Tour Europe Through Living Books!
These 20 Classic Chapter books set in Europe capture the culture and flavor of life in a variety of European countries. Since most of us can’t travel the world right now in person, entering these countries through our imagination may be the next best option. Here’s my picks for a literary tour of Europe this summer!
Visit the Emerald Isle and experience everyday life in The Cottage at Bantry Bay by Hilda Van Stockum.
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In The Secret Garden, experience England for the first time through the eyes of Mary Lennox, a sickly child from India. Discover the magic of an English country garden and the moors.
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England (Lake Country)
Join the Swallows and Amazons on their summer holidays in England’s beautiful lake country. Capture the flag, camp on a deserted island, and find some treasure in this classic.
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From the shores of Scotland to early America and back, this sweeping story of the Catholic persecution in Scotland includes realistic Scotch dialect and plenty of castles.
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Come join The Children of Noisy Village in life in a tiny Swedish village. Astrid Lindgren of Pippi Longstocking fame brings Sweden to life in this charming chapter book.
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Our part-Norwegian family love Snow Treasure: a true story of brave Norwegian children who smuggled their country’s treasure away from the Nazis on sleds.
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In this sadly hard to find Newberry Medal winner, a group of Dutch schoolchildren bring their community together as they work to bring back the storks.
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Learn about windmills and the Dutch resistance in The Winged Watchman.
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In Number the Stars, a young Danish girl and her family embody the heroism of the Danish people who helped save almost all the Jewish citizens of their country during World War II.
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Enter the adventures and intrigues of medieval Poland with Josef in The Trumpeter of Krakow.
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The Grimm Brothers traveled through the Black Forest collecting the tales that are at the essence of the German soul.
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A homeless man meets three homeless children who take shelter under “his” bridge. An unlikely family emerges.
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Twenty Catholic children living in the French mountains help save ten Jewish refugee children.
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The Good Master takes you right into the heart of Hungary with a fantastic description of farm life, the countryside, the celebrations, and folk tale retellings.
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Everyone has to read Heidi, of course!
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This fantastic book about a boy determined to scale a mountain to fulfill his father’s dream brings the Alps to life in all their majesty and danger.
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Come visit the White Stallion of Lipizza at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
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A boy and his donkey work to save the local monastery and an American soldier during World War II.
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Everyone is terrified of a cursed grotto; everyone but the mysterious strangers who are determined to uncover its secrets. A story of the discovery of the famed blue grotto of Capri.
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Travel back to the days of Greek heroes with Padraic Colum in the iconic Golden Fleece.
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Enjoyed this visit to Europe in chapter books? Check out more great books for Catholic kids on My Book lists!