Picture Books Around the World: South America

Today’s “Picture Books Around the World” installment takes us to the diverse continent of South America!

Picture Books about South America

This continent is made up of 12 independent countries and three territories. The books in this list feature four South American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Peru.

BiblioburroBiblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

This is the true story of a Colombian man named Luis, who loved books so much that his book collection began taking up his entire house. So Luis decided that he would use two burros to travel into the faraway hills and bring his books to people who had none. He calls his endeavor Biblioburro – “The Burro Library.” This inspiring tale is illustrated with vibrant acrylic paintings and makes an excellent read-aloud.

Up and Down the AndesUp and Down the Andes: A Peruvian Festival Tale

In this inviting book, people travel from every corner of Peru to the city of Cusco, to attend Inti Raymi – the festival of the sun. Part of what makes this book so distinctive is the impressive artwork. The bold, colorful paintings evoke a post-impressionist feel. Eight pages of endnotes includes facts about the history and culture of Peru.

The Magic Bean TreeThe Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina

In the midst of a massive drought, a young boy goes on a quest to find rain and save his village. In this charming retelling of a traditional folk tale, soft, beautiful, full-page paintings depict the rich landscapes of Argentina.

The Rainforest Grew All AroundThe Rainforest Grew All Around

This singsong, rhyming poem, cunningly adapted from the song The Green Grass Grew All Around, teaches children about some of the unique wildlife and vegetation of the rainforest. Fact-filled sidebars provide deeper learning for older readers as well.

Carolina's GiftCarolina’s Gift: A Story of Peru

A young girl living in a village in Peru visits the Sunday market in search of a birthday gift for her grandmother. Richly detailed illustrations artfully depict not only the bustle of the market, but also the vibrant culture of the people.

Soccer StarSoccer Star

In this uplifting and beautifully illustrated story, a young Brazilian boy dreams of one day becoming a famous soccer player and lifting his family out of poverty.


  1. I just love these collections. I can’t wait to read Biblioburro…the first traveling bookmobile, really. Visiting from Mommynificent 🙂

  2. Biblioburro looks excellent! I’ve often been a fan of Winter’s work. Adding this book to my library search list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. SA always offers such vivid and vibrant colors! It makes my heart smile.

  4. I really, really love the sound of Biblioburro. Thanks for pointing it out to me! Cheers.

  5. Such a great collection of books. I love the cover for The Rainforest Grew All Around and can’t seem to get the tune out of my head! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! This might be my favorite of your lists yet! They all look so good – I can’t wait to read them! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! Hope to see you again soon!

  7. Once again another truly unique list. Thanks for some great recommendations on the Kid Lit Blog HOp

  8. Soccer Star has been our favotire along with the author’s other book called Goal. Love this list! -Reshama

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