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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Set in the United States

Years ago I started yet another list of books, this one focused on books set in each of the 50 states. It was easy to do think of books from my own state (and the neighboring state of my birth), but some were tough. The list stayed in my "Literature Work" file until last week. My friend asked for just that kind of book list. She said her searches have come up empty, and she hoped I could direct her to a list that would support the learning her fourth graders do about the 50 states. Since there is no such list, mine became a working document again. As I move about my activities and duties, I think of books that might be set in various places - and then go to check my own accuracy.

Today, though, I am still without book ideas for Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia. I hope there are some obvious titles I just have not remembered.


  1. I'm certain there are titles, too. I'll think about the missing states today. What's remarkable is how few states you haven't covered. You are amazing.

  2. You ARE amazing . . . but we already knew that. I'll think, too.

  3. I found a Robert San Souci book . . . Sukey and the Mermaid. But I KNOW I read a great middle grade novel set in the gullah culture of GA/NC, with some magical realism in it . . . ????