written by Gabrielle Balkan  |  illustrated by Sol Linero   
published by Wide Eyed Editions   

Ghost towns, swap tours, the center of the universe...
Bacon donuts, brainy berries, salmon jerky...
The French Fry King, The Mother of Oregon, The Queen of Blues...

Explore thousands of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make the United States of America what it is today.

In these FOUR curious collections of fact-filled maps, readers will meet every U.S. president, discover every state's flag, and learn key facts about how each state came to be. Essential and interesting. 
>> Also available: two games (see below)
>> Also available: Spanish editions (see below)


ages 7 +   |   112 pg |   13.3. x 11"  |  Sept 2015
>> Watch it      
>> Download New Mexico
>> available: your local bookstore, amazon, barnes and noble
>> ALSO AVAILABLE: a compact, special edition from Barnes and Noble with a smaller 9.00 x 10.20 trim size. Same contents!
>> ALSO AVAILABLELos 50 estados - the same contents in Spanish!
>> "A stylish atlas that evokes the character and diversity of the country, equally suitable for coffee tables or family vacations." - Publisher's Weekly
 >> A 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (National Council for the Social Studies-Children's Book Council)


ages 7 +   |   112 pages   |  11 x 13.3"   |   Sept 2017
>> SNEAK PEEK: San Fransisco
 SNEAK PEEK: The City of Lights and Flowers
>> Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
>> Barnes & Noble special edition in 8.90(h) x 10.80(w)

"From LA to Charleston, kids get to explore the entire country via this beautifully illustrated book. Author Gabrielle Balkan includes every facet of the cities she covers, including facts with an unexpectedly fun cultural bent (we love the Willie Nelson trivia on the Austin page) and a modern spin (city parks and food trucks get prominent mentions)." - GOOP

"This engaging volume contains a surprising amount of information in a brief amount of space. A “Cities We’d Also Love To Visit” section and an extensive index finish off the book. VERDICT Fun, fast trivia. While not intended for in-depth research, this is a highly entertaining delight for browsers." - School Library Journal

"Middle graders studying the United States will find much intriguing information presented in a clever and inventive format. Highly Recommended" - School Library Connection


ages 7 +   |   32 pg + poster + stickers  |   12 x 8.9" | June 2016
>> Download an activity to do at home
>> Inside spread: Favorite Landmarks
>> >> ALSO AVAILABLELos 50 estados: ibro de Actividades - the same contents in Spanish!
>> Pack your bags and take the journey of a lifetime with this activity book packed with maps, wildlife, people and places unique to America’s 50 states. As a summer companion title to The 50 States, activities include state trivia, picture scrambles, dot-to-dots, plus a double-sided fold-out map and more than 50 stickers.  


ages 7 +   |   12 full-color, board pages + puzzle   |   9.5 x 12.6" 
>> Inside spread: 50 Celebrations.
>> As a holiday companion title to The 50 States, spreads are thematically ordered by subject, featuring 50 Animals, 50 Things that Go, 50 People, 50 Places, 50 Festivals and Cultural events, plus a make-your-own puzzle of the 50 states on the final spread. Each of the six thematic spreads features one item from each state, such as MAINE: CADILLAC MOUNTAIN: Visitors come here early to see the "nation's first sunrise." This sturdy book is an excellent way to give readers who are a little rougher on their books a good way to learn about what each state has to offer.

"A broadly inclusive invitation to crawl over our country’s history, natural and otherwise…and maybe dig a little deeper. " - Kirkus


ages 7-10     |     50 cards in storage box   |   9.5 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches     |     June 2018

This collection of 50 flashcards comes in a sturdy storage box, and are printed on heavy laminated card-stock for display and play. Cards are 7" x 9“.

Each card features the outline of a state and its state flag on one side, and a list of facts, questions and answers on the other. The 50 States - Flashcards is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about each of the nation’s 50 states. Special attention is paid to the inventiveness, beauty, and diversity of the United States.  

>> AVAILABLE: Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble 


ages 5+     |     102 cards in a storage box     |     5.9 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches     |     June 2018

Learn about the fun and fascinating 50 American states with this 7" x 9“ memory game.

Printed on heavy laminated card-stock for display and play, these cards feature the state and flag of a state on one side and a list of factoids and trivia questions on the other. This fun an interactive way of teaching children about the 50 United States will inspire and entertain with its beautifully-designed presentation of the many different faces of the American states. Play, learn, and enjoy!

Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble


"A colorful introduction to the 50 states....Especially nice is the way the author features prominent women and above-average title on a popular topic, and state trivia enthusiasts will find it entertaining and useful.” — School Library Journal, October 2015

"This trivia-stuffed U.S. atlas offers simplified state maps peppered with crisp, iconlike images of local monuments, wildlife, foods, and more. Balkan provides conversational, incisive introductions to each state, focusing on its history and cultural essence. A stylish atlas that evokes the character and diversity of the country, equally suitable for coffee tables or family vacations. — Publisher's Weekly, August 10, 2015

"The United States of America are gleefully dissected in Gabrielle Balkan's fabulously stylish, oversized book...Surprises abound in The 50 States, a splendid reference, coffee-table book and conversation starter for anyone, anywhere. A delightful, oversized browsers' guide to the United States, with 50 state maps jam-packed with stellar facts of every stripe."  Karin Snelson, children's editor, Shelf Awareness

"Readers will enjoy browsing this oversized and colorful atlas of the United States....will offer hours of browsing pleasure." - Literacy Daily (International Literacy Association)

"This more-than an atlas offers maps of each state as well as introductions full of cultural and historical information about what makes each one unique. Timelines detail a variety of important events ranging from hugely influential to downright quirky, and children’s book authors and illustrators from across the country are given special prominence throughout the pages." - Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

"There are Tlingit nation canoes in Alaska, Walden Pond in Massachusetts, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia (but also the first pepperoni roll and first red-brick street; not all icons are serious business). In addition, for each state the author has included at least one writer, as well as Caldecott and Newbery winners. Kirkus ReviewsAugust 12, 2015

"Open the large formatted book and explore the United States. Each state (and the District of Columbia) is presented handsome, colorful, and highly informative maps to create a memorable journey." - Reading Rockets Gift Guide

"Author Gabrielle Balkan's research and writing draws readers in with a fun mash-up of history, geography and pop culture, while Sol Linero's illustrations make every spread a delight." - BookPage

"As if this book weren't cool enough, it has many unforeseen delightful aspects. For starters, it doubles as an outfit for nudest toddlers! We read a few states each night before bed and it is incredible how much learning is happening! We spend a good amount of time googling the points on the map and 'seeing' them.. We all enjoy seeing the heart and soul of the states! So much fun! A book for all ages!" - Elizabeth Ann, Indiana

"Stuffed to the gills with facts, tourist spots, history, notable people, and much more. The illustrations are bright, wholesome, and adorable...this book will be absolutely fought over!" - Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author, Kiss the Book

Best Children's Books of the Year Out of all the children's books published in 2015, our editors picked the top 20 in each category for readers of all ages. The 50 States is an Editors' Holiday Gift Picks for Little Bookworms - Amazon

The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan and with fun and colorful illustrations by Sol Linero is a slam dunk! We were so excited to receive this high quality book from Wide Eyed Editions. Finally a wonderful book that makes the 50 States an engaging, fun and interesting journey. It’s so hard to pack state history, facts and trivia into a book for kids that they will want to pore over, but this one succeeds in a big way. - Bellissima Kids

"Last year, during our road trip we introduced the kids to the US license plate game and we spent time talking about all the different states as we found each license plate. During that trip I stopped into Powell's Books in Portland hoping to find a great children's book about the 50 states of America... But it turns out there wasn't a good one. UNTIL NOW!! It's so good!" - Courtney Adamo, babyccinokids

"The 50 States...helps with learning state capitals, [is] loaded with information on nature, [and is a] great resource for social studies. - Wiki Evids

This is the kind of book that encourages kids to learn and remember maps and more, the kind of book that makes a perfect family gift (and school report resource). - Grandma's Briefs

“I think it’s the kind of book that people will find interesting and want to read again and again and again, and find it more interesting . . . But, why does North Carolina have to be pink?” 
– Nathan, 8 years-old, Indiana
Indiana became state on December 11, 1816
In 2012 there were 89,282 8 year-olds in Indiana
Pink Hill, North Carolina is home to the


"Explorers, wanderlusters and geography buffs will spend hours poring over each page." - Shelf Awareness for Readers

'Simply stunning, packed with facts and clean illustrations' - Picture Book Blogger

"a trove of data nonetheless for tourists of both the active and armchair sorts." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will learn plenty of trivia-worthy details about these cities"- Publishers Weekly