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35 Best Books for Teaching U.S. Regions by Toni Buzzeo

Some ideas:

Because of Winn Dixie - Florida
Holes - Texas
A Long Way from Chicago - Illinois
The Van Gogh Cafe - Illinois
Out of the Dust – Oklahoma
The Sea Chest - Maine.

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

Jeri Calcote
District Library Media Specialist
Poolville (TX) I.S.D.

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