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Childrens Nonfiction Books on Vietnam & Vietnamese Culture

Children enjoy learning about their Vietnamese culture and Vietnam, their birth country Books on Vietnam and Vietnamese culture range in ages from books for young children through elementary school and older. Several books are make excellent resources for your child's classroom or school library,and are appropriate for school reports in older elementary age and even middle school. See the Children's Vietnam Story Books for true stories about Vietnam, as well.

A Child's Day in a Vietnamese City
by Jim Holmes and Tom Morgan
This wonderful book provides colorful photographs and simple text showing the daily life of young school age twin boys in Danang, Vietnam. Lots of pictures of their school, time with family and other acitvites. One page shows them having fun making masks for the Vietnamese mid-autumn festival. There is a short discussion of Vietnam in the back plus an index.
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When You Were Born in Vietnam: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Vietnam
by Therese Bartlett, William Bartlett (Photographer)
"When you were born in Vietnam is truly wonderful. Great photos, very sensitive and accurate text. This book is very true to life, and really tries to capture life in Vietnam. It's also beautifully produced, with thick, glossy pages (42 of them!) and wonderful photos." (Michelle Corbeil)
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Vietnam (First Reports)
by Sarah E. De Capua
This book provides a good basic introduction to Vietnam for elementary age children. The information on Vietnam and Vietnamese heritage is both accurate and interesting. Illustrations and text are positive, up-to-date, and are not condescending. This book is useful for any young child preparing a report, looking for a book to take to school, or who wishes to learn more about the country and culture of Vietnam.
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A Look at Vietnam (Our World)
by Helen Frost, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)
This small children's book provides pictures and simple text about the country of Vietnam. Young elementary students will be able to read it themselves, with some assistance on the more complex words. It includes color photographs, an index and a glossary. It is suitable for young children, a class room, library or class project.
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Vietnam (Enchantment of the World)
by Terri Willis
This updated reference book covering a number of topics about Vietnam, with pictures for older children and adults. Plants, animals, culture, people, land and more are addressed. Ages 9-12
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Hoang Anh - A Vietnamese American Boy
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Meet Hoang Anh, a Vietnamese American boy living in California. First he describes how he came to America from Vietnam, and then we visit with him at home as he eats and talks about his family, goes to school, visits a calligrapher, and celebrates Tet. There is quite a bit of information on Tet, the main focus of this book.
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Culture in Vietnam
by Melanie Guile
Vietnam's cultural diversity, from characteristic music and dress of selected ethnic minorities to glimpses of currently popular film stars and writers. Order from Amazon

Vietnam: The Land
by Bobbie Kalman
One of a series, this book presents the dynamic land of Vietnam - its modern cities and rural villages, its geographic regions, climate and turbulent history.
(To get the new edition for each book in the series, return to this AdoptVietnam page to order- Amazon's listings are very confusing.)
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Vietnam: The Culture (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)
by Bobbie Kalman
Describes such aspects of Vietnamese culture as theater, music and dance, architecture, religion, festivals, and foods.
(To get the new edition for each book in the series, return to this AdoptVietnam page to order- Amazon's listings are very confusing.)
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Vietnam: The People (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)
by Bobbie Kalman
Focusing on the country-side, this book looks at language, village life, housing and more. One of a collection of three slim illustrated volumes in the series.
(To get the new edition for each book in the series, return to this AdoptVietnam page to order- Amazon's listings are very confusing.)
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A Family from Vietnam
By Simon Scoones
"Not a toddler's book, but [our daughter] has loved it since we got it. With photographs, it shows a real family -- father, mother, three kids -- and their house, their meals, their extended family, school, work, everything, all in way that does not call for comparisons to life in the US, and is not judgmental. Though this family's from the north near Hanoi and we were in the south, the scenes in the pictures felt very familiar from our trip. I like having these images, aside from our own trip pictures, to share with our daughter about Vietnam. (Kathy Malloy)
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