Welcome to the children’s books set in Afghanistan. This is part of our children’s books set in Asia section of Kids Travel Books. Here you’ll find a variety of books that should appeal to kids between the ages of 0 and 14. Use the table above to go right to the book or section you like, or scroll down to look at all of them.
Afghanistan Fiction Books for Kids
Afghanistan Picture Books for kids
I See the Sun in Afghanistan
A bilingual book about Afghanistan for kids
by Dedie King (Author), Judith Inglese (Illustrator), Mohd Vahidi (Translator)
The main character, a child, provides the perspective as we go through their day. The author has significant experience in the country they write about, which gives the story more depth. The book includes both English and Afghan Farsi.
Sky of Afghanistan, The
A conversation starter
by Ana Eulate (Author), Sonja Wimmer (Illustrator), Jon Brokenbrow (Translator)
The Sky of Afghanistan imagines what life would be like if there was peace in Afghanistan. Told from the perspective of a little girl, use the book to start a conversation with kids wanting to learn more about this country.
Tales Told in Tents
Folktales from Afghanistan & other Central Asian Countries
by Sally Pomme Clayton (Author), Sophie Herxheimer (Illustrator)
A retelling of stories told in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. This book was recommended to us by someone who travels to the area frequently.
Waiting for the Owl’s Call
A young reader book for Afghanistan
by Gloria Whelan
For generations, the women in Zulyiva’s family have made handmade rugs in the Afghani Hills. How does the landscape affect her designs?
Wooden Sword, The
by Ann Redisch Stampler (Adapter), Carol Liddiment (Illustrator)
An Afghani shah dresses as a commoner and meets his people. He’s surprised by an unflinchingly cheerful man.
Afghanistan Middle-Grade Books for Kids
An award-winning series about life under the Taliban
by Deborah Ellis
This is the first in the series about Parvana. A girl who lives disguised as a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Non-Fiction Afghanistan books for kids
Basic information about Afghanistan for Kids
Afghanistan, Enchantment of the World
A middle-grade non-fiction about Afghanistan
by Ruth Bjorklund
This popular series of books includes all aspects of life in the country of focus. In this case, Afghanistan. Great for research products.
Countries of the World: Afghanistan
Learn about Afghanistan
by Jovanka Joann Milivojevic
A series that covers the facts about all aspects of Afghanistan. A good read to get an overview of Afghanistan culture.
Exploring Countries, Afghanistan
A non-fiction book about Afghanist for kids 7-9
by Lisa Owings
This easy-to-read book helps kids understand Afghanistan in an approachable way.
Understanding Afghanistan Today
A non-fiction book geared for kids ages 10-13
by Don Nardo
This easy to read and understand book helps children understand what’s happening in Afghanistan today.
Afghanistan Biographies for Kids
Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan
Afghanistan book for kids ages 8-14
by Tony O’Brien (Author, Photographer), Michael Sullivan (Author)
Tony O’Brien and Michael Sullivan traveled around Afghanistan and spoke to the children about their lives and aspirations.
Brave with Beauty, A Story of Afghanistan
A biography picture book about Queen Goharshad
by Maxine Rose Schur (Author), Patricia Dewitt-Grush (Illustrator), Robin Dewitt (Illustrator)
Queen Goharshad ruled in the 15th century. She was responsible for the areas renaissance and “ushered in a remarkable, rare period when poetry, music, calligraphy, painting and the sciences flourished as never before.”
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Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
The story of a little girl in Afghanistan
by Jeanette Winter
Nasreen hasn’t spoken since her parents disappeared. Now she attends a secret school.
Novelty Books about Afghanistan for Kids
Children’s Songs from Afghanistan
This includes music and CD
by Louise M. Pascale
In the 1960s Louise Pascale collected children’s songs from Afghanistan while she was a teacher in Kabul. A few years ago she came across her notes. This is the collection of the songs she saved, translated in English.