19 of the Best Books by Maine-Based Authors – For the Entire Family!
March 17, 2021
Reading is a lifelong adventure, and the magic begins with that very first colorful page (even before words have meaning) and throughout adulthood.
If combining a love of books and love of Maine is up your alley, this guide of amazing reads by Maine-based authors will help you find something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Ready to dive in? Here’s a way to order online and still support your local bookshop! Bookshop.org allows you to support local bookstores with the convenience of easy, online ordering. Their store locator lets you enter your zip code and find all the local bookstores that are powered by Bookshop. If you select a specific bookstore (there’s lots of Maine shops on there!), all profits will go directly to that shop. If you don’t specify a store, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores. Such a great concept!
In our guide, we’ll provide some local buying options (but please feel free to choose your favorite local bookshop) and we’ll also include an Amazon link for those that prefer it. Please know that we don’t get any money or incentives for providing these links; we just want to celebrate these books from our wonderful Maine-based authors!
Ages 0 – 3
Ages 3 to 5
The Little Fisherman written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
Comparing and contrasting a simple day catching fish with a fisherman’s big day at sea, this brings the heart of coastal life to its pages.
Ages 5 to 8
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A little girl wants to make the world a more beautiful place. This lovely book is about the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. And, for local residents – the art for Miss Rumphius has a permanent home at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
Loosely based on a true historic event of a steamship carrying circus animals that sank in Penobscot Bay, this is a story of friendship. And – it’s FUN. Kids and parents will love this story – and enjoy finding the hidden animals on the colorful pages!
Ages 8 to 12
The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan
As the first book in The Five Stones Trilogy, this fantasy series explores what happens when five children are boating on the Maine coast – when suddenly they get lost in the dense fog before washing ashore to a mysterious and forgotten island of ancient secrets and terrible history.
Finchosaurus by Gail Donovan
Finch has trouble paying attention in school – especially since he’s daydreaming about finding a dinosaur fossil to name after himself. One day, he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it – and he wants to solve the mystery!
What the Wind Can Tell You by Sarah Marie Aliberti Jette
Isabelle is determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine – and have her brother Julian (who lives with a severe form of epilepsy and uses a wheelchair) as her assistant. Her world changes when Julian has a grand seizure – and she suddenly finds a magical world where her brother’s physical limitations disappear.
Call Me American (Adapted for Young Adults): The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant by Abdi Nor Iftin
From Somalia to Maine, this is the story of Abdi Nor Iftin. When the threat of civil war reaches Abdi’s life, he has to flee for safety – and he soon has to find his way in America. Inspiring and powerful, this shows how unexpected the future can be.
The Door to January by Gillian French
Nightmares have plagued 16-year-old Natalie Payson ever since she moved away from her hometown in Maine – and she decides to head back to face her fears and see what dangerous forces are calling her back home.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now an HBO Miniseries, this is the story of Olive Kitteridge. As a retired schoolteacher, she’s struggling with the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and figuring out her life.
The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron
As the first book in the “Mike Bowditch” series, this is the fast-paced thriller of an estranged son on the hunt for a murderous fugitive ― his own father ―all set in the wilds of Maine.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Written by the most notable Maine novelist, Stephen King takes a detour from horror for this one – where Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, has the opportunity to go back and time and stop the JFK assassination.
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