North Carolina Children’s Books – 6 Great Kids Books About North Carolina

The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about North Carolina

This page about North Carolina books contains affiliate links for which I may earn income at no cost to you.

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:

Wish, by Barbara O’Connor

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

Blackbeard (pirate)

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:

Atlantic Ocean

coastal plain / tidewater

Piedmont Region

Appalachian mountains

Outer Banks

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!

 

Alabama    

Alaska

Arizona  

Arkansas  

California  

Colorado

Connecticut   

Delaware  

Florida    

Georgia  

Hawaii  

Idaho  

Illinois     

Indiana  

Iowa     

Kansas  

Kentucky     

Louisiana  

Maine     

Maryland  

Massachusetts     

Michigan

Minnesota     

Mississippi  

Missouri     

Montana  

Nebraska     

Nevada  

New Hampshire     

New Jersey  

New Mexico     

New York  

North Carolina     

North Dakota  

Ohio     

Oklahoma  

Oregon   

Pennsylvania 

Rhode Island   

South Carolina 

South Dakota     

Tennessee

Texas     

Utah  

Vermont     

Virginia  

Washington     

West Virginia  

Wisconsin     

Wyoming

 

(districts, territories)

Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico

Here you will find books about North Carolina and all 50 states.