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Florida, the "sunshine state," is also the beach state, with seven hundred miles of coastline (and if you're lucky, you might find gold coins from pirate treasure washed up on the beach). Traveling through Florida, kids will have chance to see fascinating wildlife in their natural habitats - alligators, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, parrots, flamingos, bald eagles, and that unique wetland wilderness, the Everglades.
    Northeast Florida
St. Augustine
    Space Coast
    Central Florida
Orlando - Walt Disney World
Winter Haven - Legoland Florida
    Tampa Bay - Gulf Coast
kids books Florida
adventure childrens boooks florida Chomp
Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo's dad is professional animal wrangler, and a twelve foot alligator (named Alice), snapping turtle, python and other exotic critters live in their south Florida backyard. Heading out to the Everglades to work on a reality TV show, their adventures have only begun. A hilarious read! (Chapter book)

And don't miss more wacky Florida adventures: Hoot

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef
Marianne Berkes, Jeanette Canyon

Gorgeous clay collages take you into the colorful world of the coral reef, "Over in the ocean, where the sea grasses grew, lived an mother parrotfish and her parrotfish two." Fun for little kids. (Picture book)


Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef toddlers books florida
Winter's Tail - dolphin kids florida  
Winter's Tail
How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again
Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff

Winter, a baby dolphin injured in a crab trap, is rescued and taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The little dolphin recovers but something's missing. Charming story of how Winter learns to swim without her tail. (Picture book)

For older kids, a chapter book: Dolphin's Tale


Everglades National Park
Karina Hamalainen

Explore Everglades National Park with Ranger Red Fox – swamps and, and mangrove forests, plants and animals, its most famous inhabitant, the alligator, wildlife guide, and map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)


Ponce de Leon history kids florida  
Ponce de Leon
Rachel Eagen

On April 3, 1513, Ponce de Leon arrived on a tropical peninsula, and named it La Florida, “the flowered one.” Read about his explorations sailing up and down the Florida coast, encounters with the local Calusa Indians, and legend of the Fountain of Youth. (Picture book)


Fort Mose
Glennette Tilley Turner

In St. Augustine, visit Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in North America, founded in 1738 by Francisco Menendez. Fort Mose was a community of African, Native American and Spanish people that thrived for thirty years. Fascinating historical illustrations. (Illustrated chapter book)


history kids st augustine florida Fort Mose

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida is famous for its role in the national space program. Celebrate the first landing on the moon fifty years ago, July 20, 1969. Excellent illustrations capture the wonder of space exploration. (Picture book)


Celebrating Florida
Marion Dane Bauer,

Take a trip through the Sunshine State, from the Everglades to Cape Canaveral, Disney World, and St. Augustine, one of the oldest cities in the United States, plus fun facts about sports, wildlife and history. (Easy reader)


S is for Sunshine florida facts kids  
S is for Sunshine
Carol Crane, Michael Glenn Monroe

Florida from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts, plus richly detailed illustrations. From A is for alligator to beaches, dolphins, Everglades, pirates, to Zebra Longwing, Florida state butterfly. (Picture book)


More children's books on other Florida pages
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