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The 50 States

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps. Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. Celebrate, explore, enjoy!
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Wide Eyed Editions
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is that book! You know the one. You pick it up off the floor in your child's room and you just have to open it before you put it in the library basket...the next thing you know, two hours have passed like fifteen minutes and you are armed with more state trivia than you could ever reasonably be expected to remember.

Deliberately designed to pack tons of information on two pages, fun info graphics tell the story of each state. Key facts, notable residents, and loads of interesting informat
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The 50 States is one of those books that a) I wish you had growing up and b) should be in every school in the US or that teaches about the US. Authors Linero and Balkan have smartly broken down every state into colorful yet educational info/pictographics that make learning fun and interesting. I am greatly enjoying going over each state with my daughter and enjoying her enthusiasm over historical subjects. Because the w
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Since I love both infographics and state trivia, it’s as if this book were made just for me, for it combines both of those features into one big book. It begins:

“Welcome explorers, investigators, and lovers of knowledge….”

Yes, yes, that is I! (Well, if you add the word “armchair” before the word “explorers”….)

For each state, there is a “Welcome Box” providing an introduction to the state, a map full of interesting factoids as well as prominent geological features, and side bars about key facts,
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to @kidlitexchange #partner for access to a free review copy. All opinions are my own.

Visit the 50 states (and Washington DC too!) with this book of maps of each state, and the maps are covered with short blurbs about famous places, people, historical events, and key facts. The facts range from basic history to very quirky.

First off, this is a beautiful book. The graphic design is amazingly well done. However, it's got an overwhelming amount of "fun facts" on each page. The Exploring thi
LynnDee (The Library Lush)
This is a very aesthetically pleasing book, with lots of interesting information about the different states.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
As someone who had early access with thanks to an ARC, I have to say that I like what I saw. I think calling this a collection of maps is a little different from what I expected, but I like the collections of facts and information in a very colorful format. As a parent of a child who got interested in states rather early, I think this will appeal where the traditional geography books have been too much. It was a little hard to read the detailed writing in the ARC, but I look forward to looking a ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Graphically interesting guide to the states. I even found a couple of interesting spots I haven't visited in my area.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've learned so much already just thumbing through the pages! I can't wait to share this with my little friends and see their faces when they look at the illustrations!

LOVE it!
Jun 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kids, informative, digital, arc
Note: I accessed a digital review copy through Edelweiss.
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a fantastic book! It is endlessly engaging, attractive, and informative. “50 States” is like a cooler upgrade to an atlas. Each page shows a state map with highlights of influential people, history, places to visit, and more. Also included on the pages are some general state facts such capital, statehood date, and region; a timeline of events important to state history, and a brief welcome message giving a quick summary of the state. The illustrations are wonderful, and a key part of what m
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
My kids Did NOT read any of these books! I did not even let them see them! Why?? Because I hid them so fast and ordered them as a gift for my 6 year old!!! He is obsessed with maps and visiting new places in the United States. He is going to LOVE them all!! All four of these books are so neat!! I learned a ton myself! There are puzzles and activities! One of my favorite parts is in 50 Cities of the USA. There is a
Darcie Caswell
pPesents each of the united states alphabetically in this big, beautifully illustrated book, with a two page spread for each state with facts and information laid out in attractive, infographic style. In addition to the “Key Facts” including capital, largest cities, state bird, state flower and the like, readers will also find famous people from each state (both historical and contemporary), key places to visit, and key moments in the state’s history. This is not really a book to read from cover ...more
Savannah Webster
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 5 and up
This book does not have typical maps that teach you about geographical features or roads. This is what they are referring to as an infographic map that guides you through the states identity. You will learn information ranging from the state nickname, key facts, famous people, landmarks, moments in history, and more telling the story of each state in a two page layout. In the beginning of the book it has a graphic for what to look out for throughout the book and a legend for symbols you will see ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The genre of this book is informational nonfiction, because it gives a variety of "fast facts" about each state. The intended audience is 2nd-5th grade, because it has a lot of words on each page, but it also has colorful pictures. I paired this book with Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, because it is about a family on a road trip. The 50 States book and Sisters could be paired together to showcase some of the states and sites the family will see when driving from California to Colorado.
Caleb R
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: none-fiction
There is not much content cross over beyond it giving some history of each state. The children that would like this book would be 2nd through 5th grade. I liked it because it gives a variety of "fast facts" about each state. I paired this book with Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, Published 2014. because it is about a family on a road trip. The 50 States book and Sisters could be paired together to showcase some of the states and sites the family will see when driving from California to Colorado. Wh ...more
Kate Foran
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We checked this out from the library two weeks ago and have since read it a dozen different ways. Today we took a tour of wacky festivals across the United States. I want a copy for home and a copy for my classroom.
Carlie Lattanzio
This is a good book to have to introduce information about the 50 states to students. The pictures are fun and it is a fun way of learning. Good book overall!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Infographics, history/travel, and an abundance of literary references for each state!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-kids
This oversized map books is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully packed full of facts about the states and cities of America. Even I learned things about my own city I didn’t know.
Maren Prestegaard
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Need to buy. Fantastic.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
A fun way to learn things about each state when reading aloud to kids of different ages. They could each take away what they wanted from it. Great pictures.
Heather Jo
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meggie-list
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Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: h-informational
Awards: None
Grade level: 2-5
Summary: Each page focuses on a different states filled with history and fun facts through bright illustrations.
My Review: In elementary school, I remember doing two state projects (2nd/5th grade) and I wish there was a book like this for us to use. The bight colorful pages make me want to read more.
In Class: After doing a brief lesson, each child can be assigned a state to do research on. Students can use this book to learn about important people and the state flo
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Lost a star for being so politically partisan.
Michael Fitzgerald
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Way too cluttered. Lots of information, but very poorly presented. Unfortunately, way too much of the information is just random quirky trivia, not real history. Illustrations are of the cartoon variety. The use of a goofy faux-handwriting font was another bad decision. I really hope this book is kept out of the hands of students who are supposed to be learning about state history.

There are some odd omissions - not a single word about the fact that it was Catholics who settled Maryland. Michiga
Kenzie Wright
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twin Text
Elliot, D. (2019). Henry’s map. New York, NY: Philomel Books.

I paired my nonfiction text with Henry’s Map. Henry is a very organized pig who knows exactly where everything is. He looks out and sees that his farm is a huge mess. He wonders how anybody can find their way around on the farm. He decides to make a map of the farm. He starts to show the map to the animals and adds them to it. Once he is finished he takes them to the top of the hill and shows them the farm but they ca
Amy Lafleur Meyers
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Infographic and map mix that takes readers on a tour of the United States. More that just a collection of maps and essential facts (though it has those too - state nicknames, capitals, mottos, but not population), this state book contains facts about the state that would be of interest to children. Each state has a section called "Moments to Remember" which includes important events in state history but also mentions various accomplishments by state residents that children would know, an example ...more
Roberta Gibson
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Children usually learn about their home states in about fourth grade. This book is a great way to help young readers find out more about their own state, and then entice them to investigate all 50 states.

Information graphics or infographics have become the newest way to present complex information visually. The 50 States is a collection of two-page spreads about each state in the U.S. featuring an infographic map, key facts (state capitals and symbols) and a timeline of “Moments to Remember,” as
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
First thing that you will notice about this book is the size then the beautiful colors and illustrations. At approximately 11.5 by 13.5 inches it is a larger size book. The cover feels nice and smooth, the number 50 and the star in the zero are slightly lower, sort of engraved, than the cover itself.
The Untied States map is used as the contents area with the page numbers on each state. Every state and Washington D.C. are each on two pages followed by two pages of presidents, the index and insid
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The 50 States is a large book filled with all kinds of incredible information about each of the 50 states in America. I mean it is incredible. Full of knowledge that I did not even know. Different facts that some may not even know of their own state.

It is very colorful. It has a great section for each state that says Moments to Remember. Of course, there is a Key Facts section and a Welcome section that briefly explains the state history. I have had fun going over the states with my older boys.
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Gabrielle Balkan writes for readers of all ages, equally enjoying picture books and readers as chapter books and young adult fiction. Her works include The Dog Rules by Coco LaRue, a Scholastic Book Fairs best-seller that sold 150,000 copies and demanded a follow-up.

One of her first forays into writing nonfiction was “America is hard to See,” a children's audio guide for the the inaugural exhibit
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