Celebrating Arizona

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Illustrator: C. B. Canga
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780544044197
Pages: 36

Meet Mr. Geo, a geography teacher who knows everything there is to know about our fifty states. This time he is visiting Arizona, the Grand Canyon State! The Anasazi were among the first people in Arizona. It has an extremely hot climate, but it’s filled with many natural wonders. There are several museums that capture the rich Native American history and the fascinating desert wildlife of Arizona. Tourists usually catch a Diamondbacks game before they leave Arizona. This book will leave readers wanting to taste a prickly pear cactus and navigate the rapids of the Colorado River!

This nonfiction book is great for children who are learning to read. A glossary of difficult but important words is included, along with a page of state-related learning activities and a timeline of important events in Arizona’s history. Each state is unique in different ways, so this series of Green Light Readers is perfect for helping children realize why each state has something to celebrate. The references to Native American culture also provide a rich background and foundation for further conversation with young readers to this portion of American history.