The Michigan educators and authors of the book "Benson's Adventures" would love for you to give the gift of this book for Christmas. It's a great book for all age groups and one families can share together.

Benson's Adventures in Michigan teaches children about Michigan in a fun, engaging and interactive approach. Students will learn many interesting fun facts about Michigan and Michigan's history.

Through postcards, fun facts, and kid-friendly challenges, Benson shares family adventures that are uniquely Michigan.

From the well-known Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, proclaimed the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by ABC’s Good Morning America, to Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant for apple pie “almost as good as Grandma’s” to outdoor fun at the Hiawatha National Forest to Sundown Safari at the Potter Park Zoo, and literally learning about time at the Shinola Watch Factory, Benson’s Adventures in Michigan showcases destinations and adventures that can only be found in the “Great Lakes State!”

Their second book will be on shelves May 1, 2017. It is titled: Benson's Seasonal Adventures.

There are many curriculum standards embedded within the book for social studies, science, math, reading and writing. Benson writes to children using the fun friendly postcard format to teach children all about Michigan.

Educators are also using Benson's Adventures in Michigan as a resource in their classrooms to create engaging writing lessons while also teaching science, social studies and math content.

There is a teacher's guide and parent's guide that can be downloaded for free at

The guides teach parents how to use the book with their child and how to use their own community as a resource. The book and the guide provide that bridge between the school and the parents as the educators. The teacher's guide supports teachers in the different curricular areas while using Benson's Adventures in Michigan as a teaching tool within the classroom.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for children, families, and teachers.

One of the adventures lead the students to Good Morning America in New York City to meet Ginger Zee. She's featured in "Benson's Adventures in Michigan" as an inspiration to all Michigan children to DREAM BIG.

MSU Coach Tom Izzo is featured in the second book called "Benson's Seasonal Adventures in Michigan" due to hit bookshelves on May 1. They're dedicating this book to Coach Izzo and a child with cancer, McKenna Schummer. She is a true inspiration to all children. She has always dreamed of meeting Coach Izzo. He agreed to meet her and be featured with her in the book. The authors spent some time with Coach Izzo at Michigan State on campus together with McKenna. He gave them the grand tour of his athletic facilities.

There are several upcoming book signings:

  • StoryBook Village Children's Bookstore Pentwater, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 26.
  • Merchant Open House during Christmas in the Village Festival of Lights event.
  • Horizon Books in Traverse City Featured Authors Book Signing Event 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3.

The third book will be a national book. Benson's Adventures will travel around the nation, as Benson writes about all of his adventures at national landmarks, national parks, our nation's capital, and other unique locations for students to learn about and be inspired to DREAM BIG.

Benson's Adventures in Michigan can be purchased at bookstores and gift shops all over Michigan, on, and on our website at

It is being carried locally in Grand Rapids at Schuler Books and at the Hop Scotch Children's Store. The store "It Is What It Is" in Saugatuck is also carrying the book. Reader's World in Holland is also carrying it. Black River Books in South Haven, Storybook Village in Pentwater, Horizon Books in Traverse City, Petoskey, Cadillac. Brilliant Books in Traverse City.