Best Children's Books, Videos, and Free Worksheets on North Dakota
Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about North Dakota? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on North Dakota, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created while teaching about the fifty states. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .
I haven't been to North Dakota yet. Have you?
Did you know...
North Dakota leads the nation in sunflower production as well as barley and flaxseed. It battles with Kansas on leading the nation in wheat production.
Minot Air Force Base
Did you know...
Minot Air Force Base, originally built as a strategic Air Defense Command base during the Cold War, is now a major Strategic Air Command base and is home to the 5th Bomb and 91st Missile Wings. It is located near Minot, North Dakota.
Did you know...
Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man most well known for his victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against Lt. Col. Custer and the 7th Cavalry in 1876. He later performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. His grave can be found at the Sitting Bull Burial State Historic Site near Fort Yates.
Lewis & Clark
Did you know...
It was at Fort Mandan in ND that the Lewis and Clark expedition enlisted the help of Toussaint Charbonneau and one of his wives, Sacajawea. A recreation of the fort can be toured near its original location.
The Geographical Center of North America
Did you know...
Rugby, ND claims to be the geographical center of North America and erected an tall stone obelisk to mark the spot -- which is debated by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Our Favorite Children's Books on North Dakota
This is my favorite series on individual states. Each page has a simple rhyme concerning the word starts with that letter and then includes a bit more about that particular regional animal, location, etc. It provides a wonderful overview of what makes each state unique. Both modern and historical aspects of the state are includes. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful!
If You're Not From The Prairie by David Bouchard has a nice poem about modern life on the prairie set to beautiful illustrations.
Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner gives a historic overview of what life was like for early settlers on the prairies of the Dakotas. It's told by a grandmother to her granddaughter.
The Range Eternal by Louise Erdrich is a sweet story about how a ND family's life revolved around a blue enamel stove. After reading this book my children concluded, "It sounds like North Dakota is cold."
North Dakota's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis is part of a wonderful series that combines state geography with art. Each page contains something about the state (a state artist, the state flag, bird, tree, capitol building, areas of interest, and animals.) A photograph will be included along with a brief explanation about that item. Then the page opposite of that includes step by step directions on how to draw that symbol or site. Even my 6 year old is able to follow the drawing directions, and I've been amazed at how well my 9 year old has been drawing each of the state flags as he follows the instructions in the book.
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting is about a young boy who plants sunflower seeds in a circle so that they can create a hide-out for his friends and him to use as a fort. After reading this, my children begged to plant sunflowers in a circle outside. We did, but they never grew quite as tall as the ones in the book.
From Seed To Sunflower (Lifecycles) by Gerald Legg was our favorite book with facts about sunflowers. It has nice illustrations and just the right amount of text to hold the interest of all of my children.
Our Favorite Books on Sitting Bull and the Sioux
This was our favorite picture book on Sitting Bull. Also look for the following picture books: "Sitting Bull" (Penguin Young Readers, L3) by Lucille Recht Penner, "The Great Race of the Birds and Animals" by Paul Goble, and "Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux" by Eve Bunting. If you're looking for a chapter book, get "Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy" (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Augusta Stevenson. My oldest son read it and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Chapter Books Taking Place in North Dakota
Jake's Orphan by Peggy Brooke (272 pages) is about an orphan boy who is separated from his orphan younger brother in order to live on a farm in North Dakota to help out on a family farm. This is set in the mid-1920's and includes various aspects of life in North Dakota such as the farming work, the blizzards, the small towns, and more. This won the IRA Children's Book Award.
Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House #18) by Mary Pope Osborne (87 pages) is about a brother and sister who are magically whisked away to the Dakota territory during the early 1800s to live among the Lakota people. They learn all about the Lakota people and their legends and traditions. This also includes illustrations and historical notes at the end.
Life on the Prairie: Memories of a North Dakota Boy by Ken Stein (224 pages) is actually a biography written by an avid outdoorsman who grew up and stayed in North Dakota. He talks about what life was like growing up in a small town in which many families did not even have indoor plumbing. He spent lots of time outdoors hunting, ice fishing, etc.
Blizzard's Wake by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (240 pages) takes place in 1941 in North Dakota. A teenage girl is still mourning the loss of her mother, who died a few years ago when a drunk driver killed her. That same man is released from prison, gets stuck in a blizzard near the girl's home, and seeks medical attention from their family (as her father is the local town doctor). The girl must decide if she will hold on to her bitterness or forgive.
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on North Dakota
All About North Dakota provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about North Dakota.
North Dakota for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
North Dakota State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about North Dakota. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.