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Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by K. L. Darnell
Sleeping Bear Press, 2009

Trinka pays homage to the Garden State in the entertaining and informative The New Jersey Reader. This 98-page book, patterned after old fashioned primers, showcases the state’s rich heritage and natural charms, as well as its prominent place in American history. Poems, state symbols, hidden pictures and riddles engage the beginning readers, while prose, biographies, non-fiction, short stories and a reader theater challenge more advanced readers.  Topics include early Native American culture, the American Revolution, famous citizens, New Jersey firsts, the state nickname and a 500-year-long timeline.

New Jersey Map and Pledge

Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by K. L. Darnell
Sleeping Bear Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-58536-320-9

The Pennsylvania Reader is patterned after early primers.  Colorful illustrations accompany lively prose, poetry, games, and short stories; working together to entertain and educate. This book includes the history behind the state name, state symbols, distinguished citizens, and famous events. Original fiction, such as a Reader Theater drama, provide ample opportunity for student/classroom interaction.

A Pennsylvania Pledge
Oh, Pennsylvania, how we praise thee!
Land where the Quakers came to be free.
Independence for all was your decree
when your famous bell rang for Liberty.

James Madison Book Award Nominee 2008

Pennsylvania Reader Illustration

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