National Parks of the USA - Hardcover Book

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Take a tour of America's great outdoors and discover the beauty and diversity of its most iconic and majestic national parks.

*A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council)

Packed with maps and fascinating 
facts about the flora and fauna unique to each of the 21 parks portrayed, this lushly illustrated coast-to-coast journey documents in large format the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places—and shows why they should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Explore Florida's river-laced 
Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley, and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature's greatest adventures.

Divided by region (East, Central, Rocky Mountains, West, Tropics, and Alaska), a pictographic map at the start of each section shows the locations of the parks to be covered. 
Each park is introduced by a stunning, poster-worthy illustration of one of its scenes and a summary of its makeup, followed by individual illustrations of the animals and plants that make their homes there.

Captions provide 
captivating information about the wildlife. Did you know that Everglades National Park is home to marsh rabbits who paddle through its swamps searching for herbs, flowers, and other plants to nibble on? Or that the pronghorn antelope of Badlands National Park are the continent’s fastest land animals, sprinting up to 60 miles per hour to escape predators like bobcats and coyotes?

“Can you spot this…?” page at the back challenges you to find a pictured critter or plant for every letter of the alphabet.

The parks include: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royale, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

A book to be treasured by children and adults alike, 
National Parks of the USA serves to inspire the adventuring naturalist in all of us.

Brimming with facts, activities, and beautiful illustrations, the 
National Parks of the USA series of books immerses young people in the wonders of America’s outdoors. Learn about the wonderful wildlife, stunning scenery, and rare plants that inhabit these precious outdoor spaces. Celebrate these beautiful and rare locations, and be awed by the diversity and grandeur of the national parks’ living landscapes.


From the Publisher

National Parks of the U.S.A.

Discover the beauty and diversity of America's great outdoors in this tour of its most iconic national parks.


The air feels heavy and humid as you paddle through a mangrove forest. Birds squawk and sing overhead, and a manatee glides by. Welcome to the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. In these 1.5 million acres, you’ll find diverse habitats, from the open waters of Florida Bay to sawgrass prairies threaded by rivers.

While you walk along a boardwalk called the Anhinga Trail, watch for fish circling in the clear water below. A turtle the size of a dinner plate balances on a rock like he’s flying, and an alligator floats as still as a log. In the distance, listen for the gators bellowing. It sounds like deep dog growls!


Sawgrass grows at least as tall as you in great waving meadows, but be careful—they have rows of tiny, sharp teeth.

Florida Panther

You need patience and good luck to spot these rare, secretive cats. They silently stalk the Everglades for deer, hogs, raccoons, and rabbits.

Bald Cypress Tree

Cypress trees grow in groups in mucky areas, creating leafy domes, like green churches that make shady homes for frogs, birds, and other creatures.

Marsh Rabbit

Unlike their landlubbing cousins, these bunnies love to swim. They paddle through swamps searching for herbs, flowers, and other plants to nibble on.

Editorial Reviews


“…lovely…an engaging picture book…”―Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

"It will make you want to hit the road and start exploring."―
Design Mom

"...a colorful, kid-friendly encyclopedia crammed with beta, factoids, and vivid illustrations..."―
Outside Magazine

“A panoramic sampler of our park system’s flora, fauna, and other natural wonders.”―
Kirkus Reviews

“For travelers and outdoor enthusiasts alike…”―
Publishers Weekly

"...a treasure...educates and entertains...a must-have for all the families who love to travel..."―
Durango Herald

“…an informative feast for the eyes…[a] stunning look at our nation’s natural treasures.”―
School Library Journal

About the Author

Kate Siber, author of the award-winning bestseller National Parks of the USA, is a journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine living in Durango, Colorado. She has tried her hand at almost every adventure activity going, and covers the world’s wild and remote places as well as environmental and social issues. Her writing has been featured in many publications, including National Geographic TravelerNational ParksPreservationMen’s Journal, and The New York Times.

Chris Turnham is an illustrator and printmaker based in Los Angeles. He's worked as an artist in both feature and television animation and has contributed illustrations to publications and children's books.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wide Eyed Editions; 1st edition (July 3, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English