Thematic Reading List: Let’s go to Hawaii! National Hawaii Day is July 5th 


Beautiful sandy beaches, luaus, and plenty of sun and culture provide a luxurious setting for these 10 stories with Hawaii as their settings. This list includes picture books for the younger readers and chapter books for older readers up to 16 years old







0060594101 To Hawaii, With Love
By: Michael P. Spradlin

Headstrong Rachel Buchanan and her friends sneak away from Blackthorn Academy and set out to find a mysterious artifact before it falls into the hands of her nemesis, Simon Blankenship, with a journey that takes them to the volcanic shores of Hawaii.

9780152054205 Georgia in Hawaii: when Georgia O’Keeffe painted what she pleased 
By: Amy Novesky

In 1939, artist Georgia O’Keeffe creates nearly twenty paintings as she tours the Hawaiian Islands, but refuses to paint pictures of pineapples the way her sponsors tell her to.

0375928359 Mikale of Hawaii 
By: Maya Angelou

Mikale, a young Hawaiian boy, learns to swim with help from his uncle.

9780375865053 Calvin Coconut: hero of Hawaii  
By: Graham Salisbury

When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue.

9780670012213 Froggy Goes to Hawaii 
By: Jonathan London

When Froggy goes on vacation to Hawaii, he is too excited to pay much attention to his parents.

9780375806162 High Tide in Hawaii 
By: Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel in their Magic Tree House back to a Hawaiian island of long ago where they make friends, learn how to surf, and encounter a tsunami.

1416964363 Ready! Set! Hawaii! 
By: Annie Bryant

The BSG are thrilled to go along with Charlotte’s father on a Hawaiian cruise, but when Avery’s father shows up with his girlfriend and her obnoxious daughter, they discover a stowaway parrot, and Charlotte’s father gets sick.

9780689871993 Lydia and the Island Kingdom: a story based on the real life of Princess Liliuokalani of Hawaii 
By: Joan Holub

Concerned that the increasing influence of Americans will make her island’s traditional ways disappear, seven-year-old Princess Lydia Liliuokalani commits traditional stories of the Hawaiian people to paper and presents them to King Kamehameha on Restoration Day in 1846.

0385900139 Lord of the Deep 
By: Graham Salisbury

Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life’s difficult choices.

9780811858151 Grandma calls me Beautiful
By: Barbara M. Joosse

A Hawaiian grandmother tells her granddaughter a favorite story about how much she loves her. Includes a glossary with definitions and explanations of Hawaiian words and customs.


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