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Blue Mosque
Turkey is a country that spans two continents, Europe and Asia, and its history encompasses thousands of years, from the Hittites, to ancient Greece and Rome, early Christians, followed by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Wow! Traveling through Turkey with kids, climb up a replica of the Trojan horse, explore Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia, check out cave homes of early Christians, walk through an underground cistern built by a Byzantine emperor, visit the palace of the Ottoman sultan, or just splash in the blue Aegean Sea.
    Mediterranean Coast – Troy, Ephesus
    Central Anatolia
family tours turkey

Sail the Aegean Sea in a traditional boat (gulet), snorkel and swim in sparkling waters, explore underground city of Cappadocia, enjoy delicious Turkish sweets and foods, visit imperial palaces in Istanbul and ancient ruins of Ephesus, this family tour company will arrange an unforgettable trip:

    Quivertree Family Expeditions
kids books turkey
The Hungry Coat - A Tale from Turkey kids folk tale  

In a colorful retelling of a Turkish folktale, the wise man Nasrettin Hoca is invited to a banquet at the home a rich friend. When Nasrettin shows up in a tatty, worn coat, the other guests give him the cold shoulder, until they discover that “He who wears heaven in his heart is always well dressed.” Glowing illustrations, like miniaturist paintings. (Picture book)


The Trojan Horse
Emily Little, Michael Eagle

Easy to read story of The Iliad – why the Greeks go to war with Troy, fighting for ten long years, trick to get inside the city, and destruction of Troy. The fortified city of Troy, surrounded by high stone walls, was invincible, until crafty Odysseus built a great wooden horse. The Trojans brought the horse inside the city, not knowing that the horse was filled with Greek soldiers. (Easy reader)


The Trojan Horse
The Hero Schliemann kids archeology turkey  
The Hero Schliemann
Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd

Heinrich Schliemann believed that Troy was a real city from ancient times and went about finding it. Not your usual archeologist, Schliemann ripped up the dirt at Hissarlik in Turkey, where he found buried treasure, lost cities, and the probable site of Homer’s Troy. (Illustrated chapter book)


Anna of Byzantium
Tracy Barrett

12th century, Constantinople. Anna is a brilliant scholar, the daughter of the emperor, and heir to the throne. But when her father dies, Anna’s willful younger brother becomes the new emperor, and her life is in danger. Based on historical events, the Byzantine empire is vividly brought to life. (Chapter book)


Anna of Byzantium turkey kids books
childrens books turkey Mosque  
David Macaulay

How a typical 16th century mosque in Turkey was built, from the foundations, to the walls of the prayer hall, and eight huge piers supporting a great dome, topped with a bronze crescent. The mosque complex also included a school for religious education, public kitchen, baths and fountains, a tomb, and minaret for call to prayer. (Picture book)


In My Mosque
M. O. Yuksel, Hatem Aly

Step into a mosque today – we take off our shoes, grandmothers read from the Qur'an and spread out prayer mats, grandfathers chant “Glory be to God,” muezzin calls us to prayer, iman tells us stories, we learn to help others, and end our prayers with “Peace and blessings on you.” Plus information about traditions and historic mosques worldwide. (Picture book)


in my mosque
T is for Turkey kids books  
T is for Turkey
Nilufer Topaloglu Pyper, Propeepta Das

Turkey in pictures from A to Z – from Ataturk (first president of Turkey), to delicious food (maras ice cream, rose jam, simit snacks), games, sports, school, to Zurna, a musical instrument. (Picture book)


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