For the Teacher

Children can learn about different cultures through a biography, story, legend, myth, or fairy tale. To provide resources for global awareness and diversity, From Many Lands provides stories, pictures, and maps from countries around the world. The stories are written for students, parents, and teachers. Educators throughout the world are welcome to use this site for school reports, education, entertainment and projects. Students may download images for presentations and use the other resources on this site for classroom activities, enjoyment or enhancement.


Country Story Title Reading Level
Afghanistan Afghanistan, a Country of Veils and Victims: Life for Girls and Women 4.30
Antigua Cruising around Antigua Island: A Caribbean Paradise 5.50
Armenia Storks in Armenia: Stork Girls Working with Next Neighbors to Study the Birds 5.13
Australia A Visit with an Australian Swagman and His Cattle Dog 4.90
Austria The Story of Mozart's Childhood: Music by Mozart 5.50
Azerbaijan Mariya Stadnik: Inspiring Girls to Excel in Women's Freestyle Wrestling 5.80
Bahamas The Cricket Match: A National Pastime in the Bahamas 6.10
Bahamas Wild Boar and Lusca: Real and Legendary Animals of the Bahamas 4.40
Bahamas Pirates in the Caribbean: Fun Making Movies in the Bahamas 7.50
Barbados Making Steel Drums in Barbados 4.80
Barbados George Washington Visits Barbados 6.70
Belarus Radiation, Relocation and Rejection: How Chernobyl Changed My Life 6.20
Belgium The Legend of Lace Making in Belgium 7.20
Belize The Sisimite Creatures of Belize: A Story by my Maya Grandfather 5.30
Belize Garifuna Settlement Day: Celebrating the Arrival of the "Black Caribs" 6.50
Bermuda True Story of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave 3.60
Bermuda Mark Twain Visits Bermuda: Paradise in the Atlantic Ocean 4.20
Bolivia Working at Salar de Uyuni: The Largest Salt Flat in the World 5.91
Brazil The Story of Carmen Miranda: The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat 5.80
British Virgin Islands Harvesting Salt in BVI: Salt Island in the Caribbean 5.70
Cameroon African Baka Pygmies: People Who Hunt and Gather in Forests 5.40
Canada: Alberta Ice Hockey: Canada's National Sport 5.90
Canada: New Brunswick A Poem About a Canadian Log Drive: "Logging on Colter's Crew" 7.70
Canada: Nova Scotia Titanic Disaster and Rescue Efforts 4.90
Canada: Nova Scotia The Secrets of Oak Island: An Expensive Treasure Hunt 5.20
Canada: Prince Edward Island The Story of Anne of Green Gables: A Children's Book from Canada 4.00
Canada: Prince Edward Island A Prince Edward Island Ghost Story: Tolling of the Bell 5.80
Canada: Saskatchewan Straw Figures Made with Saskatchewan Wheat 4.70
China The Emperor's Daughter: A Story of Life in the Forbidden City 5.70
China The Story of Ashima: A Chinese Legend of Love 5.30
Colombia Life and Bats in the Andes Mountains 5.30
Congo, Democratic Republic Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste: Famous Orchestra of the Democratic Republic of Congo 4.38
Costa Rica The "Magic Coffee Beans" Story (Mercado Central in San Jose) 4.90
Croatia Chess in Croatia: The Legend of the Chessboard on the Croatian Flag 6.60
Cuba A Donkey Named Perico: A Cuban Legend 5.70
Cyprus Honesty and the Golden Axe: The Greek Version of Aesop's Fable 3.20
Czech Republic Prague: Famous Clock, Castle, and Rescue under the Charles Bridge 5.40
England: United Kingdom The Story of Henry VIII: The English King Who Longed for a Son 4.80
England: United Kingdom Catherine of Aragon: 1st Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of Queen Mary I 6.20
England: United Kingdom Anne Boleyn: 2nd Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of Queen Elizabeth I 5.50
England: United Kingdom Jane Seymour: 3rd Wife of King Henry VIII; Mother of King Edward VI 5.40
England: United Kingdom Anne of Cleves: 4th Wife of King Henry VIII (the "Ugly Wife") 6.20
England: United Kingdom Katherine Howard: 5th Wife of King Henry VIII (his "Rose without a Thorn") 5.20
England: United Kingdom Katherine Parr: 6th Wife of King Henry VIII (the "Last Wife") 4.80
England: United Kingdom The Story of Sir Winston Churchill: Britain's Bulldog, Coach and Leader 5.10
Estonia The Maiden of the Milky Way: An Estonian Folktale 4.30
Finland Aino's Story: From Finnish Mythology 7.20
France Gustavo Eiffel and the Eiffel Tower: Conflict, Critics, and Creative Genius 7.80
Greece The Story of Socrates: A Great Teacher 5.90
Grenada Spice Island: Leaper's Hill and Tourists 5.40
Guadeloupe Slave Trade on the Butterfly Island of Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean 6.70
Guatemala Mayan Story: The Rabbit & the Coyote 4.30
Haiti My Daughter's Decision to Stay in Haiti 6.20
Honduras Catching Rabbits for Dinner 5.30
Honduras Chocolate Farming with Cacao Trees 4.70
Hungary An Hungarian Folk Tale: It's Not True 4.60
India The Story of Gandhi: Father of India 5.90
India Traditions of a Hindu Wedding 5.80
India Amber Fort Palace: Hall of Mirrors 5.80
India The Story of Rama & Sita from the Hindu Epic, Ramayana 4.70
India Wild Elephants in India: A Revered Animal to Hindus and Buddhists 6.90
Indonesia The Independence Day Celebration: Freedom from The Netherlands 7.70
Iran Living in Masouleh, Iran: The Mountain Village Built on Rooftops 6.30
Ireland, Republic Loving and Leaving Ireland: The Story of Annie Moore 4.90
Ireland, Republic An Irish Shepherd Girl: Encounter with a Wolf 4.70
Israel Living in an Israeli Kibbutz 5.40
Italy The Man Who Wrote Pinocchio: Carving a Boy from Wood 6.30
Italy The Island of Sicily: A Magical Italian Island 6.10
Italy Italian Holiday Giver of Gifts: The Legend of La Befana 6.80
Jamaica A WhatNot for Viola: The Grand Market in Kingston Jamaica 7.50
Japan Onna-Bugeisha: Female Samurai in Japanese History 5.40
Laos The Land of a Million Elephants 5.90
Latvia Bear-Slayer: Latvia's Super Hero and the Long Road to Independence 7.20
Lebanon Lebanon: Dabke National Dance of Help and Assistance 5.97
Liechtenstein Big Winner from a Small Country: Hanni Wenzel 5.20
Mexico Our Lady of Guadalupe: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe 5.10
Mongolia Genghis Khan: Father of Mongolia 5.60
Mongolia Naadam Festival in Mongolia: Archery, Horse Racing, and Wrestling 4.60
Namibia Maherero Day Festival: Honoring Warriors and Celebrating Freedom 5.80
Nepal The Day My World Shook: Earthquake on Mount Everest 5.80
Netherlands A Dutch Milkmaid: Where Are You Going My Pretty Maid 4.80
New Zealand Body Art in New Zealand: Native Maori People and Ta Moko Tattoos 5.45
Norway Cross Country Skiing: The National Pastime 7.70
Norway The Troll and Three Billy Goats Gruff 2.40
Norway Folktales under the Northern Lights: Why the Bear is Stumpy-Tailed 5.30
Pakistan A Wedding in Pakistan 6.20
Pakistan A Visit to Islamabad: Learning about the Muslim Culture 6.50
Panama Dancing the Tamborito: The National Dance and Song of Panama 4.90
Peru Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas, High in the Peruvian Mountains 5.70
Philippines Corazon (Cory) Aquino: The First Female President in the Philippines 5.90
Philippines Abadeha, Filipina Cinderella: A Folktale from the Philippines 5.20
Poland Living in Poland: A Country that Suffered During World War II 7.00
Poland Podhale Poland: Area of Religion, Legends, Mountains and Highlanders 5.60
Puerto Rico Fishing for Crabs in Puerto Rico 5.90
Romania Nadia Comaneci: Perfect Score in Gymnastics at 14 6.20
Scotland Life in Scotland: Golf, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster 4.80
South Africa A Doll Called "Smiling Girl" 3.80
South Africa The Zulu Kingdom of South Africa 3.60
St. Lucia Drive-In Volcano at Sulphur Springs Park in St. Lucia and Gabriel's Hole 5.65
Sint (St.) Maarten The Story of the Race to Divide a Caribbean Island into Two Countries 4.70
St. Vincent and the Grenadines A Volcano Named La Soufriere 5.10
Switzerland Searching for A Bell for Ursli: Children's Classic from Switzerland 5.10
Thailand Songkran: Thailand New Year and Water Festival 6.90
Turks & Caicos Turks and Caicos: A British Crown Colony of Islands in the Sea 5.80
USA: Alaska Tracking a Bear in Alaska: Eskimo's Food Source for the Winter 4.90
USA: Alaska Fishing in Alaska: The Exhausting Life of Salmon Fish 5.10
USA: Arkansas Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Healing Waters in the Ozark Mountains 4.60
USA: Colorado Mining Silver in Colorado: My Great-grandfather's Story 4.70
USA: Florida Draw and Color with Uncle Fred Lasswell: Snuffy Smith Artist 4.70
USA: Georgia Trail of Tears: Forced Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia 4.50
USA: Hawaii The Legend of Pele: Hawaii's Goddess of Fire 5.60
USA: Idaho Sacagawea: The Shoshone Who Helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition 4.60
USA: Illinois The Corn Husk Doll Legend: Why the Dolls Do Not Have Faces 3.60
USA: Indiana The Story of Raggedy Ann: A Labor of Love by Johnny Gruelle 5.20
USA: Louisiana Hurricane Katrina: The Day the Music Died in New Orleans 4.60
USA: Maine Guard Llamas to the Rescue: Protecting Sheep in Maine 4.90
USA: Mississippi Hurricane Camille Hits Mississippi 5.20
USA: Nevada Nevada: Dams and Deserts 4.80
USA: New Mexico The Pueble Storyteller: The Tale of the Coyote and the Turtle 2.30
USA: New York The Shofar: An Ancient Musical Instrument Made from a Ram's Horn 5.30
USA: Ohio My Amish Life: Humility, Modesty, Obedience, Equality and Simplicity 6.00
USA: Pennsylvania Betsy Ross and Her Famous Flag 6.00
USA: Tennessee The Legend of Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier 5.50
USA: Texas The Legend of the Bluebonnets: A Texan Folktale 2.90
USA: Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands: Sea, Shells, Snorkles, Coral, and Fishermen 4.40
USA: Virginia Thomas Jefferson and His Fiddle 6.80
Venezuela The Republic of Venezuela: Also Called "Little Venice" 5.50
Vietnam A Letter from Vietnam 3.80
Wales A Doll for St. David's Day: The Patron Saint of Wales 4.20
Zimbabwe An African Safari: Lions, Hippos, Crocodiles, and Giraffes 3.90