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Visit Mississippi Now: Mississippi for Teachers and Travelers

Updated on December 30, 2015
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

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Ready for great YouTube video clips, children's books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about Mississippi? 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 .

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What Makes This State Special: Elvis Presley's Birthplace

Elvis Presley, "the son of Mississippi," was born in Tupelo in 1935. If you visit Tupelo, you can take the "Walk Of Life" tour as you walk around the house where the Elvis Presley was born, and then you can visit the Elvis Presley Museum.

Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock Music Video

A brief tour of Elvis Presley's house in Tupelo

Shake Rag: From the Life of Elvis Presley by Amy Littlesugar - Image is from amazon.com
Shake Rag: From the Life of Elvis Presley by Amy Littlesugar - Image is from amazon.com

Our Favorite Picture Book on Elvis Presley

Shake Rag: From the Life of Elvis Presley by Amy Littlesugar tells the story of Elvis Presley as he grows up as a poor child in Mississippi. It is a sweet story about how his determination helped him to survive his poverty-stricken home and become a well-known musician.

Vicksburg National Cemetery
Vicksburg National Cemetery | Source

What Makes This State Special: Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg National Cemetery is the 2nd largest national cemetery in America, with Arlington National Cemetery being the largest. It is built on the battle site of the Battle of Vicksburg of 1863, one of the many battles of the American Civil War. The cemetery includes reconstructed forts and trenches, cannons, many historic monuments, and more.

Pecans from Mississippi
Pecans from Mississippi | Source

What Makes This State Special: Pecans

With over 2,000 pecan tress, Bass Pecans is the largest pecan nursery in the world, and it is located in Lumberton, Mississippi. The first pecan trees were planted in 1909, and they continue to produce today.

Mississippi River
Mississippi River | Source

What Makes This State Special: The Mississippi River

Flowing over 2,300 miles, the Mississippi River is the largest river in North America. It either touches or passes through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee,Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Our Favorite Picture Book on the Mississippi River

Minn of the Mississippi
Minn of the Mississippi

This is a wonderful, long picture book that follows a snapping turtle as she spends 25 years traveling down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The book includes both the geography and the history of the Mississippi River and the land, peoples, animals, and plants who all lived along its banks. This book won a Caldecott Honor Award.

 
Monday on the Mississippi by Marilyn Singer
Monday on the Mississippi by Marilyn Singer

More Good Picture Books on the Mississippi River

Monday on the Mississippi by Marilyn Singer follows the sites you would pass if you sailed down the Mississippi from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to New Orleans. It shows sites such as Hannibal, Missouri (where Mark Twain was born and raised), the Arch in St. Louis, Vicksburg (where a major Civil War battle was fought in Mississippi), and more.

Mike Fink by Steven Kellogg is a tall tale about Mike Fink, who was a real person, as was know as the was king of the keelboatmen on the Mississippi River. This fun picture book only includes the tall tales about Mike Fink.

Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi by Cheryl Harness is a longer picture book that tells the story of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) as he grew up along the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. It has gorgeous illustrations!

Mississippi Going North by Sanna Anderson Baker follows a family as they paddle canoes up the Mississippi River. It includes the nature they see around them and some Native American history as well.

Little Toot on the Mississippi by Hardie Gramatky is about a little tugboat who sails down the Mississippi River so that it can warn the massive steamboats about bayou animals in the river.

Mississippi's state quarter
Mississippi's state quarter | Source

Mississippi State Flag and Quarter

Mississippi's state flag is the only state flag that continues to include the Confederate battle flag's saltire. There have been numerous attempts to remove this from the state flag, but the motions have always been soundly defeated by the voting citizens of Mississippi.

Mississippi's state quarter features magnolia blossoms, which are the state flower.

Our Favorite Children's Books on Mississippi

Our Favorite Picture Book on Mississippi

M Is For Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet Book (Discover America State by State)
M Is For Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet Book (Discover America State by State)

There are so many children's books on individual states. We sorted through quite a number of them before concluding that this series on individual states is the absolute best for my family, with children of multiple ages.

 
Everywhere in Mississippi by Laurie Parker - Image is from amazon.com
Everywhere in Mississippi by Laurie Parker - Image is from amazon.com

More Good Picture Books Related to Mississippi

Everywhere in Mississippi by Laurie Parker is a delightful story about a man who searches throughout the state for his lost dog. Of course along the way you'll see the main sites of the state and get a taste of what makes Mississippi special.

1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi: A Mississippi Numbers Book (America by the Numbers) by Michael Shoulders is similar to the above book, "M Is For Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet Book," but it goes through the main sites, points of interest, and history of the state using numbers rather than the alphabet.

How to Draw Mississippi's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jaycee Kuedee is a wonderful series that combines state geography with art. Even my 6 year old could follow the drawing directions and my 9 year old created some impressive drawings while learning more about Mississippi.

Lucy's Cave: A Story of Vicksburg, 1863 by Karen B. Winnick is based on the true story of a girl remembering the Battle of Vicksburg during the American Civil War when her family had to live in a cave as her home and city were attacked by the Northern army. It is nice because it includes the daily activities she and others had to endure as they took refuges in the cave.

The Storm: Students of Biloxi, Mississippi, Remember Hurricane Katrina by Barbara Barbieri McGrath shares the memories of students and teachers as they recall their town of Biloxi getting devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and it includes the first few days following the hurricane.

Mississippi Morning by Ruth Vander Zee takes place during the Great Depression in the 1933 and tells the story of a white boy, who is good friends with an African American child. He discovers his father is involved in the Ku Klux Klan. This book includes Jim Crow laws and the issue of racism.

The Best Board Book for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies

Good Night Mississippi (Our World of Books)
Good Night Mississippi (Our World of Books)

This board book is part of a wonderful board book series that goes through the main points of interest in each state. Each page has one sentence, and the illustrations are wonderful for the youngest of listeners. This book includes shrimp boats, Southern foods, the Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi River, paddleboats, University of Mississippi, and more.

 
Mississippi Alphabet by Laurie Parker - Image is from amazon.com
Mississippi Alphabet by Laurie Parker - Image is from amazon.com

More Books for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies

Mississippi Alphabet by Laurie Parker goes through each letter of the alphabet and includes multiple items, people, and places that are related to Mississippi such as azaleas, the blues, catfish, and more. Each page is written in rhyme.

Santa Is Coming to Mississippi by Steve Smallman shows Santa as he flies over some of the main sites of the state including the Jackson Zoo, Katrina Memorial, Riley Center, Cathedral of St. Peter, and more.


Chapter Books Related to Mississippi

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

(288 pages) is the winner of the Newbery Medal. It takes place in Mississippi during the Great Depression, and tells the story of a girl and her family as they struggle with racism and social injustice. It is a book that would pair well with "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

 
Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor
Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor

More Chapter Books Related to Mississippi

Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor (64 pages) takes place in Mississippi during the Great Depression. It is a shorter chapter book about a boy who witnesses racial injustice.

The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg by G. Clifton Wisler (144 pages) takes place in 1963 during the Battle of Vicksburg. It is about a boy who runs away from home and joins General Sherman's army as a drummer boy. He eventually wins a Medal of Honor.

The Mystery on the Mighty Mississippi (Real Kids, Real Places) by Carole Marsh (146 pages) that follows two children as they embark on a mystery along the Mississippi River. On their adventures they visit many of the famous landmarks along the river and learn quite a bit of history and geography.

Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Mississippi

One of the pages from my oldest son's notebook on Mississippi
One of the pages from my oldest son's notebook on Mississippi

Great Worksheets on Mississippi That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States

All About Mississippi and Mississippi for Teachers offer links to lots of free worksheets covering Mississippi. Also included are book suggestions and general information.

Little Toot on the Mississippi Lapbook offers free lapbook pages & activity ideas for Little Toot on the Mississippi by Hardie Gramatky.

Shake Rag Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Shake Rag by Amy Littlesugar.

Mississippi State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Mississippi. At the site, you'll also find helpful worksheets, links, & information.

More of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Video Clips Giving an Overview of the State

Where is Jackson, the capital of Mississippi?

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Jackson, Mississippi:
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