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From Sea to Shining Sea: The U.S.A.

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To complement our unit on New York, we looked more broadly at the United States, too. The goal of this list was to provide an overview of the geography of the fifty states and a brief introduction to how the states got started. There are so many directions we can explore from this list, but my purpose here was to give my girls a sweeping view of our country so we can dig into the details later, from sea to shining sea.

  1. The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero
  2. Celebrate the 50 States by Loreen Leedy
  3. Complete Melissa and Doug’s Wooden Fifty States Puzzle (pictured)
  4. Exploration and Conquest: The Americas after Columbus (1500-1620) by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
  5. Greetings from the 50 States: How They Got Their Names by Sheila Keenan and Selina Alko
  6. Home: A Journey Through America by Thomas Locker
  7. The New Americans: Colonial Times (1620-1689) by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
  8. The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
  9. The Scrambled States of America Talent Show by Laurie Keller
  10. Watch Scholastic’s The Scrambled States of America
  11. What Is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub and John Hinderliter
  12. What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth and David Groff
  13. The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson
  14. United Tweets of America: 50 State Birds by Hudson Talbott
  15. Listen to Wee Sing America

 

 


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New York, New York: A Helluva State

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I’ve lived in New York for nearly a decade now, though I’ve never been to New York City during that time. I know…I know. I’m not exactly a city girl. This list includes the glamorous, bustling Big Apple, but, like my experience, it showcases the rest of this great state, too. From history to politics to classics in American literature to landmark environmental movements, this list illustrates the richness of New York. And while I haven’t taken my girls to Times Square…yet, they’re just as excited about the big city as they are about Niagara Falls and the rolling farmland closer to home. I hope you enjoy this list, and I hope it helps you see the Empire State in a new way, too.

  1. Blizzard! by Jim Murphy
  2. Celebrating New York by Marion Dane Bauer and C.B. Canga
  3. Christmas in New York City: Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione and Kristine Lucco
  4. The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City by George Matteson, Adele Ursone, and James E. Ransome
  5. Color Crayola’s New York shape and flag
  6. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Garth Williams
  7. E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet by Ann E. Burg and Maureen K. Brookfield
  8. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  9. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
  10. Good Night, New York City by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno
  11. Good Night, New York State by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper
  12. Historic Houses of New York State by A.G. Smith
  13. Hudson by Janice Weaver and David Craig
  14. In New York by Marc Brown
  15. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward
  16. Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt by Judith St. George and Britt Spencer
  17. Mirette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully
  18. New York: The Empire State by Margery Facklam, Peggy Thomas, and Jon Messer
  19. New York, New York! The Big Apple from A-Z by Laura Krauss Melmed and Frané Lessac
  20. Old Penn Station by William Low
  21. Rip Van Winkle’s Return by Eric A. Kimmel and Leonard Everett Fisher
  22. River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
  23. Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson and James Ransome
  24. This is New York by M. Sasek
  25. A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
  26. What Is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub and John Hinderliter
  27. What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth and David Groff
  28. Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? by Gare Thompson and Elizabeth Wolf
  29. Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? by Margaret Frith and John O’Brien