Many of our communities have residents whose families originally came from Italy. For a craft project, make macaroni necklaces: www.makeandtakes.com/coloring-pasta-making-necklaces.
Borando, Silvia. Near, Far. Have the storytime audience call out the opposites in this wordless book, originally published in Italy.
DePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona. Big Anthony cannot stop Strega Nona’s magic pasta pot from overflowing.
Falconer, Ian. Olivia Goes to Venice. The little white pig visits Venice on vacation with her family.
Giraldo, Maria Loretta. Abracadabra! The Magic of Trying. Originally published in Italy, Owl is afraid of falling so he won’t try to fly.
Marcellino, Fred. Arrivederci, Crocodile, or, See You Later, Alligator. Crocodile goes to Venice in this sequel to I, Crocodile.
Marciano, John. Madeline and the Cats of Rome. Miss Clavel takes the girls to Rome for a sunny vacation, where Madeline catches a thief.
Guarducci, Ilaria. Spiky. Spiky scares the other forest creatures with his spikes, but when his spikes fall out, a bunny comes to his rescue.