Utah is a land of natural diversity. In this post about Utah 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 Utah books are the best ones to read to your child!
A trip through the nearly 85 thousand square miles of the 45th state will give you a glimpse of the diversity of the land.
Utah is home to dry desserts, but the mountains receive over 500 feet of snow each year! Hot desert air and cold mountain air can both be found in this great state! Beautiful sparkling lakes and amazing rock formations can also be found here.
The land isn’t the only thing with major variations. The weather, too, can shift majorly depending on where you are and the time of the year.
Saint George recorded the highest ever temperature of 118°F (47.8°C) on July 4, 2007, in Utah, while Peter Sinks recorded the coldest temperature of -69°F (-56.1°C) on February 1, 1985.
The Federal Government owns approximately 640 million acres of land in the US and 35 million of that is in Utah! Another way of saying that is that 66.48 percent of Utah’s total land is owned by the Federal Government!
I know what you are thinking, “Well, Utah has 5 National Parks, so that is not surprising.” You are correct, but only about 2 million (of the 35 million) acres are owned by the National Park System.
Now, you are super intrigued as well, aren’t you?
What does “Utah” Mean?
The meaning behind its name is yet another super varied thing from this State! According to everything I can find, the state was named after the Ute Tribe. Ute meaning “people of the mountains.
The first known documentation about them was written by Spanish friars who called them “Quasutas,” a term that referred to all Indians speaking Shoshonean dialects at the time. Yet, today they continue calling themselves Noochee or “the ones who speak our language” according to Fred A Conetah-who wrote “A History Of The Northern Ute People”.
The book list below contains stories that teach about many of the things we discussed above! Before reading the Utah Books for Kids with your child, talk about why and the significance of that book to the state of Utah.
Utah Books for Kids
Our top picks of Children's Books about Utah will help your children learn about the state of Utah. We have included picture books and chapter books.
There are books about the state, famous and historical people of Utah, and even major events.
We have also included stories based in Utah to help you reinforce the history of this great state.
The Parkers journey to southeast Utah to see the “Land of Standing Rocks” and such prominent features as Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Park Avenue Skyline, the Needles, and much more.
They encounter mountain lions, a dive-bombing blue jay, and wicked desert weather along the way, but it’s not until James makes a surprising discovery that they really connect with the region’s colorful history.
Samirah is an eight-year-old Arabian mare, who has been carefully raised and trained by her girl, Jasper, to be the ultimate family ranch horse.
Sami has long sensed that Jasper is itching for freedom, and wants to be a real cowgirl.
When Jasper hears a rumor that her family is being forced to sell their ranch and decides to run away, the filly and her girl find themselves lost in a beautiful, legendary wilderness, but one fraught with dangers.
Sami must use all of her resources and strength to keep them both alive.
A photography book Celebrating the Natural Wonders of Utah
With its sweeping valleys and towering mountains, its inviting summers and glittering snowscapes, its hiking trails and world-renowned ski slopes, Utah’s soaring heights are, indeed, where life is elevated.
Explore these wild spaces through the dramatic and captivating photography of Ryan Jeffery—the wildlife, the national parks, the desert vistas, and the mountains, all beautifully arrayed in splendor.
Quotes from Utah authors such as Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, and Everett Ruess are spread throughout the scenes.
Buzzy the bee zips across the state of Utah introducing readers to Utah's five national parks, starting with Arches, then to Canyonlands, crossing the state to Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks.
Buzzy teaches readers about animals and endangered species that live in the parks as well as how arches, hoodoos, and spires were formed many years ago.
Good Night Zion National Park explores Court of the Patriarchs, Observation Point, the Narrows, Riverside Walk, Checkerboard Mesa, the Subway, Angels Landing, rock squirrels, porcupines, rattlesnakes, mule deer, park rangers, and more.
This engaging and educational board book takes tiny adventurers on a journey through one of America's most beloved national parks; from rappelling the canyons to identifying wildlife and soaking in the incredible natural sights, young readers will be amazed by the wonders of Zion National Park.
Elk Girl, sister of a Ute chief, lives a traditional life with her tribe high in the Rocky Mountains in 1860.
Elk Girl is bold: She loves to hunt deer with her brother, and she races her pony to win. She also knows the importance of ceremonies like the Bear Dance, which wakes the bears from hibernation and celebrates spring.
But all of that changes when Cheyenne warriors capture Elk Girl.
The white men are the real enemy. Their soldiers are everywhere.
Even if Elk Girl could escape, how would she get home?
Written and illustrated exclusively by middle school students, in this colorful and informative book, you may be introduced to things you never knew about Utah—from a failed Russian Settlement, the first KFC, and Dark Sky Parks, to world-famous entertainers, entrepreneurs, and scientists.
Did you know that Utah was the birthplace of the video game console? What about headphones or television? Those have their origins in Utah, too!
In a state known for its scenic beauty, you may be surprised to discover Utah’s important role in American history and pop culture.
Good Night Utah highlights the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Antelope Island, Field House Natural History Museum, Utah State Fair, Salt Flats, Bryce Canyon, Hill Aerospace Museum, Hogle Zoo, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Great Salt Lake, wildlife, and more.
This beautifully illustrated book takes young readers on an unforgettable journey around the great state of Utah as children quickly recognize their favorite sights and attractions and iconic landmarks.