Let's visit North America! Reading list for kids, teens and adults

We call it home, but mysteries abound. Populated as many as 40,000 years ago, the term "America" dates back only a few centuries. Pre-Columbian life might inspire you. From Mayans to Inuit, we have much to learn.

Reading suggestions for kids:

  1. The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel  (Canada)
  2. Caribou and Reindeer, Too  by Joyce Markvics (Canada) 
  3. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (United States)
  4. Lady Liberty’s Holiday by Jen Arena (United States)
  5. Maya and Aztec Mythology Rocks! by Michael A. Shuman (Mexico)
  6. Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes (Mexico)
  7. National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas by Crispin Boyer (United States)
  8. North America by Karen Kellaher
  9. Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third (Mexico)

Reading suggestions for teens:

  1. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor (United States- Mississippi) 
  2. All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Mexico, Texas) 
  3. Almost American Girl:  An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha(United States) 
  4. The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice (Canada- Quebec) 
  5. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill  (Canada- Montreal) 
  6. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (Canada- Nova Scotia) 
  7. The Darkhouse by Barbara Radecki (Canada- New Brunswick) 
  8. Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork (Mexico) 
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid (Mexico) 
  10. Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks (Canada- Manitoba) 
  11. Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill (United States) 

Reading suggestions for adults:

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (USA)
  2. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (USA)
  3. House of Broken Angels by Louis Alberto Urrea (USA)
  4. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (USA)
  5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (USA)
  6. 1776 by David McCullough (USA) 
  7. Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
  8. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer (USA)
  9. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Sivlia Moreno-Garcia (Mexico)
  10. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico) 
  11. Still Life by Louise Penny (Canada)
  12. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Harper (Canada) 

Completed the North American leg of your journey, eh?

¡Felicitaciones! You've read 70 hours. Visit any library to add your name to our flight board, or print your own card at home!

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