Maryland

Be sure to check the Children’s Book Guild’s list of children’s books set in the Mid-Atlantic states.

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Fiction:

On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole

Hardcover

Told in the first person, follow a young girl as she moves from habitat to habitat on a walk to the beach. On the way she observes many animals that are unique to those habitats. Each scene is expanded via three-page foldouts.

  • Reading age : 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher : Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (March 18, 2003)
  • ISBN-10 : 0688175155
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0688175153

All the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Taylor are set in Maryland.

The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

Alice McKinley is nearly a teenager and she’s struggling because her mother passed away years before. Who will be her role model? This title is the first in a long series that follow Alice as she grows up.

  • Reading age : 10 – 14 years
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (May 3, 2011)
  • ISBN-10 : 1442423633
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1442423633

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson

Kindle | Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover

About a young girl living on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island, who must figure out how to get out of the shadow her beautiful twin sister’s influence.

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (September 2, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0064403688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064403689

Nonfiction:

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Kindle | Audiobook | Audio CD | Hardcover

When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were excluded. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel.

  • Reading age : 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Abrams Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (January 7, 2020)
  • ISBN-10 : 141973685X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1419736858

B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet by Shirley C. Menendez and illustrated by Laura Stutzman

Kindle | Hardcover

Defined by the largest estuary in the United States, which is Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s points of interest include capital city Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy, Muddy Creek Falls, and the running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Noteworthy residents include Harriet Tubman and Francis Scott Key.

  • Reading age : 6 – 8 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2004)
  • ISBN-10 : 1585361607
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585361601

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