Recommended Maine Books
Have you thought about giving Maine books as gifts?
They can make great holiday or birthday presents for adults and
And what better way to reminisce about
Maine vacations, or plan an upcoming visit, than with books about Maine.
Many authors have fallen in love with Maine, and
stories in numerous ways.
Some have penned fascinating tales
about the history of
have provided us with the best Maine
travel guides. Many enchanting Maine
children's books have been written, and...
...several authors of Maine books have captured Maine humor in their
storytelling. And dozens
of chefs and cooks alike have shared their favorite Maine recipes in
Below are some of my favorite Maine books.
may soon become yours! You can find these Maine books
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From one of the world's largest map makers -
located right in Yarmouth, Maine - this trip planning Map and Gazetteer
contains detailed topographic maps plus gazetteer information on places
to go in Maine and things to do in Maine.
In paperback and measuring 11" x
Maps and Gazetteers often contain...
...back roads, dirt roads and trails, elevation
contours, remote lakes and streams, boat ramps, public lands for
resources, indications of forests, wetlands and agriculture,
trailheads, campgrounds, and some of the best fishing and hunting spots.
Locations mentioned in the Gazetteer are
cross-referenced to corresponding maps.
...by John Gibson
...25 Routes Off The Beaten Track.
If you are in the mood to explore, this book can
guide you along some wonderfully scenic routes, as they pass through
Driving routes from...
...Fryeburg to Gilead, Bethel to Grafton Notch and
Upton, Augusta to Wiscasset, Thomaston to Port Clyde and onto Owls Head
...and 23 other scenic drives are well described
and mapped. Also included are interesting facts and
information, about the places you will see along the way.
Explorer's Guide, 14th Edition
...by Christina Tree and Nancy English
Known by many readers as the "Maine Bible" - the
edition of Maine: An Explorer's Guide, published in 1981 - was the
first complete travel guide to Vacationland.
Now in its 14th edition, this comprehensive Maine
guide is still a valuable travel companion for Maine tourists.
Museums, artist's colonies, historic
homes, whitewater rafting, hiking trails, the Maine beaches
and mountains, and everything else in between, are all included the
book, along with...
...recommendations for more than 1,000
restaurants, B&B's, and places to shop.
Maine Coast, 2nd Edition with Acadia National Park
The Fodor's guide books are known for their
attention to detail and accuracy, and this Maine guide book does just
For every budget, interest, and taste, Fodor's
offers suggestions for an unforgettable vacation, with customized trip
planning tools that include...
..."Top Reasons to Go", "Word of Mouth" advice
from other travelers, and tips to help save money, bypass lines, and
avoid common travel pitfalls.
A signature trademark of Fodor's travel guides,
the "Fodor's Choice" designations are assigned to the best rated places
of interest and best places to visit.
Lighthouses Illustrated Map and Guide
...by Peter Dow Bachelder
This illustrated map and guide includes all
standing and "lost"
lighthouses in Maine, nearby New Hampshire and New Brunswick, along
...the history and description of each lighthouse,
driving directions, and the best vantage point for viewing each
The guide also includes true tales of Maine
museums, and cruises and island ferries.
Folded, the map and guide measures 4" x 9", and
opens to 24" x 36".
Map and illustrations are on one side, with text on the
Complete Guide, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park
...by James Kaiser
Born and raised near Mount Desert Island and
Acadia National Park, the Author of this Acadia guide brings
first-hand, invaluable insight into a Downeast vacation.
Insider information, recommendations and tips are
offered, along with...
...150 stunning color photographs and 2 dozen
The 272 page guide also includes tips on hiking,
whale watching, and chapters on the history of Mount Desert Island,
its geology and wildlife.
...by David Tyler
The Greater Portland and Casco Bay region of Maine
is a tremendously popular tourist attraction. But it becomes
even more fascinating after reading the...
...historical facts, and geology and wildlife, of
the Casco Bay islands.
This guide is a general reference for the major
islands, and includes information on...
...how to reach the islands from the mainland, and
maps of the islands that are profiled in the guide book.
...by Nancy Griffin
"If you love Maine, you'll love Maine 101".
A complete education in Maine facts!
Whether a life-long resident, or a first-time
visitor, you are likely to find this informative book to be a fun
resource for information on Maine, facts about Maine, and Maine history.
Well known Mainers weigh in on their favorite
things about the state. You will read about...
...the lumbar capitol of the world, the mighty
Maine lobster, the Maine moose, the Wyeth family, Stephen King, Fly Rod
Crosby, Maine politics, the unpredictable Maine weather, the origins of
place names, Maine slang, and much, much more!
...by Earl Brechlin
A pictorial postcard size book of Maine recaptures
days gone by.
From Kittery to Camden...
...115 interesting and unusual reproductions of
antique postcards, along with interesting narratives, provide
insight into the history of Maine in the first few decades of the
Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset
and several of Maine's lighthouses...
...are just a few of the interesting
places that appear in this third in a series of Earl Brechlin's small
books of reproduction postcards.
...by Steve Pinkham
An avid hiker, Steve Pinkham, shares with you the
story behind the often times quirky names of Maine's mountains.
Find out how Moose's Bosom and Toenail Ridge were
named, along with all of the other significant peaks and hills in the
state of Maine.
You will also read intriguing facts about Maine's
mountains, their history, natural features, and local legends written
Arranged alphabetically and by region...
...the book also contains informative sidebars
about a selection of trails, towns, and points of interest..
The Story of
...by John Christie
Today it is a fully developed international ski
and golf resort, of world renown, but...
...who were the first skiers on Sugarloaf, and who
has been there since?
The development and history of Sugarloaf are
wonderfully laid out in this story of the avid group of skiers who
cleared the first path on this much loved mountain, to those that have
followed in their tracks.
Billy Kidd, Les Otten, Jean-Claude Killy, and
Emile Allais are some of the prominent individuals who have become part
of The Story of
The Train to
...by Jamie Spencer
This book and its illustrations bring back
memories of summer vacation and make children become excited about
A child's journey from the hustle and bustle of
...to all that awaits them in Maine - at the end
of a train ride - are captured in the rhyming text of this fast moving
Children love to read and re-read this story...
...and with every reading they and you make new
discoveries on the train to adventure.
...by Robert McCloskey
This wonderful children's book was designated a
Caldecott Honor Book in 1949.
The two human characters, Little Sal and her
mother, are said
to be based on the Author's wife, Margaret, and daughter,
When Sal and her mother climb Blueberry Hill to
another mother and child - a bear and her cub - are climbing
other side of the hill to pick their own blueberries.
The story of the interaction between Little Sal, Little Sal's mother,
and the mother bear and the little bear, is a perfect blend of humor
suspense for young children. The "black and white
are full of movement and life".
...by Robert McCloskey
In this 1953 Caldecott Honor Book, a follow-up to Blueberries for Sal...
...Sal is several
years older and about
to lose her first tooth. And it's a big deal!
Everything she does that day is affecting her tooth - from
with her father to going by boat to Buck's Harbor.
When Sal's tooth finally falls out and is lost,
comforts herself by wishing on a gull's feather in place of the lost
tooth. By the time Sal, her father, and sister Jane, arrive in Buck's
Harbor, Sal is anxious to let everyone know about her tooth.
provides an interesting look at the daily life of a family living on a
Maine island. "McCloskey's black and white
illustrations create a mood of activity and anticipation."
Time of Wonder
...by Robert McCloskey
of life on the Maine islands in Penobscot Bay illustrate each page of
Robert McCloskey's 1958 Caldecott Medal winner...
...his first picture book in full color.
weather, foggy weather, rainy weather, and a hurricane are all part of
life on the islands. So too, are boating, castle building,
walks, and playing.
The writing is lyrical, beginning with...
..."Out on the islands that poke
their rocky shore above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the
time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day
to day, season to season." and is a re-read for little kids AND adults.
The Best of
Bert and I (Audio CD)
...by Robert Bryan and Marshall Dodge
...1958 - 2008, Celebrating 50 Years of Stories
With dry humor and authentic sounding accents...
...some of the best Yankee humor anywhere is
delivered by the storytelling team of Robert Bryan and Marshall Dodge.
have been remastered for clarity...
...and nothing is sacred when it comes to
and Maine culture, as it is portrayed on this CD. Listen to
"Which Way to Millinocket?", "Camden Pierce Goes to New York", "Two
Lobstermen", "One Heckuva Draft", "Arnold Bunker Testifies", Downeast
Socialism", and other favorites, over and over.
Bert and I
For Kids of All Ages
...by Marshall Dodge
...Tales From Downeast
This is one of those classic Maine books for kids
and those young at heart...
...contains three of Robert Bryan's and
Marshall Dodge's original Bert and I stories, told in old-time classic
Maine humor that is not always politically correct.
"By a Fluke", "The Pet Turkey" and "Gagnon,
Champion Moose Caller"...
...all tell wonderful tales that are fun to read
aloud and "reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's poetry for children."
Curiosities, 2nd Edition
...by Tim Sample
...Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other
With one of his humorous Maine books, let Tim
you on a road trip that you will
The wackiest, wildest and most outrageous people,
places and things in the state of Maine are all curiosities in this Tim
The Author has traveled up and down Maine in
search of one-of-a-kind gems to share with you, and has written a great
read for Maine residents and anyone else looking for Maine books on