Books for Children

Adams, Tracey and Ed Young. The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale. Voyager Books, 2004.

Bascle, Brian and Roger Smalley. The Adventures of Marco Polo. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006.

Chambers, James. Genghis Khan. Stroud, UK: Sutton Publishing, 1999.

Chin-Lee, Cynthia. A Is for Asia. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 1997.

Demi. Buddha. Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Demi. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale. Scholastic Press, 1997.

Demi. Muhammad. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2003.

Gilchrist, Cherry. Stories from the Silk Road. Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry. New York: Barefoot Books, 1999. Stories from along the Silk Roads, from Chang’an to Samarkand. Delightfully told and superbly illustrated.

Kimmel, Eric A. The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East. Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher. Holiday House., 1994.

Krebs, Laurie. We’re Riding on a Caravan. Illustrated by Helen Cann. Barefoot Books, Inc., 2005.

MacDonald, Fiona. Marco Polo: A Journey Through China. Illustrated by Mark Bergin. New York: Franklin Watts, 1997.

MacDonald Fiona. The World in the Time of Marco Polo. Parsippany, NJ: Dillon Press, 1997.

Major, John. The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History. Harper Trophy, 1997. A good review of the geographical route, major cities, and products that were moved along the Silk Roads.

Nicholson, Robert. The Mongols: Facts, Stories, Activities. New York: Chelsea Juniors, 1994.

Rumford, James. Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325–1354. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Sis, Peter. Tibet Through the Red Box. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Young, Ed. The Lost Horse. Voyager Books of Harcourt, Inc., 1998.

Young, Ed. What about Me? Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Books, 2002.

Young, Ed. I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Books, 2004.

Books for Adults

Boulnois, Luce and Helen Loveday. Silk Road: Monks, Warriors, and Merchants. Odyssey Publications, 2003.

Clark, Mitchell. Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia. MFA Publications, 2003.

Clunas, Craig. Art in China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Foltz, Richard. Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Grotenhuis, Elizabeth Ten, ed. Along the Silk Road. Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2002.

Harvey, Janet. Traditional Textiles of Central Asia. Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Hugus, David and Beverly Jackson. Leader to the Clouds. Ten Speed Press, 2004.

Kalter, Johannes and Margareta Pavaloi. Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road. Thames and Hudson, 2003.

Krahl, Regina, Alfreda Murck, Evelyn Rawski, and Jessica Rawson. China: The Three Emperors 1662–1795. Royal Academy of Arts, 2006.

Levin, Theodore C. The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.

Liu, Xinru. The Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Interactions in Eurasia. Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 1998.

Major, John S., Joan Barnatt and John Bertles. Silk Road Encounters Education Kit. Asia Society and the Silk Road Project, Inc., 2001.

Middleton, Nick. Extremes along the Silk Road: Adventures Off the World’s Oldest Superhighway. John Murray Publishers, 2006.

Polo, Marco. Manuel Komroff, ed. The Travels of Marco Polo. Translated by William Marsden. Modern Library Publishers, 2001.

Rawson, Jessica et al. The British Museum Book of Chinese Art. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1993.

Sims-Williams, Ursula and Susan Whitfield. The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith. Serindia Publications, 2004.

Stevens, Stuart. Night Train to Tukistan: Modern Adventures along China’s Ancient Silk Road. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988.

Streatfield-James, Dominic and Paul Wilson. Silk Roads: A Route and Planning Guide. Trailblazer Publications, 2003.

Tracy, James, ed. The Rise of Merchant Empires. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Vainker, Shelagh. Chinese Silk: A Cultural History. Rutgers University Press, 2004.

Whitfield, Roderick and Anne Farrer. Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: Chinese Art from the Silk Route. New York: George Braziller, 1990.

Whitfield, Susan. Aurel Stein on the Silk Road. Art Media Resources, Inc., 2004.

Whitfield, Susan. Life along the Silk Road. University of California Press, 2001.

Web Sites

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This site for the National Museum of Asian Art is part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Asia Society
The Asia Society’s Web site is dedicated to teaching and learning about Asia with a special feature on the Silk Roads. See also for online exhibitions, such as Dancing Demons: Ceremonial Masks of Mongolia and Monks and Merchants, and for up-to-date information on country profiles in Asia.
This site contains links featuring the Silk Roads and Dunhuang (Mogao) cave temples.

China Virtual Tours
China Virtual Tours offers basic information and pictures of Silk Road cities of China.

International Dunhuang Project (IDP)
IDP was established in 1993 following a meeting of conservators from all over the world to promote the study and preservation of manuscripts and printed documents from Dunhuang and other Central Asian sites through international cooperation.

Silk Road Project
The purpose of the Silk Road Project is to illuminate the Silk Road’s historical contribution to the diffusion of art and culture, identify current voices that best represent this cultural legacy, and support new collaborations among artists. Find information and resources for educators here.

SPICE (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education) is a program that conducts research on key international issues and publish curriculum resources for K–12 and early college teachers. On this site you can order the curriculum manual Along the Silk Road: People, Interaction, and Cultural Exchange

The Silk Road Foundation
The Silk Road Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to promote the study and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk Road.

Art Institute of Chicago Online Resource: Taoism and the Arts of China
This exhibition Web site contains in depth information about Chinese art and religion. Includes lesson plans, maps, and a timeline.