The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2011 summer reading program theme for kids is One World, Many Stories. Download the thematic 11-page annotated summer reading list as a pdf file. The list includes four categories: nonfiction, picture books, fiction and professional resources. A 7-page One World, Many Stories addendum can also be downloaded as a pdf […]

The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2011 summer reading program theme for kids is One World, Many Stories. Download the thematic 11-page annotated summer reading list as a pdf file. The list includes four categories: nonfiction, picture books, fiction and professional resources. A 7-page One World, Many Stories addendum can also be downloaded as a pdf file. The theme for 2011 teens is You Are Here.


Adams, Simon and Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazer, illus. The Most Famous Atlas of the Whole Wide World by the Brainwaves. New York: DK, 2008. Colorful and funny look at world geography: has large foldout pages.

Bial, Raymond. Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Using contemporary and historic photographs, this non-fiction picture book tells the history of Ellis Island as an arrival pint for millions of immigrants and now as a national park and museum.

De Rothschild, David. Earth Matters: and Encyclopedia of Ecology. New York: DK, 2008.

Dodge, Abigail Johnson. Around The World Cookbook. New York: DK Publishing, 2008. Spiral binding.

Geyer, Flora. Saladin: The Muslim Warrior Who Defended His People. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2006. One of the National Geographic World History Biographies. Includes glossary, bibliography and index.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. and Philip Stanton, illus. Got Geography: Poems. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2006.
Houston, James. James Houston’s Treasury of Inuit Legends. New York: Harcourt, 2006.

Laroche, Giles. What’s Inside? Fascinating Structures around the World. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009. Skyscrapers, stone barns, limestone tombs, and grand castles are presented in this very cool guide to structures from around the world along with their unique purposes, an examination of how they were built, and profiles of the people who work and live within their walls.

Menzel, Peter and Faith D’Aluisio. What the World Eats. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press, 2008. My Space Community with Jeca Taudte. My Space/Our Planet: Change is Possible. New York: HarperTeen, 2008.

National Geographic Beginner’s World Atlas. Washington, DC: National Geographic, Society, 2005. Oversized book with striking photographs.

Ollhoff, Jim. Martial Arts around the World. Edina, MN: ABDO, 2008. Part of the World of Martial Arts series.
Osborne, Mary Pope and Michael McCurdy, illus. American Tall Tales. New York: Alfred a Knopf, 1991.

Penn, Briony. The Kids Book of Canadian Geography. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2008.

Philip, Neil. Mythology of the World. Boston: Kingfisher, 2004.

Weitzman, David. Pharaoh’s Boat. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009. A non-fiction picture book showing the building of boat to carry the great Pharaoh Cheops to the land of the dead. Details illustrations provide a look into the construction techniques and life in Ancient Egypt and the boat’s discovery and restoration by Egyptian archeologists in the present day.

Picture Books

Ashby, Ruth and Bill Slavin, illus. Caedmon’s Song. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for young Readers, 2006. The story of the first English poet.

Brown, Tricia and Ken Cardwell, photo. Salam: A Muslim American Boy’s Story. New York: Henry Holt, 2006.

Bunting, Eve and Emily Arnold McCully, illus. The Banshee. Boston: Clarion, 2009. In present day Ireland, young Terry wakes up to the sound of terrible screeching. He is sure the Banshee has come to pay his family an unwelcome visit.

Bryon, Ashley and Jan Spivey Gilchrist. My America. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. This is a beautiful book, illustrating Glichrist’s stirring poem.

Choi, Yangsook. Behind the Mask. New York: Frances Foster Books, 2006. A young Korean American boy can’t decide what to wear on Halloween until he discovers his grandfather’s secret.

Daly, Niki. Pretty Salma: a Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa. New York: Clarion Books, 2006. A clever retelling set in modern Ghana.

Demi. The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008. Gorgeous picture book in which a young girl in ancient China learns the wisdom of the Phoenix.

Demi. The Magic Pillow. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008. Beautifully illustrated tale of ancient China. Diakite, Baba Wague. The Magic Gourd. New York: Scholastic Press, 2003. A folktale from Mali.

Ferrin, Wendy Wakefield. Grandmother’s Alligator…a Tail in Two Sittings. Sevierville, TN: Wakefield Connection, 2000. A two sided book with the same story printed on one side in English and the other in Swahili. (check for In Print status)

Ferrin, Wendy Wakefield. The Girl Who Didn’t Mind. Sevierville, TN: Wakefield Connection, 2002. A two sided book with the same story printed on one side in English and the other in Irish Gaelic. (Check for In Print status).

Gerdner, Linda, Sarah Langford and Stuart Loughridge, illus. Grandfather’s Story Cloth. Walnut Creek, CA: Shen’s Books, 2008. Laotian Hmong in America, text in English and Hmong.

Gershator, Phillis and Holly Meade, illus. The Sky Sweeper. New York: Melanie Kroupa Books, 2007. An inspiring story of Old Japan.

Grandits, John and R. W. Alley, illus. The Travel Game. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Every Saturday after lunch at Tad’s family’s tailor shop, Tad and Aunt Hattie plan a game where they travel all over the world using a globe and the book “1001 Pictures from around the World”. (“1001 Pictures … “is make believe, I checked.)

Haugaard, Kay and Carolyn Reed Barrett. The Day The Dragon Danced. Fremont, CA: Shen’s Book, 2006. An African/American girl takes her grandmother the New York City’s Chinese New Year Parade.

Hawes, Louise and Rebecca Guay, illus. Muti’s Necklace: The Oldest Story in the World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. A beautifully illustrated story of Ancient Egypt based on a text from an ancient papyrus.

Johnston, Tony and Yuyi Morales, illus. My Abuelita. New York: Harcourt Children’s Books, 2009. With great gusto, a Mexican child’s grandmother performs deep knee bends, consumes a breakfast of “huevos estrellados,” and practices vocal exercises before going to work as a storyteller.

Lin, Grace. Bringing in the New Year. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. A Chinese/American family celebrates the Lunar New Year.

Lipp, Frederick and Jason Gaillard, illus. Running Shoes. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2007. A poor girl in modern Cambodia goes to school, with the help of running shoes.

Lumry, Amanda and Laura Hurwitz, illus. South Pole Penguins. New York: Scholastic, 2008. One of the “Adventures with Riley” series. Fate-filled story of nine- year-old Riley’s trip to Antarctica

Lumry, Amanda and Laura Hurwitz, illus. Polar Bear Puzzle. New York: Scholastic, 2008. One of the “Adventures with Riley” series. Fate-filled story of nine- year-old Riley’s trip to Churchill, Ontario, Canada to observe the polar bear migrations.
McDermott, Gerald. Pig Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’i. New York: Harcourt Children’s Books, 2009. A mischievous shape-shifting pig boy manages to get in trouble with both the king and Pele, goddess of fire. In both cases he does what his grandmother has taught him and “just slips away”.

McDonald, Margaret Read and Alik Arzoumanian, illus. Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!: A Palestinian Folktale. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish, 2006.

Nethery, Mary and John Manders, illus. The Famous Nini: A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Car Became a Star. Boston: Clarion Books, 2010. In 1890’s Venice, Italy, a stray cat draws attention to a humble coffee shop and inspires Giuseppe Verdi, solves a royal disagreement, blesses the Pope, and meets all manner of interesting and note worthy people. The historical notes in the back talk about Verdi, and all the real historical characters Nini met.

Niemann, Christoph. The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, friendship, and Chinese Characters. New York: Greenwillow Books. Chinese characters help illustrate this cute story.

Pittman, Rickey E. and Connie McLennan, illus. Scottish Alphabet. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 2008. Beautiful illustrations highlight this alphabet book in rhyme that features Scotland’s history and culture.

O’Brien, Anne Sibley. The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea. Watertown, MA; Charlesbridge, 2006. Graphic novel-style picture book.

Recorvits, Helen and Gabi Swiatkowska. Yoon and the Jade Bracelet. New York: Frances Foster Books, 2008. Instead of the jump rope she wanted, Yoon’s mother gives her a Korean storybook and her grandmother’s jade bracelet.

Santore, Charles. The Silk Princess. New York: Random House, 2007. Sumptuous paintings illustrate the legend of how an ancient Chinese princess discovers the secrets of making silk. Author’s notes on the legend are included.

Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth and Bob Douchet, illus. The Great Lei Race: A Story about Hawaii. Edina, MN: ABDO publishing, 2010. One of the Super Sandcastle State Stories series, this fact and fiction picture book contains a cute story of Hawaiian sea creatures on a scavenger hunt around the islands.

Smith, Icy and Gayle Garber Roski, illus. Mei Ling in China City. Manhattan Beach: CA, 2008. A Chinese/American girl grows up in the China City area of Los Angeles in the 1940’s. Contains historical notes and photographs.

Thomas, Joyce Carol and Faith Ringgold, illus. The Three Witches: Collected by Zora Neale Hurston. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Faith Ringgold’s illustrations lend a Caribbean feel to this African-American folktale.

Tsinajinnie, Veronica and Ryan Singer, illus. Johonaa’ei: Bringer of Dawn. Flagstaff, AZ: Salina Bookshelf, 2007. The sun slowly rises and sends his gentle warmth and light to wake the creatures of the desert. He wakes a Navajo family who greet him with a morning prayer. The text is in English and Navajo.

Whitaker, Zai and Srividya Natarajan, illus. Kali and the Rat Snake. La Jolla, CA; 2006. Kali is an Irula (an indigenous tribe in India) who feels isolated at his school until his knowledge of his people’s traditions make him a hero to his classmates.

Yi, Hu Yong. Good Morning China. New York: Roaring Press, 2007. Children play in a park in China.


Henderson, Kathy and Jane Ray, illus. Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2006. An epic tale of ancient Iraq that predates the stories of Gilgamesh.

Hollyer, Belinda. River Song: New York: Holiday House, 2007. Maori culture in modern New Zealand.

Park, Linda Sue. Archer’s Quest. New York: Clarion Books, 2006. Present day America collides with ancient Korea when middleschooler Kevin Kim must help legendary Chu-Mong return to his own time.

Park, Linda Sue. Project Mulberry. New York: Clarion Books, 2005. Julia Song, a Korean American and her friend Patrick learn about patience, tolerance, prejudice and friendship as they work on their science project of raising silkworms. Between each chapter are short dialogues between the author and the main characters about writing the book.

Perkins, Mitali. The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. New York: Little Brown, 2005. Thirteen-year-old Sunita is living the life of a typical American girl, until her grandparents from India come for a visit.

Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2007. Although Naimi is talented at painting traditional designs called alpanas, she runs away from her village in Bangladesh and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family by training to be a rickshaw boy.

Taylor, Theodore. Ice Drift. New York: Harcourt, 2005. Two Inuit brothers must fend for themselves while stranded on an ice floe adrift in the Greenland Straight.

Thurlo, Aimee and David. The Spirit Line. New York: Viking, 2004. Required by her Navajo people to take part in a womanhood ceremony, Crystal is disheartened when the rug she has been weaving for the event is stolen and believes that someone in her tribe who disagrees with her beliefs is to blame.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far from the Bamboo Garden. New York: HarperTrophy, 2008. Fictionalized autobiography of a Japanese family in WWII Korea.