Reading Road Trip: Illinois + a Giveaway!

Posted July 15, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

I am very happy and excited to be the Illinois stop! It’s the state that I live in and I have some awesome facts to share about Illinois!

  • The name “Illinois” comes from a Native American word meaning “tribe of superior men”
  • 21st state to enter the union in 1818
  • Slogan: “Land of Lincoln”
  • The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885
  • Home of the Chicago Blackhawks who just won the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the the 5th time! (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013)
  • Metropolis (home of Superman) is really in southern Illinois
  • The home of President Ulysses S. Grant
  • Chicago is the home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, which are the only buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire
  • Comedy showcase “Second City” was founded in 1959
  • The Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day
  • State motto: “State Sovereignty, National Union”
  • State animal: White-tailed deer
  • State bird: Cardinal
  • State fruit: Goldrush apple
  • State flower: Violet
  • The Chicago Public Library is the world’s largest public library

Authors from Illinois:
Audrey Niffenegger, Chicago
Sara Paretsky, Chicago
Kathy Reichs, Chicago
Ray Bradbury, Waukegan
Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park
Veronica Roth
Michael Chrichton

Now… for the giveaway!!
1 winner will win ANY of Veronica Roth’s books (your choice of which book in her Divergent series)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


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