Wisconsin

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Fiction:

Girl The Reaper by L.A. Rikand (2012) 

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Set in northeast Wisconsin during America’s bicentennial, fourteen-year-old Cate’s life changes drastically when Death comes to take her father and makes a mistake.

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1466235640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466235649

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (2005)

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Hope moves from New York to a small town in Wisconsin, where she works in a restaurant and learns some lessons about life. Awards:  Newbery Honor Book, Christopher Award, ALA Notable Book

  • Reading age : 12 years and up
  • Publisher : Puffin Books; Reissue edition (June 2, 2005)
  • ISBN-10 : 0142404241
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0142404249

Rascal (Puffin Modern Classics) by Sterling North (2004)

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A boy finds himself taking care of a young racoon as he himself grows up in World War I era Wisconsin. The book was a Newbery Honor winner in 1964.

Note: check out the biography of Sterling North in the nonfiction section below.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (September 23, 2004)
  • ISBN-10 : 0142402524
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0142402528

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (2008)

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Set in the 1930’s, nine-year-old Garnet finds a silver thimble and suddenly everything is going well on her family’s Wisconsin farm. Is it the thimble that has brought good luck? (Newbery, 1938)

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Square Fish; First edition (April 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10 : 031238002X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312380021

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Paperback | Hardcover

Nicky was sure he would rather not spend the summer in the Wisconsin woods, but the raft might just change his mind.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 28, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0064438562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064438568

Nonfiction Books:

Sterling North and the Story of Rascal by Sheila Terman Cohen (2016)

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Biography of Sterling North as a young boy growing up in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Learn how North’s early experiences in Wisconsin influenced him in writing some of his best loved children’s books – such as Rascal (linked above) and So Dear To My Heart.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10 : 0870207350
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0870207358

Wild About Wisconsin Birds: A Youth’s Guide to the Birds of Wisconsin by Adele Porter (2009)

Paperback

Large photographs allow for simple bird identification. Older title by the same publisher as below.

  • Reading age : 9 – 11 years
  • Publisher : Adventure Publications (April 14, 2009)
  • ISBN-10 : 159193091X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1591930914

The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Wisconsin: Fun Facts, Activities and 86 Cool Birds by Stan Tekiela

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A newer title by the same publisher as above. “Stan Tekiela’s famous Birds of Wisconsin Field Guide has been delighting bird watchers for years. Now, the award-winning author has written the perfect bird identification guide for children!”

Reading age : 5 – 12 years
Publisher : Adventure Publications (May 28, 2019)
ISBN-10 : 1591938392
ISBN-13 : 978-1591938392


B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Renee Graef (2004)

Kindle | Hardcover

Meet famous people who at least part of their lives call Wisconsin home, such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Muir and Aldo Leopold as well as history and geography of the state.

  • Reading age : 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated edition (May 13, 2004)
  • ISBN-10 : 9781585361359
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585361359

Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids: A Feast of History, with Stories and Recipes Celebrating the Land and People of Our State by Terese Allen and Bobbie Malone (2012)

Kindle | Hardcover

Recipes that incorporate the resources and history of Wisconsin.

  • Reading age : 9 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1st edition (May 21, 2012)
  • ISBN-10 : 0870204939
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0870204937

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