Sometimes a bedtime story is the closest my kids and I come to travel. My daughter’s current Hello Kitty obsession led us to the book Hello Kitty: Hello USA! A Celebration Book of All 50 States, which we read almost nightly and discuss even more frequently.
Hello Kitty Explores the 50 U.S. States
The book explores each of the 50 U.S. states, with a page for each. Brightly colored illustrations hit the highlights of each state, such as the state flower and tree, official motto, and landmarks. Hello Kitty and her friends are shown playing golf in Myrtle Beach, skiing in Colorado, making chocolates at Hershey in Pennsylvania, and riding in a convertible in Michigan.
Learning About Travel through Reading
The book is a good reference for our toddler and pre-kindergarten children to not only learn the names of the 50 states, but the geography of the U.S. as well. Each state page shows the shape of the state, and the capital city is spelled out and marked on the map with a star. In addition, at the end of the book is a two-page map of the United States, which we frequently turn to to show where the state we’re discussing is located in the country – and where in proximity it is to us.
We also pick up Hello Kitty: Hello USA! before leaving on a road trip to show the kids how far we are traveling and what the area is known for. The kids also love to look at both the map and state pages to see where Grandma and other far-away relatives live.
While it’s not a traditional kids’ travel book, it does help with teaching our kids geography and about what makes each of the 50 U.S. states unique.
Teresa J. Shaw is editor of the Free in 50 States section and writes about traveling as a working mom for Traveling Mom.
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