A Picture Book Tour of America’s National Parks

Learn about the National Parks through these beautiful and vibrant picture books for elementary school students.

A Picture Book Tour of America’s National Parks

Hello, National Parks by Martha Ray Zschock

This book is perfect for introducing preschool-age kids to the wonders of our country’s national parks! A baby and mama eagle visit many different sites. 

Hello, Yellowstone by Martha Ray Zschock

Mama and baby bear explore the gorgeous scenery and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. 

Redwoods by Jason Chin

A boy from New York City visits the Redwood Forest in the Northwestern part of the United States and is struck with the awe and beauty of the world’s tallest trees. 

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

President Theodore Roosevelt’s camping trip to Yosemite was the catalyst for our national parks system and began our country’s journey to preserve our natural wonders. 

Lonely Planet Kids: America’s National Parks by Lonely Planet Kids

Learn about each of the national parks in ABC order. Each park page is filled with fun facts, beautiful photographs and illustrations, and more!

Who Pooped in the Park? Shenandoah National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary Robson

A family explores Shenandoah National Park and finds that although the park’s wildlife might go often unseen, there is evidence of animals everywhere they go! 

All Aboard: National Parks by Kevin and Haily Meyers

Join the wildlife of our country’s national parks as they traverse the land by railway. Simple text and minimal words make this a great book for younger readers. 

Wonders of America by Marion Dane Bauer

This collection of six ready-to-read books takes early readers on the trip of a lifetime! These books introduce kids to the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, The Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, Niagara Falls, and the Rocky Mountains. 

If I Were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier

In this book, kids get to let their imagination run wild! Put yourself in the shoes of a park ranger and find out what it would be like to be employed in one of our country’s great national parks! Also includes some basic history of the parks and how they came to be. 

National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments and Landmarks by Erin McHugh

This is the ultimate guide to the national parks, monuments, and landmarks of the United States for kids! Showcases more than 75 locations with photographs, history, wildlife information, and unique features of each place. 

Everglades by Jean Craighead George

A Native American man recounts the creation of the everglades to a boat full of eager children, encouraging them to preserve this beautiful natural wonder for generations to come. 

National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber

21 national parks are expertly covered in this illustrated guide. Perfect for getting kids excited about visiting new places!

Where is Mount Rushmore? by True Kelley

Gutzon Borglum had a dream to carve a mountainside into the faces of four former presidents. Many people thought he was crazy, but he persisted anyway, despite losing funding during the Great Depression. Today Mount Rushmore is an extremely popular site, with upwards of 3 million visitors each year. 

Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure by Ilona Holland

Buddy Bison and his two friends become our tour guides in this adventure through the beauty of Yellowstone National Park!

Mule Train Mail by Craig Brown

At the very bottom of the Grand Canyon lies a remote village called Supai. It can only be reached by mule, horse, or helicopter. Hop on the mule train with Anthony the Postman as he travels to the bottom of the canyon to deliver mail to his hometown on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. 

Grand Canyon by Jimmy Chin

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most famous National Parks. Discover more about this majestic park in this beautiful picture book.

Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Jane has a few ideas about how to fill her summer, including video games and movies. Her parents, however, have plans to take a family vacation to some national parks. Jane discovers the beauty and wonder of these untamed lands and finds she doesn’t even miss her controller! 

Search and Find National Parks by Maud Lienard

This activity book contains illustrations of 12 different national parks that can be found around the United States. Hidden within each are loads of unexpected surprises to find!

Ansel Adams and His Camera by Kate Coombs

Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West by Lita Judge

Artist Tom Moran had a dream, to paint the beauty of the West onto canvases. Tagging along with a team of geologists, Moran traveled to Yellowstone a year before it was given status as a national park. While there, Tom sought to capture a sliver of the splendor through his brush. 

My Yosemite: A Guide for Young Adventurers by Mike Graf

Biologists, park rangers, and historians share their knowledge of one of America’s most beautiful national parks. Read along to discover amazing wildlife, Giant Sequoia trees, towering mountain peaks, and more!

When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

When the last wolf was removed from Yellowstone, the area saw immediate negative effects on the vegetation and other wildlife. In the early 1900s, a wolf pack was re-introduced to the park, and in doing so, Yellowstone was made whole once more. 

National Geographic Kids: National Parks Guide USA by National Kids

This nonfiction book provides an engaging and colorful introduction to the national parks. Also shows maps of the parks, fun facts, and lists of activity ideas for visiting at each one! 

B is for Bison by Greg Paprocki

Travel through 26 national parks (and the alphabet) with this fun book that’s illustrated by the artist that drew for the Curious George books. 

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