You’ve probably seen the state alphabet books by Sleeping Bear Press. I had seem them around but didn’t really understand the concept. Now that I’ve had a chance to browse a few, I think they are amazing and this is a great idea! While browsing these books, I kept thinking about my 2nd grade geography project in which I had to write up a whole report on the state of my choosing. If memory serves I choose Michigan. I’m not sure why (as I lived in Texas) but there you have it. I wish I had this book at the time. It’s all the research in one nice and handy little book. I can imagine a great many elementary school teachers being pleased as punch with these books. (If you are such a teacher and have read these books, please leave some of your thoughts below in the comment section!)
Basically these books go through the entire alphabet for each state. For example, there is an alphabet of things for our Nation’s Capital (A is for Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton, B is for Briar House, C is for cherry blossoms). Similarly, there is an alphabet devoted to the State of Texas. I love that D is for Dr. Pepper, having grown up on that liquid gold, being so devoted as to have gone to the official Dr. Pepper Museum. Yes, it’s true. I freely admit it!
I enjoyed these books. I learned the basics like state birds and state mottos. I also learned about famous U.S. leaders, such as where they were born and what they were most noted for doing. Do you know where to find the Petoskey stone or where the first soda pop was made in the United States? Which state did Juan Ponce de Leon explore and how do you pronounce Lake Okeechobee? Where is the deepest canyon (it might not be where you think!) in the U.S. and do you know how long the Columbia River Gorge is? All these things and more you can learn from these books.
It’s a great series and I heartily recommend them. At the very least you know that there is at least one book for you and the great state in which you live — as well as one for the Nation’s Capital. They are a great resource as well as just plain fun.
We know our readers live around the country. Where are you reading in from and what are some fun facts about your home state? We’d love to get to know you better! Thanks for checking in with us today sharing about who you are and the place you call home.
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.