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"Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were silent. 'When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?' 'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh. 'What do you say, Piglet?' 'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. 'It's the same thing,' he said." [Tell Me!]

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Picture Books Around the World - EUROPE     View List as Printable PDF

Austria

A child is a child

A child is a child
by Weninger, Brigitte
JEASY
When two frogs are left orphaned, Mama Mouse mobilizes the community to use their skills to help her raise them.

Stay in bed, Davy

Stay in bed, Davy
by Weninger, Brigitte
JEASY
When Davy the Rabbit is sick, his mother insists that he stay in bed, but his friends have plans for him to have fun anyway.

 

Belgium

The cuddle book

The cuddle book
by Genechten, Guido van
JEASY
Describes a variety of animal cuddles, from bear hugs to porcupine hugs, but the best is Mommy's cuddle.

What's inside

What's inside
by Ashbe, Jeanne
JEASY
A young boy wonders what is inside of things, including his pregnant mother.

Who is driving?

Who is driving?
by Timmers, Leo
JEASY TIM
Easy-to-read text invites the reader to guess which animal is driving each of seven vehicles based on how they are dressed, then reveals their destinations and the vehicles' sounds.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gleam and Glow

Gleam and Glow
by Bunting, Eve
JEASY
After his home is destroyed by war, eight-year-old Viktor finds hope in the survival of two very special fish.

 

Bulgaria

My name was Hussein

My name was Hussein
by Kyuchukov, Hristo
J PIC+
Although they have kept their Islamic traditions living in their Bulgarian village for many generations, when an army takes over their village, a Muslim boy and his family are forced to take Christian names.

 

Czech Republic

A new house for Mouse

A new house for Mouse
by Horacek, Petr
JEASY
Mouse finds a nice juicy apple--but it's too big to fit inside her tiny home. What can she do? Find a new house, of course! Peep through the die-cut holes and join Mouse on her search

 

Denmark

Olie's bedtime walk

Olie's bedtime walk
by Hertz, Grete Janus.
JEASY
When Olie can't sleep, he goes for a nighttime walk and meets several night workers who all wish they were home in bed.

The ladder

The ladder
by Rasmussen, Halfdan Wedel.
JEASY
A ladder, long forgotten on a lonely lane, sets out to see the world, but finds that people and animals keep using it to climb into the sky and disappear.

 

Finland

The best of friends

The best of friends
by Vainio, Pirkko
JEASY
Despite their physical differences, best friends Hare and Bear laugh together, play together, and share special moments.

 

France

365 penguins

365 penguins
by Fromental, Jean-Luc
JEASY
When a box containing a penguin arrives anonymously on New Year's Day, a family of four is puzzled, but as they continue to receive one penguin each day their problems--and food budget, and storage issues--are multiplied

A Penguin story

A Penguin story
by Portis, Antoinette
JEASY POR
Edna the penguin tries to find something in her surroundings that is not black, white, or blue.

A spree in Paree

A spree in Paree
by Stock, Catherine
JEASY
Monsieur Monmouton takes his farm animals to Paris, France, for a holiday.

Big Wolf & Little Wolf

Big Wolf & Little Wolf
by Brun-Cosme, Nadine
JEASY BRU
Big Wolf has always lived alone at the top of a hill under a tree, so when a little wolf suddenly arrives one day, he does not know what to think.

Cherry and Olive

Cherry and Olive
by Lacombe, Benjamin
JEASY
A very shy girl who longs for a friend falls in love with a lost puppy at the shelter where her father works.

Crepes by Suzette

Crepes by Suzette
by Wellington, Monica
JEASY
Suzette sells a variety of her crepes, or French pancakes, from the street cart she takes all over Paris.

Everybody bonjours!

Everybody bonjours!
by Kimmelman, Leslie
JEASY KIM
Describes in rhymed text the many ways to use the greeting "Bonjour" when visiting Paris. Includes brief descriptions of Parisian landmarks at the end of the story.

La La Rose

La La Rose
by Ichikawa, Satomi
JEASY
La La Rose, a young girl's stuffed rabbit, gets lost in Luxembourg Gardens.

My cat, the silliest cat in the world

My cat, the silliest cat in the world
by Bachelet, Gilles
JEASY
An artist describes the activities of his cat, not seeming to notice that his pet strongly resembles an elephant.

My daddy is a giant

My daddy is a giant
by Norac, Carl
JEASY
A little boy's father seems so large to him that he needs a ladder to cuddle him and birds nest in his father's hair.

Polo and Lily

Polo and Lily
by Faller, Régis
JEASY FAL
In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog meets a rabbit named Lily and the two become friends.

Polo and the magic flute

Polo and the magic flute
by Faller, Régis
JEASY FAL
In this story told through wordless illustrations, a simple boat ride turns into a magical adventure for Polo the dog.

The adventures of Polo

The adventures of Polo
by Faller, Régis
JEASY
Polo the dog sets out from his home and enjoys many adventures, including sailing his boat on top of a whale, roasting hot dogs over a volcano, and taking a ride in a spaceship built from a mushroom.

The cat who walked across France

The cat who walked across France
by Banks, Kate
JEASY
After his owner dies, a cat wanders across the countryside of France, unable to forget the home he had in the stone house by the edge of the sea.

The cat's vacation

The cat's vacation
by Schoch, Irene
JEASY
At your cat's invitation, Mr. and Mrs. Crocodile, the Penguin family, some Bengal tigers, and Mr. Moose sleep late, swim, and do all of the usual vacation things at your house while you are away.

The chicken thief

The chicken thief
by Rodriguez, Beatrice
JEASY ROD
A fox steals a chicken. Why would the fox do this and not eat the bird?

 

Germany

Brave Charlotte and the wolves

Brave Charlotte and the wolves
by Stohner, Anu
JEASY STO
Charlotte the sheep proves her courage once again when the rest of her flock, including Wolfi and his gang of pretend wolves, trembles in fear at the sound of howling in the forest.

Emile

Emile
by Futterer, Kurt
JEASY
A white cat named Emile leaves home in search of beautiful colors.

Henrietta and the golden eggs

Henrietta and the golden eggs
by Johansen, Hanna
JEASY
The persistence of Henrietta, one of 3,333 chickens on a chicken farm, leads to a better life for them all.

In the Town All Year 'Round

In the Town All Year 'Round
by Berner, Rotraut Susanne
JEASY
Pictures depict busy people in a town throughout the year.

Millie waits for the mail

Millie waits for the mail
by Steffensmeier, Alexander
JEASY
Millie the cow loves to scare the mailman and chase him off the farm, until the mailman comes up with a plan that ends up pleasing everyone.

Next please

Next please
by Jandl, Ernst
JEASY
One by one, injured toys are called from the waiting room and sent out as good as new, until only the fifth one is left.

The princess knight

The princess knight
by Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
JEASY
Envious of her brothers who are in training to become knights, young Violetta disguises herself as a boy in order to take part in the big jousting contest in the hopes of showing everyone that she is just as capable.

When I grow up, I will win the Nobel Peace Prize

When I grow up, I will win the Nobel Peace Prize
by Pin, Isabel
J FICTION
A young boy thinks of what he can do to fight injustice in the world.

 

Greece

I have an olive tree

I have an olive tree
by Bunting, Eve
JEASY
After her grandfather's death, eight-year-old Sophia fulfills his last request and journeys to Greece with her mother to see the land where her roots are.

Yanni rubbish

Yanni rubbish
by Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey.
JEASY
Before his father left to find work in Germany, he told Yanni to keep the family business going but collecting trash is hard work and the other boys in the Greek village tease him.

 

Hungary

Hanna's cold winter

Hanna's cold winter
by Marx, Trish
JEASY
A child tells how her family and other people in Budapest help save the famous hippopotamuses in their city's zoo from starving one difficult winter during World War II. Based on a true story.

 

Iceland

How the ladies stopped the wind

How the ladies stopped the wind
by McMillan, Bruce
JEASY
The women of one village in Iceland decide to plant trees to stop the powerful winds that make it difficult even to go for a walk, but first they must find a ways to prevent sheep from eating all of their saplings, while encouraging chickens to fertilize them.

The problem with chickens

The problem with chickens
by McMillan, Bruce
JEASY
When women in an Icelandic village buy chickens to lay eggs for them to use, the chickens follow them, adopting human ways and forgetting their barnyard roots, until the ladies hatch a clever plan.

 

Republic of Ireland

Cow

Cow
by Doyle, Malachy
JEASY
Illustrations and simple text describe the full day of a dairy cow.

Katie's wish

Katie's wish
by Hazen, Barbara Shook.
JEASY
Soon after Katie wishes for her potatoes to disappear during dinner, a potato famine ravages her native Ireland, forcing her to leave for America.

The incredible book eating boy

The incredible book eating boy
by Jeffers, Oliver
JEASY
Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with the books he has been devouring.

Tiny's big adventure

Tiny's big adventure
by Waddell, Martin
JEASY
Katy Mouse teaches her younger brother, Tiny, the names of some of the things they see, including a boot, a snail, and a pheasant, when they go to the cornfield to play games.

Walking to school

Walking to school
by Bunting, Eve
J PIC+
When the path to eight-year-old Allison's Catholic school goes through hostile Protestant territory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Allison finds she is not alone in her loathing of the situation.

 

Italy

ORPHAN SINGER

ORPHAN SINGER
by McCully, Emily Arnold
J PIC+ MCC
In the 1700's, determined that their daughter realize her musical destiny, her poor but devoted parents send her away as a baby to the Venetian "ospedale," knowing she will be raised as an orphan and will never again be allowed to return home.

The last resort

The last resort
by Lewis, J. Patrick.
J PIC+
Ideal for both adults and children, this unusual tale introduces Innocenti the painter, the story's creator, who one day finds himself on a journey to the seaside spot The Last Resort. There, he meets a cast of unique characters who, like him, are all on the road to self-discovery.

There's a dolphin in the Grand Canal!

There's a dolphin in the Grand Canal!
by Marciano, John Bemelmans
JEASY
Luca, a young Italian boy, is bored until he meets a playful dolphin who takes him on a ride through the Venice waterways.

Too much garbage

Too much garbage
by Testa, Fulvio
JEASY
Two boys, sent to take out the garbage, explore the city and find trash everywhere.


 

The Netherlands

A strange day

A strange day
by Heide, Iris van der.
JEASY
Upset when an important letter does not arrive in the mail as expected, Jack wanders through the park not even noticing what he is doing and becomes an unwitting hero.

Frog is frightened

Frog is frightened
by Velthuijs, Max
JEASY
Strange noises in the night frighten Frog and his animal friends.

Greatest skating race : a World War II story from the Netherlands

Greatest skating race : a World War II story from the Netherlands
by Borden, Louise
J PIC+
During World War II in the Netherlands, a 10-year-old boy's dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past German soldiers and other enemies.

I feel a foot

I feel a foot
by Rinck, Maranke
JEASY
Five animal friends, awakened by a strange noise, discover a creature in the dark that seems to be a giant-sized version of each of them.

King & King

King & King
by Haan, Linda de.
JEASY
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

On your potty, Little Rabbit

On your potty, Little Rabbit
by Amant, Kathleen
JEASY AMA
On Your Potty, Little Rabbit is a children's picture book about potty training. Anna asks her little toy rabbit if he needs to use the potty - but he doesn't seem to know what to do. Anna tells him all about it and goes through each step involved in using the potty. This book is designed to introduce children to potty training and is told with simple text and bright, colourful illustrations.

The yellow balloon

The yellow balloon
by Dematons, Charlotte
JEASY
A yellow balloon sails around the world.

 

Norway

Garmann's street

Garmann's street
by Hole, Stian
J PIC+ HOL
After succumbing to peer pressure from a bully, an unusual friendship between Garmann and the Stamp Man arises out of a near-disaster.

Garmann's summer

Garmann's summer
by Hole, Stian

As the summer ends, six-year-old Garmann's three ancient aunts visit and they all talk about the things that scare them.

John Jensen Feels Different

John Jensen Feels Different
by Hovland, Henrik
JEASY HOV
John Jensen, a crocodile, cannot quite understand why he feels so different from everyone else, but a kindly doctor reassures him that no one is exactly the same as anyone else.

Welcome back, Sun

Welcome back, Sun
by Emberley, Michael
JEASY
During "murketiden," the dark months between September and March, a Norwegian girl and her family try to hasten the arrival of spring.

Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve

Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve
by Brett, Jan

A boy from Finnmark and his ice bear help scare away some hungry trolls so that Kyri and her father can enjoy their Christmas Eve meal.

 

Poland

The cats in Krasinski Square

The cats in Krasinski Square
by Hesse, Karen
J PIC+
Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.

 

Russia

A symphony of whales

A symphony of whales
by Schuch, Steve
JEASY
Young Glashka's dream of the singing of whales, accompanied by a special kind of music, leads to the rescue of thousands of whales stranded in a freezing Siberian bay.

Martha

Martha
by Spirin, Genadii
JEASY
The author relates how he and his Moscow family rescued Martha, a crow with a broken wing, and how she joined their household.

 

Spain

El regalo

El regalo
by Keselman, Gabriela
JEASY SP
Miguelito's birthday is coming and his parents cannot figure out what to do when he tells them that he wants something big, strong, smooth, sweet, warm, funny, and long-lasting.

La familia, del pequeño al mayor

La familia, del pequeño al mayor
by Roca, Núria

At school, a group of young children and their teacher tell about the many different kinds of families in which they live.

The gift

The gift
by Keselman, Gabriela
JEASY
Mickey's birthday is coming and his parents cannot figure out what to do when he tells them that he wants something big, strong, smooth, sweet, warm, funny, and long-lasting.

The Night Eater

The Night Eater
by Juan, Ana
JEASY
The Night Eater, who brings each new day by gobbling up the darkness, decides he is too fat and stops eating, with dire consequences.

 

Sweden

A crash course for Molly

A crash course for Molly
by Eriksson, Eva
JEASY
Molly is big enough and smart enough to ride a bike now - and she loves it! Trouble is, Molly can't seem to stop running into things. Happily, she bumps into a driving instructor one day, and he gives Molly useful advice.

Bertil and the bathroom elephants

Bertil and the bathroom elephants
by Lindahl, Inger
JEASY
Bertil tells his family that a rowdy pair of elephants is responsible for all the bathroom messes, but his delight in the creatures turns to fear when the elephants refuse to allow him any peace and privacy.

Boo and Baa have company

Boo and Baa have company
by Landström, Lena

Boo and Baa do everything they can to get a cat out of a tree.

Franny's friends

Franny's friends
by Kruusval, Catarina
JEASY
Franny takes her seven friends on an outing, but when two of them disappear, Franny realizes there are too many friends to keep track of.

Mini Mia and her darling uncle

Mini Mia and her darling uncle
by Lindenbaum, Pija
JEASY SP
Ella, whose nickname is "Mini Mia" because her favorite soccer player is Mia Hamm, loves spending time with her eccentric uncle Tommy, but finds herself a bit put out when she has to share him with his new boyfriend Fergus.

Oink, oink, Benny

Oink, oink, Benny
by Lindgren, Barbro

Tired of hanging around inside, Benny and his little brother decide to venture outside where they, despite the order of their mother, head straight for the mudhole.

Pancake dreams

Pancake dreams
by Ahvander, Ingmarie
JEASY
Stefan loves his grandma's delicious Swedish pancakes, but since it takes many hours to fly to Sweden from Jordan, he must find another way to have his favorite breakfast.

Pancakes for Findus

Pancakes for Findus
by Nordkvist, Sven
JEASY
It's the cat Findus' birthday, and Farmer Pettson wants to make pancakes for him. But first he must get his bike fixed so he can go into town to buy flour.

The rabbit who didn't want to go to sleep

The rabbit who didn't want to go to sleep
by Edvall, Lilian
JEASY
Although Little Rabbit is tired, he isn't quite ready for bed. Instead, he wants to play with his cars just a tiny bit longer

The red bird

The red bird
by Lindgren, Astrid
JEASY
Anna and Matthew, two poor siblings who have known only hunger, cold, and hard labor since their mother died, follow a bright red bird to a land of happiness.

 

Switzerland

Anna's wish

Anna's wish
by H├Ąchler, Bruno
JEASY HAC
Anna has never seen snow; it stopped snowing before she was born. But through the power of her wishes and her faith, Anne brings snow to the village again.

How will we get to the beach?

How will we get to the beach?
by Luciani, Brigitte
JEASY
The reader is asked to guess what Roxanne must leave behind (ball,umbrella, book, turtle, or baby) as she tries various means of transportation to get to the beach.

Just the way you are

Just the way you are
by Pfister, Marcus
JEASY
Tired of their normal appearances, the animals want to look special for the big party but come to realize that they are special just the way they are. Die-cut pages offer glimpses of each animal's dream transformation.

Marta y la bicicleta

Marta y la bicicleta
by Zullo, Germano
JEASY SP
After Marta the cow watches the annual bicycle race go through her town, she decides to build her own bicycle and teach herself to ride.

 

Ukraine

Nicky and the big, bad wolves

Nicky and the big, bad wolves
by Gorbachev, Valeri
JEASY
Nicky the rabbit has a bad dream about being chased by lots of hungry wolves, but his mother has a solution to his distress.

 

United Kingdom

Alfie and the big boys

Alfie and the big boys
by Hughes, Shirley
JEASY
Alfie and his friend Bernard, who are in nursery school, sometimes wish they were big enough to play with the older kids at the school next door, but the big kids don't take any notice of the little ones.

Beware of the Frog

Beware of the Frog
by Bee, William
JEASY
Sweet old Mrs. Collywobbles lives on the edge of a big, dark, scary wood, but has a pet frog to protect her from greedy goblins, smelly trolls, and hungry ogres.

But I am an alligator

But I am an alligator
by Child, Lauren
JEASY
Lola decides that her alligator costume is her favorite and that she is never taking it off.

Coconut comes to school

Coconut comes to school
by Doherty, Berlie
JEASY
A donkey named Coconut makes daily trips to a school, much to the children's delight, but the teacher tries to make the donkey go away.

Harry and the dinosaurs go to school

Harry and the dinosaurs go to school
by Whybrow, Ian
JEASY
On Harry's first day at his new school he is not sure whether or not to bring his bucket of dinosaurs, but in the end the dinosaurs help him make a friend.

It's a secret!

It's a secret!
by Burningham, John
JEASY BUR
sleeps. "Where do cats go at night?" the girl wonders. So when she sees him at his cat door dressed to the nines, she begs to come along. And amazingly, Malcolm agrees, as long as she puts on her fancy clothes, gets small, and keeps it all a secret. With a whimsical story and breathtaking artwork, the acclaimed John Burningham takes us on an exciting night's journey, braving hoodlum dogs and precarious climbs for a rooftop party that is cause for celebration indeed.

Just Ducks!

Just Ducks!
by Davies, Nicola
JEASY DAV
On her way to school, a young girl spots mallard ducks in the river and enthusiastically describes their appearance, habits, and behavior. Interspersed throughout the pages are facts about ducks.

Little Beauty

Little Beauty
by Browne, Anthony
JEASY
When a gorilla who knows sign language tells his keepers that he is lonely, they bring him a very special friend.

Little boat

Little boat
by Docherty, Thomas
JEASY DOC
Despite all the lurking dangers, Little Boat has come to feel at home in the ocean, happy to sail alone or with such friends as penguins or dolphins.

Me and You

Me and You
by Browne, Anthony
JEASY BRO
An urban retelling of the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, told from the baby bear's perspective.

Mrs. Armitage queen of the road

Mrs. Armitage queen of the road
by Blake, Quentin
JEASY
When the car her uncle gave her loses parts all over the road, Mrs. Armitage takes it in stride, but a gang of friendly motorcyclists is impressed with the results.

My two grannies

My two grannies
by Banjamin, Floella
JEASY BEN
While her parents are away, Alvina's two grandmothers come to take care of her, but when her English grandmother's views begin to clash with those of Granny Vero--who is from Trinidad--Alvina must find a way to help them get along with one another.

Pizza kittens

Pizza kittens
by Voake, Charlotte
JEASY
Kittens Lucy, Joe, and Bert prefer pizza to peas.

The Baby in the hat

The Baby in the hat
by Ahlberg, Allan
JEASY AHL
Catching a baby in his hat sets off a series of adventures for a young nineteenth-century English boy as he becomes a sea captain and finds a surprising mate.

The train to Glasgow

The train to Glasgow
by Horsbrugh, Wilma
JEASY
A rhyme in the style of "The House That Jack Built", describing the antics that occur when some chickens get loose on a train bound for Glasgow.

Traction Man meets Turbodog

Traction Man meets Turbodog
by Grey, Mini
JEASY
Traction Man, an action figure, teams up with the high-tech but not-so-bright Turbodog to rescue Scrubbing Brush, his missing sidekick, from the terrible underworld of the bin.

Wolves

Wolves
by Gravett, Emily
JEASY
When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he wanted to know.