Five children's books about Kentucky

Contributing WriterSeptember 22, 2011 

Pop quiz: What is Kentucky's state bird? Who wrote My Old Kentucky Home? What is the name of the guy with the beard on the KFC sign?

These questions may be easy for adults, but your kids might not know as much about their state.

Create your own Kentucky quiz game with your kids by taking a trip to the library and using these books to let them find the answers.

Here is a cheat sheet of some resources written just for kids:

Kentucky (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Kimberly Valzania. Best for beginning readers, with words like "Appalachian" and "dulcimer" spelled out phonetically. This book provides a bare-bones overview for a short attention span.

B is for Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle. Run through the ABCs of Kentucky and learn quick facts with each letter. Find out why Bluegrass looks blue and who was the first person to be named a Kentucky Colonel. When you finish the book, start back at A and let your kids assign their own Kentucky words the second time around.

Kentucky by Andrew Santella. This is a good choice for a child who likes maps, charts and time lines. There is plenty of Kentucky knowledge packed into these pages for your kids to create their own trivia questions about dates in history or demographic facts.

Now That's Interesting: Kentucky's Capitol by K. Melissa Burton. Give your kid a civic education. With this read, children can learn the flow of power in state government or match names to faces of statues in the Capitol building.

Kentucky: Celebrate the States by Tracy Barrett. This choice is better used for older readers who can handle longer chapters. Your kids may be impressed to read that Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is a Kentucky native, as are Miley Cyrus' dad and plenty of other celebrities listed in the pages. The book also contains a recipe to make a hot Brown, along with plenty of geography info.

Once the quiz game ends, use what was learned as a guidebook. Talk about the chapter on Shaker Village if you're planning a day at Pleasant Hill, or revisit the fact chart about Mammoth Cave before a field trip there. Your kids might be stumping you on Kentucky trivia before you know it.

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Katie Saltz is a freelance writer and a new mom.

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