National Parks

A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

By Erin McHugh with original art by Neal Aspinall


Winner of the Gold in Non-Fiction – Young Adult Category in the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!

“It’s a Junior Ranger’s Dream!”
-TIME for Kids

“During National Parks Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world.”
—President Barack Obama

President Obama has shared his views that it’s important for all of our country’s citizens to acknowledge the value of the natural world around us. National Parks helps families explore that world — the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system.

Arranged alphabetically by state, this fun-filled book tours more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from the rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the ancient redwood groves of Northern California. Also included is a removable, fold-out collector map to house the 56 America the Beautiful commemorative quarters!

Explore the 10 most visited parks below!

Through fascinating text and hundreds of vintage-style illustrations and photographs, ranging from digitally restored WPA posters (by Brian Maebius and Doug Leen) to original illustrations from Neal Apsinall, kids (and their parents!) will be amazed by the history of the parks and landmarks, geographical and natural wonders, odd and interesting facts, and much more. National Parks will change a “boring” family road trip into an awe-inspiring fun educational tour of America!

Written by noted children’s book author Erin McHugh, National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks is both a handy reference and an insightful look at our natural world. Readers will discover:

  • The General Sherman Giant Sequoia in Sequoia National Park is 2,700 years old, 275 feet high, and weighs 4,210,000 pounds!
  • The deepest rock layer in the Grand Canyon is 2 billion years old!
  • The molten lava at Mauna Loa at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 2,150°F!
  • 1,122 inches of snow that fell in one season on Mt. Rainier in 1971-1972!
  • 12,000,000 immigrants came to this country through Ellis Island National Monument!

If you are one of the 13 million people who visit a national park or one of the 500,000 kids who join the Junior Rangers each year, this is the book for you.

Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and author of more then a dozen books, including The Little Road Trip Handbook. She is also the author of several of the books in Black Dog’s State Shapes series. She lives in New York City and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Neal Aspinall is an illustrator whose work has appeared on t-shirts, patches, and mugs in National Park gift shops. He has also created art for an ad partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service. His clients include Target, Pepsi, and Macy’s. He has received awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, Society of Illustrators, the Print Regional Design Annual, and has been inducted into the Institute of Art of Colorado’s Hall of Fame. He lives in Wauwatosa, WI.


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