A Book for Massachusetts: Make Way for Ducklings!

make way for ducklings

I’m thrilled to be representing Massachusetts for today’s Booking Across the USA blog hop! Make Way for Ducklings was the obvious choice – it is a book I remember loving as a child, and my kids adore it, too! Visiting the Make Way for Ducklings statue is a highlight for my kids every time we visit the Boston Common (that’s a two-year-old Lily in the picture), and this book has even inspired an annual Duckling Day Parade!

In this fun, based-on-a-real-event story, a family of ducklings grows up in the heart of Boston – safely, thanks to a helpful policeman! Print some of your own through my free printables page. Your kids can color these cute ducks after reading the story, and if you are really ambitious maybe you can make your child one of these adorable duckling costumes!

Check out the other states below, or by clicking on the button!


Alabama: Everyday Snapshots
Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days
Arizona: Simply Kinder (holding a giveaway)
Arkansas: Coming Soon
California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom
Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now
Connecticut: The Teacher Park
Delaware: Mama Miss
Florida: Teaching Stars
Georgia: Fabulously First
Hawaii: Teaching With Style (holding a giveaway)
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: Growing Book by Book
Indiana: Teach Preschool
Iowa: Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
Kansas: KCEdventures
Kentucky: Chicken Babies (holding a giveaway)
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog (holding a giveaway)
Maine: Country Fun Child Care
Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles
Michigan: Play DrMom
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory (free printable game too)
Mississippi: Coming Soon
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read!
Montana: The Honey Bunch
Nebraska: The Good Long Road (coming soon!)
Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing
New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
New York: What Do We Do All Day
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks
Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher’s Blog
Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten
Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade (holding a giveaway)
South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory (free printable game too)
Tennessee: No Monkey Business
Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen
Utah: Teach Beside Me
Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog
Virgina: Once Upon a Story and The Freckled Homeschooler
Washington: Coming Soon
West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle
USA: The Corner on Character

Do you have a favorite book that takes place in Massachusetts? How about a favorite book that takes place in your home state, town or country?


  1. says

    I was wondering about what you’d use for Massachusetts, since my New Hampshire book overlapped onto Massachusetts. (Plus, I grew up there!) My first instinct was Make Way for Ducklings. It’s such a classic, how could you pick anything else!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. says

    I remember when we studied Make Way for Ducklings for Massachusetts. Did you know you’re the only state (so far in our studies) with a state picture book?

    I have to admit I”m rather jealous you can just go to the park that has the statue.

  3. says

    Love the activity you shared here for the ducklings. Thank you for being brave enough to pick this classic, so often it’s about what’s new and we forget how important it is to share the classics with our young children.

  4. says

    I have so many favorite books, but I don’t think any of them actually take place here in Ca. My favorite book growing up was about a little farmhouse that eventually got surrounded by a big city and then was moved back to the country where it belonged. I am not sure of the name but I have fond memories of it.

  5. says

    A friend gave us Make Way for Duckling as a baby shower gift since we were moving this way, but I can’t believe we haven’t seen the ducks in the Common yet. Looks like we have a spring field trip–aren’t there swan boats there, too? If we ride up on the train, I can’t think of a better day! :)

  6. says

    Ahhhh, nice job Mama! Massachusetts is my absolute fav. While I love Boston, I am in love with the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires.

    Well I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

    I love Make Way For Ducklings. What an excellent choice!


  1. […] I spent a fair bit of time in Vermont while we lived in Massachusetts, and fell in love with this state’s acres of green land, wide open spaces, and soft rolling hills! They make some pretty incredible cheese and maple syrup there, too – not to mention some of the country’s most popular ice cream! So, when it was time to pick a state for this year’s Booking Across the USA blog hop, I knew I wanted to write about beautiful Vermont, since we had already covered Massachusetts the year before! […]

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