Best Children's Books, Videos, and Free Worksheets on New Hampshire
Are you looking for fun children's books, worksheets and lapbooks, and YouTube videos for teaching and/or learning about New Hampshire? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on New Hampshire, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created on each of the fifty states. You can find the links for all 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .
I have been to New Hampshire. Have you?
What Makes This State Special: Mount Washington
The highest wind speed ever recorded was on Mount Washington at 231 mph, which was recorded in 1934! Mount Washington has been dubbed the site of "The World's Worst Weather." Today many tourists enjoy taking the scenic White Mountain Auto Road in order to ascend to the White Mountain Range's highest peak. Many hikers use the High Huts of the White Mountains, which are modeled after the huts in the Alpine Mountains. Numerous annual races take place up the White Mountain Auto Road. The Mount Washington Road Race is for runners, and both Newton's Revenge and the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb are annual bicycle races.
What Makes This State Special: It's Government
New Hampshire's state motto is, "Live Free or Die." The state has always taken an active roll in politics. It was the first colony to declare its independence from England. Today is the only state in the country without state sales or income tax, and they do not have laws requiring that adults wear seat belts in cars or helmets while on motorcycles. It is also known for the New Hampshire Primary, which is the first primary in the presidential election. Their state legislators have not raised their $100 per year salary since 1889.
What Makes This State Special: Granite and Old Man of the Mountain
New Hampshire is know as The Granite State. One of the most impressive pieces of granite was the Old Man of the Mountain formation, which was made of five granite cliff ledges on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains. The Old Man of the Mountain was a symbol of New Hampshire for many years. Daniel Webster claimed it was a reminder that God had created man. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a story about it called "The Great Stone Face." In 2003 much of the stone cliff collapsed; however, the New Hampshire continues to be inspired by their Old Man of the Mountain and the granite from which it was made.
What Makes This State Unique: Farms
New Hampshire is home to a number of farms, including the farm that manufactures Stonyfield Yogurt. The Stonyfield Yogurt plant was originally founded to be an organic farming school. Today tourists can visit the factory for tours and samples. In addition to its dairy production, New Hampshire's farms also produce a large number of apples and eggs.
What Makes This State Special: Textile Mills
New Hampshire is home to some of America's first and largest textile mills. During the 1800's, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was the largest cotton textile plant in the world. New Hampshire's textile industry is also responsible for the state being the site of first women's strike in America. In 1828 almost 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory. The strike was unsuccessful, however, as the mill girls returned to work when the mill owners threatened to replace them all.
New Hampshire's State Flag and State Quarter
New Hampshire's state flag features the frigate USS Raleigh, which was built in 1776 at Portsmouth. It was one of the first warships sponsored by the Continental Congress for a new American navy. This reflects the historic shipbuilding business of the state. The ship sits on yellow granite. The flag also shows laurel wreaths, which are symbols of symbol of fame and victory. The nine stars remind us that New Hampshire was the ninth state admitted into the Union.
New Hampshire's state quarter features the Old Man of the Mountain, and it has nine stars because New Hampshire was the 9th state to be admitted into the Union.
In 1919, New Hampshire Historical Society Director Otis G. Hammond, on the order of the Governor and Executive Council of New Hampshire, wrote a history of the state seal and flag. Hammond described how because the law governing the design of the seal was not very specific, when the dies wore down and had to be redesigned, the artists and sketchers had injected surprising details into the seal, such as rum barrels on the dock, sometimes including people standing beside them. In 1931, after Governor John G. Winant began his second term, he named a committee to produce a seal devoid of controversy. The General Court approved the committee's recommendations, later enacting a law codifying the official design of the state seal.
Our Favorite Children's Books on New Hampshire
Our Favorite Picture Book on New Hampshire
This is my favorite series on individual states! Each page has a simple rhyme about a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet (perfect to read if you have younger children). Then it includes a bit more about that particular regional animal, location, etc. -- which you can read if you have older children. The book provides a wonderful overview of what makes New Hampshire unique. Both modern and historical aspects of New Hampshire are included. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful! My children (ages 2, 4, 6, and 9) all enjoyed this book!
More Good Picture Books on New Hampshire
The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Denise Ortakales is a delightful re-telling of the Native American legend of how NH's most famous (former) landmark came to be: Chief Pemigewasset awaiting the arrival of his beloved wife. *You can also look for The Great Stone Face by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Granite Baby by Lynne Bertrand is a fun tall tale from New Hampshire. It is about five giant sisters who are each gifted at a New Hampshire trade (textiles, carving granite, etc.). One sister creates a tiny granite baby -- and all the sisters are at a loss as to how to console the baby when it comes alive and starts to wail. It is a fun way to introduce some of the geography and main products of the state as the sisters pick up the mountains, neighboring Vermonters plug their ears, etc.
Tuttle's Red Barn by Richard Michelson follows the history of a real farm in New Hampshire that was started in 1632 by a settler who came from England to Dover, New Hampshire. This is a great book to give an overview of the history of the state as the farm was used during the American War for Independence, as a place for runaway slaves, etc. Today it is being used as a country store and nursery. * Also look for "Ox Cart Man" by Donald Hall!
Cat in the Clouds by Eric Pinder is a cute picture book about a cat who explores Mount Washington and experiences the winds and the animals of the mountain.
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall is a classic tale of seasons and farming in New Hampshire during the mid-19th century. It tells the story of a farming family who grows their own food and makes their own items and then sells the surplus each year in order to purchase new materials with which to make and grow new items for the following year. It is a Caldecott Award winner.
Primary Numbers: A New Hampshire Number Book by Marie Harris is similar to "G is for Granite" but goes through numbers rather than letters to cover the unique landmarks, history, etc. of this state.
The Bear That Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock is a delightful true story about the authors' great- great-great-great-great-aunt in 1783. When she was 3, she wandered off and was protected for a number of days by a "dog" (that was really a bear). The story ends happily. All my children (from ages 2-9) enjoyed this book.
Uncle Sam by Anastasia Suen tells the story of how Samuel Wilson, a meatpacker from NH became known as Uncle Same during the War of 1812 and became one of America's most beloved symbols.
How to Draw New Hampshire's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Stephanie True Peters is part of a great 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.
The Best Board Book for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies
Good Night New Hampshire (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble is part of a delightful board book series that covers the main sites, history, animals, etc. of the state. It has colorful pictures and brief sentences on each page, so it is perfect for even the youngest of listeners. It includes loons, Mount Washington, maple trees and syrup, Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, apple orchards, and more!
Our Favorite Chapter Book for New Hampshire
(144 pages) If you're looking for a YA book related to New Hampshire that doesn't include the typical "growing up" issues of many YA books, this is a great option. It follows a mouse named Nicholas through the state of New Hampshire and highlights what makes that state special.
More Chapter Books Related to New Hampshire
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos (144 pages) is written in diary form and focuses on a 13 year old girl growing up in New Hampshire after she loses her mother during the 19th century. She must learn to household skills from her neighbor, welcome a new stepmother, and deal with runaway slaves. It is a Newbery Medal Winner.
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (128 pages) is about a doll made of a twig and hickory nut who is left to spend the winter in the cold New Hampshire outdoors. This is a Newbery Award Winner.
Sarah Whitcher's Story by Elizabeth Yates (95 pages) takes place in the late 1700's and is the true story of a young girl who wanders from her pioneer home and is kept safe by a bear until she is found. The book includes the deep faith of her father as he prays and trusts in God.
Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick (368 pages) is about a twelve year old girl and her family who move to a small town in New Hampshire after her father is injured in Afghanistan. She helps to operate her family's bookstore. One day she finds a letter in a first edition book, which disappears. She and her new friends now must embark on a treasure hunt filled with adventure and mystery.
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare (274 pages) takes place during the French and Indian War. It is based on a true story of a girl and her pregnant sister who are captured from her home in New Hampshire during an Indian Raid and is taken to Montreal.
The Sin Eater by Gary D. Schmidt (184 pages) is about a boy who goes to live with his father and grandparents on a farm in New Hampshire after his mother dies. Then his father commits suicide. The boy hears the story of a sin eater, and that leads him to study the stories of his ancestors and to eventually forgive his parents.
Daniel Webster, Defender of the Union (Sowers Series) by Robert A. Allen (164 pages) is the biography of Daniel Webster was born in New Hampshire in 1782. He became a famous statesman, orator, and lawyer. This is a Christian biography chapter book written on his life. My 9 year old son enjoys this series of Christian biographies, and my 6 year old son enjoys listening to parts of them.
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on New Hampshire
Great Worksheets and Lapbooks on New Hampshire That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States
All About New Hampshire provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Unit Study offers many helpful links and activity ideas about New Hampshire.
New Hampshire for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Lapbook for "Ox-Cart Man" includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Ox-Cart Man" by Donald Hall.
More of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Video Clips Giving an Overview of the State
Our Favorite Video on New Hampshire: History's Channel's Documentary on States - New Hampshire starts at 26:57.
On-line Tour of the State
New Hampshire Humor - Just to forewarn you, this does have a bleeped out bad word and mentions liquor. Otherwise, it is a fairly clean parody that reviews some
Where is Concord, the capital of New Hampshire?
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