Story Time: Books About Russia

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Exploring a different country can be as easy as picking up a book. For our recent exploration of Russia, we found many fun books about the country, the culture, and the folklore. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Russia (True Books: Countries) is a great book for a quick overview of the country. It touches on the culture, people, geography, and history in an easy-to-understand format. It’s a good choice for introducing a young child to a new country.


The Matryoshka doll is an easily recognized Russian toy. This sweet story, The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Demas Bliss, tells the story of a set of dolls that get separated after they end up in a toy store in America.

The Gigantic Turnip
is a Russian folktale that has been retold time and time again. The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksie Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey is a fun retelling of this story with bright, vivid illustrations perfect for even the youngest kids.

Clay Boy by Mirra Ginsburg is another retelling of a classic Russian folktale. It’s fast-paced and fun. This one is better suited for ages 4 and up.


Patricia Polacco often draws on her Russian heritage when writing and illustrating her popular children’s books. In Luba and the Wren, she tells a version of The Fisherman and His Wife that would be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Do you have any book recommendations for learning about Russia?

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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