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Hello Indiana! #bookingusa

Booking across the USA! I am so excited to be part of this super fun hop! There's nothing better than a good book, right?! And travel is not far behind! Being from the wonderful state of Indiana, I was excited to check out Travels with Charlie- Across the Midwest, written by Miles Backer and illustrated by Chuck Nitzberg, and published by Blue Apple Books. Yup. That's us-- Hoosiers. Smack dab in the Midwest.

I do have to say this book is totally cool. It's not just a book of's actually a search & find book. The illustrations are gorgeous! The artist has these super fun illustrations of some of the notable
places for each state. In each picture, there's a teeny tiny little Charlie hiding. I read this to my almost-4-year-old granddaughter as soon as we opened the package, and she was just thrilled to look for and find Charlie. So cute!

We've got a saying here........
"There's more than corn in Indiana."

Here's Indiana..

We've got a lot going on here. I've been to almost all of them. We've got some awesome caverns down in southern Indiana. One of my favorites is Squire Boone Caverns. Squire was actually Daniel Boone's brother. Squire and Daniel discovered the caverns in 1790. We've toured the caverns a couple times. So cool! Kids love it! It is a little creepy (& yet sorta cool) that Squire Boone's actually buried there and the trail through the cavern takes you right by his coffin. Yep. You can see it in the picture there on the right.

You might be wondering about that picture of Santa down there in Southern Indiana. Santa Claus, Indiana is a sweet little town. All of the streets and lots of the businesses have Christmas themed names. Lots of people send or take their Christmas cards to Santa Claus to have them post marked with Santa Claus, Indiana. Santa Claus is also home of one of the first amusement parks in the United States. Holiday World. THIS is what my family thinks of when we hear 'Santa Claus, Indiana'....

May is a pretty big month here in Indiana. We're all gearing up for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'...the Indy 500. If you talk to anyone from Indiana, you're bound to hear lots of great stories related to "The Race". My own family has gone to the race since 1964 when my dad and his six brothers started going. We've gone every year since then.

My son is in media (he's now a news producer) and actually worked at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the media staff for a few years when he was in college. That's him right there in the black shirt with the headphones behind Danica Patrick.How cool is that? As mom, I am very proud of this picture.

Photo Source: Mum's Grapevine
In my classroom, I really like to capitalize on the excitement surrounding the Indy 500. Here are some of the race-themed activities we'll be doing in the next few weeks. You can get all kinds of science and math in!

We're going to make our race cars out of recycled materials. Then 'race' them. Do you see where I'm going with this? Measure how far they travel, collect data, organize data in different ways, determine mean, median, mode, and range. Oh my goodness! There's just so much you can do!

I'm also planning to throw in a focus on Science and magnets and make these fun little racers. How fun is this going to be?!
Photo Source: Sophie's World
I loved using Across the Midwest in my classroom, and I'm excited to get the other books. SO, so fun! Can you just imagine all of the fun projects you could do in your classroom with these? I can't wait!
Make sure you stop by Growing Book by Book and check out all of the other state projects. There are some fantastic things going on! AND - there's a GIVEAWAY for the entire set of books!

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