Cover: Midwest



Books in the Outdoor Explorers series introduce children to the specific US regional plants, animals, landscape, weather, and geography through a fun nature hike. This book studies the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Bright, colorful pictures will keep children engaged as they learn about the great outdoors in the United States. Glossary, index, and bibliography are included.



  • Lexile® Measure: 530
  • Guided Reading Level: K

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Map of the Midwest
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Weather
  • Geography
  • Find Out More
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • About the Author


School Library Journal - Outdoor Explorers Series

K-Gr 2–Designed to encourage outdoor exploration, this series takes readers on a “nature hike.” Each title opens with a regional map of the United States along with a list of quick statistics (average winter, average summer, etc.). Readers are then introduced to the flora and fauna of the locale through a collection of photos and bullet points. The texts often ask readers to speculate or answer obscure questions, such as “Indiana’s official state flower is the peony. Why do you think this is?” Answers are not provided, and, in this particular case, the entry on peonies appears several pages later. VERDICT Unlikely to hold the attention of readers.



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