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Children's Books Inspired by Naples & Pompeii

Children's books are wonderful for helping your child prepare for a trip. They can be enjoyed while on vacation and help them to process the sites they saw after returning home. By introducing them to Italy through Italian language and Italian inspired stories you can bring to life and give meaning to the places they see while abroad. Enriching their experience and building lifelong memories. 

Naples, Italy is a port city that brags to be the birthplace of Pizza. It lives under the shadow of the volcano Vesuvius which destroyed the nearby town of Pompeii in 79 AD.  The volcanic ash preserved Pompeii which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the top tourist destinations in Italy.  One of Pompeii’s most famous mosaics is of a leashed dog with the warning “cave canem,” or beware of the dog.

Scroll down to find suggested books by age. Click on each book picture to learn more about the book. Please note this page includes affiliate links. Purchasing through the links help me to keep Piccolo Italiano going at no cost to you!

Babies & Toddlers

"Cook" pizza from scratch in this fully interactive recipe book.

How Artist See Dogs

Shows children how artist see the world around them.

Preschool to Third Grade
Hadrian, The Dog of Pompeii

A delightful story of a special dog and the magical place he calls home.

Vacation Under the Volcano

The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time .

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Introduces readers to the history and culture associated with pizza.


Takes us on a walk through the streets of Napoli to see, feel and hear it.

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Ancient Rome and Pompeii

A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano. 

A Port Through Time

A port from Neolithic settlement to a large-scale container port of today.

Fourth to Sixth Grade

You Should Know: Naples

 Allow your child to learn more about the wonderful world in which we live.

You Wouldn't Want to Live in...

You'll never forget what its like to live in Pompeii.

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Pompeii Lost & Found

The famous eruption of Mt Vesuvius that snuffed out life in Pompeii and buried it.


Recipe for Adventure

About Fun, Family & Food set in Naples, Italy.

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What Was Pompeii?

This easy-to-read account is gripping and includes photos of the ruins.


Dairy of Dorkius Maximus

Dorkius has to leave behind all the joys of Rome for a boring small town.



A comprehensive guide to Pompeii. More than 37 new plans to buildings & sites.

The Pirates of


Investigate and solve the mystery of the pirates of Pompeii. 

Naples Declared

Informative and compulsively readable account of 3,000 years of Naples history.


The Complete Pompeii

A descriptive collection of information and beautiful illustrations and pictures.


The Fires of Vesuvius

Acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains of Pompeii.


Lady Queen

A beautiful queen, a shocking murder, a papal trial.

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