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Our Top 10 Books About Minnesota list includes our favorite Minnesota travel book, our favorite Minnesota cookbook, and our favorite Minnesota children's book.

Top 10 Minnesota Books
Minnesota 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Minnesota and Were Going to Ask Anyway: This is a wonderful overview of all things Minnesotan including the five things that make Minnesota what it is, the meaning of "Minnesota Nice," and interesting and surprising bits about our state's history. Well-known Minnesotans are profiled and experts are quoted. You will be convinced that this is indeed one of the most livable states in the U.S.
Paddling Northern Minnesota: 86 Great Trips by Canoe and Kayak There are dozens of Minnesota travel and guide books. This one stands out as the best book to lead you into an adventure in Minnesota wilderness areas like canoeing the Boundary Waters and sea kayaking Lake Superior. You will find 86 detailed trip descriptions and maps that you can laminate to take with you on your adventure.

Boundary Waters Minnesota > Sea Kayaking Trips > Voyageurs National Park

Our love of Minnesota's state parks led to our publishing an ebook: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

There are several great books about Minnesota's 67 state parks. Despite that, we decided to write our own version as an e-book and share our own love of, and experiences in, these beloved places. 

Learn about our personal history with Itasca State Park, the wonderful state parks along the shores of Lake Superior and the Minnesota State Parks closest to where you visit.

How to Talk Minnesotan: This Howard Mohr classic pulls out all the stops on our uniquely Minnesotan word pronunciation and colloquiallisms. Learn how to discuss where you live and your favorite fuel. Bonus: "The Art of Waving."

You Might Be A Minnesotan > Minnesota by Jeff Foxworthy

Root Beer Lady: The Story Of Dorothy Molter This wonderful volume is on our Top 10 Books About Minnesota list as an example of the unusual people who have contributed to the Minnesota story. We recently visited Ely again and toured the Dorothy Molter Museum. An inspiring story of a fiercely independent woman!

Ely Minnesota Vacations > 10 Best Minnesota Vacations

Lake Wobegon Days These three reviews make it clear why this book has to be on the Top 10 Books About Minnesota list:

”Lake Wobegon Days is about the way our beliefs, desires and fears tail off into abstractions--and get renewed from time to time. . . this book, unfolding Mr. Keillor's full design, is a genuine work of American history.” ~The New York Times

“A comic anatomy of what is small and ordinary and therefore potentially profound and universal in American life…Keillor’s strength as a writer is to make the ordinary extraordinary.” ~ Chicago Tribune

“Keillor’s laughs come dear, not cheap, emerging from shared virtue and good character, from reassuring us of our neighborliness and strength….His true subject is how daily life is shot with grace. Keillor writes a prose that can be turned to laughter, to tears…to compassion or satire, to a hundred effects. He is a brilliant parodist.” ~San Francisco Chronicle

A Prairie Home Companion > Entertainment in Minnesota

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Top 10 Minnesota Books
Tales of the Road: Highway 61 This wonderful road trip book is by Cathy Wurzer who is the host of Morning Edition on Minnesota public radio and cohost of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television.

Garrison Keillor says of the book: “I’ve driven all of 61 from north to south, approximately at the speed limit, and now I know what I missed by not stopping. Slow down. Take a look. You may not come this way again.”

Other comments include:

“Tales of the Road: Highway 61 made me want to drop everything I was doing and hit the road. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
 ~Russell A. Olsen, author of Route 66 Lost and Found

“Cathy Wurzer (I call her ‘Z’) and I have travelled a lot of roads in our long association. But none compares to this lovely trip, on my favorite road, with my favorite correspondent.” 
~Don Shelby

“Cathy Wurzer has cleverly combined history and travel in a well-illustrated, easygoing narrative about Highway 61, one of our most fascinating and historic routes. Drive along with Cathy or do it yourself with this book as a guide. You’ll enjoy every mile of Tales of the Road.”
 ~Jason Davis, host of On the Road, KSTP-TV

Top 10 North Shore AttractionsMinnesota Road Trips > Little Known Minnesota > Minnesota Roadside Attractions

Top 10 Minnesota Little House
On the Banks of Plum Creek This volume in the award winning Little House on The Prairie Series tells the story of the Ingalls family move to Walnut Creek, Minnesota.

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest.

M Is For Minnesota Dori Hillestad Butler is an award-winning children's book author...winner of children's choice award lists in 18 different states. This book, as the title implies, alphabetically teaches children about Minnesota attractions, history, and geography.

This is just one of many great Minnesota books for kids. Other titles...by other authors..include V is For Viking, Hello Minnesota, Good Night Minnesota, Hello Loon, I Spy Minnesota.

Best of the Best from Minnesota: Selected Recipes from Minnesota's Favorite Cookbooks There are many Minnesota cookbooks on the market. We like each of them for their special take on Minnesota recipes. This one is a classic compiled from recipes shared from 64 other Minnesota cookbooks. Thus, the "best of the best."

Minnesota Recipes > Minnesota Grown Foods > Minnesota Wineries

Books Just for Children:

Books About Minnesota for Children

This list of our top 10 books about Minnesota is really a representation of all the wonderful books available to help you plan a Minnesota vacation or gift to someone who loves this state.


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