The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Ohio
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Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of An American Hero, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
John Glenn grew up near Zanesville, Ohio, on the southeastern side of the state.
Thomas Edison to the Rescue, by Howard Goldsmith, illustrated by Anna DiVito
Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio, which is less than a half hour from Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Jesse Owens, Fastest Man Alive, by Carol Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Valasquez
Jesse Owens ran in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, showing the world that he was the fastest man alive. But he also had more at stake, in his symbolism for the United States and people around the world. Learn the discrimination Jesse faced off the field and the efforts he had to go through to make it onto the track..
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Robert Casilla
Lebron James: The Boy Who Became King, by Anthony Curcio
Lebron James is the “boy from Akron” and this book – self published – tells the story about his rise from the football courts in Northeastern Ohio to the big leagues where he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Children’s Books about Ohio for Older Children:
This book is an early chapter book, long-range short story. It works well with 3rd graders, or a short read for 5th graders. And it can be a read-aloud.
Who is R.L. Stine? by M.D. Payne, illustrated by Jake Murray
R. L. Stine has sold over 400 million children’s books of horror stories – with The Goosebumps. He attended The Ohio State University and lives in Bexley, in Columbus, Ohio. Learn how he got his talent for writing and his love of a scary story.
Ohio Vocabulary to Highlight:
Ohio State University
land grant schools (Morrill Act)
Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame
buckeyes (peanut butter chocolate candy)
Children’s Books about Ohio and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!