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Africa
Africa Is Not A Country
Ages 9–12
    Africa Is Not a Country, by Margy Burns Knight (Benin 1976–77) and Mark Melnicove, illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Millbrook Press, 2002 (Buy this book)
Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey
Ages 4–8
    Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey by James Rumford (Chad 1971–74; Afghanistan 1974–75) Houghton Mifflin, 2003 (Buy this book)
Galimoto
Ages 4–8
    Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams (Malawi 1980-83), illustrated by Catherine Stock, Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, 1990 (Buy this book)
Konte Chameleon Fine, Fine, Fine
Ages 4–8
    Konte Chameleon Fine, Fine, Fine: A West African Folk Tale by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) ,illustrated by Christian Epanya, Honesdale, Pa: Boyds Mills Press, 1997 (Buy this book)
West Africa
Ages 12–17
    West Africa (Indigenous People of Africa series) by Tony Zurlo (Nigeria 1964-66), Lucent Books. 2001 (Buy this book)
Benin
It Takes a Village
Ages 9–12
Yakabou Must Choose
Ages 9–12
    Yakabou Must Choose, by Dennis Perry (Benin 1972–74). Chicago Spectrum Press, 2001 (Buy this book)

Ages 4–8
    The Market Lady and the Mango Tree by Pete Watson (Benin 1972–76), illustrated by Mary Watson, Tambourine Books, 1994 (Buy this book)

Ages 9–12
    The Heart of the Lion by Pete Watson (Benin 1972–76), illustrated by Mary Watson, Shenanigan Books, 2005 (Buy this book)
Botswana
Ages 9–12
    Botswana (Visual Geography Series), Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1990; Botswana in Pictures, 1999 (Buy this book)
Cameroon
Oh, No, Toto!
Ages 4–8
    Oh, No, Toto! by Katrin Tchana (Cameroon 1985–88) and Louise Tchana Pami, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) Scholastic, 1997 (Buy this book)
Sense Pass King
Ages 4–8
    Sense Pass King: A Story from Cameroon, retold by Katrin Tchana (Cameroon 1985–88), illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, Holiday House, 2002 (Buy this book)
Central African Republic

Ages 9–12
    Central African Republic (Visual Geography Series), Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1989; Central African Republic in Pictures, 1996 (Buy this book)
China
    Dragon Dance by Carole Lexa Schaefer (Micronesia 1967–69) Viking, 2006 (Buy this book)
The Cloudmakers
Ages 4–8
    The Cloudmakers by James Rumford (Chad 1971–74; Afghanistan 1974–75) Houghton Mifflin, 1996 (Buy this book)
China
Ages 13–17
China: The Dragon Awakes
Ages 13–17
    China: The Dragon Awakes by Tony Zurlo (Nigeria 1964-66), NY: Dillon/Macmillan, 1994 (Buy this book)
Ages 9–12
    Land of Yesterday, Land of Tomorrow: Discovering Chinese Central Asia, by Brent K. Ashabranner (Staff: Peace Corps Deputy Director; India, Country Director 1964-69), with photographers Paul Conklin (Staff: DC 1964–67), David Conklin and Peter Conklin, Cobblehill, 1992 (Buy this book)
Dominican Republic

Ages 4–8
    My Two Worlds, photos by Martha Cooper (Thailand 1963–65), text by Ginger Gordon, Clarion, 1993 (Buy this book) 
El Salvador

Ages 9-12

    Grab Hands and Run by Frances Nolting Temple (Jamaica, Ethiopia 1969–71), NY: Orchard Books, 1993

Ethiopia

Ages 4–8
    The Best Beekeeper in Lalibela \by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973–75, Kenya 1975–76, Seychelles 1976–78); Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator), Holiday House, 2006 (Buy this book)
The Lion's Whiskers
Ages 4–8

    The Lion's Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales, by Brent K. Ashabranner (Staff: Peace Corps Deputy Director; India, Country Director 1964-69), Hamden, CT: Linnet Books, 1997 (Buy this book)

Guatemala
    Children of the Maya: A Guatamalan Indian Odyssey, by Brent K. Ashabranner (Staff: Peace Corps Deputy Director; India, Country Director 1964-69), NY: Dodd, Mead, 1986; NY: Putnam, 1988
Guinea
  
Guinea (Enchantment of Africa) by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65) and Allan Carpenter, Books on Demand Xerox edition, 1976 (Buy this book)
Haiti
Painted Dreams
Ages 4–8
    Painted Dreams by Karen Lynn Williams (Malawi 1980-83), illustrated by Catherine Stock; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, 1998 (Buy this book)
Tap-Tap
Ages 4–8
    Tap-Tap by Karen Lynn Williams (Malawi 1980-83), illustrated by Catherine Stock, Clarion Books, 1994 (Buy this book)
Tap-Tap
Ages
12 and up
    Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Nolting Temple (Jamaica, Ethiopia 1969–71), NY: Orchard Books, 1992: Harper Trophy 1994 (Buy this book)
India
Nine Animals and the Well
Ages 4–8
    Nine Animals and the Well by James Rumford (Chad 1971–74; Afghanistan 1974–75) Houghton Mifflin, 2003 (Buy this book)
Kenya
Our Secret
Ages 9–12
    Our Secret: Siri Aang by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973–75, Kenya 1975–76, Seychelles 1976–78) (Buy this book)
Korea
Painted Dreams

    Korean Folk and Fairy Tales by Suzanne Crowder Han (Korea 1977–79), illustrated by Won-Taek Chong, Seoul, Korea: Hollym, 1991 (Buy this book)

Painted Dreams
Ages
4–8
    The Rabbit's Judgment by Suzanne Crowder Han (Korea 1977–79), illustrated by Yumi Heo, Henry Holt & Co., 1994 (Buy this book)
Painted Dreams
Ages
4–8
    The Rabbit's Escape by Suzanne Crowder Han (Korea 1977–79), illustrated by Yumi Heo, Henry Holt & Co., 1995 (Buy this book)
Painted Dreams
Ages
4–8
    The Rabbit's Tale: A Story from Korea by Suzanne Crowder Han (Korea 1977–79), illustrated by Richard Wehrman, Henry Holt & Co., 1999 (Buy this book)
Painted Dreams
Ages
4–8
    Let's Learn about Korea: Customs of Korea by Suzanne Crowder Han (Korea 1977–79), Elizabeth NJ, Seoul: Hollym, 2003 (Buy this book)
Latin America

Ages infant –3
Tortillitas Para Mama: Nursery Rhymes/Spanish and English Selected and translated by Betsy L. Bucks (Colombia 1964–66) Margot Griego, Sharon S. Gilbert and Laurel H Kimball, Barbara Cooney (illustrator) Henry Holt 1990 (Buy this book)
Malawi
When Africa Was Home
Ages 4–8
    When Africa Was Home by Karen Lynn Williams (Malawi 1980-83), illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Orchard Books, 1994 (Buy this book)
Ages 9–12
Malawi (Visual Geography Series) by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65) Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1988 (Buy this book)
Mali
  
    Mali (Enchantment of Africa) by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65) with Allan Carpenter and Mark LaPointe, Chicago: Childrens Press, 1975 (Buy this book)

Ages 9–12
    Mali (Visual Geography Series) by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65), Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1990; Mali in Pictures, 1996 (Buy this book)
Mauritania
The Children of Mauritania
Ages 9–12
    The Children of Mauritania: Days in the Desert and by the River Shore by Lauren Goodsmith (Mauritania 1989–91), First Avenue Editions, 1997 (Buy this book)
Micronesia

Ages 4–8
    The Biggest Soap, by Carole Lexa Schaefer (Micronesia 1967–69), Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator), Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004 (Buy this book)
Mozambique
a Girl Named Disaster
Ages 9–12
    A Girl Named Disaster, by Nancy Forsythe Farmer (India 1963–65), Puffin Reprint, 1998 (Buy this book) Newbery Honor winner
Niger
    
    Hausa Folktales from Niger translated and edited by Robert S. Glew (Niger 1989-90) with Chaibou Babale, Ohio University Press, Monographs in International Studies, Africa Series #63, 1993 (Buy this book)
Pacific Islands
The Island-Below-the-Star
Ages 4–8
    The Island-Below-the-Star by James Rumford (Chad 1971–74; Afghanistan 1974–75) Hougton Mifflin, 1998 (Buy this book)
Songs of Papa's Island
Ages 9–12
    Songs of Papa's Island by Barbara Kerley (Nepal 1981–83), illustrated by Katherine Tillotson, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995 (Buy this book)
Pakistan

Ages 4–8
    Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams (Malawi 1980–83) and Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007 (Buy this book)
Sahara Desert
One Night
Ages 4–8
    One Night: A Story from the Desert by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) with Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator), 1998 (Buy this book)
Senegal
    In Bikole: Eight Modern Styories about Life in a West Aftican Village by Tom Gilroy (Senegal 1973–75), illustrated by Monica Vachula, Knopf, 1978; Random Library, 1978 (Buy this book)
Sierra Leone
No Condition Is Permanent
Ages 13–16
    No Condition Is Permanent by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) with Raul Colon (Illustrator), Philomel Books, 2000 (Buy this book) REVIEW
South Africa
King Shaka's Fierce Battle on the Little Umkosi
    King Shaka's Fierce Battle on the Little Umkosi by Dwight Whitfield (Kenya 1979–84),Westfield, MI: Sandwight Publishing Co., 2001 (Buy this book)
Sudan
My Great grandmother's Gourd
Ages 4–8
    My Great Grandmothers Gourd, by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) , illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop, Orchard Books, 2000 (Buy this book)
Swaziland
All the King's Animals
Ages 9–12
    All the King's Animals: The Return of Endangered Wildlife to Swaziland by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) with Mswati III (King of Swaziland), Honesdale, Pa: Boyds Mills Press, 2001 (Buy this book)
Jubela
Ages 4–8
    Jubela by Cristina Kessler (Honduras 1973-75, Kenya 1975-76, Seychelles 1976-78) illustrated by Joellen McAllister Stammen, Simon & Schuster, 2001 (Buy this book)
    PEACE CORPS WRITERS Best Children's Writing Award winner, 2002
Tanzania
Babu's Song
Ages 4–8
Elizabeti's Doll
Ages 4–8
Elizabeti's School
Ages 4–8
    Elizabeti's School by Stephanie A. Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 1989-90), with Cristy Hale illustrator, Lee & Low Books, 2002 (Buy this book)
Mama Elizabeti
Ages 4–8
    Mama Elizabeti by Stephanie A. Stuve-Bodeen (Tanzania 1989-90), Christy Hale, illustrator, Lee and Low Books, 2000 (Buy this book)
    PEACE CORPS WRITERS Best Children's Writing Award winner, 2001
Thailand
    The Golden Swans: A Picture Story from Thailand by Kermit Krueger (Thailand 1963–65) illustrated by Ed Young, NY: World Publishing Co., 1969

    The Serpent Prince: Folk Tales from Northeastern Thailand, by Kermit Krueger (Thailand 1963–65), illustrated by Yoko Mitsuhashi. New York, World Pub. Co. 1969

Zimbabwe
Do You Know Me?
Ages 9–12
    Do You Know Me? by Nancy Forsythe Farmer (India 1963–65), illustrated by Sheley Jackson, Puffin, 1994 (Buy this book)

The Ear, The Eye and The Arm
Ages 9–12

    The Ear, The Eye and The Arm, by Nancy Forsythe Farmer (India 1963–65). Orchard Books, 1995; paperback: Puffin, 1995 (Buy this book) Newbery Honor winner

Ages 9–12
    Zimbabwe (Visual Geography Series) by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65), Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1988; Zimbabwe in Pictures, 1997 (Buy this book)
The Whole Wide World
a Cool Drink of Water
Ages 4–8

Ages 14–18
    Global Economics by Thomas O'Toole (Guinea 1963–65), Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1991 (Buy this book)
Imagine a House
    Imagine a House: A Journey to Fascinating Houses Around the World by Angela Gustafson (Dominican Republic 1994–96), Out of the Box, 2003 (Buy this book)
Talking Walls
Ages 9–12
    Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight (Benin 1976–77) illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers, 2003 (Buy this book)
Talking Walls: The Story Continues
Ages 9–12
    Talking Walls: The Story Continues, by Margy Burns Knight (Benin 1976–77), illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien,Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers, 2003 (Buy this book)
Traveling Man
Ages 4–8
    Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325–1354, by James Rumford (Chad 1971–74; Afghanistan 1974–75) Houghton Mifflin, 2001 (Buy this book)
Welcoming Babies
Ages 4–8
    Welcoming Babies, by Margy Burns Knight (Benin 1976–77), illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien,Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers, 1994; 2003 (Buy this book)

Ages 4–8
    You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World by Barbara Kerley (Nepal 1981–83), National Geographic, 2005 (Buy this book)
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