The Best Children’s Books About Or Taking Place In The State Of Maine

“What are the best Children’s books about the State of Maine ?” We looked at 62 of the top Kids Maine books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 10 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Maine ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 50+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 10 Best Children’s Books About or taking place in the state of Maine



10 .) Island Boy written by Barbara Cooney

Island Boy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

Matthais grows from a little boy to a grandfather on a small island off the coast of New England.



9 .) Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie written by Peter Roop

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper’s return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.



8 .) Lost on a Mountain in Maine written by Donn Fendler

Lost on a Mountain in Maine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag

A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939.



7 .) My Cat, Coon Cat written by Sandy Ferguson Fuller

My Cat, Coon Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bangor Daily
  • Maine

A young girl finds that a stray Maine Coon cat has started hanging around her house, so she tries to win its trust and friendship.



6 .) Time of Wonder written by Robert McCloskey

Time of Wonder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.



5 .) I Met A Moose in Maine One Day written by Ed Shankman

I Met A Moose in Maine One Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • Maine

A young boy and a moose go on a fun-filled tour of the state of Maine.



4 .) The Circus Ship written by Chris Van Dusen

The Circus Ship

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • The Maine Mag

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard.…



3 .) Blueberries for Sal written by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag

Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other’s mother.



2 .) Miss Rumphius written by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • The Maine Mag
  • Tots Family

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.…



1 .) One Morning in Maine written by Robert McCloskey

One Morning in Maine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag
  • Tots Family

It’s a big day for a little girl when she discovers her first loose tooth and makes a trip to the grocery on the mainland.




The 50+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Maine



# Books Authors Lists
11 1 is One Tasha Tudor Tots Family
12 A Kittery Kayaker   Maine
13 A Mascot for Maine   Maine
14 A Random Act of Kindness   Maine
15 A Seal Called Andre   The Maine Mag
16
About the Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Maine Wilderness
  Bangor Daily
17 Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure Marty Kelley Goodreads
18 Amy’s Choice Marcia Strykowski Goodreads
19 Andre   Maine
20 Baby Nut Nuts Kat McMann Goodreads
21 Baxter Bear and Moses Moose   Maine
22 Blueberry Summer Elisabeth Ogilvie Goodreads
23 Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man Robert McCloskey Goodreads
24 Call Me Amy Marcia Strykowski Goodreads
25 Cooper and Packrat: Mystery on Pine Lake (Cooper and Packrat, #1) Tamra Wight Goodreads
26 Counting Our Way to Maine   Maine
27 Dino Pets Go to School   Bangor Daily
28 Down East in the Ocean   Bangor Daily
29 Finest Kind Lea Wait Goodreads
30 Fish House Door Robert Baldwin Tots Family
31 Going Lobstering   Maine
32 Good Night Maine   Longfellow Books
33 Hardscrabble Harvest Dahlov Ipcar Tots Family
34 If I Never Forever Endeavor   Bangor Daily
35 Island Alphabet   Maine
36 Journey Around Maine   Maine
37 Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Gary D. Schmidt Goodreads
38 Merry Moosey Christmas Lynn Plourde Goodreads
39 Mystery of the Missing Fox Tamra Wight Goodreads
40 Olivia The Brave Olive Branch: A Story of Hope Amy Gramour Goodreads
41 One Horse Farm   Bangor Daily
42 Owl Moon Jane Yolen Tots Family
43
Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson: The Giant Lumberjack Challenge
  Bangor Daily
44 Pond Babies   Bangor Daily
45 Project Puffin   Maine
46 Riparia’s River   Bangor Daily
47 Rules Cynthia Lord Goodreads
48 Seven Days of Daisy   Bangor Daily
49 Star of Wonder Paige W. Pendleton Goodreads
50 Stopping to Home Lea Wait Goodreads
51 The Fog of Forgetting (Five Stones Trilogy #1) G.A. Morgan Goodreads
52 The Goat Lady Jane Bregoli Tots Family
53 The Journey of the Little Red Boat   Maine
54 The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice (The Black Ledge Series, #2) Paige W. Pendleton Goodreads
55 The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series, #1) Paige W. Pendleton Goodreads
56 The Ox-Cart Man Donald Hall Tots Family
57 The Summer Visitors   Bangor Daily
58 Too Many Frogs   Bangor Daily
59 Touch Blue Cynthia Lord Goodreads
60 Uncertain Glory Lea Wait Goodreads
61 Wee Peter Puffin   Maine
62 Wintering Well Lea Wait Goodreads


6 Best Maine Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Bangor Daily Maine stories to keep children reading all summer
Goodreads Children’s Books From Maine
Longfellow Books Maine Books for Kids
Maine Maine Secretary of State Kids: All About Maine Books
The Maine Mag Maine Children’s Books
Tots Family The Best New England Picture Books

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