Story from Hungary by Eric A. Kimmel and Katya Arnold
Iceland: Nuptse and Lhotse Go to Iceland by Jocey Asnong
India: Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond and Allan Eitzen.
Iran: Count Your Way Through Iran by James Haskins and Kathleen Benson
Iraq: Silent Music by James Rumford
Ireland: Market Day by Eve Bunting and Holly Berry.
Isreal: Yuvi’s Candy Tree (Israel) by Lesley Simpson and Janice Lee Porter
Italy: Gabriella’s Song by Candace Fleming and Giselle Potter
Jamaica: Doctor Bird: Three Lookin’ Up Tales From Jamaica by Gerald Hausman and Ashley Wolff
Japan: Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young

Kenya: For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane and Ana Juan
Korea: The Trip Back Home by Janet Wong and Bo Jia
Laos: Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home by Youme Landowne (Artist)
Latvia: The Dream Mouse: A Lullaby Tale from Old Latvia by Barbara Esbensen and Judith Mitchell
Lithuania: Eli Remembers by Ruth Vander Zee and Marian Sneider
Madagascar: The Ako Series, Madagascar Lemur Adventures by Dr. Alison Jolly and Deborah Ross
Mexico: I See the Sun in Mexico by Dedie King and Judith Inglese
Morocco: The Butter Man by Elizabeth Alalou, Ali Alalou, and Julie Klear Essakalli.
Nepal: Chandra’s Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine and Judith Gueyfier
Netherlands: Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World by Allan Drummond

New Zealand: The Lost Penguin: The Story Of A Wayward Emperor Penguin In New Zealand by A. Penguin
Nicaragua: Trisba and Sula: A Miskitu Folktale from Nicaragua by Joan MacCracken and Augusto Silva
Norway: The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen and Mary Azarian
Pakistan: Silly Chicken by Rukhsana Khan and Yunmee Kyong
Panama: Conejito (LittleFolk) by Margaret MacDonald and Geraldo Valerio
Papua New Guinea: The Turtle and the Island: A Folk Tale From Papua New Guinea by Barbara Ker Wilson
Peru: Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs and Aurelia Fronty
Philippines: Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines by Shirley Climo and Francisco Mora
Poland: 67 Tales from Poland by Henryk Sienkiewicz and Władysław Reymont
Portugal: Miracle Dogs of Portugal by Tracy Aiello and Kent Barnes

Romania: Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray and Christine Davenier
Russia: Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Rwanda: Legs of Tornado: The Human Who Outran the Wind by Felicien Kanyamibwa
Saudi Arabia: The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour
Singapore: Timmy & Tammy: What is Singapore? by Ruth Wan-Lau and Eliz Ong
South Africa: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou and Margaret Courtney-Clarke
Spain: Anno’s Spain by Mitsumasa Anno
Sweden: The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
Thailand: Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade
Tunisia: Captain Thomas And The Mystery Of The Hidden Mountain by Robin Alexander Eadon

Turkey: Leyla: The Black Tulip (Girls of Many Lands) by Alev Lytle Croutie
Uganda: Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter
Ukraine: The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt and Yaroslava
United States: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Uruguay: Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga and Bert Van Wijk
Venezuela: The Streets are Free by Kurusa and Monika Doppert
Vietnam: Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Dietz Shea
Yemen: Yemen: Picture Book by Planet Collection
Zambia: The Tortoise’s Gift: A Story from Zambia by Lari Don and Melanie Williams
Zimbabwe: Party Croc!: A Folktale from Zimbabwe by Margaret Read MacDonald and Derek Sullivan

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