Invite your students to explore the state of Illinois in this comprehensive title! Informative, easy-to-read text draws in reluctant readers, while vibrant, oversized photos showcase the beauty and diversity of this state. Readers journey through Illinois as they learn about its history, cities, land features, animals, industries, sports, famous people, and more! A "Tour Book" spread highlights kid-friendly things to do in Illinois. Other features include a table of contents, fact boxes, a timeline, regional and state maps, a facts page with vital information, a glossary, and an index. Up-to-date population statistics are taken from the 2010 US census. In this title, students will find valuable information for first reports! Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.