Austin, Lost in America
by Jef Czekaj
review copy provided by the publisher
Austin is a pet store dog who wants a real home, so he sets off to check out every state to see if that's where he is meant to be. Readers get an interesting fact or two about each of the 50 states. With a name like Austin, you can imagine in which state he winds up, but I won't spoil the entire surprise ending.
Austin, Lost in America pairs well with the oldie but goodie
Go, Go America
by Dan Yaccarino
Scholastic Press, 2008
This book has one of the most fun table of contents ever -- it is a map of the U.S. with the path the Farley family takes from state to state drawn with a dotted white line and the page number for each state written in a road sign shape! The Farleys drive from Maine to Hawaii and there is a page or a double page spread filled with factoids about each state, its notable inventions and famous people, and its wacky laws.