Non-fiction books about Asia

These are books in the Yerong Creek PS library

Wicked warriors and evil emperors : the true story of the fight for Ancient China

Alison Lloyd ; with pictures by Terry Denton

Imagine you're made king at the age of twelve. You have plenty of enemies. You have a million soldiers armed with all kinds of awesome weapons; you have tons of gold and a network of spies. What would you do with all that power? It happened to a real boy, who made himself China's first emperor. He was brilliant and brutal. His legend, and the stories of his wicked warriors, have lived on for thousands of years.

Animals of the World- Asia

Authors: Peter Sloan and Sheryl Sloan

Titles include

The orangutan and the Philippine tarsier

The Malaysian colugo and other curious animals of Asia

The Bactrian camel and the markhor

The tiger and the dhole

Come to the Party- Series


Celebrate Chinese Festivals

Celebrate Indian Hindu festivals

Celebrate Malay Muslim festivals

Tales Retold

Folklores from across the globe.


Text in English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Thai. Text in English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Tagalog, Thai.

Happy Lunar New Year : an Asian festival

Asia at a glance.

This series is "developed and published ... as a program of the Asia Education Foundation. Contents includes: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka.

Thinking about Asia : an Australian introduction to East and Southeast Asia

Focus on Asia Series

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Access Asia: Teaching and Learning Units

This teacher resource, a collection of units of work developed in the classroom, offers something for each level of the primary school and almost all learning areas. It provides practical starting points for teachers who wish to introduce studies of Asia or to incorporate Asian content into the primary curriculum. Ancient folktales, Chinese New Year, animals of Asia, daily life in Japan and Korean folk games are among the topics designed for easy integration into the curriculum. Activities are accompanied by specified student outcomes, assessment suggestions and student worksheets.

Civics and citizenship education focus: The Jataka Tales, a vast body of Indian folk stories that have travelled throughout Asia with the spread of Buddhism are the focus of one unit. The Jataka Tales emphasise notion of individual responsibility and demonstrate the impact that personal actions have on the wider community. This is an excellent unit in which to address the Citizens and Public Life theme at the middle and upper primary level.

Snapshots of Asia Series: Big Books

Countries include




The Middle East

Philip Steele

Impact : environment

Includes flooding in Bangladesh

by Pamela Rushby

Celebration of life : Indian culture and customs

Gary Underwood

The new 7 wonders of the world : a travel guide by Dianne Irving


The Great Wall of China -- China Taj Mahal -- India.

Go! Indonesia

Teacher guide based on the Go Indonesia! website.

The Indonesia book : a people, a place, a culture

Sadriani Wayan Kerta

Indonesian children's games

Dede Sujatna ; illustrated by Onong Nugraha

Kamus situasi dwibahasa : bahasa Indonesia, bahasa inggris

Parallel text in English and Indonesian.

Indonesia Kaleidoscope

A resource for primary teachers and students to enhance learning about Indonesian peoples, culture and society. The book consists of six units of work which are introduced by a popular folk tale from one of the major islands of Indonesia: Irian Jaya, Bali, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Java and Sumatra. Each chapter contains a range of student activities and blackline masters which focus on The Arts, Studies of Society and Environment and English learning areas.

Pak Yono's paddy field : growing rice in Indonesia

China down under

China Downunder is a multistage HSIE teaching resource. The teacher s book provides significant support for teaching and learning in Stages 1, 2 and 3. Detailed teaching notes, handouts and background information specific to each stage are included. A class set of 30 booklets providing interesting and engaging images of contemporary China are also part of the resource.

Available for download at

Law and order on the goldfields

Includes Chinese on the Goldfields

Kimberley Webber

Families and feasts

Includes Chinese New Year

PM Plus series

Japan : a literature based multi-cultural unit

Betsy Franco ; illustrated by Jo Supancich

Decovering Japan

Tyler, Deborah


Haslam Andrew


We come from series

Teresa Fisher

Things Japanese

text by Nicholas Bornoff ; photos by Michael Freeman

Where the sun rises

A stage 1 unit of work about people and life in Japan..

It is available to download at

Australia and the Vietnam war

Produced by the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Vietnam War

Margaret Browne illustrated by Barry Luks

lets learn about Korea

korean educational development institute

Modern Korea

Sunday lunch : a Vietnamese family meal

Gary Underwood

Inspirations art ideas for primary and middle years

Study of Asian Art

Produced by Art Gallery of NSW

Adventures in Asia an education kit for the Asian gallery

Art kit produced by Art Gallery of NSW.