Book Suggestions Needed for Ages 5-7, 8-13

We need your help in creating a book list for one of our new Explore! modules! We want children (ages 5-13) to experience the nation through literature. We’re looking for fiction books that give a sense of what the environment, weather, climate, dress, lifestyle, and crops, etc. are like. We are grouping the books by region of the U.S.:

  • New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Southeast
  • South
  • Midwest/Ohio Valley
  • High Plains
  • Southwest
  • Northwest
  • Arctic

Here’s our list so far:

  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Chasing Redbird and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola
  • Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Lorenzo and the Turncoat by Lila Guzman and Rick Guzma
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

We appreciate any suggestions or feedback on our current list. Email us at