Thursday, July 14

Facts about Maine

Maine Facts

Learn facts about Maine for kids.

Have you ever visited Maine before? You may already live there. Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Maine here! I love learning cool facts about all of the different states. I would love to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Louisiana. This week, we are posting cool facts about Maine. You will learn about Maine's state flag, bird, and other facts.

Did you know Maine was the twenty-third (23rd) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Maine officially joined the union on March 15, 1820! Maine is located in the Northeastern region of the United States. Maine is bordered by only one (1) state: New Hampshire. Maine is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Maine is the thirty-ninth (39th) largest state in the United States. Maine is a small state. There are about 1,372,247 people who live in Maine.


Maine famous person alert:

Did you know that Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine? He is a famous author who has over 60 published novels, some of which have been made into movies.


Tell us about a famous person who resides in your state.


Facts about Maine:

1. Maine is known for a few things: Lobster, lighthouses, and rocky coastlines. A few nicknames for Maine are the Pine Tree State, the Polar Star State, and the Lumber State. The Maine state motto is Dirigo. Dirigo is Latin for I direct or I lead. The Maine state motto was adopted sometime in 1820. The abbreviation for Maine is ME.

2. Augusta is the capital of Maine. It officially became the capital sometime in 1827 and has an estimated population of about 18,662 people.

3. The state bird of Maine is the Black-capped chickadee. It was chosen as the state bird on April 6, 1927. The Maine Black-capped chickadee has a black-capped head, gray, black, and white coloring, a white underneath area, and gray and white wings. It is a cute, tiny bird.

4. The Maine official state flower is the White Pine Cone. The White Pine Cone is actually not a flower. Maine is the only state that does not have a flower. It’s the state flower. Instead, it has a pine cone. The Maine White Pine Cone became Maine’s official state flower in 1895.

5. Maine’s state flag was officially adopted on February 23, 1909. Maine’s state flag has a blue background. Maine’s state coat of arms appears on the flag. A pine tree, moose, water, and green scenery are on the coat of arms. There are two men, one on each side of the coat of arms. Maine’s state motto, Dirigo, appears above the coat of arms; below it, the word Maine appears on a blue ribbon. The star above the word Dirigo represents the North Star.

6. Some crops grown in Maine are apples, blueberries, corn, hay, oats, potatoes, and raspberries.

7. Some cool places to visit in Maine are Acadia National Park, Ogunquit Beach, and the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth.

8. Some animals that live in Maine are bald eagles, beavers, coyotes, gray foxes, mink, moose, and puffins.

9. Maine can get very hot and cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Maine was 105 degrees Fahrenheit in North Bridgton, Maine, on July 10, 1911. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Maine was -48 degrees (48 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Van Buren, Maine, on January 19, 1925.


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Get your free printable Maine worksheet here:

 Maine worksheet

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Books about Maine:

1. My United States Maine by Robin S. Doak

2. Little Maine by Jeannie Brett

3. Hello, Maine! by Martha Zschock

4. I Met a Moose in Maine One Day by Ed Shankman

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Maryland! Thank you for reading my post!! Don’t forget that "One small positive thought can change your whole day."-Zig Ziglar

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Mimi is the talented author behind the "JOEY SAVES THE DAY!" book series and several other titles. Her passion for learning, reading, drawing, and writing shines through her work. As a dedicated homeschooling mother of two children, she brings a wealth of real-life experience to her writing. Additionally, Mimi has two adult children who have already embarked on their own paths.

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