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Girl in the Arizona desert
Traveling through Arizona, kids will discover deserts are a treasure trove filled with Triassic dinosaur tracks, brightly-colored petrified trees, jackrabbits that run 40 miles per hour, fossils of sea creatures from 250 million years ago, petroglyphs carved in stone, prehistoric Anasazi cliff dwellings, giant cactus tall as a four story building, and that wonder of the natural world, the Grand Canyon.
Tip: Read See the World blog post "Arizona spring break vacation."
    Northwest Arizona
 
Grand Canyon
    Northeast Arizona - Land of the Hopi and Navajo
    Southeast Arizona
 
Tucson
      Tip: Arizona doesn't do dailylight savings time, so it's always Mountain Standard Time year round. If your family is traveling in summer, remember to adjust your watches accordingly.
kids books arizona
     
childrens books arizona Roxaboxen  
Roxaboxen
Alice McLerran, Barbara Cooney

In the desert, children build an imaginary town called Roxaboxen, on a rocky hill amidst the cactus and ocotillo, with houses outlined with bits of desert glass and two ice cream parlors. Wonderfully illustrated, this is a family favorite! (Picture book)

 

     

Cactus Hotel
Brenda Z. Guiberson, Megan Lloyd

A saguaro cactus seed sprouts under a palo verde tree. After fifty years, the cactus blooms and produces fruit, which a woodpecker comes to eat. The woodpecker makes a nest inside the cactus, and soon other birds and animals come to live in holes, a cactus hotel. (Picture book)

 

 
kids books arizona saguaro Cactus Hotel
     
kids arizona Desert Song  
Desert Song
Tony Johnston, Ed Young

After the sun goes down, the desert fills with songs – the wind whispers, bats fly out, an owl hoots, coyote sings to the moon, a snake leaves a trail in the sand, with no sound. Exquiste collage illustrations! (Picture book)

 

     
If You Lived with the Hopi
Anne Kamma, Linda Gardner

Imagine living in a Hopi village – what clothes would you wear, where would you find water, how could corn grow in the desert, who were the kachina, did children have to work? Answers to all these questions and more, colorfully illustrated. (Chapter book)

 

 
If You Lived with the Hopi children
     
Coyote folk tale arizona kids  
Coyote
Gerald McDermott

Humorous retelling of a trickster tale, Coyote meets a flock of crows and wants to fly. The crows give him feathers, but find out why Coyote is now the color of dust. Delightfully illustrated and fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

     

As you travel around Arizona, you’ll see distinctive Native American motifs everywhere. Kids will have fun coloring masks, pottery, Kachina dolls, dance ornaments, rock paintings. (Coloring book)

Also: Ancient Indians of the Southwest

 

 
Southwest Indian Designs Coloring Book
     
childrens books grand canyon Mule Train Mail  
Mule Train Mail
Craig Brown

People live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon today, and the mail is carried in on mules. Take a journey down the trail with the postman, wearing a cowboy hat and chaps. Panoramic two-page illustrations into an amazing landscape. (Picture book)

 

     
The Last River
Stuart Waldman

Ride down the Colorado River with John Wesley Powell, the intrepid one-armed explorer, as he enters the Great Unknown (Grand Canyon), battling a raging river and near starvation, with no idea of what lay ahead. Super photographs, fast-action illustrations and first-hand accounts. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
The Last River colorado kids arizona
     
Grand Canyon National Park facts kids  

Fun facts about the Grand Canyon – plants and animal life, early inhabitants of the canyon and people living there today, geology and fabulous formations. (Picture book)

Also, a chapter book Where Is the Grand Canyon?

 

     
Hoover Dam
Elizabeth Mann

Before you visit Hoover Dam, read the exciting story of this engineering feat – choosing the location, diverting the river, pouring the concrete, installing the generators. Two page spread of the dam and historical illustrations. Good for older kids. (Picture book)

 

 
childrens books Hoover Dam
     
celebrating arizona  
Celebrating Arizona
Marion Dane Bauer, C.B. Canga

Take a trip around Arizona, rafting down the Grand Canyon, touring Monument Valley, visiting the Hopi, plus fun facts about sports, history and natural wonders. (Easy reader)

 

     
A-maze-ing Arizona
Rising Moon

Activity book of mazes – trails through the Grand Canyon, puzzling pottery, climb the ladders in a pueblo, hop through the desert, find the treasure in a gold mine, help the big horn sheep at Hoover Dam, and more. (Activity book)

 

 
A-maze-ing Arizona  kids books activity
     
childrens books arizona G is for Grand Canyon  
G is for Grand Canyon
Barbara Gowan, Irving Toddy

Arizona from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts – from astronomy capital of the world to bola ties, copper, desert survival, early people, Lake Powell, Meteor Crater to Zanjero. (Picture book)

Also, count your way through Arizona: Desert Digits

 

More children's books on other Arizona pages
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