Books for Adults

Allen, Judy, and Jeanne Griffiths. 1979. The Book of the Dragon. Chartwell Books, Inc.
Boulnois, Luce, and Helen Loveday. 2003. Silk Road: Monks, Warriors, and Merchants. Odyssey Publications.
Bowker, John. 1997. World Religions. DK Publishing Inc.
Breuilly, Elizabeth, Joanne O'Brien, and Martin Palmer, eds. 1997. Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions, and Festivals. Facts on File.
Clark, Mitchell. 2003. Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia. MFA Publications.
Clunas, Craig. 1997. Art in China. Oxford University Press.
Eberhard, Wolfram. 1983. A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought. Translated by G. L. Campbell. Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Eberhard, Wolfram, ed. 1965. Folktales of China. Folktales of the World. University of Chicago Press.
Foltz, Richard. 1999. Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century. St. Martin’s Press.
Grotenhuis, Elizabeth Ten, ed. 2002. Along the Silk Road. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Harvey, Janet. 1997. Traditional Textiles of Central Asia. Thames and Hudson.
Ho, Kwok Man, and Joanne O'Brien, trans. and eds. 1990. The Eight Immortals of Taoism: Legends and Fables of Popular Taoism. Meridian.
Hook, Brian, and Denis Twitchett, eds. 1991. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of China. 2d ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hugus, David, and Beverly Jackson. 2004. Leader to the Clouds. Ten Speed Press.
Kalter, Johannes and Margareta Pavaloi. 2003. Uzbekistan: Heirs to the Silk Road. Thames and Hudson.
Kohn, Livia, ed. 1993. The Taoist Experience: An Anthology. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. State University Press of New York.
Krahl, Regina, Alfreda Murck, Evelyn Rawski, and Jessica Rawson. 2006. China: The Three Emperors 1662–1795. Royal Academy of Arts.
Levin, Theodore C. 1996. The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia. Indiana University Press.
Little, Stephen. 1988. Realm of the Immortals: Daoism in the Arts of China. Cleveland Museum of Art.
Liu, Xinru. 1998. The Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Interactions in Eurasia. American Historical Association.
Lopez, Donald S. Jr., ed. 1996. Religions of China in Practice. Princeton Readings in Religions. Princeton University Press.
Middleton, Nick. 2006. Extremes along the Silk Road: Adventures Off the World’s Oldest Superhighway. John Murray Publishers.
Overmeyer, Daniel L. 1986. Religions of China: The World as a Living System. Religious Traditions of the World Series. Harper.
Pas, Julian F. 1998. Historical Dictionary of Taoism. Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements. Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Polo, Marco. 2001. The Travels of Marco Polo. Edited by Manuel Komroff. Translated by William Marsden. Modern Library Publishers.
Rawson, Jessica et al. 1993. The British Museum Book of Chinese Art. Thames and Hudson.
Roberts, Moss, ed. and trans. 1979. Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies. The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library. Pantheon Books.
Robinet, Isabelle. 1997. Taoism: Growth of a Religion. Translated by Phyllis Brooks. Stanford University Press.
Ross, Frank. 1982. Oracle Bones, Stars, and Wheelbarrows: Ancient Chinese Science and Technology. Houghton Mifflin Co.
Sanders, Tao Tao Liu. 1980. Dragon Gods and Spirits from Chinese Mythology. Peter Bedrick Books.
Schipper, Kristofer. 1993. The Taoist Body. University of California Press.
Sims-Williams, Ursula, and Susan Whitfield. 2004. The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith. Serindia Publications.
Stevens, Stuart. 1988. Night Train to Tukistan: Modern Adventures along China’s Ancient Silk Road. Atlantic Monthly Press.
Streatfield-James, Dominic, and Paul Wilson. 2003. Silk Roads: A Route and Planning Guide. Trailblazer Publications.
Sullivan, Michael. 2008. The Arts of China. 5th ed. University of California Press.
Tracy, James, ed. 1990. The Rise of Merchant Empires. Cambridge University Press.
Vainker, Shelagh. 2004. Chinese Silk: A Cultural History. Rutgers University Press.
Vollmer, John, and Elinor Pearlstein. 2000. Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. Museum Studies, vol. 26, no. 2. (Fall).
Waley, Arthur. 1958. The Way and Its Power: A Study of the Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought. Grove Press.
Watson, Burton, trans. 1968. The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu. Columbia University Press.
Welch, Holmes, and Anna Seidel, eds. 1979. Facets of Taoism: Essays in Chinese Religion. Yale University Press.
Whitfield, Roderick, and Anne Farrer. 1990. Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: Chinese Art from the Silk Route. George Braziller.
Whitfield, Susan. 2004. Aurel Stein on the Silk Road. Art Media Resources, Inc.
Whitfield, Susan. 2001. Life along the Silk Road. University of California Press.
Williams, C. A. S. 1974. Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs. 3d ed. Edited by Terence Barrow. Charles E. Tuttle Company.
Williams, Suzanne. 1996. Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China. Pacific View Press.

Teacher Manuals

The Arts of Asia: China, Korea, Japan. Department of Museum Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1993.
Taoism and the Arts of China: The Journey to Perfect Harmony. Department of Museum Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2000.

Books for Children

Adams, Tracey, and Ed Young. 2004. The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale. Voyager Books.
Bascle, Brian, and Roger Smalley. 2006. The Adventures of Marco Polo. Arthur A. Levine Books.
Chambers, James. 1999. Genghis Khan. Sutton Publishing.
Chin-Lee, Cynthia. 1997. A Is for Asia. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
Demi. 1996. Buddha. Henry Holt and Company.
___. Muhammad. 2003. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Inc.
___. One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale. 1997.Scholastic Press.
Gilchrist, Cherry. 1999. Stories from the Silk Road. Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry. Barefoot Books.
Kimmel, Eric A. 1994. The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East. Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher. Holiday House.
Krebs, Laurie. 2005. We’re Riding on a Caravan. Illustrated by Helen Cann. Barefoot Books, Inc.
MacDonald, Fiona. 1997. Marco Polo: A Journey through China. Illustrated by Mark Bergin. Franklin Watts.
MacDonald Fiona. 1997. The World in the Time of Marco Polo. Dillon Press.
Major, John. 1997. The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History. Harper Trophy.
Nicholson, Robert. 1994. The Mongols: Facts, Stories, Activities. Chelsea Juniors.
Rumford, James. 2005. Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325–1354. Houghton Mifflin.
Sis, Peter. 1998. Tibet through the Red Box. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Young, Ed. I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket. 2004. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Books.
___. 1998. The Lost Horse. Voyager Books of Harcourt, Inc.
___. What about Me? 2002. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Books.


Art Institute of Chicago Online Resource: Taoism and the Arts of China
This exhibition website contains in-depth information about Chinese art and religion. Includes lesson plans, maps, and a timeline.
The Asia Society
The Asia Society’s website 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.
China Virtual Tours
China Virtual Tours offers basic information and pictures of Silk Road cities of China.
This site contains links featuring the Silk Roads and Dunhuang (Mogao) cave temples.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This site for the National Museum of Asian Art is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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 manuals and lesson plans including China’s Republican Era 111 to 1949, The Road to Beijing, Along the Silk Road, China’s Cultural Revolution, Religions and Philosophies in China, China and the World in 2010, etc.