World Literature Books

Classic Stories Around the World for Kids

Classic world literature books print favorite stories from around the world. These children's stories have introduced kids to other cultures and children from other lands.

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King

By E. T. A. Hoffmann

Early 1800's
We often associate this story with the popular ballet, but this was already a Russian classic for kids before Tchaikovsky composed the music to the famous Nutcracker Suite. That is somewhat like associating the story of Cinderella with the Disney version; Cinderella was a world literature classic long before Walt Disney produced his movie. This story reflects some of the culture of the wealthy class in Russia two hundred years ago - including the infestation of homes with mice.

New Tales

By Hans Christian Anderson

Collection of international fairy tales
Early 1850's
Stories such as The Ugly Duckling, The Nightingale, and the Emperor's New Clothes make Anderson's world literature books read by children around the world.

The Story About Ping

By Marjorie Flack

Early 1900's
This story about Ping and his family of ducks takes place on the Yangtze River. It not only captures the life of the duck family, but also the Chinese families who live on the river boat on the Yangtze. A classic picture book.

Arabian Nights

Collection of ancient tales

Middle East
Ancient to Medieval times
Some of the most famous stories of this collection, translated into English in the early 1700s, includes "Aladdin's Lamp", "The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba." Some violent stories may not be appropriate for young children.

Japanese Children's Favorite Stories

By Florence Sakade and Yoshisuke Kurosaki

Collection of traditional tales
This might be considered the "Mother Goose" of Japanese literature. Bedtime stories children can read or have read to them.

The Mitten

Adapted and Illustrated by Jan Brett

A Classic Ukrainian Folktale
Picture Book for Children
When the boy drops his mitten in the snow, it becomes a den for a mouse, mole and rabbit. But what happens when the bigger animals want to share the cozy den?

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