The regions of Italy are unique – from Rome to Venice, Florence to Sicily- but there is a story for every adventurous traveler.

romeThis is Rome & This Is Venice by Miroslav Sasek are timeless classics that introduce children to the wonders of these two delightful veniceItalian cities.  Originally published in the 1960’s the integrity and character of the original editions have been preserved, while information has been updated where appropriate.  PB

streganonaStrega Nona, the “Grandma Witch” heroine of Tomie dePaola’s classic tale is known for her powerful magic throughout her Calabrian town (think the toe of the boot that is Italy).  She is trusted by all to cure warts, find love and even the priests and nuns go to her for help.  But as she is getting on in age she seeks help with the heavy household work from Big Anthony.  What follows is a comical tale with an important moral about following instructions and the price paid for seeking fame.  Follow this story with a heaping plate of pasta and the followup books Big Anthony: His Story and Strega Nona: Her Story. PB

tonysbreadNorthern Italy is the setting for another Tomie dePaola favorite, Tony’s Bread.  Tony dreams of becoming a successful baker in Milan, but when he is invited to start a bakery by his daughters suitor, he realizes he will have to make a very special bread to compete with the torta and biscotti sold in the Milanese bakeries.  With help form his daughter and her fiance he gets a wonderful idea for the perfect bread, which is a traditional holiday favorite to this day. PB

oliviagoestoveniceOlivia Goes to Venice – Olivia, the little pig with big personality is off to visit Venice with her family.   From gondola rides to gelato Olivia explores the canals of Venice like only she can.  Author Ian Falconer does it again in this delightfully detailed story, filled with photography and art work to introduce young readers to this spectacular Italian city as seen through Olivia’s unique perspective. PB

gsmysteryinveniceThe Mystery in Venice  There is never any rest for Geronimo Stilton.  In this, his 48th adventure, the intrepid editor of the Rodent’s Gazette is off to Venice, Italy to solve a mystery and help save the day.  Filled with typical madcap misadventures Geronimo is known for, the story also contains some wonderful information about the history and culture of Venice.  ER-2

recipeforadventure-naplesTV chef Giada De Laurentiis kicks off her Recipe for Adventure series with Naples!  Siblings Emilia and Alfie are surprised when their aunt moves in with them, and they trade fast-food and pizza for home cooked meals.  Suddenly they are transported, via food, to Naples where they tour the city helping a new friend collect the ingredients for a food contest.  They experience first hand the culture and cuisine of Naples and discover the importance of family. ER-2

mmitalyThe Diary of Melanie Martin: or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza Melanie is super-excited to go to Italy, who wouldn’t be?  But can she survive her family?  Mom is consumed by all the artwork, Dad is really grumpy, and Matt the Brat is just being himself, a bratty little brother.  Nothing is turning out the way Melanie dreamed it would.  Author Carol Weston brings Melanie’s enthusiasm and angst to life, and proves that anywhere you visit is better with family.   MR-5

ring-of-fireEvery hundred years four kids from four cities must save the world.  This is the tagline for Ring of Fire, the first book in the Century Quartet by Pierdomenico Baccalario.  The series begins in Rome, in a hotel run by Elettra’s father, where due to mysterious circumstances Elettra finds herself sharing her room with Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris and Sheng from Shanghai.  When the kids are asked by a mysterious man to protect a suitcase they agree, but soon discover it is full of clues that take them on a dangerous quest all over Rome in search of the Ring of Fire. MR-5/6


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