With the start of school, perhaps you have a little one who is learning to read. We have a first grader in our house who is learning to read and to put letters into combinations that make words. A great way to do that is through using lots of alphabet books
Four years ago, when I had another first grader, we learned about the United States this way. Through incredible efforts made by the wonderful interlibrary loan librarian, Jean, we read the “Sleeping Bear Press” alphabet book on every SINGLE state! (That was when ILL was free – we utilized their services often for our education). The series is amazing, partly due to the incredible illustrations and partly due to the conceptualization of each state. A four stanza line for each alphabet letter helps the book read like a story. But if you have extra time, you can read the lengthier captions on the side for more detailed information on the topic. (Thankfully now our library has many of the titles since unfortunately we no longer can get free Interlibrary loans, even for educational purposes!)
Of course my favorite book is C is for Cornhusker. Rajean Luebs Shepherd did a wonderful work that captures the essence of our state. Here is just one of the letters to give you a glimpse into the format …
E is the early Explorers
who up the Missouri embarked
on an exciting expedition
led by Lewis and Clark.
Then by reading the caption, you can learn more about how Lewis and Clark were a part of the history of Nebraska. If you are lacking on Nebraska history due to possibly not growing up here (or maybe missing a bit in class), this book would be a lovely volume to get you caught up on what represents Nebraska. Many Nebraska libraries have the book, but I would highly recommend the book to anyone who loves Nebraska, even if you are way beyond learning the alphabet! The author has also written an additional book called Husker Numbers where she counts through the state in much the same format. Both great books to check out!