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.
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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!
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.
This volume for young people is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life.
She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. She asks readers to realize that no one is perfect and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever-evolving.
In telling her, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?
Grade 4–9—This attractive overview begins with geography and moves to the colorful stories that characterize the city. Hurd tapped local experts and collections, using primary and secondary sources and the responses of young readers to craft this engaging resource.
Beginning with the Ice Age, a timeline opens each chapter.
Projects range from making a miniature glacier or a Ferris wheel to planning a fire escape route or tracing one's family history. Walking tours offer maps, directions, and such itineraries as "Chicago's Oldest Landmarks" or "Modern Skyscrapers."
In 1871, Chicago was a rich and thriving city. Soon it might even pass New York as the most important city in the United States.
Chicago leaders knew that fire was one of the main risks to a large city. So they had planned ahead. They had a top firefighting force with modern equipment. No matter how big fire was, they were sure they could stop it.
Sadly, they were wrong.
On a hot, windy October night, a fire broke out in the barn of a woman named Catherine O’Leary.
The fire spread and spread for thirty hours. It jumped over two rivers. Nothing seemed to slow it down. By the time it was finally put out, most of the city was destroyed.
Thousands of people, rich and poor, had lost everything.
One of the few houses that were left standing belonged to Catherine O’Leary. She and her family also survived the fire. But her cows did not. Did one of them really cause all this destruction?
Discover the story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, an inferno that forever changed the city's skyline, in this epic graphic novel!
Dramatic illustrations and fast-paced text provide a "you-are-there" experience.
With extensive back matter, including a bibliography, extended reading list, glossary, and further Internet sources, young readers will gobble up this action-packed comic book about one of history's most compelling disasters.
In Lesa Cline-Ransome's lyrical novel, a young boy from Alabama struggles to make sense of his mother's death and their relocation to Chicago.
Langston is forced to grapple with the all too real challenges of living in 1920s America: racism, loneliness, puberty - even an unfortunate haircut that earns him cruel teasing at school.
He finds solace in books; once he discovers the public library right around next door -- which has opened its doors during a time when other parts of society were segregated by race - it exposes Langston to a whole new world filled with poetry especially works written by African American literary greats!
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
This A-Z tour of the Windy City takes readers through iconic landmarks in the Second City, including Millennium Park and “The Bean”, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, The El, The Chicago River, and Navy Pier.
“C is for Chicago” also highlights the food and music that make Chicago great: Chicago Hot Dogs, Deep Dish Pizza, and the Chicago Blues.