The Ultimate List of Books about Wisconsin for Children
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Children’s Books About Wisconsin
I Love You The Purplest, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Mary Whyte
I Love You The Purplest is a tale not specifically about Wisconsin, but it has the Wisconsin scenery throughout. Similar to the “How Much Do You Love Me?” “This much” children’s story with rabbits, this mother loves both of her sons as they show their differences.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin
Will Allen is a Milwaukee farmer. He started off playing professional basketball in Europe, and came back to the States to grow fresh vegetables in the cities so that people have healthy foods locally. As the book says: “Will Allen can see what others can’t see. When he sees kids, he sees farmers.”
Mitt & Minn at the Wisconsin Cheese Jamboree, by Kathy-Jo Wargin, illustrated by Karen Busch Holman
Mice and cheese at a Cheese Jamboree, goes together like Wisconsinites and a love of cheese curd.
Home in the Woods, by Eliza Wheeler
nature poems about the Wisconsin woods
Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse
Let these foxes take you on a spin around the city of Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Books for Older Children:
This book is set in Milwaukee, in Sunset Towers, on the side of Lake Michigan. Great for reading around the 4th of July, or whenever you need a murder mystery and competition all at the same time (and, truly, did anyone even die?). This book would make a great 5th or 6th grade read, or a 4th grade read aloud. But definitely keep a pen and paper handy so you can draw the entire layout of the Westing Game’s apartment layout.
Children’s Books about Wisconsin and all 50 states. Which state will you read about next!