The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Colorado
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Children’s Books about Colorado
Colorado Children’s Books: Molly Brown – Survivor of the HMS Titanic Sinking in 1912
Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown, by Elaine Landau
Margaret Brown (“Molly”) was a wealthy Coloradoan who was famous for being on the HMS Titanic, and for speaking her mind.
Colorado children’s books: Colorado Agriculture
Bob Sakata: American Farmer, by Daniel Blegen
Colorado Picture Book: American Internment Camp in Colorado, during World War 2
Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp, by Katie Yamasaki
This book discusses the Colorado “Camp Amanche”, a place where American citizens were imprisoned by their government in World War 2, having committed no crimes, based only on their heritage. Jimmy is in the Granada Internment Camp and part of his tasks while there include fishing.
Colorado Children’s Books: Science and Animals of Colorado
Who Pooped in the Colorado Plateau? – Scat and Tracks for Kids, by Gary Robson, illustrated by Robert D. Rath
Young readers will find out about the animals and their scat in this book about Colorado Plateau.
Colorado Books for Older Readers – early Colorado days
This middle grade novel set in Colorado tells the story of a girl in a coal mining town, with services run by the coal mining company. Katarina’s papa works there to make money to save up to buy a farm for his family, but faces regular exploitation from his bosses in unsafe conditions. Meanwhile, Katarina and a neighbor character share beautiful stories from their homeland, having recently immigrated from Bohemia to Colorado, seeing news about their current home from newspapers.
This book about Colorado does an excellent job capturing the working conditions of mining towns, of how employers exploited newly arrived workers who had little English, and how these newly arrived Americans brought stories and traditions with them from their prior lands. Recommended for 5th through 7th grade.
Colorado Vocabulary to Highlight:
Lindenmeier Site (ancient civilization living in Colorado)
Denver – 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, built on what had been Arapaho land
Centennial State – In 1876, Colorado became a state
Colorado Silver Boom, 1878
Camp Amache, Grenada Internment Camp: 2/3rds of the over 7 thousand residents at Grenada Camp were American citizens
Southern Ute Tribe
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Colorado Geography to Highlight:
“Flat Range” – the part of Colorado where most of the state’s population resides
Children’s Books from Colorado and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!