Winter Reading List

This post is written by Sam Gonzalez, Education Program Manager at the Council, and highlights some of her suggested reading for the winter season.

We may be having an unseasonably warm holiday season for this part of the country, but I have no doubt that, to quote Game of Thrones, WINTER IS COMING. And with the frigid cold that I’m told is characteristic of winters here comes the desire to hunker down inside. What better way is there to enjoy the indoors than by reading a good book?

Check out my selections for your winter reading below, and please feel free to make your own suggestions for the next list!


The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist
By Margarita Engle
*For grades 7 and up

Bamboo People
By Mitali Perkins
*For grades 7-10

And Quiet Flows the Don
By Mikhail Sholokhov

Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History
By Eduardo Galeano

The Frangipani Hotel
By Violet Kupersmith


Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
By Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
*For grades 8-12

Comparative Religion: Investigate the World Through Religious Tradition
By Carla Mooney and Lena Chandhok
*For grades 8-12

Like the Moon and the Sun: Indonesia in the Words of an American Diplomat
By Stanley Harsha

Oranges and Sunshine
By Margaret Humphreys
*Also published as Empty Cradles, about Britain’s child migrants

The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
By William J. Dobson

Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language
By Richard M. Roberts and Roger J. Kreuz

Thank you for your continued support of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and from all of us here, Happy Holidays!