Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Children's Reading List of Europe by Country

This is a very incomplete list I compiled a few years ago. Please add suggestions in the comment box - I'll be adding some more of my own over time as well. It's rather shocking to ME that I don't have any titles for Greece (now corrected) or Portugal yet. LOL I also know that I don't have all of the countries listed yet. I'll add more countries as I add more books.

Austria

The Story of the Trapp Family Sings by Maria Augusta Trapp
The Two Trumpeters of Vienna by Hertha Pauli
The World of the Trapp Family by William T. Anderson

Denmark

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

France

Cathedral by David Macaulay
The Clown of God by Tomie de Paola
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge
Marguerite Makes a Book
The Red Keep by Allen French
Saint Joan: Girl Soldier by Louis de Wohl
Saint Therese and the Roses by Helen Walker Homan
The Song at the Scaffold by Gertrud von Le Fort (high school)
That Girl of Pierre's
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
Vincent de Paul: Saint of Charity by Margaret Ann Hubbard (Vision Series)

Germany

The Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann (high school)
The Story of Pope Benedict XVI for Young People
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Greece

Black Ships Before Troy and the Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
Stories from Herodotus by Glanville Downey
The Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber
String Straightedge and Shadow: The Story of Geometry by Julia Diggins
The Tale of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green
Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey (high school)

Hungary

The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Philomena by Kate Seredy
Saint Elizabeth's Three Crowns by Blanche Jennings Thompson

Ireland

Celtic Heritage Saints by Marian Keaney
The Cottage at Bantry Bay Series by Hilda Van Stockum
Fingal's Quest by Madeleine Polland
The King of Ireland's Son by Padraic Colum
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie de Paola
Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal by Robert T. Reilly

Italy

Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi by Helen Walker Homan
Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie de Paola
He Went with Marco Polo by Louise Andrews Kent
Helena by Evelyn Waugh (High School)
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris
North to Freedom by Ann Holm
Saint Benedict: Hero of the Hills by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (Vision Series)
Saint John Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio by Catherine Beebe
Saint Pius X: The Farm Boy Who Became Pope by Walter Diethelm
Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars by by Brendan Larnen, O.P. and Milton Lomask (Vision Series - Out of Print - also Germany and France)
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly
The Way of the Cross: A Story of Padre Pio by Claire Jordan Mohan

Luxembourg

The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso

The Netherlands

A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Van Stockum
Andries by Hilda Van Stockum
The Borrowed House by Hilda Van Stockum (high school)
The Diary of Anne Frank (high school)
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands by Louise Borden
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Norway

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

Poland

The Cats of Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serralier
Helen's Special Picture: A Children's Story of Sister Faustina by David Prevatelli
Saint Hyacinth of Poland by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
St. Maximillian Kolbe: The Story of Two Crowns by Claire Jordan Mohan
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly
The Young Life of Pope John Paul II by Claire Jordan Mohan
The Young Life of Sister Faustina by Claire Jordan Mohan

Portugal

Our Lady Came to Fatima
Saint Anthony and the Christ Child

Spain

The Flying Ensign, Green Coats Against Napoleon by Showell Styles
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino
Isabella of Spain by William Thomas Walsh (high school)
Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus by August Derleth

United Kingdom

England

Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard
The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton (high school)
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Edmund Campion, Hero of God's Underground by Harold P. Gardiner
Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
Father Brown Mysteries by G.K. Chesterton
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore Jewett
If All the Swords in England by Barbara Willard
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Midshipman Quinn Collection by Showell Styles (also France and various parts of the Mediterranean)
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
Pride and Prejudice and others by Jane Austen (high school)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Saint Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh (high school)
Saint Thomas More of London by Elizabeth Ince

Scotland

"The Martha Years" Little House Books by Melissa Wiley
The Outlaws of Ravenhurst by Sister M. Imelda Wallace

12 comments:

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

The Wheel on the School, by Meindert DeJong Holland.

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

France: The Weight of a Mass

Christine said...

United Kingdom: Little Lord Fauntleroy
Australia: The Switherby Pilgrims

Love2Learn Mom said...

Ana - my daughter just had the book out this morning - I think it's supposed to be Luxembourg (that is also where the true story took place). Thanks for the reminder!

Mary Ann said...

Ireland (for younger children):

Saint Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting (illus. by Jan Brett)

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie de Paola

Christine said...

Peru: The Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark
Norway: Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan

Christine said...

I was thinking this list was of various countries, not just Europe. Please move my Peru and Australia recommendations to their proper places. I am batting a thousand. I am just under a little stress.

Love2Learn Mom said...

No problem, Christine! I'd like to get to the other continents eventually too. I think I'll go ahead and start a South America one too, though I don't have a lot of suggestions prepared as with the other lists.

Christine said...

France: The Cure of Ars: The Story of Saint John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
France: The Little Flower: The Story of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
France: Miraculous Medal : The Story Of Our Lady's appearances to St. Catherine Laboure, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Poland: Saint Hyacinth of Poland, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
Italy: Saint Catherine of Siena: The Story of the Girl Who Saw Saints in the Sky, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt

The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

One more batch of Credo Books (can you tell these are popular at our house?):

France:

Dupuy, T.N. Charlemagne

Miller, Shane. The Hammer of Gaul: The Story of Charles Martel

Webster, Gary. Journey Into Light: The Story of Louis Braille

Poland:

Hume, Ruth & Paul. The Lion of Poland: The Story of Paderewski

Italy:

Kaufman, Helen L. Anvil Chorus: The Story of Giuseppe Verdi

Peck, Anne Merriman. Wings of an Eagle: The Story of Michelangelo

Smaridge, Norah. The Light Within: The Story of Maria Montessori

Spain:

Kolars, Frank. The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menendez (This could be Spain or colonial-era America)

England:

Power-Walters, Alma. The Crusader: The Story of Richard the Lionheart

Stanley-Wrench, Margaret. The Conscience of a King: The Story of Thomas More

Stanley-Wrench, Margaret. Teller of Tales: The Story of Geoffrey Chaucer

?

Webster, Gary. The Man Who Found Out Why: The Story of Fr. Gregor Mendel
(Mendel was born in Austrian Silesia, then part of the Austrian Empire, so is often listed as an Austrian scientist; but his abbey where he lived and worked was in Moravia, which is today part of the Czech Republic. Pick a country.)

The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Further digging convinces me that Mendel should be categorized as Bohemia/Czech Republic, depending on how you want to handle the Balkans.

Katherine Zehnder said...

Bulgaria: Dobry by Monica Shannon
Norway: In Norway by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
Denmark: Lotte's Locket by Elizabeth Coatsworth (alot of reference to Hans Christian Andersen's life)