Booking Across the USA: Vermont Books and Fun Activities



We are excited to be participating in the Booking Across the USA project as Vermont’s representative blog! In an effort to showcase regional books, blogs in each state are highlighting a book unique to their culture/state. To get some ideas of some great books to add to your little one’s reading list, check out the entries from other states, but #1 on your list should be our picks!

We chose two different books because we had such a hard time deciding! Our first pick is North Country Spring by Reeve Lindbergh.



Reeve has lived in Vermont since 1968, writing and raising her family. We LOVE this book in our house, and it is especially timely as spring is just around the corner! North Country Spring shares how animals respond to the coming of spring, and helps all who read it celebrate the beauty of the season!

One of my favorite lines in the book is when spring is beckoning the animals to “come out … whoever you are. Come out with the dawn and the morning star.” Your children will encounter animals such as moose, foxes, geese, maple trees, bears, deer, trout as they shake off the ice, snow, and cold of winter and prepare for the glorious spring. The paintings are beautifully done by Liz Sivertson who currently resides in Duluth, MN.

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1. Take a nature walk as spring is beginning and have your child point out some of the signs of spring that they see. For older children they could take pictures or complete some drawings of their observations.

2. Study some of the different animals talked about in the book. Let your child pick an animal they are interested in and learn as much as you can together! (There are two pages of animal notes at the back of the book to help get you started!)

3. Go for a hike and see if you can spot any of the animals mentioned. This might be harder for those of us that live closer to the city, but you could always take a day trip somewhere close by to a hiking spot to hunt for the animals.

4. Have your child create a drawing of their favorite animal from the book. You could also find a craft to do. Check out the blog No Time for Flash Cards for a list of great animal crafts!


The second book that we chose was Champ and Me By the Maple Tree by Ed Shankman and illustrated by David O’Neill.

These two men take on the great legend of Champ, the lake monster found in Lake Champlain. The main character is a little girl who meets Champ by her favorite maple tree. Champ turns out to be a very kid-friendly monster, inviting the girl to sit on his head and ride with him through the Vermont countryside. Together they go across the great state of Vermont, past farms and mills and over covered bridges, meet some cows, eat some maple syrup-covered cheese, and eventually return to the girl’s favorite maple tree.


My favorite quote is found at the beginning and the end of this book… “If you come to Vermont near a lake called Champlain, and you cut through the woods on an old country lane, there’s a chance you will see my friend Champ and me playing happy and free by the old maple tree.”

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1. Discover more about the legend of Champ. Together you can research exactly what the legend entails and how it came about.

2. Watch this adorable Youtube video about the book. It’s a must see!

3. Go to a Lake Monsters baseball game.

4. Go explore some of the places found in the book. Take a day trip to some local covered bridges, a farm, or go grab some maple goodies.

5. Go to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and explore what kind of animals and creatures really are found in Lake Champlain.

6. For older children, have them write their own story about meeting Champ and what they would do for the day.

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[typography font=”Delius Swash Caps” size=”16″ size_format=”px”]After you have checked out our two picks, be sure to check out this full list of all participating states and blogs to see what they chose![/typography]

Alabama: Everyday Sanpshots
Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days
Arizona: Simply Kinder and Think, Wonder, & Teach
Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas
California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom 
Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now
Connecticut: The Teacher Park
Delaware: Mama Miss
Florida: Teaching Stars
Georgia: Fabulously First
Hawaii: Teaching With Style
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: Growing Book by Book
Indiana: Teach Preschool
Iowa: Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
Kansas: KCEdventures
Kentucky: Chicken Babies
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog
Maine: Maine Adventure Mom and Country Fun Child Care
Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles 
Michigan: Play DrMom
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory
Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read!
Montana: The Honey Bunch
Nebraska: The Good Long Road
Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing 
New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 
New York: What Do We Do All Day
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog 
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks
Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher’s Blog
Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten
Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher 
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade
South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory
Tennessee: No Monkey Business
Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen
Utah: Teach Beside Me 
Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog
Virgina: Once Upon a Story, and The Freckled Homeschooler 
Washington: Home Learning Journey and Boy Mama Teacher Mama 
West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me 
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti 
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle
USA: The Corner on Character




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Nissa Sutphen
Nissa is the Large Events Coordinator for Twin Cities Moms Blog. She was the previous owner of BurlingtonVT Moms Blog before moving back to Minnesota with her family in November 2015. She loves spending time with her husband Robin and her two daughters, Nora and Maggie, and is excited to welcome some testosterone into the mix with the impending arrival of her first son in March 2016. She loves traveling and exploring new places with those she loves, getting lost in a great novel, and dance parties in her living room.


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