New Mexico and Arizona books

In my mind New Mexico and Arizona are linked together, not for any good reason, just they have many similarities.  You can also include some of these books for Texas to my mind.

Nonfiction

Incredible Wild West– We didn’t read this as such, just used it for some information.  I haven’t figured out a good way to read books like this aloud.  There’s so many random facts and some continue on to other pages.  I enjoy them when I’m reading it to myself, but boy is it frustrating to read out loud.

 

The Zunis– This provided great information about one of the local tribes in the area.  If I really wanted to just studying the different American Indian tribes in the area could take up several weeks of study.  The title is linked to the activity we did with this.

 

The Grand Canyon– This is a good introduction type book.  It covers why it’s important and what you’ll see there.

 

Find it in the Desert– This is mostly specific to Southwestern United States, but there are a few references to other areas in it.  My kids enjoyed the seek and find aspect of it.  It opened up with “Can you find _____ of the snake.”  Which got them involved and excited about finding out more.

 

Cactus Hotel– This is one of those odd ones that is covering nonfiction material, but might be categorized as fiction because of the way it’s written.  My kids loved this one, and we’re going to be doing an art project on it soon.

 

Fiction

 

Possum’s Wild West Adventure–  I really liked this as a short read-aloud sort of chapter book.  It’s not divided up into chapters, but it takes about 30-45 minutes to read aloud (depending on how many questions your kids ask).  They loved it, but were disappointed when some of the cowboys were the bad guys at the end of the story.

 

The Secret of the Circle-K Cave– My kids liked this cave much better than the one we visited.  It does a good job of presenting fun information and a small mystery.

 

How the Stars Fell Into the Sky– My kids loved this one and we talked about it a lot.  I also saw a lot of parallels between what Christians believe about the fall of man and how the Navajo explained it.  So, we discussed that a bunch.  This is another one that I have an art activity planned.  I just need to get those little gold stars for it.

 

Little Gold Star– We’ll be reading this soon, so no review of it yet.  I’ll update once we have.

 

Don’t Call Me Pig– I think I got this as my book from New Mexico on the trip, and this book is part of what convinced me to study both at once.  Both states were trying to claim it as “local interest.”

 

Night Dancer– One more that didn’t fit into my carousel.  We all agreed this was fun, and wanted to try dancing like that (link goes to the book on Amazon).

7 thoughts on “New Mexico and Arizona books

  1. I'll have to come back to this list when we get to these states for our 50 states project.

    I have so much trouble with those carousels on my blog that I have stopped trying!

  2. My younger son was asking about a cactus, the other day – maybe I'll look for cactus hotel.

    Arizona, and New Mexico are always linked in my mind, as hot, dry, and only pretty if you're there long enough to change your perspective of beauty.

  3. “How the Stars Fell Into the Sky” sounds interesting!

    someday I will do a geography series with my kids, and I'll be coming back here for lots of ideas!

  4. You had me laughing at both states trying to claim “Don't Call Me Pig.” Javelina's are found wild in both states, but the the author of the book IS from Arizona… 🙂

    As an Arizona native, I have to chime in and say that I think my state is absolutely gorgeous. There is nothing quite like our sunsets!!! (Which is saying a lot right now since it is hotter than hot and we are all whining about the horribly high 30-40% humidity.)

    We studied Arizona this last spring and I blogged about some of our favorite books if you want to expand at all: http://cultivatedlives.blogspot.com/2010/03/arizona-explorations.html

    Cactus Hotel definitely made the list! I love all of the desert books by Jennifer Ward as well! Another favorite with my boys is “Who Pooped in the Sonoran Desert” (a book about scat and tracks)

  5. I totally feel you on nonfiction with a lot of facts. But it's good for your kids that you expose them to different types of text layouts. Thanks for sharing this list. I love that you share fiction/nonfiction on one topic.

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