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16 Inspiring Books for Kids set in Asia

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Are you looking for inspiring illustrated books set in Asia? We compiled a list of some books we've enjoyed, and we believe you will like them too. These are also books I feel will appeal as a family read-aloud. Let's travel with kids to Asia through books and learn about that magnificent and diverse part of our beautiful world.

1. I live in Tokyo

A heartwarming picture book about a Japanese child's everyday life in Tokyo: it teaches the Japanese culture and discusses holidays and traditions common to Japan.

I provide a glimpse of what it is like to live in japan and how the main character's family celebrates different holidays.

2. The Firekeeper's son

The story is set in the 1800s and based upon an actual bonfire signal system. It tells the story of a young Korean boy Sang-hee and his father, the firekeeper who has an important role of lightning a fire signaling to the palace that all is well and that there was no invasion. But if no fire was lit, the king would know to send soldiers. One day his father is injured, and the young boy faces two choices, each which a consequence. To learn more, get your copy.

3. The Great Race: The story of the Chinese Zodiac

In this lovely illustrated book, we learned the legend of how the Chinese calendar came into being and the reason in which order they've been placed, and how the Jade Emperor decides that he will name each year in the calendar after a different animal.

4. Hush! A Thai Lullaby

A rhythmic Thai Lullaby bedtime story that children around the world will love.

This is the story of a mother in Thailand trying to get the surrounding world quiet so that her baby can sleep. It is Perfect for 2-5

5. Tales told in tents