Reading Level: Grades 5-6
Interest Level: Grades 5-9
Page Count: 48
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Series Lexile®: 850-930
Series F&P Level: V, X
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCSS RI 5.1, 2, 3; RI 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5; RI 7.1, 2, 3, 4, 5; RI 8.1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Library Bound Books
Individual Titles: $31.35 (List)/ $21.95 (S/L)
Set of 12 (978-1-63517-925-5):
$376.20 (List)/$263.40 (S/L)
Individual Titles: $9.95
Set of 12 (978-1-64185-027-8):
Multi-user license, per title: $24.95
Set of 12 (978-1-64185-128-2):
Sports Nation takes readers beyond the wins and losses to explore how sports relate to a state’s history and culture. Each book summarizes the sports scene in a state, from the kids to the pros, while examining how that state’s sports relate to its history, economics, and geography.
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Booklist, September 14, 2018
It’s Great to Be a Fan in Illinois.
Todd Kortemeier (Author)
2018. 48p. illus. Focus Readers, $31.35 (9781635179293). Gr. 3–5. 790
Taking a geographical approach to fandom, the Sports Nation series (12 titles) looks at professional and collegiate teams as well as other popular activities for spectators within a particular state. The Illinois volume opens with a historical overview of the state’s history before discussing the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, and Blackhawks, introducing the major university teams, and mentioning the many sports activities attracting Illinois fans. Written in straightforward sentences and printed in large type with widespaced lines, the text is informative and accessible for young readers. Throughout the book, action photos and other colorful illustrations brighten the presentation. Individual series volumes will primarily interest young sports fans within the states discussed. The set also includes books on California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. — Carolyn Phelan