When you add these Kentucky books for kids to your upcoming state studies or geography lessons, you’ve got a great variety of kids books to choose from!
As begin planning out your state studies, be sure to include a wide variety of books in your lessons. Choose a mixture of fiction and nonfiction books for a thorough look at the state and its culture.
Select some picture books or a chapter book to read aloud. Add others to an independent reading basket.
Kentucky Books for Kids
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of books for kids that will help your students learn about Kentucky and its culture.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet – Following the alphabet, D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet uses poetry and expository text to explain this world-famous event. Topics include famous jockeys, legendary horses, fabled Bluegrass farms and owners, as well as offering a behind-the scenes view of thoroughbred breeding and racing.
The Easter Bunny is Coming to Kentucky – What happens when the Easter Bunny is done delivering eggs? She joins in the fun, of course! Hopping through places you know and love, the Easter Bunny helps children enjoy the day, and wiggle and giggle their worries away!
Tiny the Kentucky Easter Bunny – With the Easter Bunny trapped, it’s up to Tiny to save Easter in Kentucky! But being a bunny isn’t as easy as it looks, especially for an elephant.
Night Night Kentucky – It’s bedtime in the Bluegrass State! Say goodnight to all your favorite locations!
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky – Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State! Come along on a wild ride through Kentucky as Marybeth introduces her cousin Martin to all her favorite places, activities, and foods.
That Book Woman – Cal is not the reading type, but that book woman keeps visiting. This is the moving story of the Pack Horse Librarians, whose bravery and commitment helped rural children find something wonderful in books.
Santa’s Sleigh is On Its Way to Kentucky – It’s a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way?
The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby – The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby brings to life a vivacious hero from a little-known chapter of American sports history. Readers are transported trackside to witness the heart-pounding story of a vibrant young man chasing down his dream.
The Littlest Bunny in Kentucky: An Easter Adventure – It’s Easter morning, and the littlest bunny has a big secret: he’s actually the Easter Bunny! He has a lot of work to do! Join him as he hides eggs high and low, with a final stop at your house!
Honey: The Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln – One day, young Abe found a stray dog with a broken leg and named him Honey. He had no idea that the scruffy pup would find his way into Abe’s heart, become his best friend, and—one fateful day—save his life.
The Mystery of the Kentucky Derby – When Mimi and Papa get invited to the most famous horse race in the world, Grant and Christina tag along. They meet up with a couple of horsy friends and start to have some fun! But then, mysterious things begin to happen: first a horse disappears, then two jockeys…
B is for Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet – Readers, young and old, take a horseback ride through the rich history and beautiful landscape of the Bluegrass State.
My United States: Kentucky – From the gentle hills of the Bluegrass Region to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, Readers will explore this Southern state and find out what it is like to live there, from what people like to eat to what kinds of jobs are common.
Blue Grass Boy: The True Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music – Bill Monroe loved many things: playing music, his big family, and his home in the bluegrass state of Kentucky. Even though his eyes were crossed and didn’t work right, Bill’s ears worked hard, picking out all sorts of sounds around his treasured home: rushing streams, wailing winds, and sundown jamborees with his family.
The Spooky Express: Kentucky – In this thrilling read aloud, join the passengers of the Spooky Express for an exciting adventure that takes you across Kentucky! You’ll work with witches, ghouls, ghosts, spiders, and more as you try to save Halloween!
Which of these books about Kentucky will you read first?
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities
This challenging Kentucky-themed word search book is perfect for those who want to improve their knowledge and have fun during free times,road trips, waiting times and more.