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Illinois Books for Kids

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These Illinois Books for Kids will help your students really start to understand this great state. The books cover the basics, but there are also moving stories of children who live in Illinois!

Our picks let you teach about everything Illinois from geography and history to wildlife and more! I have so many great Reading: Book Recommendations for all Ages!

Have fun with these books about Illinois during your 50 states unit study!

It’s a well-known fact that the best way to get kids interested in reading is by having them read books they love. That’s why we’re recommending some great Illinois books for kids!

You and your children may enjoy the story or facts in these books, turning pages together to discover more about this state.



What is Illinois Known For?

The Land of Lincoln is the fifth most populous state in our country, but it’s also losing people. Population numbers have been on a steady decline, decreasing by more than 33% since 1970.

When most people think of Illinois, they think of Chicago – the 3rd largest city in the US. However, Illinois is actually almost 80% farmland! Yep, it is the top or one of the top producing states of Corn, Pumpkins, and Soybeans!

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Why is Chicago, Illinois called The Windy City?

If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you know that Lake Michigan produces some crazy wind that funnels all through the city!

However, It is believed the term “The Windy City” came from an article in a newspaper describing long-winded politicians during an 1893 exhibition.

In the Chicago Tribune, the chief newspaper of Illinois at that time, was an article about how politicians were so full of themselves and their ideals, that they thought they could accomplish anything on Earth with a big speech and crowd support.

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Illinois Books for Kids

What book about Illinois for Children are you planning to read first?

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