The 50 States Fun Fact Blog Tour - Oregon

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You already know I love books. Did you also know I love maps? I do! Whether they're for places real or imagined, I love maps because they help you visualize the shape and the history of everywhere, especially the places you've never been. 

Coming up on the holidays, I'm always on the lookout for cool bookish gifts to give to the inquisitive young people in my life. I know just the youngsters who'll be getting this from me. It's The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan, illustrated by Sol Linero. Available now from Quarto Knows, it features a fact-filled landscape that's as fun as it's educational.

Today I get to shine the spotlight on Oregon--one of my favorite states and at the top of my list of places I'd like to visit! 

Click on the image to see a bigger version of the two-page spread.

Click on the image to see a bigger version of the two-page spread.

Here are some of my favorite facts from the book (used with permission!)

Can you guess why?

Did you know...

BEVERLY CLEARY b.1916
The “Ramona” author grew up in Yamhill: a town so small it didn’t have a library—so her mom started one!

ASHLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Nearly 700 volunteers work each year to bring the Bard’s plays to life.

MATT GROENING b.1954
The creator of The Simpsons was born in Portland.

COFFEE
A recent study found over 1,000 coffee shops brewing in Oregon!

POWELL'S
is the largest bookstore in the world!

VOODOO DOUGHNUT
Here you can savor a bacon-maple doughnut bar and even get married!


Give up? They're all related to books somehow! Powell's, the largest bookstore... Matt Groening, who got his start with the self-published comic book Life in Hell... Beverly Cleary who wrote many of my childhood favorite tales... Shakespeare... who didn't write books, he wrote plays, but close enough--I'm willing to wager many book lovers have a shelf just for Shakespeare. He was just that prolific. Ok, yeah--it takes a special dexterity to drink coffee and eat donuts while reading without getting glaze all over the pages, but it's a great skill to have. I'm just saying.

That's it for our state spotlight. What other states would you like to see? Comment below and I'll try and find out who on the tour is featuring your state! (Check back for list updates!)