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50 State Booklist

A popular activity is to "travel" across a map of the U.S. by reading a book that takes place in each of the states. (A variation is to read a book whose author lives in a particular state, or a book about a particular state.)

If your class is participating in this activity and you are a book or two short, or your students are eager for more, try these titles.

Our thanks go to Erin McQuiston of LMS Grimshaw Elementary School in LaFayette, New York, and Donna McCrory, a librarian at Westside Elementary School in Westmoreland, Tennessee for contributing to this list, which spans fiction and non-fiction for younger to older readers.

  • Alabama
    • Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler
    • Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis
    • Run Away Home by Patricia McKissack
    • Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine E. Wilkie
  • Alaska
    • Kiana's Iditarod by Shelley Gill
    • Williwaw by Tom Bodett
    • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
    • Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall
    • Call of the Wild by Jack London
    • The Eagle’s Shadow by Nora Martin
    • Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
    • Kavik the Wolf Dog by Walt Morey
    • The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
  • Arizona
    • Saguaro Cactus by Paul Fleisher
    • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
    • Tarantula Shoes by Tom Birdseye
    • Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
    • As the Crow Flies by Elizabeth Winthrop
  • Arkansas
    • Bill Clinton: President of the 90’s by Robert Cwiklik
    • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
    • Buckaroo by Betty Traylor
    • Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine by Eileen Lucas
    • Falling From Grace by Ann McNichols
    • Gravy on a Bucket Lid by Eddie Bowman
    • Only the Names Remain: The Cherokee and the Trail of Tears by Alex W. Bealer
  • California
    • Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
    • Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    • Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
    • The Journal of Ben Uchida by Barry Denenberg
    • Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
    • Annie's Promise by Sonia Levitin
    • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
    • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
    • Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi
    • Working Cotton by Sherley Williams
    • Maxi, the Star by Debra & Sal Barracca
    • Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • Colorado
    • Rocky Mountain National Park by Ruth Radlauer
    • Face to Face by Marion Dane Bauer
    • Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Arizona by Caroline Arnold
    • Bearstone by Will Hobbs
    • The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
  • Connecticut
    • Secret of the Sachem's Tree by F. N. Monjo
    • Windcatcher by Avi
    • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola
    • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare
    • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
    • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
    • McBroom Tells the Truth by Sid Fleishman
  • Delaware
    • Red Bird by Barbara Mitchell
    • Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin by Karen Hesse
    • A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
    • As the Crow Flies by Elizabeth Winthrop
  • District of Columbia
    • The Wall by Eve Bunting
    • Nightwalkers by Judy K. Morris
  • Florida
    • Donald and the Fish That Walked by Edward R. Ricciuti
    • Panther Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Bigmama's by Donald Crews
    • Shortcut by Donald Crews
    • Sam the Sea Cow by Francine Jacobs
    • Stealing Home by Mary Stolz
    • Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons
    • Michael Graves by Eric Kudalis
    • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Georgia
    • Red Cap by G. Clifton Wisler
    • Turn Homeward Hannalee by Patricia Beatty
    • Greg Maddux, Ace by John Torres
    • Herschel Walker by Jim Aenagh
    • Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch
    • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
    • The PeeWee Jubilee by Judy Delton
    • Only the Names Remain: the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears by Alex W. Bealer
  • Hawaii
    • Pearl Harbor by Deborah Hopkinson
    • Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
    • The Broccoli Tapes by Jan Slepian
    • The Story of the U.S.S. Arizona by Conrad Stein
    • The Last Princess: The story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i by Fay Stanley
  • Idaho
    • West to a Land of Plenty by Jim Murphy
    • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
    • The Case of the Missing Cutthroats: An Eco Mystery by Jean Craighead George
    • The Eagle and the River by Charles Craighead
    • Jenny of the Tetons by Kristiana Gregory
    • Never Cry “Arp!” and Other Great Adventures by Patrick F. McManus
  • Illinois
    • Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketteman
    • A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
    • Lincoln, a Photo Biography by Russell Freedman
    • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
    • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
    • Oprah Winfrey: Television Star by Steven Otfinoski
    • Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown
    • Michael Jordan: Star Guard by Ron Knapp
  • Indiana
    • Running out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Julie Meyer by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
    • The Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketterman
    • The Floating House by Scott R. Sanders
    • A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
    • A Place Called Freedom by Scott Russell Sanders
  • Iowa
    • McBroom Tells TheTruth by Sid Fleischmann
    • Kate Shelley and The Midnight Express by Wetterer
    • Mystery of Pony Hollow by Lynn Hall
  • Kansas
    • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
    • Going West by Nancy Van Leeuwen
    • Steal Away Home by Lois Ruby
    • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Kentucky
    • Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
    • Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
    • Daniel Boone: Pioneer Trailblazer by Jim Hargrove
    • Sally Ann Thunder and Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg
    • Tarantula Shoes by Tom Birdseye
  • Louisiana
    • Bill and Pete To The Rescue by Tomie DePaola
    • Blackwater Swamp by Bill Wallace
    • The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman
    • Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd
    • My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Maine
    • Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume
    • Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    • One Morning in Maine by Robert McClosky
    • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
    • Time of Wonder by Robert McClosky
    • Calico Bush by Rachel Field
    • Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter and Connie Roop
  • Maryland
    • By The Dawn's Early Light by Steven Kroll
    • Count Me In by Cal Ripken
    • Chita’s Christmas Tree by Elizabeth Howard
    • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
    • The Fox Hunt Mystery: Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
  • Massachusetts
    • Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen
    • Night Raiders Along the Cape by John Waters
    • Make way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky
    • Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett
    • She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head by Kathryn Lasky
    • The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George
    • Why We Have Thanksgiving by Margaret Hillert
    • An Island Far From Home by John Donahue
    • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
    • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
    • Anastasia at Your Service by Lois Lowry
    • Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst by Lois Lowry
    • Who’s That Stepping On Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz
    • Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellog
  • Michigan
    • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis
    • Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco
    • Keeper of the Light by Patricia Pfitsch
    • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • My Ol’ Man by Patricia Polacco
  • Minnesota
    • Tracker by Gary Paulsen
    • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Betsy-Tacy by Maud Lovelace
    • Kirsten: An American Girl Books by Janet Shaw
  • Mississippi
    • Vicksburg Veteran by F. N. Monjo
    • Let The Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor
    • Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
    • The Well: David’s Story by Mildred Taylor
    • The Friendship by Mildred D. Taylor
    • The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg by G. Clifton Wisler
    • Goodbye, Charles Lindbergh by Louise Borden
    • The Haunted Cabin Mystery: Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Night cry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Missouri
    • Sooner by Patricia Calvert
    • George Washington Carver by Lois Nicholson
    • On My Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger MacBride
    • Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Montana
    • Wolf Stalker by Gloria Skurzynski
    • It Is a Good Day to Die by Herman Viola
    • Smoky, the Cow Horse by Will James
    • Max, the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • Nebraska
    • Native American Doctor by Jeri Ferris
    • Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
    • Gratefully Yours by Jane Buchanan
    • Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad
    • My Daniel by Pam Conrad
  • Nevada
    • Sarah Winnemucca by Mary Frances Morrow
    • Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Levinson
    • Cowboy country by Ann Herbert Scott
    • The Runaways by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
    • Weird Stories from the Lonesome Café by Judy Cox
    • Alice Rose and Sam: a Novel by Kathryn Lasky
    • Chico and Dan by Harold Keith
  • New Hampshire
    • Gathering Of Days by Joan Blos
    • Bear That Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
    • Miss Hickory by Carolyn Bailey
  • New Jersey
    • Battle of Trenton by Martin McPhillips
    • Captain Grey by Avi
    • Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson
    • Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service by Keith Robertson
    • Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid by Walter Dean Myers
    • Fighting Ground by Avi
    • George Washington's Socks by Elvira Wooddruff
  • New Mexico
    • Cowboys by Joan Anderson
    • Carlsbad Caverns by Lewann Sotnak
    • And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
    • Wildlife Rescue by Jennifer Dewey
    • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
    • Josefina: an American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • New York
    • How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Khalsa
    • Hessian's Secret Diary by Lisa Banim
    • Tar Beach by Faith Ringold
    • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    • Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein by Johanna Hurwitz
    • And Still the Turtle Watched by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
    • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
    • Ruth Law Thrills a Nation by Don Brown
    • The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca
    • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
    • The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
    • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
    • Hattie and the Wild Waves by Barbara Cooney
    • Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks
    • Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
    • Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger
  • North Carolina
    • Wright Brothers by Russell Freedman
    • Who Comes With Cannons by Patricia Beatty
    • My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston
    • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
    • Meet Addy: an American Girl by Connie Porter
    • Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera Cleaver
    • Michael Jordan: Star Guard by Ron Knapp
    • Back Home by Gloria Jean Pinkney
    • A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
  • North Dakota
    • Edge of Nowhere by Lucy Sypher
    • Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner
    • On the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Sitting Bull by Herman Viola
    • Buffalo Before Breakfast by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Ohio
    • M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
    • John Glenn by Paul Westman
    • Wild Willie and King Kyle Detectives by Barbara M. Joose
    • Lentil by Robert McClosky
    • Johnny Appleseed Goes A’Planting by Patsy Jensen
  • Oklahoma
    • Time of Hunting by Wayne Dodd
    • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Smith
    • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
    • Where the Red Fern Grows by Winston Rawls
    • Red-Dirt Jessie by Anna Myers
    • Captain’s Command by Anna Myers
  • Oregon
    • Summer Discovery by Drew Carson
    • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
    • A Frontier Fort on the Oregon Trail by Scott Stedman
    • Wagon Train 911 by Jamie Gilson
  • Pennsylvania
    • Christmas Cookie Tree by Ruth Hershey Irion
    • Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli
    • The Winter of Red Snow (Dear America) by Christina Gregory
    • The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
    • What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
    • Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine C. Logan by Mary Pope Osborne
    • The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
  • Rhode Island
    • Something Upstairs by Avi
    • Nickommoh! by Jackie French Koller
    • The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle
    • The Mill by David Macaulay
    • Christmas Tree Farm by Sandra Jordan
    • Kerry Hill Casecrackers Series by Peggy Nicholson and John F. Warner
    • Chicken Run by Ellen Weiss
    • Finding Providence: the Story of Roger Williams by Avi
  • South Carolina
    • Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi
    • Hurricane Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • The Secret of Gumbo Grove by Eleanora E. Tate
    • The Keeping Room by Anna Myers
    • I Thought My Soul Would Rise Up and Fly: The Diary of Patsy by Joyce Hansen
    • The Girl Who Ate Chicken Feet by Sandy Richardson
  • South Dakota
    • First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac
    • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • A Dinosaur Named Sue: the Find of the Century by Fay Robinson
    • A Dinosaur Named Sue: the Story of the Colossal Fossil by Patricia Relf
    • Driving Lessons by Catherine Dexter
  • Tennessee
    • Davy Crockett by Anne Ford
    • Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs
    • Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry
    • Tennessee Trailblazers by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
    • Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni
    • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
    • Sequoyah’s Gift by Janet Klausner
    • Oprah Winfrey: Television Star by Steven Otfinoski
    • When the Whippoorwill Calls by Candice Ransom
    • Al Gore by Rebecca Stefoff
    • Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla
    • A Band of Angels: a Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Texas
    • Holes by Louis Sachar
    • Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
    • Hank, the Cow Dog by John Erickson
    • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
    • Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
    • Search for the Shadowman by Joan Lowery Nixon
    • The White Stallion by Elizabeth Shub
  • Utah
    • Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
    • Hostage by Edward Myers
    • The Great Brain at the Academy by John D. Fitzgerald
  • Vermont
    • Soup by Robert Newton Peck
    • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Martin
    • Soup and Me by Robert Newton Peck
    • Soup for President by Robert Newton Peck
    • Soup’s Hoop by Robert Newton Peck
    • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
    • The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • Virginia
    • Promise Quilt by Candice Ransom
    • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
    • George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz
    • Journal of James Edward Pease by Jim Murphy
    • The Relatives Came by Cynthis Rylant
    • The Twin in the Tavern by Barbara B. Wallace
    • Felicity: an American Girl by Valerie Tripp
    • When Will This Cruel War be Over by Barry Denenberg
  • Washington
    • Turtle People by Brenda Guiberson
    • Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
    • Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mt. St. Helens by Patricia Lauber
    • The Last Man's Reward by David Patneaude
  • West Virginia
    • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
    • Hound Heaven by Linda Oatman High
  • Wisconsin
    • Rascal by Sterling North
    • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura I. Wilder
    • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
    • Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
  • Wyoming
    • Yellowstone by Carol A. Marron
    • Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie DePaola
    • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
    • Red Dog by Bill Wallace

 


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