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The Best Children’s Books About Or Taking Place In The State Of Maine

“What are the best Children’s books about the State of Maine ?” We looked at 62 of the top Kids Maine books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 10 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Maine ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 50+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 10 Best Children’s Books About or taking place in the state of Maine

10 .) Island Boy written by Barbara Cooney

Island Boy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

Matthais grows from a little boy to a grandfather on a small island off the coast of New England.

9 .) Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie written by Peter Roop

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper’s return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself.

8 .) Lost on a Mountain in Maine written by Donn Fendler

Lost on a Mountain in Maine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag

A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939.

7 .) My Cat, Coon Cat written by Sandy Ferguson Fuller

My Cat, Coon Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bangor Daily
  • Maine

A young girl finds that a stray Maine Coon cat has started hanging around her house, so she tries to win its trust and friendship.

6 .) Time of Wonder written by Robert McCloskey

Time of Wonder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine

Follows the activities of two children spending their summer vacation on an island off the coast of Maine.

5 .) I Met A Moose in Maine One Day written by Ed Shankman

I Met A Moose in Maine One Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • Maine

A young boy and a moose go on a fun-filled tour of the state of Maine.

4 .) The Circus Ship written by Chris Van Dusen

The Circus Ship

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • The Maine Mag

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard.…

3 .) Blueberries for Sal written by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag

Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other’s mother.

2 .) Miss Rumphius written by Barbara Cooney

Miss Rumphius

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Longfellow Books
  • The Maine Mag
  • Tots Family

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.…

1 .) One Morning in Maine written by Robert McCloskey

One Morning in Maine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Maine
  • The Maine Mag
  • Tots Family

It’s a big day for a little girl when she discovers her first loose tooth and makes a trip to the grocery on the mainland.

The 50+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Maine

111 is OneTasha TudorTots Family
12A Kittery Kayaker Maine
13A Mascot for Maine Maine
14A Random Act of Kindness Maine
15A Seal Called Andre The Maine Mag
About the Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Maine Wilderness
 Bangor Daily
17Albert’s Almost Amazing AdventureMarty KelleyGoodreads
18Amy’s ChoiceMarcia StrykowskiGoodreads
19Andre Maine
20Baby Nut NutsKat McMannGoodreads
21Baxter Bear and Moses Moose Maine
22Blueberry SummerElisabeth OgilvieGoodreads
23Burt Dow, Deep-Water ManRobert McCloskeyGoodreads
24Call Me AmyMarcia StrykowskiGoodreads
25Cooper and Packrat: Mystery on Pine Lake (Cooper and Packrat, #1)Tamra WightGoodreads
26Counting Our Way to Maine Maine
27Dino Pets Go to School Bangor Daily
28Down East in the Ocean Bangor Daily
29Finest KindLea WaitGoodreads
30Fish House DoorRobert BaldwinTots Family
31Going Lobstering Maine
32Good Night Maine Longfellow Books
33Hardscrabble HarvestDahlov IpcarTots Family
34If I Never Forever Endeavor Bangor Daily
35Island Alphabet Maine
36Journey Around Maine Maine
37Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster BoyGary D. SchmidtGoodreads
38Merry Moosey ChristmasLynn PlourdeGoodreads
39Mystery of the Missing FoxTamra WightGoodreads
40Olivia The Brave Olive Branch: A Story of HopeAmy GramourGoodreads
41One Horse Farm Bangor Daily
42Owl MoonJane YolenTots Family
Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson: The Giant Lumberjack Challenge
 Bangor Daily
44Pond Babies Bangor Daily
45Project Puffin Maine
46Riparia’s River Bangor Daily
47RulesCynthia LordGoodreads
48Seven Days of Daisy Bangor Daily
49Star of WonderPaige W. PendletonGoodreads
50Stopping to HomeLea WaitGoodreads
51The Fog of Forgetting (Five Stones Trilogy #1)G.A. MorganGoodreads
52The Goat LadyJane BregoliTots Family
53The Journey of the Little Red Boat Maine
54The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice (The Black Ledge Series, #2)Paige W. PendletonGoodreads
55The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series, #1)Paige W. PendletonGoodreads
56The Ox-Cart ManDonald HallTots Family
57The Summer Visitors Bangor Daily
58Too Many Frogs Bangor Daily
59Touch BlueCynthia LordGoodreads
60Uncertain GloryLea WaitGoodreads
61Wee Peter Puffin Maine
62Wintering WellLea WaitGoodreads

6 Best Maine Children’s Book Sources/Lists

Bangor Daily Maine stories to keep children reading all summer
Goodreads Children’s Books From Maine
Longfellow Books Maine Books for Kids
Maine Maine Secretary of State Kids: All About Maine Books
The Maine Mag Maine Children’s Books
Tots Family The Best New England Picture Books