Monday, February 13, 2012

Traveling in New Jersey--This Book is a Must!

Hidden New Jersey, written by Linda J. Barth and illustrated by Hazel Mitchell is a fabulous travel guide designed for children.  This search and find book follows a group of children paddling their canoes throughout both historical and contemporary New Jersey.

Each brightly illustrated 2 page spread focuses on a different geographical area of the 3rd state in the Union.  A map clearly designates the area that the reader is learning about on those particular pages.  The illustrations are packed full of so much information, that the reader will certainly need to return again and again in order to take it all in. 

While searching for the 5-6 hidden items in each spread, children can read the interesting facts that frame the collage like illustrations.  Did you know that the very first baseball game with modern day rules was played in New Jersey?  Camden hosted the very first drive-in movie theater in 1933 for just $0.25 a car; and the very first black voter to cast a ballot in the United States was in New Jersey too!

Barth does an excellent job of wording her text to allow the children to be their parents’ travel guides.  By suggesting tourist spots that might be of interest to families, she encourages children to bring their families to a variety of different events during the year. 

Mitchell's smiling children work together with her portraits of historical figures creating a beautiful account of New Jersey’s rich history, as well as 21st century living. 

Hidden New Jersey is a book that families can enjoy together as they prepare for a New Jersey vacation, or if they simply want to learn more about a state that has had such a tremendous impact on making the United States what it is today.


Hazel Mitchell has graciously offered to give away a paperback copy of Hidden New Jersey!  All you have to do is comment on this blog post AND link this blog post back to your own website or blog if you have one, AND promote this blog post through your Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or other social media accounts.  A random drawing will be held on March 1 and the winner will be notified (so be sure to include your email address in your post).  THANK YOU HAZEL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

Hidden New Jersey can be purchased on Amazon for $8.95 in paperback and $12.92 in hardcover.


  1. I saw your post on 12x12. This book looks like it's a good read!

  2. I've been touring your blog. I really like your writing! I am awarding you the Liebster Award. Go to my blog and check out the details.

  3. Thank you so much for the award Pam! I am glad that you like my blog. I will be sure to pass it on!

  4. Hey Sandi :)

    What a cute book... I'll go spread the news about it, I'm sure people would love it!

    Denise of Ingleside

  5. I just checked and it said I wasn't following you, Sandi,... so sorry about that. I was sure I was following you!

    I am now :D