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Children's Books Inspired by Rome

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. 

Rome is famous for being the capital of the ancient Roman empire. Roman architecture flourished during this time when great structures such as the Colosseum and Pantheon were built. Delicious pasta dishes an be found throughout Italy but especially in Rome including the following traditional dishes: cacio e pepe, spaghetti alla Carbonara, bucatini all'Amatriciana and pasta alla Gricia. Children may enjoy the challenge of trying each dish while in Rome. 

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
Architecture for Babies

Featuring simple words and bright and engaging illustrations.

ABC Pasta

It's an ABC circus that's good enough to eat!

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Preschool to Third Grade
Bella & Harry Let's Visit Rome

Join Chihuahuas Bella and Harry as they travel to Rome.

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This is Rome

Traces the history of Roman civilization to bring to life the Rome of the 60's.

If I Were a Kid in Ancient Rome

Explores one of the world’s great historic cultures.

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Madeline & the Cats of Rome

Madeline is visiting Spring in Rome!

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Dodsworth in Rome

Level 3 readers will
enjoy scootering through Italy.

See inside Ancient

Flap book reveals how the Romans really lived.

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Fourth to Sixth Grade



Travel back in time and discover one of history's most remarkable civilizations.


Rome City Trails

Features colorful themed trails, from history and culture to food and nature.


Roman Diary

Relive the drama of the Roman Empire through the eyes of a young Greek slave.


The Roman Colosseum

 Interweaves the story of the construction of this building &  games that went on inside.


Julius Caesar

He came. He saw. He conquered.

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Ring of Fire

Every hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.


City A Story of Roman Planning..

How the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people.


Ancient Rome

Explore the History and Mythology of the Roman Empire!


The Charioteer of Delphi

Teen & Young Adult Ancient Historical Fiction.

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Augustus Caesar's World

Stories of scientific discovery & invention, music. literature, art, and religion.


Julius Caesar

The life of Julius Caesar; his childhood, education, military conquests, and assassination.


Tiger, Tiger

Two tiger cub brothers are town from the jungle and taken to Rome.