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North America is a such a large continent that we’re dividing it into three sections. Today let’s read around the United States but first a little background on North America as a continent.
Did you know that North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost entirely within the Western Hemisphere? North America covers an area of 9.540,000 square miles or 24,709,000 square kilometers. North America has 600 million people living there and represents 8% of the world’s population.
North America is surrounded by water therefore given the name by native Americans “Turtle Island”. In the north, it is bordered by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the West and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America, the Caribbean Sea.
The United States is 3.79 million square miles or 983 million square kilometers. With 315 million people living inside its borders, the United States is the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nation. As well as it’s people, the geography and climate of the U.S. are equally diverse, with deserts, plains, forests, and mountains that are home to a wide variety of wildlife.
With our map and library card in hand, it’s time to read around the beautiful continent of North America.
Read Around North America: United States
Happy Birthday America by Mary Pope Osborne
John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith
Stars & Stripes: The Story of the American Flag by Sarah Thomson
This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie
Our 50 States by Lynne Cheney
Smart About the Presidents by Jon Buller
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
A is for America by Devin Scillian
I Pledge Allegiance by June Swanson
M is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabet by David Domeniconi
Tennessee Trailblazers by Pat McKissack (since we’re based in Tenneessee)
Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne
Magic Tree House Companion Guide #11: American Revolution by Mary Pope Osborne
Little Miss History travels to Mount Rushmore by Barbara Ann Mojica
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty (Volume 2) by Barbara Ann Mojica
What are your favorite North America books for kids?