A teacher mentioned on a comment on my blog that she was grateful for my lists on Laos and Hmong children’s books but she was looking for books covering Thailand and Myanmar/Burma for students in her classroom who were recent immigrants from these countries. This list (and the on on Myanmar) is for her.
Wonderful Children’s Books About Thailand
Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk, illustrated by Ziyue Chen
Kindness needs no reward, for it brings happiness and warmth to the heart.
Mela set forth on an adventure but didn’t take her little brother along because he had nothing to offer her. Her adventure went awry and the animals that she gave gifts in exchange for help, ran off with her offerings without helping her. Finally, an elephant helps Mela get home without asking for anything in return. This is a lesson that Mela puts to use the next day. Thai customs are woven throughout this story set in Thailand including bowing with clasped hands to show gratitude. Use this picture book to teach kindness and to explore Thai culture. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrations by Holly Meade
In charming rhyme, a mother asks the wildlife around her to stay quiet while baby is asleep. The animals reflect the wildlife of Thailand: mosquito, lizard, cat, mouse, frog, pig, duck, monkey, buffalo, and elephant. Use this book to compare to a picture book about animals on a farm in the United States. [picture book, ages 4 and up]