If you are a frequent guest to my blog, you know that I love the study of other cultures. Polish culture hits home as I am ¼ Polish, ¼ Irish and ½ German. It was fun to think back over my childhood years and delve into which of our family traditions came from my Polish background. If interested in some Polish traditions I took part in while growing up please read, Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month here. So, this October in honor of Polish American Heritage Month here is a selection of children’s books. I have not read all of the titles below, however, they all look like wonderful books to help children learn about the Polish language, traditions, and culture. I wish they had been available when I was little.
Here are 6 fairy tales and stories. They will enchant your child while helping them better understand Polish culture better. (Note, if you should choose to purchase an item connected to any of the product links below, I will earn a small fee. This post includes affiliate links.)
Bajki na dobranoc. Bedtime Fairy Tales by Svetlana Bagdasaryan (Bilingual) This book presents stories and fairy tales from some of Europes’ greatest authors including Hans Christian Anderson.
Fox’s Year: A bilingual story book for young readers by Edyta Wojcik (Bilingual) I love the illustrations in this book. Children will love moving through the months with this little fox.
Jojo’s Christmas Day by Sujatha Lalgudi (Bilingual) A joyful story about Jojo, an elephant calf. Jojo doesn’t always like to share. Will his friends help him enjoy the Christmas party?
The Elves and Shoemaker by Henriette Barkow (Polish)
The Dragon of Krakow: and other Polish Stories (Folktales from Around the World) by Richard Monte (English. Richard Monte has gathered some of Poland’s favorite stories from all over the country. Children will enjoy these tales including dragons and much more.
The Glass Mountain: Tales from Poland by David Walser This is another collection of stories from around Poland. Here Jan Pienkowski shares some of his favorite stories he heard when growing up. These stories teach about honesty, loyalty and creativity.
Dictionaries and Non-Fiction Books
My First Book of Polish Words by Katy R. Kudela A very basic introduction to Polish for young children. This book is for preschool children and lower elementary students.
The Oxford Picture Dictionary, (Polish/English) Oxford Picture Dictionaries are some of my personal favorites. These dictionaries contain an extensive collection of pictures with both the English and the Polish vocabulary words. Children find the illustrations very helpful and enjoy looking through the dictionary. This is a book meant for teachers or tutors working in a bilingual situation. It is a lovely reference book for your collection.
Poland (Countries Around the World) by Charlotte Guillain This book is part of the series Countries Around the World. This series is written specifically for students in grades 3rd-6th grade. It is written in English and includes some history, geography, and economic information. Perfect for any country reports your student may need to create.
Oxford First Polish Words by Oxford University Press. This dictionary is also a beginning picture dictionary showing the picture with the Polish vocabulary word. K-3rd grade students will enjoy looking through this dictionary and learning some basic Polish vocabulary.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Poland: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 18) Another great resource book for students to have when assigned a country report as a school project. It is intended for elementary aged children.
If you purchase any of these books, please let me know what you think of them. I am very interested in which stories and books your children like the best. Happy Polish American Heritage Month! For more information about Polish traditions and living the Polish life in American click to read My Polish Roots: Traditions and Stories from My Youth.