United States Geography and History

   Have you considered using the states' quarters to teach United States history and geography?  I tried to obtain books which would explain the choices made by each state in desiging the quarter.  In most cases, I was successful.  However, there is no book currently in print about the Connecticut Charter Oak.  On the internet, you can obtain information about the significance of this choice.  If Maryland had chosen Fort McHenry, it would have been easy to find a relevant book.  Unfortunately, there are no books available about Maryland's State Capitol building.  It was chosen because it is the oldest Capitol building still in use.  You can find information about each quarter at the U.S. mint site.

   I could have chosen to present the states in alphabetical order or by the date when each state joined the union.  However, I have chosen to list the first 13 states in order by when the colony was established.  Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution, but Virginia was the first permanent English colony.  Other states follow in the order they joined the union.




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Great States (International Playthings, Inc.)

Name that State (Educational Insights)

General Books about the States:

Smart About the Fifty States by Jon Buller and Susan Schade, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Joan Holub, True Kelley, and Dana Regan

The Kids' Book of the 50 Great States (Scholastic Professional Books)

Don't Know Much About the 50 States by Kenneth C. Davis

Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by Lynne Cheney

A is for America by Devin Scillian

The Kingfisher Student Atlas of North America by Clive Gifford, James Harrison, and Eleanor Van Zandt


Adventures in Colonial America: Jamestown by James E. Knight

We the People: The Jamestown Colony by Brendan January

Three Ships Come Sailing by Gilchrist Waring

Jamestowne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall

Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner

The Crafts of Williamsburg by James S. Wamsley

Legacy From the Past: A Portfolio of Eighty-eight Original Williamsburg Buildings by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Welcome to Felicity's World 1774: Growing Up in Colonial America by Catherine Gourley

Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp

Felicity Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp

Felicity's Surprise by Valerie Tripp

Happy Birthday, Felicity! by Valerie Tripp

Felicity Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

Changes for Felicity by Valerie Tripp

Felicity's Dancing Shoes by Valerie Tripp

Felicity's New Sister by Valerie Tripp

Felicity Discovers a Secret by Valerie Tripp

Felicity Takes a Dare by Valerie Tripp


M is for Mayflower by Margot Theis Raven

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley

Cranberries by Inez Snyder

The Massachusetts Bay Colony by Kathleen W. Deady

New Hampshire:

The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain by Denise Ortakales

Old Man, Goodbye: A Farewell to the Old Man of the Mountain by Louise Clements

The New Hampshire Colony by Kathleen W. Deady

New York:

E is for Empire by Ann E. Burg

Journey Around New York from A to Z by Martha and Heather Zschock

The Statue of Liberty: A True Book by Patricia Ryon Quiri

The New York Colony by Martin Hintz


B is for Blue Crab by Shirley C. Menendez

The Maryland Colony by Mandy R. Marx


N is for Nutmeg by Elissa D. Grodin

The Connecticut Colony by Muriel L. Dubois

Rhode Island:

R is for Rhode Island by Mark R. Allio

Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi

The Rhode Island Colony by Kathleen W. Deady


F is for First State by Carol Crane

The 18 Penny Goose by Sally M. Walker

The Delaware Colony by Muriel L. Dubois

North Carolina:

T is for Tar Heel by Carol Crane

First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers by George Shea

When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney

The New Jersey Colony by Muriel L. Dubois

South Carolina:

P is for Palmetto by Carol Crane


Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco

Homespun Sarah by Verla Kay

Chocolate: A Sweet History by Sandra Markle

Milton Hershey by Jane Sutcliffe

The Pennsylvania Colony by Martin Hintz


P is for Peach by Carol Crane

The Georgia Colony by Tyler Schumacher


Sugaring by Jessie Haas

Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter


Daniel Boone: Trailblazer by Nancy Kelly Allen

Who Was Daniel Boone? by Sydelle Kramer

The House in the Mail by Rosemary and Tom Wells

Man O'War: Best Racehorse Ever by Jennifer Guess McKerley

B is for Bluegrass by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle


V is for Volunteer by Michael Shoulders

Country Music by D. L. Gish


B is for Buckeye by Marcia Schonberg


P is for Pelican by Anita C. Prieto

We the People: The Louisiana Purchase by Michael Burgan


Adventures in Frontier America: Indiana Days by Catherine E. Chambers

H is for Hoosier by Dori Hillestad Butler


The Blues of Flats Brown by Walter Dean Myers

M is for Magnolia by Michael Shoulders


Growing Seasons by Elsie Lee Splear

Saving Strawberry Farm by Deborah Hopkinson

L is for Lincoln by Kathy-jo Wargin


Helen Keller: A Photographic Story of a Life by Leslie Garrett

A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell


Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue by Angeli Perrow

Beacons of Light: Lighthouses by Gail Gibbons

Safely to Shore: America's Lighthouses by Iris Van Rynbach

The Sea Ches by Toni Buzzeo

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey


St. Louis and the River by Elaine Stratton

All Aboard America: Gateway Arch by Julie Murray

S is for Show Me by Judy Young


N is for Natural State by Michael Shoulders


Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling

Windmills and Wooden Shoes by Crystal Bowman

M is for Mitten by Annie Appleford

The Legend of the Lady's Slipper by Kathy-jo Wargin

The Legend of the Petoskey Stone by Kathy-jo Wargin

The Legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin

The Legend of Sleeping Bear Kathy-jo Wargin

Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five-Mile Poem by Gloria Whelan


Osceola by Anne M. Todd

Florida by Sandra Friend

S is for Sunshine by Carol Crane


State Shapes: Texas by Erik Brown

The Inside-Outside Book of Texas by Roxie Munro


Addie's Forever Friend by Laurie Lawlor

H is for Hawkeye by Patricia A. Pierce


Hooray for Dairy Farming! by Bobbie Kalman

The Milkman's Boy by Donald Hall


John Muir: Wilderness Prophet by Peter Anderson

Photosecrets: Yosemite by Andrew Hudson

Gold Fever by Verla Kay

Boom Town by Sonia Levitin

California, Here We Come! by Pan Munoz Ryan

How Do You Raise a Raisin? by Pam Munoz Ryan

Redwoods by Peter Murray


Clouds of Terror by Catherine A. Welch

The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandin

Marven o the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky


Discovering Crater Lake by Nancy Field and Sally Machlils

Apples by Inez Snyder

How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter

B is for Beaver by Marie and Roland Smith


Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

Pioneer Summer (Book 1 of the Prairie Skies Series) by Deborah Hopkinson

Cabin in the Snow (Book 2 of the Prairie Skies Series) by Deborah Hopkinson

Our Kansas Home (Book 3 of the Prairie Skies Series) by Deborah Hopkinson

Wheat by Inez Snyder

A Field of Sunflowers by Neil Johnson

The Buffalo by Sabrina Crewe

Aunt Minnie and the Twister by Mary Skillings Prigger

West Virginia:

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Appalachia: The Voices of the Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant


Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson

S is for Silver by Eleanor Coerr


Dandelions by Eve Bunting

The Divide by Michael


Prairie School by Avi

Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer by Linda Lowery

C is for Centennial by Louise Doak Whitney

North Dakota:

Addie Across the Prairie by Laurie Lawlor

A Prairie Boy's Winter by William Kurelek

The Prairie Fire by Marilynn Reynolds

Our Wild World: Bison by Cherie Winner

P is for Peace Garden by Roxane B. Salonen

South Dakota:

Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner

A Revelation Called the Badlands: Building a National Park 1909-1939 by Jay Shuler

Mount Rushmore: National Memorial "The Shrine of Democracy" (Published by Dakota Resources)

M is for Mount Rushmore by William Anderson


Jeannette Rankin 1880-1973 Bright Star in the Big Sky by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien

Glacier National Park by Dan Sample

Going to Glacier National Park by Alan Leftridge

Buffalo Days by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Bison: Symbol of the American West by Michael S. Sample

B is for Big Sky Country by Sneed B. Collard


Lootas: Little Wave Eater by Clare Hodgson Meeker

A Packet of Seeds by Deborah Hopkinson

E is for Evergreen by Marie and Roland Smith


Craters of the Moon: Official National Park Handbook

What's for Lunch? Potatoes by Claire Llewellyn

Animals Under Threat: Peregrine Falcon by Mike Unwin

Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell


History of Devils Tower: The First National Monument by Ray H. Mattison

Wyoming 1890 - 1990 by Gene Bryan, Clyde Douglass, and Elayne Wallis

Going to Yellowstone by Peter and Connie Roop

C is for Cowboy by Eugene Gagliano


Brigham Young: Mormon and Pioneer by Charman Simon

In the Time of Brigham Young: Blossoms of Faith by Launi K. Anderson

A is for Arches by Becky Hall


Beautiful Land: A Story of the Oklahoma Land Rush by Nancy Antle

Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner

S is for Sooner by Devin Scillian

New Mexico:

Lewis and Papa: Adventure of the Sante Fe Trail by Barbara M. Joosse

E is for Enchantment by Helen Foster James


G is for Grand Canyon by Barbara Gowan

Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash


Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George

Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Wave of the Sea-Wolf by David Wisniewski

Salmon Summer by Bruce McMillan

Totem Poles by Jennifer Frantz

Tiktala by Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon

Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod by Robert J. Blake

The Iditarod: Story of the Last Great Race by Ian Young

Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman


The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook by Rhoda Blumberg

The Royal Diaries: Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 by Ellen Emerson White

The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii by Fay Stanley

Pele and the Rivers of Fire adapted and illustrated by Michael Nordenstrom

Plants and Flowers of Hawaii by S. H. Sohmer and R. Gustafson

You may wish to combine this list with the information about Native Americans and the information about American History.

Native Americans

United States History for the Lower Elementary Grades  (Exploration through War of 1812) 

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