Travel and Place in Children's Fiction



General Travel and Place Booklists

Multicultural Bibliography (Ann Arbor District Library, MI): Extensive. Books set in or depicting the cultures of Africa; Asia; Europe; Latin America; Latino; The Carribean; The Middle East; Native Americans; Pacific Regions; The United States; and books From Many Nations. Listed by reading level within each region/ethnicity. Author, title, publication info, and summary for each of hundreds of books.

Youth World Fiction (Novi Public Library, MI): Author, title, grade level (from grades K-10), summary for over 40 fiction books, organised by country of setting (Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Native American, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland).

Travel Reads @ Your Library (North Bay Cooperative Library System): A booklist of mostly children's literature (some YA and adult) set in various regions and countries of the world, as well as regions and states of the U.S. Author, title, summary for each.

Far Away (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, CANADA): Author, title, summary for picture books (7), folktales (10), children's fiction (4), young adult novels (5), and a few non-fiction titles set in far-off lands (from Canada).

Around the World in 60 Minutes (Beth Hull - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication date (no summaries) provided for children's books that take place in Thailand (27 books), the Caribbean (28 books), or Poland (13 books). Both non-fiction and fiction works.

Books Abroad! (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author and title only for about 15 Easy, about 10 Junior fiction, and about 10 non-fiction books that involve travelling or other places, from Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss to My Pen Pal, Pat by Lisa Papademetriou.

Road Trip (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, and summary for about 40 picture books and chapter books about travelling.

Journeys (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, and summary for about 35 fiction books and books for older readers about travelling, from Amelia Hits the Road by Marissa Moss to The Window by Michael Dorris.


Outer Space / Solar System

See also Children's Science Fiction

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To the Moon and Beyond: Books about Outer Space (Madison Public Library, WI): Titles, with authors, of about 75 Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Middle Readers, and Older Readers about the solar system. Some are fantasy and sci-fi, and some are more science-oriented.


Set in Africa and the Middle East

Stories From and About the Middle East (Mary R. Voors - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, and publication year for about 30 books about or with a Middle East setting. Some are about Arab-Americans. Updated May 2005.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Africa (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for 50 children's books set in Africa, from The Accomplice by Adrienne Richard to Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock.

Books About Africa (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Compiled March 1999. Picture books (10), chapter books (6), and non-fiction (5) about Africa.

Books About The Middle East (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Compiled April 1999. Picture books (9), chapter books (4), and non-fiction (12) books about the Middle East, including Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, Morocco, etc. Author, title, summary.

Ancient Egypt in Fiction for Children (Noreen Doyle): Children's fiction with significant elements drawn from ancient Egypt. Author, title, publication info, and brief summary. Listed in these categories: Ancient Myths/Tales; Historical; Biblical; Contemporary; Fantasy and Animal Tales; Time Travel; Humor.

Read Like an Egyptian (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of each of 8 books about or set in Egypt.


Set in the Americas

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Caribbean (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for over 25 children's books set in the Caribbean, from Ajeemah and His Son by James Berry to The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (begins in the Caribbean).


CANADA

From Sea to Shining Sea (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, CANADA): Author, title, summary for picture books (15), folktales (4), children's fiction (4), young adult novels (4), and non-fiction titles (8) set in Canada.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Canada (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 20 children's books set in Canada, from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery to Yesterday's Doll by Cora Taylor.


LATIN AMERICA

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Latin America (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 50 children's books set in Central America and South America, from Abuela's Weave by Omar Castaneda to When the Monkeys Came Back by Kristine L. Franklin.

Books About Latin America (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Compiled April 1999. Picture books (5), chapter books (6), and non-fiction (11) books about Latin America, including Guatemala, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, etc. Author, title, summary.

Doorways to Latino Culture and Tradition (Seattle Public Library, WA): Books about Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico, and about people from those countries living in the U.S. Provides author, title, and summary for 12 works of fiction, 7 folklore books, 6 books about arts and culture, and 5 books of history/biography.

Books About The Caribbean (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Compiled April 1999. Picture books (11), chapter books (7), and non-fiction (10) about the Caribbean. Author, title, summary.


THE UNITED STATES

Reading Across America (Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI): Author, title, short summary for one book per state plus the District of Columbia, from Sara Banks' Under the Shadow of Wings (Alabama) to Gloria Skurzynski's Dangerous Ground (Wyoming). From the same source, a version for older readers (grades 6-8), with books from Pat McKissack's Run Away Home (Alabama) to Phyllis Naylor's Walker's Crossing (Wyoming).

Read Across America (National Education Association): Lists titles of several children's books per U.S. state (no reading levels given). Also see another Read Across America list with two titles per state.

United States Through Children's Literature (Carol Hurst): Unit on teaching about the U.S. through literature, includes list of one picture book for each state (does not include D.C.).

Places to Go (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Arranged by region of the U.S. (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, South/Southwest, West, Northwest, Hawaii), lists author (last name) and title of book only.


Northeast U.S.

Fiction Set in Maine: Juvenile (M. Williams): Author, title, publication year, summary of fictional and picture books whose setting is Maine.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Northeast U.S. (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for almost 150 children's books set in the northeast United States (New York to Maine), from Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi (set NJ/NY) to Winter Barn by Peter Parnall (set in Maine).

Kids Booklist Maine (Curtis Public Library, Brunwsick, Maine): List of chapter books, picture books, and non-fiction books about or set in Maine. Title, author, summary. About 70 books listed.

Maine Studies Through Literature (Stepping Stone Academy): Author and title provided for fictional books that teach Maine history, listed by category: The Seashore - Lobstering, Fishing, Lighthouses, Shipbuilding and Sailing; The Woods - Lumber, Logging, Trappers, Wildlife; The Mountains; The Plains - Apples, Blueberries, Potatoes, Farming, Fairs; and History by time period: Pre 1750 (Native Americans), 1750-1800 (Revolutionary War), 1800 - 1900 (Civil War/Industrial Revolution), 1900-2000 (Modern).

Children's Fiction Set in Massachusetts (Worcester Public Library, MA): Author, title, and locale for about 50 books set in Massachusetts, listed by author's last name, from C.S. Adler's The Magic of the Glits to Maria Wilkes' Little House by Boston Bay. June 2002.


Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 25 children's books set in the mid-Atlantic United States (Virginia to New York), from And One for All by Theresa Nelson (set Washington, D.C.) to With Every Drop of Blood by James Lincoln Collier. None set in Maryland.


Southern U.S.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Southeastern U.S. (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 65 children's books set in the southeast United States (Florida to Virginia), from Airmail to the Moon by Tom Birdseye to Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings (Florida)

Nature and the Environment in Appalachian Literature: Fiction for Children and Young Adults (Tina L. Hanlon, Ph.D., Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA): Books about humans' relationship with the land, with Appalachian setting. Author, title, publication info, extensive summary (no age or grade suggestions) for 10 books, from Betsy Byars' After the Goat Man to Created June 2002; updated 2004.

Kentucky in Juvenile Fiction 1951-1980 (University of Kentucky Libraries): An annotated bibliography of about 40 juvenile fictional works set in Kentucky. Also provides publication data.

Books with Missouri Settings (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, publication date, grade level, and summary of 36 children's books set in Missouri.


Western and Southwestern U.S.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set on the Pacific Coast (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for almost 60 children's books set on the Pacific coast of the U.S., from And Condors Danced by Zilpha Keatly Snyder to Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Texas/Southwest U.S. (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for over 30 children's books set in Texas and the southwest United States (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma), from Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles to Year of the Ranch by Alice McLerran.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Rocky Mountain States (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 20 children's books set in the Rocky Mountain states (New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho) from And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold to Westering by Alice Putnam.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Alaska and Hawaii (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 20 children's books set in Alaska or Hawaii, from Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod by Robert J. Blake to Woodsong by Gary Paulsen.

Novels Set in Utah for Children and Teens (The Logan Library, UT): Author (last name only), title, and description of each of 10 books set in Utah.


Midwestern U.S.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Midwestern U.S. (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 65 children's books set in the midwestern United States, from Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt to Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner.

Celebrating Kansas Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary for about 10 fiction titles set in Kansas.


Set in Antarctica, the Arctic, Australia, and the South Pacific

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Australia (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for over 15 children's books set in Australia or New Zealand, from Balyet by Patricia Wrightson to Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker.

A G'Day to Read Australian Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of each of 9 books about or set in Australia. Compiled May 2000.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Polar Regions (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for 10 children's books (biography and fiction) set in the Arctic or the Antarctic, from Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson by Jeri Ferris to Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves by Jim Brandenburg.


Set in Asia and the Middle East

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Asia and India (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 80 children's books set in Asia or India, from Adventures of Marco Polo by Demi to Yoshiko and the Foreigner by Mimi Otey Little.

Books About Asia (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Compiled March 1999. Picture books (8), chapter books (9), and non-fiction (9) about Asia. Author, title, summary.

Doorways to Southeast Asia Culture and Tradition (Seattle Public Library, WA): Books about Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and about people from those countries living in the U.S. Provides author, title, and summary for 17 works of fiction (from picture books up), 5 folklore books, 3 books about arts and culture, and 5 books about history.

Doorways to Japanese Culture and Tradition (Seattle Public Library, WA): Books about Japan and Japanese Americans. Provides author, title, and summary for 16 works of fiction (from picture books up), 4 folklore books, 7 books about arts and culture, and 3 books of history.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the Middle East (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for almost 30 children's books set in the Middle East, from Accomplice by Adrienne Richard to Zed by Rosemary Harris.


Set in Europe and the United Kingdom

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Europe (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 200 children's books set in countries of Europe, from Above and Below the Stairs by John S. Goodall to Young Mark: the Story of a Venture by Edith Martha Almedingen.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in the British Isles (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for 80 children's books set in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, from Above and Below the Stairs by John S. Goodall to You Never Knew Her as I Did by Mollie Hunter.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Eastern Europe (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 30 children's books set in Eastern Europe (Russia, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine, Hungary), from Anastasia's Album by Hugh Brewster to Young Mark: the Story of a Venture by E.M. Almedingen.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in France and the Low Countries (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 25 children's books set in France and Switzerland, from Anni's Diary of France by Anni Axworthy to The Wild Boy by Mordecai Gerstein.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Scandinavia (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 20 children's books set in Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Greenland, Norway), from The Battle Horse by Harry Kullman to The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Germany and Central Europe (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 20 children's books set in Germany and Central Europe (including Austria and Prague), from The Changing City by Jorg Muller to Transport 7-41-RM by T. Degens.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Set in Italy (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 15 children's books set in Italy, from The Apprentice by Pilar Molina Llorente to Voice of the Wood by Claude Clement.