*Kirkus STARRED REVIEW List of World Books for Kids

When I was a kid, I was on a constant hunt to find a good book set outside of the United States. I wasn’t always successful. That’s why I created this blog, World Reads. I hope this site will become a go-to resource for kids, parents, teachers, and librarians on a quest for a good book set outside of the United States.

By no means is this list an exhaustive list of world books that have earned a starred review from Kirkus. If you know of other world books that should be on this list, please feel to reach out to me with titles and I’ll be happy to include them on World Reads. As I include new titles, I’ll update this list. So feel free to check back as often as you’d like.

For a quick and easy reference, the list is in alphabetical order by title.

Click on the title and it will bring you to the Kirkus Review. Click on the author’s name and it will direct you to the World Reads interview.

Kirkus Starred Review List of WORLD BOOKS:

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

The Ruby Notebook by Laura Resau

What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau


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