United States Geography Books



Students generally think studying United States geography is a lot of fun or a total drag. It really depends on whether they are able to see the places as more than just items on a piece of paper. 


The key to success in geographic education for kids is in bringing these 'places on a map' to life. Sure, kids need to know where the states are located on an outline map, but if that's all they know about the place, they have no reason to care about it. Hopefully we can--together--create a list of children's books that will bring far flung locales to life and help spark students' interests in US geography. 

For books about different periods of American history
, return to the page of American History books.


Our 50 States
Our 50 States:
A Family Adventure Across America

Summary:
This "spirited, whistle-stop celebration of America" (PW) follows a family on a 50-state cross-country vacation (what a trip!), sharing interesting details en route. The pages are so "creatively cluttered" (PW) that students could spend hours pouring over the book. Includes a fold-out map of the entire route.


Rdg Levels:  Interest--all ages   Difficulty--age 4-8

More coming: lesson ideas, DRA & Lexile, etc
The Scrambled States of America
The Scrambled States of America
by Laurie Keller

Summary:
A very unconventional but fun way to learn United States geography! Keller has imbued each state with a unique personality and witty sense of humor, so as your students devour the funny illustrations and witty exchanges between states, they won't even realize how much they are learning!


Rdg Levels:  Interest--Gr. 1-3    Difficulty--age 4-8

More coming: lesson ideas, DRA & Lexile, etc
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Scrambled States of America Talent Show
by Laurie Keller

Summary:
Her Scrambled States book was such a hit, Keller has created a sequel, and this time the states are participating in a talent show. This title isn't as full of little factoids as its predecessor, but it's still a lot of fun, and fans will definitely want this sequel.


Rdg Levels:  Interest--Gr. 1-3    Difficulty--age 4-8

More coming: lesson ideas, DRA & Lexile, etc
The Little Man in the Map
The Little Man in the Map:
With Clues To Remember All 50 States

Summary:
The students in a geography class are delighted to discover the outline of a man in the US map, and before they know it, the man springs to life and teaches them all about the different states. This book is full of the little tips and hints that kids need when learning the states, and there's a sequel too-- The Little Man in the Map Teaches State Capitals.

Reading Levels:
Interest Level--Gr. 3-7      Difficulty Level--age 9-12

More coming: lesson ideas, DRA & Lexile, etc







Sheesh...I have a graduate degree in Geography; you'd think I'd have more books in this category than any others, right?  We would really like to grow this list, so if you know of a good children's book about United States geography, please let us know by completing the Suggest a Book form.

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