Today we have another addition to our collection of international reading picks sure to transport story time to unique and exciting locals. I love to travel! My bucket travel list is pretty long, but with young kids and a tight budget, overseas travel dreams are on hold for a while. That's okay though because even the tightest of budgets can celebrate different cultures through music, food, and books. Sit back, preferably with a cappuccino and a chocolate-dipped biscotti, and travel with us to Italy!
- Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
This is the original novel that inspired the Disney classic we all know. Collodi is actually a pen name inspired by the small Italian village where the author was from, Collodi. If you go to the village, there is a small garden playground that tells the story of Pinocchio through a winding maze of statues. Honestly, the Disneyfied version of this story has its harsh moments yet still makes the original version look tame. This story is still kid-approved, but maybe save it for older kids. recommended age: 9+
- Tony's Bread by Tomi dePaola
Tomi dePaola is the best! We love everything he makes. This is a short and sweet folk tale that tells the history of the iconic Italian bread, panettone. recommended age: 5+
- Big Anthony by Tomi dePaola
Another dePaola book. His beloved tale of the grandmother witch, Strega Nona, is a wonderful tale with charming characters. This book is a spin-off prequel to Strega Nona, exploring the backstory of the character Big Anthony. Poor Big Anthony! Will he every learn to pay attention and do things the way he is supposed to?
- Italian Paper Dolls by Kathy Allert
This are beautifully illustrated paper dolls. Each region of Italy is represented by its traditional folk costume and fun accessories.
- All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino
Anyone with immigrants in their family's history, no matter what country they came from originally, will appreciate this book because the immigrant story is a universal tale. This focuses on the author's family from his great, great, great grandfather who traveled from Sorrento, Italy to New York City to seek new opportunities and start a new life. It follows his journey through the generations as they do their best to work hard, enjoy life, and love their family.
- The Little Golden Book Pinnocchio
This is the version that we all remember. A great addition to the Disney fan's collection.
- Who was Leonardo DaVinci? by Roberta Edwards
There are so many great biographies in the "Who was?" series. Every elementary schooler should own a couple of these books. This gives an in depth look into the life of daVinci that is engaging and on point for young readers. recommended age: 7+
- Strega Nona Her Story by Tomi dePaola T
Like the Big Anthony book, this gives readers the backstory of Strega Nona. We get to see who raised her, what she was like as a little girl, and how she became such a wonderful witch!
Ciao tutti! Have a great Monday!