Illinois Chronicles (30-Copy Class Set)

Purchase a 30-copy class set, reducing the cost per book to just $10 each! Each set comes complete with free hardcopy of the K-12 Educator’s Pack (worth $6.99) and site licence electronic resources kit. Available exclusively through What on Earth.

Unfold the history of Illinois―

from the birth of the State to the present day!


Written by: Mark Skipworth, Created by: Christopher Lloyd

Take a trip through the incredible history of Illinois with What on Earth Publishing’s fascinating timeline Chronicle that brings to life 200 years of the State’s history to celebrate its official bicentenary in 2018.


Each class set contains:

  • 30 X copies of the Illinois Chronicles
  • A free printed copy of the Illinois Chronicles Educator’s Guide, written by a team of experts from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) (normally $6.99) . This pack contains 60+ activity ideas of how to incorporate the teaching of State history across the curriculum from K-12.
  • An electronic resources kit that includes a site-wide licence to use all Illinois Chronicles resources. This  individual PDFs of all 50 newspaper articles for easy printing, an interactive white-board-friendly version of the Illinois Chronicles timeline, a blank easy-to-print template for pupils to create their own timelines of the future and a PDF edition of the Educators Guide for sharing amongst staff.


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About the Illinois Chronicles

Beautifully illustrated and hugely engaging, the 4.5-foot-long timeline features more than 100 stunning images and illuminating captions that take readers young and old on the Prairie State’s remarkable journey. The Illinois Chronicles also includes more than 50 newspaper articles, written as if they happened yesterday, which capture key moments in Illinois history in a newsy and entertaining way. It all adds up to an exciting story of people and events whose unique legacy can still be felt today in the 21st State of the Union.9780995577015_02_iart

This fabulous new way of approaching State history has been developed in partnership with the Illinois200 Bicentennial Commission, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

The Illinois Chronicles is the first in a series of State histories that will be publishing by What on Earth Publishing in the following months and years.

Click here for more details of this exciting volume!


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    Fun Way to Study the State of Illinois History!

    February 27, 2018 – Allison Murdock

    5 out of 5 stars

    There are three major features that I like about this book. I love the fact that the story of the state of Illinois is told with newspaper articles as if the events happened yesterday. I feel like this feature gives even reluctant readers a more entertaining way of learning the history of Illinois. I also love the six-foot fold-out timeline from 1810-the present day. It highlights many events ranging from sports and adventure to politics and civil rights. And finally, as a former educator, I have to mention there is an Educator’s Guide sold separately or available as a free downloadable PDF. The guide is packed full of activity ideas to enhance the teaching of state history, and it is also mapped to Illinois ELA and Social Science Standards.