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Children’s Books Set in North America

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Whether you’re joining us as part of the Read Around the World Children’s summer reading challenge, or you found this booklist searching for the best children’s books set in North American countries, we hope you’ll find the perfect book suggestions for your needs.

When talking about North America, most children will automatically think of the United States, but for this Around the World Reading Challenge for kids, we encourage you to help them explore some of the continent’s other countries, including Canada, Greenland, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Many islands located in the Caribbean Sea are also considered a part of North America, including Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and more.

If you want to read a book about North America along with your child, check out our lists of Books Set in Northern America for Adults.

We’ve compiled a wide range of children’s books set in Canada, the US, Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean in order to highlight the vast diversity of North America. Whether you choose a Canadian kids’ books featuring the arctic tundra of the far north or one of the vibrant children’s stories set in Central America’s tropical rainforests, you and your kids will be sure to discover something new.

From learning the ABCs for preschool through a book about Canada’s far northern territories to a Magic Treehouse book about America’s Wild West, to a novel about the construction of the Panama Canal for middle school readers, the list includes 40+ books for various ages and topics covering the diverse continent of North America. This list of the best kids’ books about North American countries is divided into sections, including children’s picture books, early chapter books for new readers, and middle-grade books with North American settings for more advanced readers.

You’ll find a recommended age ranges for every book at the end of each book description.

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Children's Books About North American Countries

Children's Picture Books Set in Central America, Canada, and the USA

Early Readers & Beginning Chapter Books Set in North America