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Children's Books Inspired by Venice, Italy

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. 

Venice, Italy was a leading European economic and trading power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. During this time it was home to the to an extremely wealthy merchant class, who patronized renowned art and architecture along the city's lagoons. Children may be interested to know that "Marco Polo" is not just a game, he was an Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer, born in the Republic of Venice in 1254.


Every year during the Carnival of Venice you will see people wearing the world-famous elaborate masquerade masks. Children will enjoy exploring the small canals and bridges and maybe even a gondola ride in this magical city built on the water. 

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
Mousequrade Ball

Counting book leads up to the big night.

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Boats Go

Sail away with 8 noisy boats, including a gondola.

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Preschool to Third Grade
This is Venice

A reissue from M. Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series.

Bella & Harry Let's Visit Venice!

Join Bella & Harry as they travel to Venice.

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Mimi & Piggy's Adventure ...

Fun travel story illustrated with adorable art that’s full of color and detail.

Great Cities

A flap book that explores great cities including Venice.

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Olivia Goes to

 Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice.

Zoe Sophia's

 Zoe Sophia and her dog, Mickey, embark on a whirlwind trip to Venice.

Fourth to Sixth Grade

Venice for Kids

Walks through the city, historic spotlights, explanations and anecdotes.

Who Was Marco


Marco Polo traveled from  Venice to the fabled kingdom of the great Kublai Khan.

Postcards from Venice

Skyler is in for a summer of adventure in Venice,

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Marco Polo

Travel along the Silk Road to medieval China with Marco Polo as your guide.


Looking for Marco Polo

Story within a story brings to life the adventures of the Venetian explorer. 


The Isle of Masks

A trail of extraordinary clues and codes leads the kids to eighteenth-century Venice.


Travels of Marco Polo

Extraordinary travelogue that has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries.

The Zorzi Affair

When Zaneta Lucia Zorzi vanished, it was the scandal of the century.

The Merchant of Venice 

Elegant, contemporary artwork and a faithful but succinct adaptation.


Venice A New History

A spellbinding new portrait of one of the world’s most beloved cities.


Daughter of Venice

Donata is a noble girl living in a palazzo on the Grand Canal.

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The True Adventures of...

A richly detailed historical novel from master storyteller Nicholas Christopher.