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The Empire State is anchored at its southern tip by New York City, an amazing metropolis bursting with skyscrapers and engineering marvels, but traveling around New York with kids, don't miss the natural wonders of Niagara Falls, scenic lakes and mountains, inhabited by the Iroquois and Algonquin tribes, long before the Europeans arrived.
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River of Dreams
Hudson Talbott

Follow the history of the Hudson River, the first explorations by Henry Hudson, early settlers, inland trade route, painters and writers, and preserving its environment today. Stunning illustrations capture the "river of dreams" over time. (Picture book)


The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper

Abridged version of the classic action-adventure on the frontier, set in the French and Indian War. Hawkeye, a scout for the British, and his Mohican companions rescue the fort commander's daughters, but are pursued by the black-hearted Magua, a Huron fighting with the French. (Chapter book)


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ABACA Flow Over the Falls new york state niagara falls kids books  

All about the people and places of Niagara Falls – first explorers, native peoples and legends, fun facts about the falls, engineering marvels, daredevils and more. (Picture book)


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving, Gris Grimly

Retelling of the ultimate ghost story, the headless horseman who rides through Sleepy Hollow, and the midnight ride of Ichabod Crane … Fabulously illustrated, in the style of a graphic novel, with humor and suspense. (Chapter book)


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Rip Van Winkle childrens books new york state  
Rip Van Winkle
Thomas Locker

Lively adapation of Washington Irving's tale, Rip Van Winkle. Ne'er do well Rip Van Winkle meets a group of Dutchmen in the woods and falls into a deep sleep. When he wakes up, twenty years have passed and the ghostly crew is long gone. Luminous illustrations in a timeless landscape. (Picture book)


By the Sword
Upon Secrecy
Selene Castrovilla

New York played a central role in the American Revolution – it was the headquarters of the British and major battles were fought in the state. Read about the high adventures of young Benjamin Tallmadge, based on first person accounts, as he narrowly escapes at the Battle of Long Island and then organizes a spy ring for George Washington. (Picture book)


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Phoebe the Spy new york state american revolution kids books  
Phoebe the Spy
Judith Berry Griffin, Margot Tomes

It's 1776 and General George Washington is staying in New York City. Young Phoebe Fraunces goes to work in Washington's house, but her real task is to find out who's plotting to kill the General. Based on a true story, and you can visit Fraunces Tavern today. (Illustrated chapter book)



Join a parade of boats on the Erie Canal the day it opened, October 26, 1825, beginning in Buffalo, going down the five locks at Lockport, continuing east over the aqueducts, under bridges, all the way to New York City, and the Atlantic Ocean. Panoramic watercolors and maps. (Picture book)


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new york kids books history Building Manhattan  
Building Manhattan
Laura Vila

Timeline of Manhattan, from native peoples who lived with the land, Dutch traders, English settlers, millions of immigrants, to engineering feats and skycraper marvels. Spectacular illustrations and perspective of this unique island. (Picture book)


Charlotte in New York
Joan MacPhail Knight, Melissa Sweet

Step into New York, 1894. Charlotte's delightful fictional diary and scrapbook is filled with hand-written entries, real postcards from the time, paintings by American artists, and exquisite little watercolors. (Picture book)


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On This Spot children's books new york state  
On This Spot
Susan E. Goodman

Go back in time – 400 years ago New York was a great forest, 15,000 years ago wooly mammoths roamed the rocky hills, 20,000 years ago it was covered in ice, 190 million years ago dinosaurs munched on plants, 370 million years ago, New York was under a tropical ocean. (Picture book)


Celebrating New York
Marion Dane Bauer, C.B. Canga

Take a trip around New York state, from New York City, to Niagara Falls, Saratoga important in the American Revolution), down to the state capital at Albany, plus fun facts about sports, famous people and landmarks in the "Empire State." (Easy reader)


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