Books for All 50 States

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Looking for a book to accompany a unit on U.S. history or geography? These titles cover all 50 states!

50 Adventures in the 50 States by Kate Siber and illustrated by Lydia Hill (2020)


Features gripping outdoors activities, vividly illustrated and described alongside fascinating facts about the nature and geography of each activity location.

  • Reading age : 6 – 11 years
  • Publisher : Wide Eyed Editions; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • ISBN-10 : 0711254451
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0711254459

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A with 50 fact-filled maps! by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sol Linero


A collection of two-page spreads about each state in the U.S, each spread contains an infographic map, key facts (state capitals and symbols) and a timeline of “Moments to Remember,” as well as mini-bios of famous people born in that state. (Review at Wrapped in Foil blog)

  • Age Range: 7 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 5
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions (October 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1847807119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847807113

50 Cities of the U.S.A.: Explore America’s cities with 50 fact-filled maps by Gabrielle Balkan and illustrated by Sol Linero 

Kindle | Hardcover

This book gives a fact-filled tour of fifty cities throughout the United States. Only the largest cities are included, which are not necessarily the capitals of each state and not every state is represented. Includes visual searches on each spread and book recommendations for a range of ages. 

  • Age Range: 7 – 10 years
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions (September 7, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1847808700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847808707

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Audio CD

At the first annual “states party,” Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

For the younger set starting to learn about the states, I highly recommend this book.

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (October 15, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0805058028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805058024

The Scrambled States of America Game is also awesome! It teaches state trivia in a hilarious way. No household with children should be without a copy (seriously!)

Smart about The 50 States by Jon Buller, Susan Saunders, and others. (2003)

Paperback | Hardcover

Follow the kids in Ms. Brandt’s class as they learn about the 50 States.

  • Reading age : 8 – 10 years
  • Publisher : San Val; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10 : 0756930480
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0756930486

 Awesome America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History, People, and Culture (Time for Kids) by Katy Steinmetz


This is a “timely” reference book that covers not only the fifty states, but also topics such as government, famous Americans, and regional food.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Time For Kids (May 31, 2016)
  • ISBN-10 : 1618931490
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1618931498

The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States by Joan D’Amico and Karen E. Drummond

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback

Each region of the United States has its own flavor, literally. Learn fascinating trivia about regional food, then treat yourself to such simple, kid-tested recipes as:

  • Banana Berry Pancakes with Real Maple Syrup from Vermont
  • Key Lime Pie from Florida
  • Deep Dish Pizza from Illinois
  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (March 10, 2000)
  • ISBN-10 : 0471358398
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0471358398

United States Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) by Winky Adam


Information accompanying each ready-to-color illustration identifies the state’s motto, flower, bird, tree, capital, and principal rivers and mountains. In addition, accurate outline drawings of each state include an inset of the state’s location on a full map of the United States.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 27, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0486401685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486401683


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