The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about North Carolina
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North Carolina, the Tarheel State, is home to Charlotte and Raleigh and Durham, to Winston Salem and Greensboro, to Asheville in the west, and the Outer Banks touching the Atlantic coast along the East.
Here are some award-winning books about North Carolina for children that highlight the charm, history, and perserverence of the people of the state
Children’s books about North Carolina
Sit-In, by Andrea Davis Pinkney and J. Brian Pinkney
Children wanting to learn more about the Civil Rights movement will find info in this book about North Carolina, as it discusses the Greensboro NC Woolworth lunch counter protests that worked to integrate restaurants.
My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey, by Jeanne Walker Harvey
This book about North Carolina artist Romare Bearden tells of his childhood and how he came to become a painter.
Charlie Takes His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke The Color Barrier in Golf by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by John Joven
Charlie Sifford was the Jackie Robinson of golf, and he was born in North Carolina.
Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker, by Patricia Hruby Powell
Ella Baker was a monumental force in the Civil Rights movement, and she grew up in North Carolina. She built networks of civil rights leaders – young people around the country – to protest laws and commit acts of nonviolent protests, like the Freedom Rides into Alabama to put an end to segregated bussing.
Children’s Books about Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers
To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers, by Wendie Old, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
The first flight took place in Kitty Hawk, NC. This book set in North Carolina and its outer banks tells about that historic day in 1909 when airplanes took flight.
North Carolina Books for Older Students:
Charlie Reese makes a friend with a dog in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
The North Carolina Secretary of State’s page has a significant website for kids on the history of North Carolina.
North Carolina vocabulary:
Cherokee, the Catawba, the Tuscarora, and the Croatans
Town Creek Indian Mound
Hernando de Soto, in 1540
Sir Walter Raleigh, in 1584
Roanoke Colony, “The Lost Colony”
The Tuscarora War of 1711
Edenton Tea Party, 1774
President Andrew Jackson was born in N.C.
“Trail of Tears”
May 1861 – North Carolina seceded from the United States
Battle of Bentonville
Confederates surrender at Bennett Place, near Durham, NC
Henry Berry Lowrie and the revolt of 1866
Orville and Wilbur Wright and Kitty Hawk – 1903
Ella Baker – a founder of the Civil Rights movement
Greensboro sit-ins at Woolworth counters, 1960
North Carolina geography:
coastal plain / tidewater
Hurricanes: Hurricane Hazel (1954) Hurricane Fran – a category 4 hurricane
Children’s Books about North Carolina and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!