Iowa is a land of beautiful rolling hills and geological wonders. In this post about Iowa Books for Kids, we will share some of our favorites that teach about the state, the history, and the landscape.
In addition to picture books for little ones, we have included chapter books based in this beautiful state. Reading books is a great addition to your 50 states unit study.
Read on to see which Iowa books are the best ones to read to your child!
While this state is considered an agricultural state since 85% of its land is used for that purpose, most of the 3 million residents actually live in urban areas.
Bordered on both sides by navigable rivers, the 29th state’s climate is considered humid continental. That means it has cold winters with snowfall as well as hot & humid summers.
Iowa is also one of the safest places to live within the continental united states.
What’s a strange fact about Iowa?
While we typically think of corn when we think of The Hawkeye State, we really should think of farm animals! Why? Because Iowa has a significant number of them…
Iowa sets the record for the largest number of pigs in the USA. The last count on record showed the Iowa pig count clocking in at just under 26 million! This makes it our nation’s top pork producer.
That fact is even more impressive when you realize that Iowa has just slightly over 3 million humans! Seriously, there are approximately 8 pigs for every person in the state of Iowa.
But wait, pigs do not set the record for the largest farm animal population in Iowa… Chickens do! Iowa has more than 67 million chickens! That means they have more chickens than the United Kingdom has people!
Super interesting and strange fact, no?
Resources for Pigs and Chickens:
When learning about Iowa, you can also expand into learning more about pigs & chickens with these resources:
- Find the Letter P is for Pig
- Pig Crafts and Activities for Kids
- Pig and Piglet Books for Kids
- Books about Baby Chicks
- Chickens Complete Unit Study
- Find the Letter C is for Chick
The book list below contains stories that teach about many of the things we discussed above! Before reading the Iowa Books for Kids with your child, talk about why and the significance of that book to the state of Iowa.
Iowa Books for Kids
Our top picks of Children's Books about Iowa will help children learn about the state of Iowa. We have included picture books and chapter books.
There are books about the state, the famous people of Iowa, and even historical events.
We have also included stories based in Iowa to help you reinforce the history of this great state.
This adorable board book allows children to explore all the famous sights, attractions, and landmarks to the state of Iowa has to offer. No stalk of corn has been left unturned!
Includes Iowa treasures like walleye fishing, Iowa Great Lakes, the State Capitol Building, Iowa State Fair, Adventureland, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa City, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, and Effigy Mounds National Monument.
Did you know the Hawkeye State got its nickname from Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk tribe?
Or that D is for Des Moines, the capital with the golden dome?
Or that Iowa is bordered on each side by navigable rivers, the Missouri River marks the western border and the Mississippi forms its eastern border?
H is for Hawkeye presents these and many other interesting facts about the great state of Iowa.
Hop into the back seat with Kay on her family's road trip from the mountains of Colorado to the farms of Iowa.
Sometimes the back seat is unfair and the road is long, but plenty of fun and adventure awaits at Grandma's house!
Going back home feels sad, but it's Kay's memories and a special gift from Grandma that make the drive home easier.
Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality—a life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.
It was, he reminds us, a happy time, when automobiles and televisions and appliances (not to mention nuclear weapons) grew larger and more numerous with each passing year, and DDT, cigarettes, and the fallout from atmospheric testing were considered harmless or even good for you.
He brings us into the life of his loving but eccentric family, including affectionate portraits of his father, a gifted sportswriter for the local paper and dedicated practitioner of isometric exercises, and of his mother, whose job as the home furnishing editor for the same paper left her little time for practicing the domestic arts at home.
A simpler place and time—growing up in the small town of Greenfield during the fifties and sixties.
Come along as author Gary Porter—the Town Kid—takes you on a sentimental journey down memory lane, enlivened with captivating black-and-white photos from The Sidey Collection®.
Cora Frear was a real pioneer girl, growing up on the prairie at the end of the nineteenth century. Her true story is as exciting as any novel.
Cora loves riding through the wild prairie with her father, a doctor, on his house calls. One day, they have a bigger adventure than they bargained for.
Their old horses will never outrun the flames that are galloping right toward them!
What will Cora and Papa do to save their lives?
Bert was nine years old and really needed a dog. So along came No-Sitch.
He was a dog that mooed and galloped, loped, singlefooted, paced, or cantered and often tried to do them all at once.
As a puppy, he stood about two feet six in his bare feet and was about three cats long.
Probably the most unusual, endearing dog ever to grace the pages of a book, No-Sitch is a one-of-a-kind dog in a one-of-a-kind story.
When a case of measles closes the grade school in Pittsville, Iowa during a raw and cold March winter, the excitement over a few days away from school is suddenly overshadowed by the flooding of the Des Moines River.
During the summer, the river was a quiet drifting stream in which boys waded and dug for clams ― in winter, however, the river could turn into a torrent which loaded the bridge piers with the dead trunks of trees.
As the people of the small town of Four Corners scramble for safety, three boys embark on an adventure of their own ― the rescue of a small brown and white burro named Mexico.
Join a young boy as he journeys through life.
Experience his struggle to answer the age-old questions of who am I, where did I come from and what is my purpose.
Face with him the common fears and embarrassments of an average boy growing up. Discover with him his hopes and dreams.
With seldom a dull moment, walk with him as he takes many bold but scary steps of faith that leads to a life of service and partnership with a great God.
The Boxcar Children Mysteries Book 101
The Aldens find themselves right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield and a brand-new mystery!
The farm where the children are visiting is famous for its wonderful corn maze, and every year visitors come to walk through the maze and enjoy the Corn King Days festival.
But the maze is being vandalized at night, and the festival is in danger of being shut down.
Can the children catch the culprit and save the festival?
Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues.
Their coaches, some of whom have spent nearly half a century in the game, watch from the dugout.
In the bleachers, local fans call out from the same seats they’ve occupied year after year.
An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.
Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily's new home with Gran.
At first, Lily sees nothing beautiful in the April slush and cloudy sky.
Soon though, Lily can see beauty in unexpected places, from the smell of spring mud to a cloud shaped like a swan to a dilapidated barn.
A furious rainstorm mirrors Lily's anxiety, but as it clears Lily discovers the tenth beautiful thing: Lily and Gran and their love for each other.
What's so great about Iowa? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Hawkeye State!
We'll explore Iowa's refreshing lakes, friendly farms, bustling cities, and rich history.
The "Iowa by Map" feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book.
A special section provides quick state facts such as the state motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more.
Are you excited about learning about the diverse land and varied history of this state with these resources and Books about Iowa for Children?