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Children’s Books Set in Asia

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Whether you found this searching for the top Asian Children’s Books to prep for a geography lesson, or you’re joining us as part of the Read Around the World Children’s summer reading challenge, we hope you’ll find the perfect book suggestions for your needs.

If you want to read a book about Asia along with your child, check out our lists of Books Set in Northern Asia for Adults and Books Set in Sourthern Asia for Adults.

The continent of Asia is made up of 48 individual countries, including four out of the top five nations in population – China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. We gathered a book list that highlights the many different regions and traditions of Asian counties. Some of the topics covered include city life in Tokyo and Singapore, island life in Indonesia and Borneo, and stories set on the mountains that span much of Asia, including Mount Everest in Nepal.

From learning your ABCs for preschool to a novel set in present-day Hiroshima for middle school readers, the list includes 40+ books for various ages and topics covering the vast continent of Asia. It is divided into sections, including children’s picture books set in Asia, early chapter books for new readers, and middle-grade books with Asian characters for more advanced readers.

You’ll find a recommended age ranges for every book at the end of each book description.

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Asian Children's Books

The Best Children's Picture Books Set in Asia

Early Readers and Beginner Chapter Books Set in Asia

Middle Grade Books Set in Asia

John Craig

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023


A good friend sent me a link to your site.

I have a 10 year old girl, 5th grade, who reads at a Lexile level of 1050+ (DRA 80 or so). She has read, comprehends, and is able to discuss the books I read. She read the Harry Potter series (all 8 books) in second grade with great interest.

Here is the problem: how do I go about finding books appropriate for her reading level AND have content a 10 year old girl can be exposed to? Most of the higher level books I find have trashy content or subject matter she is too young to be exposed to.

We try not to buy book since she will go through them so quickly, we are not able to keep up with it financially. We have used three public libraries (family members cards) in Orange County, CA, Seattle WA, and our home library in Reno, NV. At any one time she has a paper book, a Kindle book in process and 2 or 3 books on hold at these libraries.

We just got her a subscription to Kindle Unlimited from Amazon to see if we can keep her in books.

Looking for some advice to keep her reading appetite satisfied.

As a note, she does other stuff besides reading.... piano, skiing, paddleboard, drawing, witting, etc.

thank you

John Craig [email protected] 206.383.3359