The State Shapes Series

Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington


A state-by-state celebration of America, the State Shapes series is an exciting collection of distinctive kids books, each one custom die cut to the shape of the featured state. These books are packed with fun information including a short history, famous figures, geography, industry and environment. These books are sure to be a hit with 8-12 year olds--and grown-ups, too!


Erik Bruun has been a reporter, editor, and freelance writer for more than twenty years. His books include Our Nation's Archive and American Values and Virtues. In his home community, he has taken a leadership role in several organizations that advocate for social change. He has three children.

Rick Peterson is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. His work has received awards from Graphic Design USA and the Association of Educational Publishers. Rick lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two children, a cat, a gerbil, and a lovable but barky dog.

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

Alfred Schrier’s work has appeared in publications for Disney, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, and more. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


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State Shapes: Arizona

Erin McHugh
Illustrated by Alfred Schrier

Learn about the history, landmarks, and lore of the Grand Canyon State in this illustrated journey through the amazing landscape and culture of Arizona. Fascinating facts about everything that makes Arizona unique are all here in kid-friendly terms—ranging from the Cliffs of Montezuma and the Wild West to the plants and animals living in the desert, the ghost town of Jerome, the New Age village of Sedona, the cosmopolitan city of Phoenix and, of course, the majestic wonder of the Grand Canyon. It is a western feast of delights for kids (and their parents!) to learn about and explore.

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State Shapes: California

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Learn all about famous historical figures, the spectacular scenery, and life in California today in State Shapes: California! Come along on an exciting trip through the state of California and discover the Gold Rush, outlaws, elephant seals, and other historical facts, noteworthy people, and famous places of the Golden State, as well as miscellaneous facts about California today.

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State Shapes: Florida

Erik Bruun

The state of Florida comes to life in this illustrated journey through its amazing history, geography, and landmarks. Kids will learn fascinating facts about everything that makes Florida the unique state it is, from Cape Canaveral and the Space Shuttle to the white-sand beaches of the coast, the alligators of the Everglades, and, of course, Disney World. All of Florida’s natural and man-made wonders are discussed and delightfully illustrated in the unique "State Shapes" format that literally puts the state itself into the hands of young readers.

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State Shapes: Illinois

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Die-cut into the shape of Illinois, State Shapes: Illinois presents the history, important people, and famous places of Illinois, as well as miscellaneous facts about the Prairie State.

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State Shapes: Massachusetts

Erik Bruun

State Shapes Massachusetts takes readers on a tour of one of our most historic states, one of the original thirteen colonies. From Plymouth Rock to Bunker Hill to the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod and the music of Tanglewood, there’s plenty of history, culture, folklore, plants, animals, and more to be found in the state of Massachusetts—and within the covers of State Shapes Massachusetts.

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State Shapes: Minnesota

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Die-cut into the shape of Minnesota, State Shapes: Minnesota presents the history, important people, and famous places and miscellaneous facts of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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State Shapes: New Jersey

Erin McHugh
Illustrated by Alfred Schrier

Kids and adults alike will learn about the history, geography, and people of New Jersey in this charmingly illustrated explorations of the population-dense U.S. state. Die-cut in the shape of the Garden State, the book takes readers on an extended road trip and nature walk through the geographical hot spots of each region. Full of fun and quirky facts on the Appalachian Trail, Princeton University, and more, State Shapes: New Jersey is a fascinating and educational addition to any child's bookshelf.

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State Shapes: New York

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Die-cut into the shape of New York, this book presents the history, important people, and famous places of the Empire State, as well as miscellaneous facts about New York today.

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State Shapes: Ohio

Erin McHugh
Illustrated by Alfred Schrier

Young readers are invited on a tour of the state considered to be America's "heartland," the state where more presidents were born than any other. Die-cut in the distinctive shape of Ohio, this delightful entry in the State Shapes series features lots of fun facts about Cleveland and Cincinnati, Lake Erie, and the hills and valleys of Appalachia. There's plenty of history, culture, folklore, plants, animals, sports, fairs, and more to be found within the covers of State Shapes Ohio—and plenty of fun, too.

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State Shapes: Pennsylvania

Erin McHugh
Illustrated by Alfred Schrier

Kids and adults alike will learn about the history, geography, and people of Pennsylvania in this charmingly illustrated exploration of a population-dense U.S. state. Die-cut in the shape of the Keystone State, the book takes readers on an extended road trip and nature walk through the geographical hot spots of each region. Full of fun and quirky facts on the Appalachian Trail, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Liberty Bell, and more, State Shapes: Pennsylvania is a fascinating and educational addition to any child's bookshelf.

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State Shapes: Texas

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Come along on an exciting trip through the state of Texas! Learn about longhorn cattle, Texas wildlife, Davy Crockett and the Story of the Alamo, Houston and the Oil Boom, cowboys, and the state capitol Austin. State Shapes: Texas presents the history, important people, and famous places of the Lone Star state, as well as miscellaneous facts about Texas today.

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State Shapes: Virginia

Erik Bruun
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Come Along on an Exciting Trip Through The State of Virginia! Learn about the Civil War and the history of the state, the state capitol in Richmond, wildlife of the state, fun facts and fascinating stories. Take a trip though State Shapes: Virginia, which presents the history, important people, and famous places of the Old Dominion state, as well as miscellaneous facts about Virginia today.

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State Shapes: Washington

Erin McHugh
Illustrated by Alfred Schrier

Learn about the history, scenery, and people of Washington in this charmingly illustrated exploration of the only U.S. state to be named after a president. Die-cut in the shape of the Evergreen State, it carries kids and adults alike on a journey through the Cascade Range mountains (including a stop at the volcano Mount St. Helens) and into the Hoh Rain Forest—one of the only temperate rainforests in the continental United States. Full of fun facts on Seattle, Spokane, the Lewis-and-Clark trail and more, State Shapes Washington is an exciting addition to the State Shapes series.

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