For some reason, Maine inspires some wonderful picture books.

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I Met A Moose in Maine One Dayby Ed Shankman (2008)

Learn about Maine as Moose takes a tour. With a fast-paced rhyming text, it is for the youngest set.

Seal Island School by Susan Bartlett and illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2001)

A humorous book about a young girl going to a small school on Seal Island, off the coast of Maine.

The Sea Chest by Tony Buzzeo and illustrated by Mary GrandPre (2002)

Part of the tale involves a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. For younger children, but suitable for a range of ages.

Sea Horse: A Shetland Pony Comes to Monhegan by Harold B. Clifford (1987)

For the youngest set, a tale about a pony that swims to the Island of Monhegan off the coast of Maine.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1985)

A lovely fictional picture book biography ofMiss Rumphius, who is challenged by her grandfather when she is a child to “do something to make the world more beautiful.”

Island Boy by Barbara Cooney (1991)

A picture book set in historical coastal Maine, Matthias sails away from Tibbett's Island, only to find himself drawn back.

The Sometimes Island by Anne Norris Baldwin (1969)

This older book is out of print and may be hard to find.

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey (1976)

Sal, of Blueberries For Sal fame, is losing a tooth. Although for the younger set, worth a revisit.

Swan Harbor: A Nature Counting Book by Laura Rankin (2003)

Although Swan Harbor is fictional, the scenes of Maine depicted in this book are very real.

Middle Grade:

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (2017)

Set in the blueberry barrens of Maine, this middle grade novel looks into a friendship between local girl, Lily, and Salma, the daughter of migrant workers in townfor the blueberry-picking season. Lily's blind dog brings them together, but will the Blueberry Queenpagent tear them apart?

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (May 9, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0545700280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545700283


L Is For Lobster: A Maine Alphabet (Discover America State By State. Alphabet Series) by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds and illustrated by Jeannie Brett (2001)

Journey Around Maine from A to Z by Martha Zschock and Heather Zschock

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (May 16, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1933212314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933212319


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Roberta Gibson 2020