Reading List: Learn About Your Child's Birth Country

These books can help your child connect with her birth culture. Add your family's favorites in the comments!

Two girls read about their birth culture together


  • Look What Came from China, by Miles Harvey (Franklin Watts). Children learn about the inventions, music, sports, fashion, and food that hail from China.
  • The Dragon’s Tale, retold by Demi (Henry Holt). Twelve entertaining fables about the animals of the Chinese zodiac.



  • Monsoon, by Uma Krishnaswami (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). A young Indian girl and her family wait for the end-of-summer rains.
  • Prita Goes to India, by Prodeepta Das (Frances Lincoln). Seven-year-old Prita visits relatives in India and is fascinated by their daily life.


  • Bee-bim Bop!, by Linda Sue Park (HMH Books for Young Readers). A Korean girl helps her mother shop for and prepare a delicious dinner.
  • Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, by John Stickler (Shen’s Books). A celebration of Korea’s religions, food, martial arts, and other forms of culture.


  • I Come From Ukraine (This Is My Story), by Valerie J. Weber (Weekly Reader/Gareth Stevens Pub). Serhiy, a boy from Ukraine, compares life in Ukraine with his home in Wisconsin.
  • The Mitten, by Alvin Tresslet (Harper Collins). A Ukranian folk tale tells the story of a lost mitten that stretches to offer woodland creatures safety from the cold.
  • Secret of the Glass Mountain and Other Folktales from Ukraine, by Maria Zemko Tetro (Winter Light Books, Inc.). A set of folk tales, illustrated by Ukrainian artists, tell fantastic stories of princesses, dragons, and green dwarves.


  • Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam, by Sherry Garland (Pelican Publishing). Children learn about the origins of a tiger’s stripes, the man in the moon, Vietnam’s wild monsoons, and more.
  • Ten Mice for Tet, by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill (Chronicle Books). A vibrant counting book introduces kids to the rich traditions of Vietnamese New Year.

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