The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Hawaii
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Hawaii Books for Children
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased, by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Hawaiian Ocean Lullaby, by Beth Greenway, illustrated by Jamie Meckel Tablason.
This book focuses on Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and the animals that live within it.
Ohana Means Family, by Ilima Loomis, illustrated by Kenard Pak
A is for Aloha (2nd Edition), by Stephanie Feeney and Eva Moravcik, photos by Jeff Reese
Baby Honu’s Incredible Journey, written and illustrated by Tammy Lee
The Good Song: A Story Inspired by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World”, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, story by Alexandria Giardino
This book adds a story of love & aloha to the music of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the Hawaiian singer who made Over the Rainbow popular on his ukelele.
National Parks: Hawai’i Volcanoes, by Karina Hamalainen
A Kid’s Guide to Hawaii, by Jack Roberts and Michael Owens
Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became a Warrior King, by Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Don Robinson
Hawaii Books for Older Children
High Tide in Hawaii, Magic Treehouse #28, by Mary Pope Osborne.
This is an early chapter book that 4-6 year olds can be read aloud from, or children 6 to 8 can read independently.
Kaiulani: The People’s Princess, Hawaii, 1889, The Royal Diaries series, by Ellen Emerson White
This book featuring the niece of Queen Lili’uokalani is good for 4th through 7th grade readers. It covers the span of the fall of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Children’s Books About Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time), by Jennifer Swanson, illustrated by Kelley McMorris
This book from the American Girl series is great for 2nd to 4th grade readers, or younger read alouds. It is a short-read chapter book with illustrations throughout the pages.
Hawaii Vocabulary to Highlight:
Sanford Dole and Hawaiian Pineapple Company
Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 7, 1941
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Hawaii Geography terms:
8 Islands of Hawai’i:
and Hawaiʻi (“Big Island”)
Children’s Books about Hawaii and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!
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