Italian Children’s Books

How Your Child Can Learn Italian by Reading Italian Children’s Books

There are various ways for your child to learn Italian. Reading Italian Children’s Books is one of them. The books have lessons that are filled with fun. Apart from learning the Italian language, the children will also learn the Italian culture. In this review, we look at the top-rated Italian Children’s Books online.

The Top-Rated Italian Children’s Books Online

Color & Learn Easy Italian Phrases for Kids

Author: Roz Fulcher


The Color & Learn Easy Italian Phrases for Kids is a small book full of activities. It has colorful drawings that come with Italian phrases and words. The most exciting thing is that the author translated the words from Italian to English.

It is pretty easy for an Italian baby or toddler to learn Italian because the author included the pronunciation of the words. The Italian phrases include day-to-day terms like “how are you?” The book gives meanings of words for colors, numbers, foods, and also family members.

The book is meant for children between the ages of four to eight years. They will enjoy coloring the beautiful pictures in the book. The book is available in paperback format.

Customer reviews and stars rating

From people’s reviews about the book, it’s clear that they love the content. What they don’t like is the small size that the book is. The book has a star rating of 4.2 out of 5.

Adriano,il Cane di Pompei- Hadrian, the Dog of Pompeii (Italian Edition)

Author: Matthew Frederick

Illustrations by: Leo Latti


This is an exciting book with a story of a dog and where he lives. The dog is called Hadrian and lives in Pompeii. Hadrian, the Dog of Pompeii, is suitable for children that love animal stories. If you are a parent that wants to teach your children about History, Geography, and Archeology–this is the book to buy.

You may be wondering, how does my child learn Italian from this book? Your child will learn Italian well. The story is written in Italian and what follows is the English translation. Every page of the book has a translation that makes it easy to learn for children.

The book is intended for children between the ages of four to seven years. It is also suitable for those of three years and up since it is full of pictures. You can find the book in hardcover and paperback formats.

Customer reviews and stars rating

Customers who have read it say it’s good for those learning Italian. The reason is that it has translations making learning easy! It has a star rating of 4.7 out of 5.

My First Book of Italian Words (Bilingual Picture Dictionaries) (English and Italian Edition)

Author: Katy R. Kudela


My First Book of Italian Words is an excellent book for kids wanting to learn Italian. If you want to visit Italy and your kids don’t understand Italian, get a hold of this book. It is a dictionary of Italian–English words with colorful pictures that will interest your child! The book has words and phrases that are in both Ianguages.

Just like the book has beautiful pictures, the cover is gorgeous as well. You will see colors like red, blue, pink, and green that are attractive on the cover page. The book is suitable for children between the ages of four and eight years. The available formats of the book are paperback and library binding.

Customer reviews and stars rating

Most customers say it is a simplified book with simple words. It has a star rating of 4.6 out of 5.

The Legend of Old Befana

Author: Tomie dePaola


Tomie dePaola made reading “The Legend of Old Befana” interesting by using colorful illustrations. It is a picture book that talks of Old Befana, who spends most of her time baking and sweeping. Old Befana has been looking for Christ; one day, while cleaning, she sees a star.

She encounters a procession of the three wise men going to Bethlehem. A boy invites her to follow them. Her life is then set to change for good.

The cover page is colorful, just like inside, and children aged between four to eight years will love it. You can get the book in hardcover and Kindle formats. If you love this book, you will also love Strega Nona that Tomie dePaola also wrote.

Customer reviews and stars rating

Customers say it is an excellent Christmas storybook for children. Most people who are Italian–American use the book to teach their children about Italian culture. It is rated 4.9 stars out of 5.

All the Way to America: The Story of Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

Author: Dan Yaccarino


All the Way to America is an immigration story. Dan Yaccarino recounts how his family ended up in America, yet they are of Italian descent. He says his great grandfather reached Ellis Island with a small shovel. In the story, Yaccarino explains how the shovel was passed to different generations in that Italian–American family.

From our understanding, a shovel is used to dig. The shovel is for digging into the past to know family members who existed before us in the story. The excellent advice from the story is that wherever you go, you should remember your family.

Yaccarino has used colorful illustrations to tell the story. The cover page is as bright as the illustrations in the book.  It is a story that will leave your children asking you where they came from. The book is suitable for children of ages five to nine.

Get the book in both hardcover and Kindle formats.

Customer reviews and stars rating

Most readers say it is a book that every child needs to read. They said that children could work as hard as their parents and pass the same to the next generations. The children also get to know their roots and where they came from. All the Way to America has a star rating of 4.7 out of 5.

Am I Small? Io sono Piccola?: Children’s Picture Book English-Italian (Bilingual Edition)

Authors: Philipp Winterberg, Nadja Wichmann


Am I Small” is an interesting book for children between the ages of five and six. In the story, a character by the name of Tamia keeps asking different animals that she meets, “am I small?” She is surprised by the answer she gets.

The book is written in English and translated into Italian. It is full of pictures as well, making it more attractive to children. You can get the book in Kindle and paperback formats.

Customer reviews and stars rating

Many customers say it is a book that has beautiful pictures and easy to read and understand. It has a star rating of 4.7 out of 5.

Strega Nona

Author: Tomie dePaola


Strega Nona” is “Grandma Witch” in English. The story is about a magic pasta pot that Strega Nona possesses. She one day leaves the pot to Big Anthony, who recites the magic verse. The results are terrible!

Tomie uses humor in his writing to make the story interesting. He also uses beautiful paintings that children love. Children between the ages of four to eight years will enjoy this book. You can get it in different formats: Audiobook, hardcover, paperback, and Kindle.

Customer reviews and stars ratings

Customers say it is a wonderful story with beautiful pictures. It has a star rating of 4.9 out of 5.

The Final Say

From the reviews above, our favorite is “My First Book of Italian Words.” It is the favorite because it is a picture dictionary. You get to see pictures, new phrases, and words, together with their translation. An effortless way to learn Italian!

Here are ways in which you can enjoy reading these books with your children–Italian style:

  • Create a reading area: get pillows, a bean bag chair, or blankets. Please put them in a good place in your home and make the place cozy for reading. Your child will love this and will enjoy reading.
  • Read together before bedtime: at the end of the day, before sleeping, get your child’s book and read it together with him/her. You can read it to him/her, and next time, ask him/her to read it to you.

Get your favorite book and enjoy reading it with your child!