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European Countries – Picture Books

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Picture books which take place in specific European nations:
Akrotiri ; Albania ; Andorra ; Austria ; Belarus ; Belgium ; Bosnia-Herzegovina ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Cyprus ; Czech Republic ; Denmark ; Dhekelia ; England ; Estonia ; Faroe Islands ; Finland ; France ; Germany ; Gibraltar ; Greece ; Guernsey ; Holy See (Vatican City) ; Hungary ; Iceland ; Ireland ; Isle of Man ; Italy ; Jan Mayen ; Jersey ; Kosovo ; Latvia ; Liechtenstein ; Lithuania ; Luxembourg ; Macedonia ; Malta ; Moldova ; Monaco ; Montenegro ; Netherlands ; Norway ; Poland ; Portugal ; Romania ; San Marino ; Scotland ; Serbia ; Slovakia ; Slovenia ; Spain ; Svalbard ; Sweden ; SwitzerlandUkraine ; United Kingdom ; Wales 








Eva’s Summer Vacation
by Jan Machalek (Soundprints, 1999)
Eva, who lives in Prague, spends her summer vacation with her cousins in the Moravian countryside village of Hluk, where she attends her aunt’s wedding and explores the countryside.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

Built by Angels: The Story of the Old-New Synagogue* by Mark H. Podwal (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)
The story of the world’s oldest active synagogue, which was completed in 1270. Throughout the years, this sacred place of prayer and celebration has endured plagues, wars, and the Nazi regime.


The Golem’s Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Aaron Jasinski (Two Lions, 2011)
Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel visits the Emperor, leaving a new housemaid to prepare for his Hanukkah party, but returns to find that she has misused the clay man he created. Includes historical and cultural notes.

Golem* by David Wisniewski (Clarion, 1996)
A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas* by Cheryl Bardoe, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith (Abrams, 2006)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain* by Peter Sís (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2007)



Hedgie’s Surprise
* by Jan Brett (Putnam, 2000)
Hedgie the hedgehog helps Henny the speckled hen trick the Tomten (troll) who has been eating all of Henny’s eggs for breakfast.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark* by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Henri Sorensen (Peachtree, 2000)
Retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.


Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale* by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (August House, 2001)
A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.

Picture Book Nonfiction

It’s Raining, Said John Twaining: Danish Nursery Rhymes* by N. M. Bodecker (Atheneum, 1973)
Nursery rhymes from Denmark include “Three little guinea pigs went to see the king” and “Squire McGuire, how much is your lyre?”

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World* by Allan Drummond (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011)
It’s windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.



The Baby in the Hat
by Allan Ahlberg (Candlewick, 2008)
Catching a baby in his hat sets off a series of adventures for a young nineteenth-century English boy as he becomes a sea captain and finds a surprising mate.

Harry Miller’s Run* by David Almond, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino (Candlewick, 2017)
The Junior Great North Run is coming soon to Newcastle Upon Tyne and Liam needs to train. But his elderly neighbor, Harry, needs a hand moving and Liam is asked to help. Little does he know that Harry ran in the Great Run as a young lad and has a very interesting story to tell!

Jemmy Button* by Alix Barzelay, illustated by Jennifer Uman (Templar, 2013)
Provides a fictionalized account of Jemmy Button, a native boy from Tierra del Fuego who was brought to London to be educated and then returned home to his island.

Dodsworth in London* by Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)
Despite a dart-throwing episode at a local pub and a case of mistaken identity, Dodsworth and his mischievous duck companion receive a royal invitation to stay at Buckingham Palace during their trip to London.

Historical & Biographical Fiction 

Rhyming Will* by James Reeves, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (McGraw-Hill, 1968)
This story tells of Will, who lived long, long ago, in the city of Mulcaster and who could only speak in rhyme. The people of Mulcaster grew angry with this peculiarity so Will and his dog went to London. What happened to Will in London is related.

The Hero of Little Street* by Gregory Rogers (Roaring Brook, 2012)
When a boy being chased through present-day London seeks refuge in the National Gallery, a dog escapes from the painting of one Dutch master and together they leap into the painting of another, where their adventures in seventeenth-century Delft are a prelude to returning to London and continuing the chase.

Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine* by Gloria Whelan, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Inspired by a true story, when Queen Victoria is unable to go swimming without her subjects glimpsing her in a swimming suit, her husband, Prince Albert, comes up with an innovative solution so his wife can indulge in the healthy exercise.


Nelly May Has Her Say* by Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013)
A retelling of an old tale, “Master of all masters,” in which a servant girl’s new master insists she use uncommon names for common objects.

The Bells of London: With a Story in Pictures* by Ashley Wolff (Dodd, Mead, 1985)
Illustrations depicting the activities of a variety of long-ago Londoners accompany the traditional rhyme about the many church bells of that city.

Picture Book Nonfiction

The Tower of London* by Leonard Everett Fisher (Macmillan, 1987)
Characterizes the Tower and its people during the turbulent years of the forming of the British nation from 1078 through 1666.

A Walk in London* by Salvatore Rubbino (Candlewick, 2011)
A child’s-eye view of London top attractions blends lively artwork with fascinating facts, and features a sweeping gatefold of the city skyline.



Mama’s Perfect Present
* by Diane Goode (Dutton, 1996)
Two children have some problems when they take their dog along as they search through the streets of Paris for just the right present for their mother’s birthday.

Come Fly With Me* by Satomi Ichikawa (Philomel, 2008)
Woggy and Cosmos, a toy dog and a toy airplane, go on an adventure in Paris.

Everybody Bonjours!* by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Sarah McMenemy (Knopf, 2008)
Describes in rhymed text the many ways to use the greeting “Bonjour” when visiting Paris. Includes brief descriptions of Parisian landmarks at the end of the story.

Bon Appetit, Bertie!* by Joan Knight, illustrated by Penny Dann (Stuttgart, 1993)
Something interesting and special happens to the Bonfigs when they visit Paris with their son Bertie.

Ollie & Moon by Diane Kredensor (Random House, 2011)
Ollie provides a series of clues to his best friend, Moon, as he takes her all through Paris, France, but she is unable to guess what surprise he has in store.

Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari (Abrams, 2009)
At the time of the Impressionists, a young ballet dancer races around Paris searching for Monsieur Degas, who accidentally took her bag–and the tutu she needs for the recital in which she is to perform that night. Includes reproductions of paintings by French Impressionist painters, with an author’s note.

Pastry School in Paris by Cindy Neuschwander (Henry Holt, 2009)
Twins Bibi and Matt learn about different liquid measurements when they go to Les Jumelles Coccinelle International Pastry Academy while on a trip to Paris with their parents and dog.

Eloise in Paris* by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight (Simon & Schuster, 1999, c1957)
The talkative and precocious Eloise visits Paris with her nanny, enjoys it immensely, and learns several French words and phrases. America’s favorite enfant terrible turns the City of Lights upside down in this second book in the Eloise series, first published to great acclaim in 1957 and unavailable for 35 years.

Crepes by Suzette* by Monica Wellington (Dutton, 2004)
Suzette sells a variety of her crepes, or French pancakes, from the street cart she takes all over Paris. Includes a recipe, a short glossary of French words used, brief notes on Paris sites, and more.

The Secret Circus by Johanna Wright (Roaring Brook, 2009) 44
Mice carefully dress for an evening out, journey across Paris in a hot air balloon, and finally arrive at a secret place to see the circus.

Belinda in Paris* by Amy Young (Viking, 2005)
When Belinda’s magnificently large ballet shoes get lost en route to Paris, she must find another pair before her performance in the Paris Opera.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

Madame LaGrande and Her So High, to the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour* by Candace Fleming, illustrated by S. D. Schindler (Knopf, 1996)
Madame LaGrande strives to be the most fashionable lady in Paris, but when her hairdresser creates a spectacular pompadour for her, the results are disastrous.

I, Crocodile* by Fred Marcellino (HarperCollins, 1999)
An Egyptian crocodile, with a big ego and a big appetite, is taken to Paris in 1799 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes (Marshall Cavendish, 2010) 20*
Recounts the 1827 journey of a young giraffe named Belle, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to King Charles X of France, as she makes her way by boat and land to Paris, accompanied by her devoted caretaker, Atir.

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat* by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy June Bates (Abrams, 2012)
While Julia is in the kitchen learning to cook up elaborate, delicious dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse. Includes biographical information about Julia Child. [Paris]

Les Misérables* adapted by Marcia Williams (Candlewick, 2015)
Retells the story of escaped convict Jean Valjean, who, while trying to forget his past and live an honest life, risks his freedom to take care of a motherless young girl during a period of political unrest in Paris.

Paris in the Spring with Picasso by Joan Yolleck (Schwartz & Wade, 2010) 34
Describes how some of Paris’s famous artists and writers, such as Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, and Guillaume Apollinaire, spend their day before preparing to attend a party at Gertrude Stein’s apartment.

Americans in France

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat* by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy Bates (Abrams, 2012)
While Julia is in the kitchen learning to cook up elaborate, delicious dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse. Includes biographical information about Julia Child.



Historical & Biographical Fiction 

The Gift* by Aliana Brodmann-Menkes, illustrated by Anthony Carnubucci (Simon & Schuster, 1993)
In post-World War II Germany, a young girl visits various shops before deciding how to spend the money her father has given her for Hanukkah.

Wall* by Tom Clohosy Cole (Candlewick, 2014)
Follows a small boy and his family as they try to reunite with his father after the Berlin Wall is built.

Elisabeth* by Claire A. Nivola (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1997)
Forced to flee the Nazis, a young girl and her family eventually end up in the United States where, years later, with a young daughter of her own, she is improbably reunited with the beloved doll she left behind in Germany.

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig van Beethoven* by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Barry Blitt (Schwartz & Wade, 2006)
Ludwig van Beethoven and his five legless pianos keep having to move from one apartment to another when his neighbors complain about the noise. Includes author’s note with historical information.

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass* by Meg Wiviott (Kar-Ben, 2010)
In 1938 Berlin, Germany, a cat sees Rosenstrasse change from a peaceful neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles to an unfriendly place where, one November night, men in brown shirts destroy Jewish-owned businesses and arrest or kill Jewish people. Includes facts about Kristallnacht and a list of related books and web resources.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen* by Michelle Roehm McCann, illustrated by Ann E. Marshall (Tricycle Press, 2003)
A biography of the Jewish heroine, Luba Tryszynska, who saved the lives of more than fifty Jewish children in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during the winter of 1944/45.

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky* by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (Sleeping Bear, 2002)
The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.



Yanni Rubbish
* by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, illustrated by Doug Chayka (Boyds Mills, 1999)
A young boy is taunted by friends because of his job collecting garbage in a small Greek village.

Nico’s Octopus* by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry (Crocodile Books, 2003)
Nico rescues a small octopus and takes it home to keep as a pet, caring for it until one day, he learns some sad and wonderful news. Includes a factual section on octopuses. [setting of illustrations seems to be Greece].



Market Day
* by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Holly Berry (HarperCollins, 1996)
Tess and Wee Boy observe the farm animals, wonder at the sword-swallower, hear playing of pipes, and experience all the excitement of a country fair in Ireland.

King Puck* by Michael Garland (HarperCollins, 2007)
With the help of fairies, Seamus the farmer and his scrawny goat win top honors at a festival in Killorglin, Ireland, and receive a lifetime supply of books.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

Across a Dark and Wild Sea* by Don Brown (Roaring Brook, 2002)
Describes the life of Saint Columba, a sixth-century prince, monk, and scribe.

Ballywhinney Girl* by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (Clarion, 2012)
Young Maeve feels a strong connection to the mysterious, mummified body of a young girl that her grandfather uncovers while cutting turf in an Irish bog. Includes facts about bogs and the mummies that have been found in them.

Walking to School* by Eve Bunting (Clarion 2008)
When the path to eight-year-old Allison’s Catholic school goes through hostile Protestant territory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Allison finds she is not alone in her loathing of the situation.

Katie’s Wish* by Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (Dial, 2003)
Soon after Katie wishes for her potatoes to disappear during dinner, a potato famine ravages her native Ireland, forcing her to leave for America.

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane* by C. M. Millen, illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski (Charlesbridge, 2010)
In medieval Ireland, Theophane’s boredom with his duties as a scribe distracts the other monks, but when he is sent to the kitchens he discovers that he can make inks of many colors from plants, allowing the others to illustrate their work. Includes facts about the history of monasteries, scriptoriums, and illuminated manuscripts.

Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O’Hara* by Elvira Woodruff, illustrated by Adam Rex (Knopf, 2006)
Darcy Heart O’Hara, a young Irish girl who neglects her chores to observe the beauties of nature and everyday life, shares “family memories” with her homesick parents and siblings after the O’Haras are forced to emigrate to America in the 1840s.


The Ring of Truth: An Original Irish Tale* by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Omar Rayyan (Holiday House, 1997)
After the king of the leprechauns bestows on him the Ring of Truth, Patrick O’Kelley no longer expects to win a blarney contest.

The Irish Cinderlad* by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski (HarperCollins (1996)
Becan, a poor boy belittled by his stepmother and stepsisters, rescues a princess in distress after meeting a magical bull.

Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale* by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Susan Mitchell (Marshall Cavendish, 2010)
An old woman complains about all the housework she has to do, but when some fairies come to help her she finds that they are more trouble than they are worth.

Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure* by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster, 1999)
In this retelling of an Irish folktale, a brave young woman battles a sea serpent and rescues her true love from a giant.

The Story of the Leprechaun* by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert (Harper, 2011)
A clever leprechaun who has amassed a pot of gold by making beautiful shoes for people decides to hide his money at the end of a rainbow, knowing that no one will find it there.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland* by Tomie DePaola (Holiday House, 1992)
Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.



* by Marcia Brown (Scribner, 1960)
When a donkey disappears, four young boys who have been playing soldier set out to find the animal.

Dodsworth in Rome* by Tim Egan (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
Dodsworth and his duck companion have a lovely time in Rome, even though the duck tries to improve the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and takes all the coins from the Trevi Fountain.

Olivia Goes to Venice* by Ian Falconer (Atheneum, 2010)
On a family vacation in Venice, Olivia indulges in gelato, rides in a gondola, and finds the perfect souvenir.

Encore, Opera Cat!* by Tess Weaver, illustrated by Andréa Wesson (Clarion, 2009)
Alma the cat loves to sing and dreams of one day of singing on stage with her mistress, Madame SoSo, an opera singer.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

Pippo the Fool* by Tracey E. Fern (Charlesbridge, 2009)
In fifteenth-century Florence, Italy, a contest is held to design a magnificent dome for the town’s cathedral, but when Pippo the Fool claims he will win the contest, everyone laughs at him. Based on a true story.

The Paint Box* by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Stella East (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003)
Marietta wants to paint like her father. But Marietta is a girl, and to work and study with her father she must disguise herself in boy’s clothing.

The Painter’s Trick* by Piero & Marisa Ventura (Random House, 1977)
A hungry traveling painter tricks five monks who envision themselves as St. George slaying the dragon.


Count Silvernose: A Story from Italy* by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Omar Rayyan (Holiday House, 1996)
A washerwoman’s clever oldest daughter finds a way to rescue her two foolish sisters from the cruel Count Silvernose.

Grandfather’s Rock: An Italian Folktale* by Joel Strangis, illustrated by Ruth Gamper (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
A poor family in Italy finds a way to keep their elderly Grandfather with them instead of sending him to live in a home for old people.


Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be* by Jane Sutcliffe, illustrated by John Shelley (Charlesbridge, 2014)
Describes how a hulking, abandoned block of marble inspired a young Michelangelo to create one of the world’s most famous masterpieces, offering insight into an artist’s vision and process as well as how humans see themselves reflected in art. [Florence]


The Boy Who Held Back the Sea
* by Lenny Hort, illustrated by Thomas Locker (Dial, 1987)
By blocking a leaking hole in the dike, a young boy saves his town from destruction. Adaptation of: Hans Brinker, or The silver skates / Mary Mapes Dodge.

The Cow Who Fell in the Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky (Doubleday 1957)
Tells the story of Hendrika, a Dutch cow, who got bored just eating grass on a farm in the country, fell into the canal, and ended up in the city on a great adventure.

Katje, the Windmill Cat* by Gretchen Woelfle, illustrated by Nicola Bayley (Candlewick, 2001)
When a dike breaks during a violent storm, flooding a little Dutch town, Nico’s baby is saved by his heroic cat.

Historical & Biographical Fiction

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands* by Louise Borden, illustrated by Niki Daly (McElderry, 2004)
During World War II in the Netherlands, a ten-year-old boy’s dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past German soldiers and other enemies.

Boxes fo Katje* by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003)
After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

The First Tulips in Holland by Phyllis Krasilovsky (Doubleday 1982)
A fictionalized account of how a Dutch merchant brought tulip bulbs from Persia to Holland where they became immensely popular.

Vincent’s Colors* by William Lach (Chronicle, 2005)
Vincent van Gogh corresponds with his younger brother, Theo, about his paintings.

Hana in the Time of the Tulips* by Deborah Noyes, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick, 2004)
A little girl seeks to regain her father’s attention during the tulipomania craze in seventeenth-century Holland.

The Hero of Little Street* by Gregory Rogers (Roaring Brook, 2012)
When a boy being chased through present-day London seeks refuge in the National Gallery, a dog escapes from the painting of one Dutch master and together they leap into the painting of another, where their adventures in seventeenth-century Delft are a prelude to returning to London and continuing the chase.

The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel* by Anders C. Shafer (Dutton, 2002)
For over two years in the mid-1500s, Pieter Bruegel keeps a journal of his trip from his home in Antwerp, The Netherlands, to Rome, where he studies art before returning home again.


Kinderdike* by Leonard Everett Fisher (Macmillan, 1994)
When a baby and a kitten are found safe and dry after a disastrous flood in 1421, the people of a village in southern Holland decide to rebuild.

Picture Book Nonfiction

A Picture Book of Anne Frank* by David A. Adler, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Holiday House, 1993)
Traces the life of the young Jewish girl whose diary chronicles the years she and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic.



Garmann’s Secret
* by Stian Hole (Eerdmans, 2012)
Garmann makes friends with Johanna, the twin sister of the girl who torments him at school, when they discover that they both love adventures and talking about outer space.


Seven Fathers* by Ashley Ramsden, illustrated by Ed Young (Roaring Brook, 2011)
A lone traveler, tired, hungry, and cold, finds a house and asks for a room for the night, but the old man to whom he speaks refers him to his father, and that man to his father, until he is finally rewarded for his efforts by the eldest.

Master Maid: A Tale of Norway* by Aaron Shepard, illustrated by Pauline Ellison (Dial, 1997)
A stubborn young prince goes to work for an evil troll where he falls in love with a captive maiden.



Historical & Biographical Fiction

Flowers on the Wall* by Miriam Nerlove (McElderry, 1996)
Rachel, a young Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, struggles to survive with her family and maintains hope by painting colorful flowers on her dingy apartment walls.


Chanukah in Chelm* by David A. Adler, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley (Lothrop, 1997)
When the rabbi tells Mendel to get a table for the Chanukah menorah, Mendel makes the task more difficult than it should be.

The Nine Crying Dolls: A Story from Poland* by Anne Pellowski, illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak (Philomeol, 1980)
In an effort to cure her own baby of his incessant crying, a mother inadvertently starts an epidemic of crying babies in her village.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Child of the Warsaw Ghetto* by David A. Adler, illustrated by Karen Ritz (Holiday House, 1995)
This is a story of the Warsaw Ghetto told through the eyes of Froim Baum, a young Jewish boy who was able to survive the horrors of Nazi Germany.

A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and his Children* by David A. Adler, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth (Holiday House, 2002)
A brief biography of the Polish doctor, author, founder of orphanages, and promoter of children’s rights, who lost his life trying to protect his orphans from the Nazis.

Passover as I Remember It* by Toby Knobel Fluek, illustrated by Lillian Fluek Finkler (Knopf, 1994)
The author describes how her family prepared for and celebrated Passover in the years before World War II while living in Czernica, a small village located at that time in Poland.

Memories of Survival* by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, illustrated by Bernice Steinhardt (Hyperion, 2005)
A story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland, illustrated in a collection of embroidered panels, and told in the survivor’s own words.

Escaping to America: A True Story* by Rosalyn Schanzer (HarperCollins, 2000)
Tells how the author’s family left difficult conditions in Poland to make a better life for themselves in America early in the twentieth century.

Polish Americans

Dancing with Dziadziu* by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Annika Nelson (Harcourt, 1997)
A young girl shares her ballet dancing with her dying grandmother and the grandmother shares memories of her family’s immigration from Poland and of dancing with the girl’s grandfather.



The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating
* by Alice Flaherty, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
A young American girl’s picky eating habits transform a small worm into the famous Loch Ness monster. Includes facts about the biology of pickiness.

Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted* by Mairi Hedderwick (Little, Brown, 1986)
Katie’s bad mood at the birth of a baby sister culminates in her throwing her teddy bear into the sea; fortunately he comes back, and in restoring him she becomes her old self.


The Black Bull of Norroway: A Scottish Tale* by Charlotte S. Huck, illustrated by Anita Lobel (Greenwillow, 2001)
A traditional Scottish tale set in Norway in which a courageous girl sets out to seek her fortune and ultimately finds true love.

Gilly Martin the Fox* by Mollie Hunter, illustrated by Dennis McDermott (Hyperion, 1994)
With the help of a shape-shifting fox, the Prince of Alban goes on a series of quests, among such enemies as the Giant With Five Heads and the Seven Big Women of Jura.

The Seal Prince* by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Kris Waldherr (Dial, 1995)
When it comes time for Grainne, the beautiful daughter of the Lord and Lady of Skye, to marry, she rejects the island suitors to be with Deodatus, a seal-man she once rescued from death.

Greyling: A Picture Story From the Islands of Shetland* by Jane Yolen, illustrated by William Stobbs (World Pub., 1968)
A selchie, a seal who has turned into a human boy, lives as the son of a childless Scottish couple for many years until, to save his “father’s” life, he returns to the sea.



Historical & Biographical Fiction

The Princess and the Painter* by Jane Johnson (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1994)
A fictionalized account of the events of the day in 1656 that the Spanish princess Margarita first saw the painting of herself by Diego Velasquez entitled “Las Meninas.”


Three Golden Oranges* by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Reg Cartwright (Atheneum, 1999)
Acting on the advice of the old woman on the cliff by the sea, three brothers who wish to find brides go in search of three golden oranges.

Esteban and the Ghost* by Sibyl Hancock, illustrated by Dirk Zimmer (Dial, 1983)
Esteban, a merry Spanish tinker, spends All Hallows’ Eve in a haunted castle and helps a ghost win his way into heaven.

Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain* by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Durga Bernhard (Wisdom Tales, 2014)
When Samuel’s father, the grand vizier, hears Hamza call Samuel names and tells his son to make sure Hamza never speaks an unkind word to him again, Samuel knows he must obey but has a hard time finding the right means to do so. Includes information about Jewish poet Samuel Ha-Nagid and the legend which inspired the story.

The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain* by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Victoria Chess (Clarion, 2000)
After choosing a husband for his sweet singing voice, a beautiful butterfly mourns the fact that he is swallowed by a fish, until a king in his underwear reunites the two.

Princess Florecita and the Iron Shoes: A Spanish Fairy Tale* by John W. Stewig, illustrated by Wendy Popp (Knopf, 1995)
A princess braves many perils to wake an enchanted sleeping prince.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Anno’s Spain* by Mitsumasa Anno (Philomel, 2004)
Author provides a wordless journey on a visual tour de force of Spain.

El Chino* by Allen Say (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)
A biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous bullfighter in Spain.



The Red Bird* by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Marit Törnqvist (Scholastic, 2005)
Anna and Matthew, two poor siblings who have known only hunger, cold, and hard labor since their mother died, follow a bright red bird to a land of happiness.

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka go to Market* by Maj Lindman (Albert Whitman, 2012, c1958)
Three little Swedish girls cultivate a big vegetable garden, sell their crops each Saturday at the market, and earn money for bicycles.

Supergrandpa* by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by Bert Dodson (Tortuga Press, 2005)
A sixty-six-year-old grandfather, barred from entering the 1000-mile Tour of Sweden because of his age, unofficially joins the bicycle race and, to the delight of his countrymen, emerges victorious.

Picture Book Nonfiction

Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History* by Sue Stauffacher, illustrated by Sarah McMenemy (Knop, 2011)
A story of America’s bicycle craze and the story of one woman who wouldn’t let society’s expectations stop her from achieving her dream.

Swedish Americans 

Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson!* by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, illustrated by Andrew Glass (Holiday House, 2005)
The engineer Captain John Ericsson was ahead of his time when it came to such ideas as a locomotive that could travel at 30 miles an hour and a high-pressure fire hose, but in America he found a more receptive climate for his inventions.

Klara’s New World* by Jeanette Winter (Knopf, 1992)
A Swedish family faces many hardships when they immigrate to America in search of a better life.







The Mitten* by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic, 2009)
A retelling of the traditional tale of how a boy’s lost mitten becomes a refuge from the cold for an increasing number of animals.

The Birds’ Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story* by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Katya Krenina (Holiday House, 1999)
Villagers take in a flock of golden birds nearly frozen by an early snow and are rewarded with beautifully decorated eggs the next spring.

One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes: A Hutzul Tale* by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Dirk Zimmer (Holiday House, 1996)
To honor her father’s promise, a beautiful young girl agrees to become the slave of a witch and her two daughters, enduring their cruelty with the help of her talking pet goat.

The Rumor of Pavel and Paali: A Ukrainian Fairy Tale* by Carole Kismaric, illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak (Harper & Row, 1988)
When cruel Pavel wins a wager against his kind twin brother Paali, he exacts a terrible price, but greed soon leads Pavel to his downfall.



King of the Sky
* by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick, 2017)
When a young boy moves from his home in Italy to Wales, the only thing that cheers him up are the racing pigeons that Mr. Evans keeps in a loft behind his house.


NOTE: Red numbers denote how many holdings are noted in reQuest. An asterisk means that the book is available at the State Library Service Centers.

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