Read Around the World

A Literary Journey

A. Read books set in countries all around the world.
B. Keep track of your reading.

  1. Keep a list of the books you read.
  2. Write little annotations or responses telling about the stories and your connections. Or write about what you learned in a short informal essay.
  3. Organize your books in alphabetical order within each continent section.

An Evaluation Rubric: Independent Reading Project

Great Stories set in Countries Around the World

A Literary Journey by Avneet in Grade 6

From reading all different sorts of stories that were set all over the world, I have learnt that all people experience both hardships and joys in life. For example, in the story An Adventure in Venice, I have learned that life is not always fair, not even on a vacation; Zoe, a little girl, loses her dog Mickey while in Italy. In A Faraway Island and A Night Divided, I have observed that when life is tough, people have to be brave; in the first novel, two Jewish sisters are sent to Austria because of World War 2 and in the second novel, Gerta’s family gets divided overnight by the Berlin Wall in Germany. In Little Red Riding Hood, I noticed that sometimes not following directions can get a person into danger; Little Red Riding Hood on the way to visit her sick grandmother does not obey her mother and is endangered by a wolf. In Desmond and the Very Mean Word, I saw that hurting someone’s feelings is very unkind; some boys shout a very mean word at Desmond which turns his happiness and joy into sadness and anger.  In Good Morning China, I discovered that almost everyone has some kind of special activity that makes them happy; in China, some children play basketball in the morning and other children water the plants. Overall, I have learnt a lot of amazing things about life!

North America

  1. Bilson, Geoffery. The Guest Children. Saskatchewan: Fifth House,1999.
  2. Driver, Stephanie. I Wish I Knew That Science. New York. Reader’s Digest, 2012.
  3. Goldsworthy, Kate. Nunavut. Calgary: Weigl, 2014.
  4. Horvath, Polly.Very Rich. New York: Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, 2018.
  5. Hurley, Michael. Canada. Chicago: Heineman Library,2012.
  6. Kennon, Mara. Molecule. New York: Crash Course, 2014.
  7. Khan, Hena. Under my Hijab.New York: Lee and Low Books, 2019.
  8. Moore, Christoper. The Story of Canada. Toronto: Scholastic, 2016.
  9. Ono, Mari. How to Make Paper Planes. New York: Reader’s Digest, 2012.
  10. Pearson, Kit. The Sky is Falling.  Toronto: Penguin Random House, 2014.
  11.  Pearson, Kit. Looking at the Moon. Toronto: Penguin Random       House, 2014.
  12. Pearson, Kit. The Lights go on Again. Toronto: Penguin Random House, 2014.

  South America

  1. Woods, Michael. Seven Natural Wonders of South America. Boston: Twenty-First Century Books,2004.


  1. Brett, Jari. Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Boston: G.P Punam’s Sons, 1987.
  2. Galdon, Paul. Rumpelstitskin. New York: Harcourt, 1985.
  3. Grimm, Brothers. Sleeping Beauty. Boston: North-South Books, 2012.
  4. Grimm, Brothers. Snow White. Boston: North-South Books, 2007.
  5. Kraulis, Julie. An Armadillo In Paris. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.
  6. Mauner, Claudia. An Adventure In Venice. New York: Chronicle Books, 2009.
  7. Nielsen, Jennifer. A Night Divided. New York: Scholastic, 2015.
  8. Nesbit, E. Jack and the Beanstalk. Cambridge: Candlewick Press,2006.
  9. Paul, Fleshman. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal. Boston: Henry Holt and Company.2007.
  10. Pinkey, Jerry. Little Red Hen. Boston: Litlle Brown And Company.2007.
  11.  Rubbino, Salvatore. A Walk in Paris. Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press,2014.
  12. Sadek, Adelnola. Italy. Boston: Mason Crest,2013.
  13. Thor, Annika. A Faraway Island. New York: Delacorte Press,2009.
  14. Vegara. Isabel. Stephen Hawking. Minneapolis. France’s Lincoln Children’s Books, 2019.
  15. Waldron, Melanie. Scotland. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2012.
  16. Woods, Michael. Seven Natural Wonders of Europe. Boston: Twenty-First Century Books, 2009.


  1. Emberly, Rebecca. The Red Hen. New York: Roaring Book Press, 2010.
  2. Javaherbin, Mina. Elephant in the Dark. Boston: Scholastic, 2015.
  3. Khan, Rukhsana. Wanting Mor.Toronto: Groundwood Book, 2004.
  4. Krishnawswan, Uma. Monsoon. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
  5. Mohammend, Kharda. Four Feet Two Sandals. Cambridge: Eerdmans Books, 2007.
  6. Moore, Emma. Manu’s Ark. San Rafel: Mandala Kids, 2012.
  7. Say, Allen. Erika-San. Boston: Harcourt. 2004.
  8. Stampler, Ann. The Wooden Sword. Chicago: Albert Whitman and Company, 2001.
  9. Woods, Michael. Seven Natural Wonders of Asia. Boston: Twenty-First Century Books,2004.
  10. Yi, Young hi. Good Morning China. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2007.
  11. Yomtav, Net. Saudi Arabia. New York: Children’s Press, 2015
  12. Young, Ed. Mei, Mei, Mei. New York: Philomel Books, 2006.


  1. Brooks, Phillip. The Story Of Ancient Civilizations. New York: Rosen Central, 2011.
  2. Robinson, Anthony. Gervelie’s Journey. London: France’s Lincoln Books, 2018.
  3. Tutu, Desmond, Archbishop. Desmond and the Very Mean Word. Cambridge: Candlewick Press,2013.




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