Fall 2017


Cover: California Spread: California

From the world-famous Avenue of Giants to Chinese New Year in San Francisco, there's lots to see and do in California! Additional features include maps on each spread, state symbols, famous people, fact bubbles, and informative captions that highlight some of the things that make California special. A table of contents, sources for further research, a phonetic glossary, and an index support readers and extend learning.

Table of Contents

  • California
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • The Swallows at San Juan Capistrano
  • Sheep Shearing Day at Petaluma Adobe
  • Panning for Gold at Sutter’s Mill
  • The Bear Flag and the State Capitol
  • Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • The Intel Museum in Santa Clara
  • Death Valley, Deserts, and Coasts
  • The San Diego Zoo
  • Calistoga and the Fainting Goats
  • The Giant Redwoods
  • Madera’s Pizza Farm
  • The Charles M. Schulz Museum
  • Welcome to Disneyland!
  • Chinese New Year in San Francisco
  • Our Trip
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Flag and Seal
  • Famous People
  • Words to Know
  • To Learn More
  • Index



  • Dewey: 979.4
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations
  • Reinforced book (9781503819450): 8 x 9.5, 40 pages, © 2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781503822306): 8 x 9.5, 40 pages, © 2018
  • Subject: Natural Sciences
  • Series: U.S.A. Travel Guides


  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
  • Lexile® Measure: 570
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • ATOS Reading Level: 3.5
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 101969
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


A Review of "U.S.A. Travel Guides" in Booklist

Based on Heinrichs’ previous Welcome to the U.S.A. series, the new U.S.A. Travel Guides series offers readers up-to-date facts and an attractive vertical design. In this look at the Golden State, each topical double-page spread briefly introduces one feature (Disneyland, Intel Museum, Giant Redwoods) with a few short paragraphs and a photo on one side, facing a large state map including places mentioned in the text, road signs displaying fast facts, and a happy, biracial family touring the state on the other side. Some of the family’s more interesting stops include seeing the fainting goats at Calistoga and visiting Madera’s Pizza Farm. Commendably, the text acknowledges that Native Americans had their own beliefs before the establishment of missions. An appealing resource for state reports and armchair travel.


Author: Ann Heinrichs

Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She began playing the piano at age three and thought she would grow up to be a pianist. Instead, she became a writer. She is the author of more than seventy books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and cultures, as well as natural history subjects. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. She is an award-winning martial artists, specializing in t'ai chi empty-hand and sword forms. Ms. Heinrichs now lives in Chicago.

Illustrator: Matt Kania


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