I’m Booking Across the USA in Iowa!

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Boy am I excited to join in this project! Booking Across the USA features bloggers covering ALL 50 states! Each blog will feature a children’s picture book either about their state or a book written by an author from their state. What a fun idea!! I can’t wait to spend the day checking out everyone else’s posts! I am covering IOWA! Those of you have know me know that we moved to Iowa last August – so there is a LOT of things still new for me as we are still exploring our state! So I actually decided to choose two different books. One is a children’s picture book from an Iowan author, and the other is an “about Iowa” type of book, also from an Iowan author, that has helped us to explore new places and things to do here!

Originally I wanted to do a picture book about someone famous from Iowa but that turned out to be a lot more difficult than I had imagined! So instead I turned to a children’s author from Iowa and came across Jacqueline Briggs Martin who has actually written quite a few books (you can see all of her books here). We chose to read this one:

Chicken Joy on Red Bean Road by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is such a cute and brightly illustrated children’s book about worrisome plain brown hen Miss Cleoma. Life was good until chicken measles attacked the rooster and things sort of spiraled downhill from there! In this story you’ll also find out how the animals revolted by throwing veggies at the farmer – which inspired us to re-enact our veggies scavenger hunt in the house! And the fun doesn’t stop there because just this week an Iowan author will be visiting our school and sharing her book with the students as well!

The other book I chose Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places by Lori Erickson.

off the beaten path iowa book

As we’ve been traveling and exploring things here in Iowa I’ve been blogging about them (you can see links to those posts below) but there is SO much that we don’t know about so this was the perfect book for us! We were able to look up different historical and interesting places to visit by region in our state. And not only that but the book also had lists of odd facts and dates of popular festivals!  My kids are begging to go to all sorts of events now! I was shocked to see that we had actually visited many of the places listed in our area – much more than I was expecting! AND every year this book is updated with current local town favorite restaurants and other festivities.

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In fact there are “Off the Beaten Path” books for every state and even more locations! I am SO glad to have stumbled across this book. If you are planning on moving or even vacationing somewhere new these books are more than worth it! Are your kids or students looking for interesting places to do a book report on? These are great! My book was only about $10 and now our family has an even longer “bucket list” of things to do here in Iowa! Here are some of the places in Iowa that we have already visited which are all listed in this book:

Lost Towns of Red Rock

Covered Bridges of Madison County

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Iowa State Fair

Dutch visions of Pella 

Science Center of Iowa 

Blank Park Zoo

Sorry for such a lengthy post but I also wanted to list for you links to the other sites listed alphabetically by state! So make sure you check each state and see what books, activities, and other golden nuggets of information they have featured!


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AlabamaFlag of Alabama from Wikipedia CommonsAlabama Blog Post by Everyday Snapshots Blog Alaska Flag of Alaska from Wikipedia CommonsAlaska Blog Post by Little Wonders’ Days Blog
Arkansas Flag of Arkansas from Wikipedia CommonsArkansas Blog Post by Homeschooling in Arkansas ArizonaFlag of Arizona from Wikipedia CommonsArizona Blog Post by Simply Kinder

CaliforniaFlag of California from WikipediaCalifornia Blog Post by Juggling with Kids

Flag of CaliforniaCalifornia Blog Post by The Outlaw Mom

ColoradoFlag of Colorado from Wikipedia CommonsColorado blog Post by Learners in Bloom

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Colorado Blog Post by Living Montessori NowConnecticutFlag of Connecticut from Wikipedia CommonsConnecticut Blog Post By Teacher Park BlogDelawareFlag of Delaware from Wikipedia CommonsDelaware Blog Post by Mama MissFloridaFlag of Florida from WikipediaFlorida Blog Post by the Teaching Stars BlogGeorgiaFlag of Georgia USA from Wikipedia CommonsGeorgia Blog Post by Fabulously First BlogHawaiiFlag of Hawaii from Wikipedia CommonsHawaii Blog Post by Teaching with Style


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Idaho post by True Aim Education Blog

IllinoisFlag of Illinois from Wikipedia CommonsIllinois State Post by Growing Book by BookIndianaFlag of Indiana from Wikipedia CommonsIndiana State Post by Teach Pre-School BlogIowaFlag of Iowa from Wikipedia CommonsIowa Blog Post by Surviving a Teacher Salary BlogKansasFlag of Kansas from Wikipedia CommonsKansas Blog Post by KCEdventures KentuckyFlag of Kentucky from Wikipedia Commons wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Kentucky.svgKentucky Blog Post by Chicken BabiesLouisianaFlag of Louisiana from Wikipedia CommonsLouisiana Blog Post by Your Child’s Next Book and Project BlogMaineFlag of Maine from Wikipedia CommonsMaine Blog Post by Country FunMarylandFlag of Maryland from Wikipedia CommonsMaryland Blog Post by Picture Books and PiourettesMassachusettsFlag of Massachusetts from Wikipedia CommonsMassachusetts Blog Post by Mama Smiles BlogMichigan Flag of Michigan from Wikipedia CommonsMichigan Blog Post by Play Dr. MomMinnesotaFlag of Minnesota from Wikipedia CommonsMinnesota Post by the Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog

MississippiFlag of Mississippi from Wikipedia CommonsMississippi Blog Post by Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

MissouriFlag of Missouri from Wikipedia CommonsMissouri Blog Post by Ready, Set, Read BlogMontanaFlag of Montana from Wikipedia CommonsMontana Blog Post by The Honey BunchNebraska


Flag of Nebraska from Wikipedia CommonsNebraska Blog Post by The Good Long Road


Flag of Nevada from Wikipedia CommonsNevada Blog Post by Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts Blog

New Hampshire

Flag of New Hampshire from Wikipedia CommonsNew Hampshire Blog Post by Elementary Matters

New Jersey

Flag of New Jersey from Wikipedia CommonsNew Jersey Blog Post by The Pleasantest Thing

New Mexico

Flag of New Mexico from Wikipedia CommonsNew Mexico Blog Post by The Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Blog

New York

Flag of New York from Wikipedia CommonsNew York Blog Post by What Do We Do All Day Blog

North CarolinaFlag of North Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsNorth Carolina Post by the Realistic Teacher BlogNorth DakotaFlag of North Dakota from WikipediaNorth Dakota Post by ND Health WorksOhio

Flag of Ohio from Wikipedia CommonsOhio Blog Post by the Smart Chick Teacher Blog


Flag of Oklahoma from Wikipedia CommonsOklahoma Blog Post by Herding Kats in Kindergarten


Flag of Oregon from Wikipedia CommonsOregon State Post by Journey of a Substitute Teacher Blog


Flag of Pennsylvania from Wikipedia CommonsPennsylvania Blog Post by the Land of Once Upon a Time

Rhode Island

Flag of Rhode Island from Wikipedia CommonsRhode Island Blog Post by Smiling in Second

South Carolina

Flag of South Carolina from Wikipedia CommonsSouth Carolina Blog Post by Cookies and Kiddos

South DakotaFlag of South Dakota from WikipediaSouth Dakota Blog Post by Wise Owl Factory Book a DayTennessee

Flag of Tennessee from Wikipedia CommonsTennessee Blog Post by No Monkey Business


Flag of Texas from Wikipedia CommonsTexas Blog Post by Curls and a Smile

Flag of Texas from WikipediaTexas Blog Post by Kid World Citizen


Flag of Utah from Wikipedia CommonsUtah Blog Post by Teach Beside Me Blog


Flag of Vermont from Wikipedia CommonsVermont Blog Post by Vermont Moms Blog


Flag of Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsVirginia Blog Post by Once Upon a Story Blog

Flag of Virginia from WikipediaVirginia Post by the Freckled Homeschooler Blog


Flag of Washington State from Wikipedia CommonsWashington Blog Post by Home Learning Journey

West Virginia

Flag of West Virginia from Wikipedia CommonsWest Virginia Blog Post by Great Peace Academy Blog

Flag of West VirginiaWest Virginia Blog Post by Mamas Like Me


Flag of Wisconsin from Wikipedia CommonsWisconsin Blog Post by Reading Confetti


Flag of Wyoming from Wikipedia CommonsWyoming Blog Post by No Twiddle Twaddle


Flag of the United States of America from Wikipedia CommonsUSA Blog Post by the Corner on Character Blog


  1. says

    Thanks for all the resources. We visit our neighbors chickens each week to get our eggs so any chicken story is enjoyed here. Now we have a new one and a new author to explore.


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