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Books From All 50 States (and Washington, D.C.!)

Challenge readers to travel across a map of the U.S. by reading books that take place in each of the states!
Published: 01/28/2021

In this list, you’ll find fiction and nonfiction titles to engage readers of all ages—from preschool through high school. There are many classics and favorites, but also new and diverse reading choices. Take care to review titles thoroughly before recommending or sharing them with readers.


Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina

Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim

March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia McKissack 

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Tavares

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger and illustrated by Steven Walker

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Singing Hands by Delia Ray

Bird by Angela Johnson


How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable by Barbara J. Atwater and Ethan J. Atwater

Williwaw by Tom Bodett

Gentle Ben by Walt Morey

The Impossible Rescue by Martin W. Sandler

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Togo by Robert Blake

Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun by Deb Vanass

A Bear Named Trouble by Marion Dane Bauer

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure by Claudia McGehee

Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights by Debbie S Miller

This Place Is Cold by Vicki Cobb


Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z Guiberson

Big Moon Tortilla by Joy Cowley

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Ghost Fever = Mal de fantasma by Joe Hayes


The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristen Levine

Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

The Red Scarf by Richard Mason

Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper

Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beal


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas by Juan Felipe Herrera

The Stranger and the Red Rooster = El forastero y el gallo rojo by Victor Villaseñor 

Squirrel and John Muir by Emily Arnold McCully

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conklin

Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island by Laurence Yep

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner

Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Working Cotton by Sherley Williams

First Day in Grapes by L King Pérez


High as a Hawk: A Brave Girl’s Historic Climb by T. A. Barron

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

The Secret School by Avi

Secrets of Mesa Verde: Cliff Dwellings of the Pueblo by Gail Fay

Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble

Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, a Tale of the Old West by Avi

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

The Leanin’ Dog by K. A. Nuzum

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles


26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

My Summer of Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald

The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

The Forbidden Schoolhouse of Prudence Crandall by Suzanne Jurmain

Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen

Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman

Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson


A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin by Karen Hesse

Delaware: The First State by David C King

Water Rat by Marnie Laird

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

District of Columbia

The Wall by Eve Bunting

Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith  

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

When Audrey met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital by Tonya Bolden

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the National Gallery by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and illustrated by Robin Glasser

We March by Shane Evans

Nanny X Returns by Madelyn Rosenberg

Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson

Lucy Rose: Here’s the Thing about Me by Katy Kelly

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up by Melissa Thomson

Capital Mysteries series by Ron Roy

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance

Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson


Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader by Jan Godown Annino

Everglades by Jean Craighead George  

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

The Last Wild Place by Rosa Jordan

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

The Missing Manatee by Cynthia C DeFelice

Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart


Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting

Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder

Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

Deep in the Swamp by Donna M Bateman

Hummingbird by Kimberly Greene Angle

47 by Walter Mosley

Full Steam Ahead by Faye Gibbons

Freedom Train by Evelyn Coleman


Ho`onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale

Punia and the King of Sharks: a Hawaiian folktale by Lee Wardlaw

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

The Attack on Pearl Harbor by Jane Sutcliffe

The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i by Fay Stanley

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky

Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London

Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii by Graham Salisbury

I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis

Good Job, Kanani by Lisa Yee

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful by Barbara M Joosse

Dear Katie, the Volcano Is a Girl by Jean Craighead George

Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono

Summer of Sloane by Erin L Schneider

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

The Shark King by R. Kikuo Johnson

Mauna Loa by Christine Webster

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen


Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus by Kristen Tracy

Fire Storm by Jean Craighead George

The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher

The King of Slippery Falls by Sid Hite

The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

Fire in the Hole! by Mary Cronk Farrell

Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai

The Marble Queen by Stephanie Blake

Emory’s Gift by W. Bruce Cameron

The Skydiving Beavers of Idaho: A True Tale by Susan Wood

King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-advised Autobiography by Chris Crutcher


Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Saving Strawberry Farm by Deborah Hopkinson

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Willie and the All-Stars by Floyd Cooper

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis

Oh, Brother! by Ken Stark

Bushman Lives! by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Rosa, Sola by Carmela Martino

Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North by Pat McKissack

Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher

The House that Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone

Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds

The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine


The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck

Ruthie’s Gift by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

A Place Called Freedom by Scott Russell Sanders

Honey by Sarah Weeks

Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The School at Crooked Creek by Laurie Lawlor

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts

My Brother Abe: Sally Lincoln’s Story by Harry Mazer


McBroom Tells the Truth by Sid Fleischmann

Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

Cora Frear: A True Story by Susan E. Goodman

Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Bird by Crystal Chan

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

Squashed by Joan Bauer

Stealing Air by Trent Reedy

Stumptown Kid by Carol Gorman

The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

Here Lies Linc by Delia Ray


No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden

Aunt Minnie and the Twister by Mary Skillings Prigger

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Rose’s Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression by Marissa Moss

Prairie Skies series by Deborah Hopkinson

We Could Be Brothers by Derrick D Barnes

Grasslands by Debra Seely

Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith 

The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader

Noggin by John Corey Whaley


Counting on the WoodsA Poem by George Ella Lyon

That Book Woman by Heather Henson

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury

Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon

Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky by John Paul Zronik

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale by Deborah Hopkinson

Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars

Schoolhouse in the Woods by Rebecca Caudill

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett

Trouble the Water by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Tadpole by Ruth White

Saving Wonder by Mary Knight

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs


The 5 O’Clock Band by Troy Andrews

Mr. Williams by Karen Barbour

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Blackwater Swamp by Bill Wallace

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

Buster and the Great Swamp by Marc Brown

A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

Little Pierre: A Cajun Story from Louisiana by Robert D. San Souci

The Year of the Sawdust Man by A. LaFaye


One Morning in Maine by Robert McClosky

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky

The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen

Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

Birdie’s Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson

Moo by Sharon Creech

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D Schmidt

The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Kiki and Jacques by Susan L Ross


Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race by Debbie Levy

Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand

By the Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll

Super Slugger by Cal Ripken, Jr. with Kevin Cowherd

Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings

Cricket Man by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area by Gabrielle Tayac

The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story by Lisa Papp

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis

Cheating for the Chicken Man by Priscilla Cummings

A Tiny Piece of Sky by Shawn K Stout

Hero-type by Barry Lyga

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Alicia Afterimage by Lulu Delacre

Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Countdown: 1962, Book One of the Sixties Trilogy by Deborah Wiles


Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen

The Serpent Came to Gloucester by M.T. Anderson

Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky

Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Chasing the Nightbird by Krista Russell

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919 by Deborah Kops

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson

1621: A new look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace with Margaret M Bruchac


January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco

Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis

Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte by Margaret Willey

Mackinac Bridge: The Five Mile Poem by Gloria Whela

Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J.H.Shapiro

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis

Caged Warrior by Alan Sitomer

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster by Matt Phelan

The Batboy by Mike Lupica

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff


Bowwow Powwow / Bagosenjige-niimi’idim by Brenda J. Child

Mudball by Matt Tavares

Paul Bunyan’s Sweetheart by Marybeth Lorbiecki

Honk, the Moose by Phil Stong

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

City Chickens by Christine Heppermann

Plant a Pocket of Prairie by Phyllis Root

Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative by Ignatia Broker

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen

Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta

At Home in a New Land by Joan Sandin

Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

North Woods Girl by Aimée M Bissonette

Slap-shot Slump by Jake Maddox

Full Service by Will Weaver


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Midnight without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg by G. Clifton Wisler

Night Cry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom by Tim Tingle

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton

Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan

Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught

Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells

Freedom School, Yes! by Amy Littlesugar

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Hideout by Watt Key


Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Grounded by Kate Klise

Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, St. Louis, Missouri: 1847 by Deborah Hopkinson

I Survived: The Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson

The Year We Sailed the Sun by Theresa Nelson

A Place to Belong by Joan Lowery Nixon

Grounded by Kate Klise

A Friendship for Today by Pat McKissack

Whistle in the Dark by Susan Hill Long


Buffalo Song by Joseph Bruchac

Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories by  Paul Robert Walker 

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Max, the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog by Sneed B. Collard III

Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Out in Left Field by Don Lemna

Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow, with Herman Viola

Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests by Sneed B. Collard III

Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy


Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen

Dandelions by Eve Bunting

Native American Doctor by Jeri Ferris

Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman

Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad

My Daniel by Pam Conrad

Worth by A. LaFaye

The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back by Carl Sandburg; David Small

Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

The Schoolchildren’s Blizzard by Marty Rhodes Figley

My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher by Jim Murphy

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray

Weird Stories from the Lonesome Café by Judy Cox

Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town by Diane Siebert

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Moon Shadow by Chris Platt

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence

Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells

New Hampshire

Granite Baby by Lynne Bertrand

Gathering of Days by Joan Blos

Papa is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by Natalie S Bober

The Bear that Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock and Helen Kinsey  

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick

The Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger

First Boy by Gary D Schmidt

New Jersey

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater

Captain Grey by Avi

Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm

Flotsam’ by David Wiesner

I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

The 18 Penny Goose by Sally M Walker

Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid by Walter Dean Myers

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

The Legend of the Jersey Devil by Trinka Hakes Noble  

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino

Takedown by Rich Wallace

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick

New Mexico

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac

Spoon for Every Bite = Una cuchara para cada bocado by Joe Hayes

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Cowboys by Joan Anderson

And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

Meet Josefina by Valerie Tripp

Buster Climbs the Walls by Marc Brown

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Elan, Son of Two Peoples by Heidi Smith Hyde,

Diary of a Waitress: The Not-so-glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl by Carolyn Meyer

Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters

Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron R Hawkins

The Good Rainbow Road = Rawa ‘kashtyaa’tsi hiyaani : a Native American tale in Keres and English followed by a translation into Spanish by Simon J Ortiz

Kiki’s Journey by Kristy Orona-Ramirez

New York

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

In New York by Marc Brown

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser

How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Khalsa

Tar Beach by Faith Ringold

Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Harlem by Walter Dean Myers

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Marke

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac

Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

North Carolina

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera Cleaver

Back Home by Gloria Jean Pinkney

First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers by George Shea

A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy by Kitty Griffin

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck

The Baptism by Shelia P Moses

Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S Tolan

Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell

North Dakota

Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner

The Range Eternal by Louise Erdrich

Dinomummy: The Life, Death, and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek by Phillip Lars Manning

Blizzard’s Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

My Mother’s Apron by Edward F Kelle

Wild Life by Cynthia C DeFelice

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan

King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke

Charlie’s Raven by Jean Craighead George


The Boy Who Saved Cleveland by James Cross Giblin

Double Dutch by Sharon M Draper

M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

Lentil by Robert McClosky

Ohio Thunder by Denise Dowling Mortensen

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad by Marlene Targ Brill

The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

Lost and Found by Andrew Clements

Soar by Joan Bauer

Book That Proves Time Travel Happens by Henry Clark

Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Heaven by Angela Johnson

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb

Jack & Louisa: Act 1 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead

Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo


Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Smith

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Searching for Sarah Rector by Tonya Bolden

They Came from the Bronx: How the Buffalo Were Saved from Extinction by Neil Waldman

I Have Heard of a Land by Joyce Carol Thomas

Marked by Fire by Joyce Carol Thomas

Stop the Train by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Flimflam Man by Darleen Bailey Beard

Possum Summer by Jen K Blom

Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief and Rosemary Wells

Tex by S. E. Hinton

Tulsa Burning by Anna Myers


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Thirty Minutes over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman

A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Something to Hold by Katherine L Schlick Noe

Long Ago in Oregon by Claudia Lewis

The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff

The Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox

The Double Life of Zoe Flynn by Janet Lee Carey

Children of the River by Linda Crew

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

Winger by Andrew Smith


Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Saving the Liberty Bell by Megan McDonald;

Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli

The Winter of Red Snow by Christina Gregory

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine C. Logan by Mary Pope Osborne

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Homespun Sarah by Verla Kay

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by James Richards

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Colonial Woman on the Frontier by Teri Kanefield

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

Shadows on Society Hill by Evelyn Coleman

The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Rhode Island

Something Upstairs by Avi

The Scrimshaw Ring by William Jaspersohn

Nickommoh! by Jackie French Koller

The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle

Mill by David Macaulay

Christmas Tree Farm by Sandra Jordan

Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi

Whisper in the Dark by Joseph Bruchac

Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini by Peter Johnson

South Carolina

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F Rockwell

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

Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and Its People by Margot Theis Raven

The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue

Spelldown: The Big-time Dreams of a Small-town Word Whiz by Karon Luddy

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor

Persuasion: Heirs of Watson Island by Martina Boone

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor

The Coastwatcher by Elise Weston

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng

Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenie’s Coin by Fran Hawk

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau with Deborah Hopkinson

South Dakota

Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac

Buffalo Bird Girl by S. D. Nelson

Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington

A Dinosaur Named Sue: the Story of the Colossal Fossil by Patricia Relf

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up on Mount Rushmore by Tina Nichols Coury

Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs

The Jumping-off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely

Prairie Winter by Bonnie Geisert

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School by Timothy P McLaughlin

Buster Hits the Trail by Marc Brown

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker


Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan

The Perilous Road by William O Steele

Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs

John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco

Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack  

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

The Home-Run King by Patricia C. McKissack

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Circle of Fire by Evelyn Coleman

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller

Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial by Jennifer Bryant


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles

Holes by Louis Sachar

Family Pictures: Paintings and Stories/Cuadros de familia: cuadros y relatos by Carmen Lomas Garza

Dinosaur Hunt: Texas, 115 Million Years Ago by Karen Carr

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett

Buffalo Music by Tracey E Fern

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Alamo All-stars by Nathan Hale

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine Ó Flatharta

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

This is Texas by M. Sasek

Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Time Tingle

Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza


Dinosaur Mountain: Digging Into the Jurassic Age by Deborah Kogan Ray

Trapped in a Canyon! Aron Ralston’s Story of Survival by Matt Doeden

Missing in Action by Dean Hughes

Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams

Charlotte’s Rose by A. E. Cannon

Ghost Horses: A Mystery in Zion National Park by Gloria Skurzynsk

Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida


Nora’s Ark by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S Perl

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

Soup by Robert Newton Peck

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Martin

Snow Comes to the Farm by Nathaniel Tripp

Buster’s Sugartime by Marc Brown

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay by Julia Alvarez

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies

Kitty and Mr. Kipling: Neighbors in Vermont by Lenore Blegvad

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne M LaFleur

The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore


Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg & Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

Journal of James Edward Pease by Jim Murphy

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Give Me Liberty by L.M. Elliott

Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Across a War-tossed Sea by L.M. Elliott

Mockingbird: Mok’ing-bûrd by Kathryn Erskine

1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Karen E. Lange

Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White

Under the Freedom Tree by Susan Vanhecke

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko


For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm

Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mt. St. Helens by Patricia Lauber

Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick

Jumped in by Patrick Flores-Scott

Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

The Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret

Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought It Back to Life by Molly Cone

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Tucker Frazier

West Virginia

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby

A Piece of Home by Jeri Hanel Watts

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads by Christopher Canyon

Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

Way Down Deep by Ruth White

The Miner’s Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

The Night I Freed John Brown by John Michael Cummings

Finding Family by Tonya Bolden

Canary in a Coal Mine by Madelyn Rosenberg

Up Molasses Mountain by Julie Baker

Girls Rule! by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Rascal by Sterling North

Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship by Doreen Rappaport

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Lizzie by Mary Eccles

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

Time for Cranberries by Lisl H. Detlefsen

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith

Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron

Finders Keepers by Shelley Tougas

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


I Could Do That: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda White 

Devils Tower by R. P. Harasymiw

Paint the Wind by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Dinosaur Hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin

Path of the Pronghorn by Cat Urbigkit

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