The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about New Jersey
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Children’s Books about New Jersey
The Singer and the Scientist, by Lisa Rose
This book about New Jersey highlights Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein’s friendship. Marian Anderson was a world-renowned singer, and Albert Einstein was a physicist who loved music. After performing to a crowd that adored her in Princeton, New Jersey, Marian Anderson had nowhere to stay, because the local Nassau Inn was a whites-only hotel. At the same time, the famous Albert Einstein (who was a professor at Princeton University) came up to her and discussed how much her music moved him.
Marian Anderson was invited to stay the night at the Einsteins’ home, where they continued their conversations about classical music, and about the oppressions they faced in the world: him as a Jew fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and her as a Black woman in an America that had white-only hotel accomodations.
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, by Elizabeth Rusch
This book isn’t set only in New Jersey, but New Jersey plays a focal scene in it. Nikola Tesla comes to America to continue progress on his electricity work. He meets with Thomas Edison in New Jersey. From there, electricity meets the world, in Chicago and Niagra Falls and beyond.
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
Watching owls in rural New Jersey. This book is a classic.
16 Words: William Carlos Williams and The Red Wheelbarrow, by Lisa Rogers, illustrated by Chuck Groenik
The famous poem, so wet and cold, is discussed in this children’s book about New Jersey poet, William Carlos Williams. Nothing shows a kid how they can be a creator a poetry more than the simplicity of a short poem, full of images that tell the story. “Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth.” Try making poetry of your own!
Celebrating New Jersey, by Jane Kurtz. Early reader book.
This children’s book about New Jersey begins with a visit to the Jersey Shore and continues on a trip to other great things about the state.
From northern New Jersey’s proximity to New York, where it’s just a ferry ride away to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.
There’s stops on the Hudson River, to Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey where American Revolution battles were fought, and discussions of how Thomas Edison lit up New Jersey.
Perfect for children who are just gaining confidence in their new skillset.
Children’s Books About New Jersey for Older Children
While much of the books are set in New York, this one in the series has Peter going to visit New Jersey to spend the summer. (3rd grade+)
One warning: don’t read this if you don’t want spoilers about Santa. The characters discuss Santa and ‘let the cat out of the bag.’
The sharks were nipping at the Atlantic Coast, and this book takes place near Springfield, New Jersey. Perfect for 2nd through 4th graders, wanting some action in their starting chapter books.
Have you ever wanted a graphic novel about New Jersey? Well, “I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916” is back, now in graphic novel form. The cartoons on the pages allow for the story to unfold while also providing non-fiction information about sharks. This book tells of the events of Springfield, New Jersey in 1916
Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Reader’s Edition), by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Ibtihaj Muhammad was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. She wears the hijab, and found a sport she could participate in while wearing it. She competed for the United States in the 2016 Olympics, becoming the first American athlete to wear the hijab, and the first to win a medal – earning a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Olympics. This book discusses her childhood in New Jersey, as someone who was “different” – being the only African-American Muslim student in her mostly white school, and entering into the world of fencing. She achieved greatness in her sport – and this book has a lot of good insights for children not feeling like they fit in. They too can perservere and find a place for themselves.
Ibitihaj had a Barbie made after her – the first of its kind. As a child, she talked of how she would make garments for her own Barbies, covering their hair. Barbie released a version of their doll in her honor.
Children’s Books about New Jersey and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!