The Princess in Black is a fun series that is great for young readers. They are filled with friendly, colorful illustrations. And they are perfect for the frilly dressed princess, who's not afraid to get dirty.
In studying the New England states, one of the books I found was Front Porch Tales & North Country Whoppers by Tomie DePaola. I love how the stories paint a picture of the region. They are reminiscent of tall tales in the way they are related.