The Ultimate Book List about Georgia for Children
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Georgia Children’s Books
Our Georgia School: A Wildlife Habitat, by Shirley Ariye
This book is about Georgia’s marshes and wildlife, capturing the nature within the state.
And the Tide Comes In…: Exploring a Coastal Salt Marsh, by Merryl Alber, illustrated by Joyce Mihran Turley
Young scientists will love this children’s book about Georgia rivers and lakes, and how they feed into the salt water marshes toward the Atlantic Ocean.
A Bird on Water Street, by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
A book about Northern Georgia (near Tennessee) and the Copper Basin.
Children’s Books about Georgia: The First Olympic Medal in Running
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jump Champion, written by Heather Lang, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Alice Coachman grew up in Albany, Georgia. She won the Olympic Gold Medal for the long jump in the 1948 London Olympic Games. This made her the first Black woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport. Her experience led her to receive the medal from the King of England, George V, and she arrived back to celebrate with the President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Parades were held throughout Georgia for Alice Coachman, and she became an international brand sponsor when Coca-Cola signed her for their ad campaign.
Children’s Books about Georgia: Famous Figures
Freedom Train, by Evelyn Coleman
In 1947, the train took the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to all 48 states in the country. This is a boy who sees the Freedom Train in Georgia.
The Story of John Lewis: A Biography Book for Young Readers, by Tonya Leslie
John Lewis was a famous leader in the Civil Rights Movement, a speaker in the March on Washington in 1963 (the youngest speaker of the day). He rode on the Freedom Rides when they came into Aniston, Mississippi in 1961 and got beaten for sitting on integrated buses. He was beaten in Selma, Alabama during Bloody Sunday, when Civil Rights leaders marched the bridge in Selma to go to the courthouse and register people to vote. For his bravery, and holding to his convictions, he was made a U.S. Congressman in the state of Georgia until his death in 2020.
Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews, by Kathleen Benson, illustrations by Benny Andrews
Art comes to life in in full whimsical form in this book about Georgia artist, Benny Andrews.
Hard Work, but It’s Worth It: The Life of Jimmy Carter, by Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Kyung Eun Han
A book about Georgia’s most famous President, Jimmy Carter, as he lives his early life seeing inequality in the segregated South.
Georgia Children’s Books for Older Readers:
4th grade up, and great for middle school. This Georgia book for children is about a girl who moves from Iowa to rural Georgia. Katie Takeshima’s family has struggles financially, emotionally, as they transition into rural Georgia, keeping the bond of sisters alive. This book won the Newbery Award for best children’s book.
“Georgia On My Mind”, sung by Ray Charles, is the official state song of Georgia.
Georgia Vocabulary to Highlight:
Trail of Tears – 1838
Worcester v. Georgia
Sherman’s March t0 the Sea, Burning of Atlanta
Field Order 15
Ku Klux Klan
Camilla Massacre (1868)
Jim Crow Era
Civil Rights Movement
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
Blue Ridge Mountains
Children’s Books about Georgia and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!