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Children's Books About Maine

The books featured on this page are provided as a sampling of the many children's books written about the state of Maine. The Secretary of State does not endorse the author, illustrator or publisher of these books.

Andre Book

Lew Dietz

The saga of Andre--the world-famous harbor seal who captured hearts everywhere--comes alive in this unforgettable story.

A Random Act of Kindness
Nelson "Skip" Foley

Tammy and Tommy Robins and their cousin Jeremy like old Mr. Mendabe. He always has a smile for the kids--and sometimes a lollipop. So when their teacher gives them an assignment to secretly help someone, Mr. Mendabe is the obvious choice.

But the kids don't realize how much their old neighor needs help until they get to his house. Seeing his overgrown yard and run-down home makes them all sad. It also makes them determined to do something wonderful for a man who, as they'll discover is very special indeed. And if they can't help Mr. Mendabe themselves, well, they'll just have to recruit a little extra help.

Baxter Bear & Moses Moose Book

Baxter Bear and Moses Moose
Evariste Bernier

Baxter has a peculiar hobby for a Maine bear (he collects hats), and Moses is not your typical moose (he has cold feet), and each has a problem to solve.  In this charming tale of friendship, Moses and Baxter learn about sharing and cooperation. For ages 3 to 7.

Blueberries for Sal Book

Blueberries for Sal
Robert McCloskey (1914 - 2003)

In fresh and captivating pictures the author-artist tells what happens on a summer day in Maine when a little girl and a bear cub, wandering away from their blueberry-picking mothers, each mistake the other's mother for its own. The Maine hillside and meadows are real and lively, the quiet humor is entirely childlike, and there is just exactly the right amount of suspense for small children.

Counting Our Way to Maine Book

Counting Our Way to Maine
Maggie Smith

Pack your bag and count along as this engaging family gathers up one baby, two dogs, and three bicycles, and leaves the city behind. Their trip is full of things that make summer, and Maine, so special-building sand castles, picking blueberries, chasing fireflies, and more.

Going Lobstering Book

Going Lobstering
Jerry Pallotta

Join Linda and Erik on their first lobstering expedition. It is an exciting and informative adventure at sea, where they learn about the age-old trade of lobstering and encounter a variety of sea life-including an uninvited shark! 

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day Book

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day
Ed Shankman & Dave O'Neill

I met a moose in Maine one day. Just how it happened, I can't say....

Join a pair of unlikely friends on this fun-filled tour of Maine.

Island Alphabet Book

Island Alphabet
Kelly Paul Briggs

A charming, full-color alphabet book. Each letter features a Maine island.

Island Boy Book

Island Boy
Barbara Cooney (1917-2000)

Matthias is the youngest son in a family of 12 children who live with their parents on Tibbetts Island, Maine.  This is the story of how Matthias grows from a little boy to a grandfather on this small island off the coast of Maine.

The Journey of the Little Red Boat Book

The Journey of the Little Red Boat
George Smith

From its happy home, the little red boat is driven by rain, wind and tide on a journey down river. It has several emotional encounters with rocks, sailboats, a seal and cormorant birds. Finally the little red boat drifts into a cove where it is discovered and cared for by a little girl and her grandparents and finds a happy home once again.

Journey Around Maine from A to Z Book

Journey Around Maine
Martha Day Zschock

Follow the flight of a friendly chickadee as Maine's state bird take you on a "jOurney Around" one of the great states in the nation. Explorers of all ages will enjoy trekking through Maine's history and visiting amazing destinations -- from the craggy coast to the majestic peak of Mt. Katahdin. Amble up the Androscroggin, zoom down frozen slopes, and learn fun facts along the way!




Keep the Lights Burning Abbie Book

Keep the Lights Burning Abbie
Peter Roop

Abbie Burgess and her family moved to Matinicus Rock, off the coast of Maine, in 1853 when her father became a lighthouse keeper there. On January 19, 1856, Captain Burgess went after desperately needed supplies for his family and oil for the lamps. He left Abbie in  charge of the lights while he was gone. Soon after he sailed, a tremendous storm came up that lasted four weeks. During all that time, Abbie and her sisters took care of their sick mother, and Abbie kept the lights burning.

A Kittery Kayaker Book

A Kittery Kayaker
Webster Bull & Jacqueline Decker

Twelve playful poems capture the fun and excitement of the great state of Maine! Go lobstering, explore in a kayak, or sail to Matinicus Rock. Paddle the Allagash or ski the mountains. Read a Stephen King book in the dark -- at Acadia Park. Enjoy these pleasures of Maine, and more, with a friendly bunch of animal characters and a dozen amusing limericks for all ages.

Lost on Mountian in Maine Book'

Lost on a Mountain in Maine
Donn Fendler and Joseph Egon

When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets impatient with his father and brother as they stand on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't count on a fast-moving fog that obscures the path. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness. Based on a true story.

My Cat, Coon Cat
Sandy Ferguson Fuller

And so begins a chance meeting between a young girl and a shy Maine coon cat that evolves into a heartfelt friendship. Through the course of one day, the girl, who has just moved into a new house, slowly wins the affection of the graceful coon cat, as he meets the girl's kitten, chases dragonflies, and explores the neighbrhood.

A Mascot for Maine

A Mascot for Maine
Julia Spencer, Ph.D. & Melanie Moutran

A delightful and informative storybook for young readers about picking the state animal Mascot of Maine! Children vote in a school election to select one of eight animal candidates running for state mascot. Find out who is the winner is and how the students learn about the animals before they vote. Teaches the importance of voting and becoming an informed voter. For ages 3 to 7.

One Morning in Maine Book


One Morning in Maine
Robert McCloskey (1914 - 2003)

Follow the story of Sal and her lost tooth and feel as refreshed as though you had spent a day with her family on their island. Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.

Project Puffin

Project Puffin
Stephen W. Kress as told to Pete Salmansohn

For the past hundred years, puffins along the coast of Maine have been threatened with local extinction. Biologist Stephen Kress decided to try to bring puffins back to Maine with an experiment that had never been attempted before.


Wee Peter Puffin Book

Wee Peter Puffin
Jane Weinberger

Describes the animal migration of a puffin to a Maine island where he mates and finds fish for his new family.

Time of Wonder Book

Time of Wonder
Robert McCloskey (1914 - 2003)

The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.