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50 States to Celebrate Series

50 States to Celebrate Series

Celebrating Colorado

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2016
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-51793-6

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! Today he’s visiting Colorado, the Centennial State. He’s going to explore four gorgeous national parks, participates in daring sports, visit a dude ranch, climb to the top of Pikes Peak, and much, much more. Together, you will discover what makes Colorado a state to celebrate. Includes maps and learning activities. Colorful, you-are-there illustrations and easy-to-read text are great for beginning and newly independent readers!

Celebrating Georgia

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2015
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-41975-9

“The titles in this series are perfect for reports on the fifty states.” —Kiss the Book blog

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher He loves to explore new places. Today he’s visiting Georgia, the Peach State. His first stop is a peach festival to bake the world’s biggest peach cobbler. Then he’s headed to a farm to pick peanuts and pecans. He’ll also explore the cities of Savannah and Atlanta. Join Mr. Geo and discover what makes Georgia a state to celebrate. Includes maps and fun facts. Colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text are great for beginning and newly independent readers.

Celebrating Ohio

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2015
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-76127-8

Join Mr. Geo on his whirlwind tour of  Ohio in this Level 3 Green Light Reader. Like the other books in the 50 States to Celebrate series, Celebrating Ohio combines travel and social studies in a way that’s entertaining and educational. The action starts at the fun-filled Ohio State Fair and continues on to places where the Wright Brothers worked and flew planes, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sites on the Underground Railroad, the mysterious Serpent Mounds, and much, much more. Handy for school projects and family roadtrips! 

Celebrating Louisiana

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2016
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-51827-8

Say hello to Mr. Geo, everybody’s favorite geography teacher! Today he’s visiting Louisiana, the Pelican State. His first stop is New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. He’s going to sample Cajun cooking, listen to jazz, ride riverboats and tour eery swamps and beautiful mansions too. Together, you will discover what makes Louisiana a state to celebrate. Includes maps and learning activities. Colorful, you-are-there illustrations and easy-to-read text are great for beginning and newly independent readers!

Celebrating New Jersey

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2015
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-41978-0

Join Mr. Geo on his whirlwind tour of  New Jersey in this Level 3 Green Light Reader. Like the other books in the 50 States to Celebrate series, Celebrating New Jersey combines travel with social studies in a way that’s entertaining and educational. The fun starts on the Jersey Shore in Atlantic City and Cape May. Then it’s onward to big cities, historic places, important landmarks, natural wonders, and much, much more. Handy for school projects and family roadtrips!

Celebrating Pennsylvania

Written by Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by C. B. Canga
Houghton Mifflin, 2015
40 pages
Ages 6-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-544-41973-5

Today Mr. Geo is visiting Pennsylvania. His first stop is Philadelphia for a grand parade on the Fourth of July. He’ll tap the Liberty Bell, visit Independence Hall, and meet up with Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin in the Historic District too. Then he’ll visit Amish Country, Hershey, Pittsburgh, the Poconos, and much more. Join Mr. Geo and discover what makes Pennsylvania a state to celebrate. Includes maps, fun facts, learning activities, and colorful you-are-there illustrations.

Selected Reviews

“Colorful and active pages. . . As supplements to state-specific material, these books might pique interest in a state or point children to topics for further reading.” 

—School Library Journal

“The titles in this series are perfect for reports on the fifty states.” 

—Kiss the Book blog

“For a short format, many things are covered in the text, making this a good book for an introduction to research.. . .[and] a possible class read aloud or third-grade produced audio book….Mr. Geo is a fun and entertaining tour guide.” 

—3rdgradereading.net

“A great addition to students’ reading lists, although it certainly can be a read aloud book for children with lower reading comprehension.” 

—2ndgradereading.net

“Colorful, and sometimes dramatic illustrations.” 

—2ndgradereading.net

“Students will develop further reading skills by using Mr. Geo’s trip as a jumpstart to some further research and discovery of the state.” 

—4thgradereading.net

“The 50 States to Celebrate series will be a great asset to primary classrooms and libraries. There is a broad audience for nonfiction informational text…it appeals to a wide range of young readers.” 

—Marla Conn
Educational Consultant, Read-Ability, Inc., and former reading specialist for New York City Public Schools

“The 50 States to Celebrate series is a great way to excite kids about social studies. Mr. Geo is fun, entertaining, and informative.” 

—Susan Stark
Editorial Director, Social Studies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Group