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Russia (Russian Federation) is a huge country, stretching from St. Petersburg in the west to Vladivostok in east, north to the Arctic Circle and south to the Black Sea. Its long history, spanning over a thousand years, starts with the Vikings who founded Kiev, through the conquest by the Mongols, to the creation of the Russian nation, united by Ivan the Terrible, the "Tsar of all the Russia's." For three hundred years the Romanov's ruled Russia, ending with the Russian Revolution and creation of the Communist state. Wherever you travel with your kids in Russia today, there's history on a grand scale.
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The Tale of the Firebird russia kids  
The Tale of the Firebird
Gennady Spirin

In this classic Russian folktale, the Tsar sends his sons to search for the mythical firebird. The youngest son finds the firebird in a golden cage, goes on to capture the horse with the golden mane, rescue Yelena the Beautiful and fight evil Koshchei the Immortal. Gorgeously illustrated. (Picture book)


Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
Janet Schulman, Peter Malone

Charming retelling of Peter and the wolf, the musical fairy tale. A wolf leaps out of the deep dark woods, trapping the bird, the duck and the cat, but Peter has a plan to trap the wolf. Fully narrated CD, eye-catching illustrations and fun for all ages. (Picture book and Audio CD)


Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf kids books music russia
russia kids adventure Angel on the Square

Each book is the continuing story of a St. Petersburg family – Katya, a wealthy young woman at the onset of the Russian Revolution (Angel on the Square), her children Georgi and Marya in the Siberian wilderness (The Impossible Journey), and the family in 1941 during the siege of Leningrad (Burying the Sun). An excellent series that brings to life a century of change in Russia. (Chapter books)


Babushka Baba Yaga
Patricia Polacco

Story of a kinder, gentler Baba Yaga, who becomes an adopted grandmother and saves a little boy from the wolves. Brightly colored illustrations, like Russian folk art. Also fun is Rechenka's Eggs. (Picture book)


Babushka Baba Yaga childrens books russia
kids russia folk tale Baba Yaga and Vasilisa  the Brave  
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Marianna Mayer, K.Y. Craft

Vasilisa is sent by her crummy stepmother to fetch a light from the fearsome witch, Baba Yaga, who lives in the forest in a house surrounded by clattering bones. Richly illustrated with deep colors and marvelous detail. (Picture book)


The Magic Nesting Doll
Jacqueline K. Ogburn, Laurel Long

A magic spell has turned the young Tsarevitch to ice, and the kingdom to permanent winter. Katya has a magic nesting doll (matryoshka) with a bear, a wolf, and a firebird inside; she uses her matryoshka and love to break the spell. (Picture book)


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Ivan the Terrible tsar czar history kids russia  

Reign of terror of Ivan the Terrible, empire builder. At 16 Ivan was crowned "Tsar of all the Russias," then went on to ruthlessly kill his enemies, enslave the serfs, and destroy whole cities. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)

Also: Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia



Fictional diary of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, as she goes from a princess living in the ornate palaces of Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof, to house arrest with her family in Siberia. (Chapter book)


anastasia and her sisters
kids books historical fiction romanov russia Anastasia's Secret
Anastasia's Secret
Susanne Dunlap

Based on true events, a novel of Grand Duchess Anastasia, helping out in Russian hospitals during World War I, captive in the family palace after her father abdicates as czar, and then sent to Siberia. In this turbulent time, was there a young solider, Sasha, whom she grew to love? Good for older kids. (Chaper book)


The Kitchen Boy
Robert Alexander

Vivid novel of the last days of the Romanovs in Siberia, an edge-of-your-seat story of a teenage boy who was there, the night the czar's family was executed. Seamlessly interweaves historical fact and fiction into a fascinating read for teenagers. (Chapter book)


The Kitchen Boy romanov adventure kids russia
russia kids biography Peter Tschaikovsky  
Peter Tchaikovsky
Mike Venezia

Find out about the Russian composer who wrote the music for The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and used real cannons and church bells in his famous 1812 Overture – Peter Tchaikovsky. (Picture book)


Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition
Anna Harwell Celenza, JoAnn E. Kitchel

Story of how the composer Mussorgsky was inspired to write Pictures at an Exhibition. After Victor, an artist and architect, dies suddenly, his friends put together an exhibition of his art. From the pictures, Mussorgsky creates a soaring piano composition in honor of his dear friend. Colorfully illustrated, like Russian folk art. (Picture book)


chidrens books country facts Russia  
Thomas Streissguth

Take a trip around Russia – from the steppes to frozen tundra, cities, family life, holidays, food, sports, ballet and music. (Picture book)


(More children's books on other Russia pages)
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