Here are some of our favorite New York State picture books. The books either take place in New York State or are about people who come from there. There are so many great books from this state, it was hard to narrow it down. As usual, I tried to include books that are centered around nature. I’m sure there are many worthwhile books that I have not included.
Some of our Favorite New York State Picture Books
If you are interested in nature study, you have no doubt heard about The Handbook of Nature Study. Out of School and into Nature tells the story of Anna Comstock, the author of that book.
A Boy, A Mouse, and a Spider is about the childhood of E.B. White. I love the nature details in E.B. White’s books, so it was interesting to read about his childhood and see how this attention to nature was present at an early age. You’ll also meet the spider and the mouse that showed up later in Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little.
The pictures in For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson are exquisite and the book is worth getting for them alone.
Emma’s Poem introduces children the the Statue of Liberty and the woman, who through her moving poem, made it famous as a welcoming figure for immigrants.
For more information on any of the books below, click on the covers of the books.
And here are some books (not pictured above) that look promising, but I haven’t reviewed yet. I’ll have to come back to this list when we need more picture book ideas.
- Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America
- The Moon of the Owls
- Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers
- Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls
- Balloons over Broadway
- Naming Liberty
- How They Built the Statue of Liberty
- The Erie Canal: Peter Spier
- I Go with My Family to Grandmas
- Mother to Tigers
- An Ellis Island Christmas
Other state picture book lists:
Feel free to drop any books about the state of New York in the comments below.
Do you want to keep track from which states you have read picture books? Use this watercolor United States Map and Printable State Bird Stickers to mark your progress.