Booking Across the USA Introduction and Books about the USA
I am absolutely thrilled to introduce Booking Across the USA to you!  A few months ago I had the idea to collaborate with bloggers to create a resource collection of books and activities/projects ideas for each state of America.  Over 50 wonderful bloggers signed-up to participate and have been working on finding a picture book that represents their state and creating a project or activity to accompany that chosen book.  Tomorrow, you will be able to visit each blog and gather great ideas!  A full list of states and corresponding bloggers in the Booking Across the USA will be announced right here on Growing Book by Book.
To wet your appetite, I thought that I would share 2 fun general books about the USA.  All are great introductions to a study of the great 50 states.
The Little Man in the Map
The Little Man in the Map by Martoni gives you visual clues to help you remember where each state is located on the map.  Take a look at this introduction video.

The Train of States

The Train of States by Peter Sis is an intricately illustrated book of each state represented on a train car.  On each page you will learn about the state symbols, date of statehood and many interesting facts.

For some more picture books about the USA, visit No Time For Flashcards’ post, “11 Books About the USA“.  Tomorrow, you can also check out a great book about the USA from The Corner on Character.

Join us tomorrow for our “Booking Across the USA” project and a GIVEAWAY.   You are in for a real treat!


About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. I am looking forward to this series tomorrow. Thank you for putting it together!

  2. I love the Train of States! I thought no else but us had ever read it!

  3. Great suggestions! I love songs that teach the names of the states too. Excited for tomorrow!

  4. What a brilliant idea! I wonder if there’d be interest in doing the same for Canada? We’d need fewer bloggers. I don’t have a big enough following to organize this, but I sure with I did!

  5. Oh, this is going to be fun! I’m going to start with Train of States–my little guy is only 3.5, but if it’s a train book, he’s in!


  1. […] Booking Across the USA, a collaborative activity started by Jodie, an educator and Reading Specialist who runs, features more than 50 bloggers who have selected a picture book about one of the 50 states.  The books range from facts and fables to photo books featuring landmarks of the states.  Each book brings a unique, kid-friendly perspective to state history and geography. […]