About Benson’s Adventures

Dear Friends,

We believe children should be curious, inspired and encouraged to DREAM BIG. As educators, we know books and travel can take children to magical places beyond their homes, classrooms and communities. Our goal is to help children understand that a world of travel adventures and opportunities awaits them and that they can make a difference by following their dreams.

National landmarks and vacation destinations are ranked among the top places to visit in the world. As educators, we continue to be surprised by the number of children who have never seen the Mackinac Bridge, visited a state park, or splashed in a Great Lakes beach. We wrote the Benson’s Adventures series to raise children and families’ interest and awareness about unique places and destinations and to encourage them to experience these attractions first-hand.

It is our sincere hope that our Benson’s Adventures series will inspire families to show their children what the world has to offer.

Happy Reading,

Tracy and Shannon


Author Accomplishments

“DREAM BIG” is the motto of two mid-Michigan educators, Tracy Foster and Shannon Cooper-Toma. Tracy was the Educator of the Year for Corunna Public Schools during the 2015-216 school year and she received the Innovative Educator award from Western Michigan University in 2017. Shannon, a proud MSU Alumni, has been a presenter at the Bureau of Educational Research and the Michigan Reading Association. The two educators have inspire hundreds of children with adventures and learning experiences.

The authors and the Benson’s Adventures series have been featured in several publications including the National Education Association’s magazine NEA Today (Fall 2016), the Michigan Education Association’s magazine MEA Voice (December 2016), the Michigan History for Kids magazine (May/June 2017)  and the SVSU Reflections magazine (June 2018). The authors were also the cover story on the (June 2018) the Women to Women Michigan magazine.

The two educators have been selected to present at several conferences including the Michigan Reading Association Conference, Saginaw Valley State University Cavalcade Alumni Authors Panel, the MEMSPA state conference and at the Delta Kappa PI “I AM A Teacher Expo” at Michigan State University.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, ABC 12 News (www.abc12.com) announced the new partnership with Benson’s Adventures and their Project Imagination program for the upcoming school year 2018-2019. The authors’ books, Benson’s Seasonal Adventures in Michigan and Benson’s Adventures in the U.S.A. are the ABC 12 News featured books for Project Imagination.  To learn more about the program and project, visit https://abc12projectimagination.com/.


Meet Benson

Hi boys and girls! My name is Benson and I am so proud to be a world traveler. There are so many things to do and see in the U.S.A.  Did you know we have some of the most beautiful locations in the world? I love to share my adventures with my family and friends, so I always bring my camera and a pocket full of postcards. While you are exploring, be sure to bring your camera and post your adventures on this website. I would love to see your pictures and hear all about your own travels.  I love to challenge my friends as well. When you take one of my many challenges, be sure to share with our friends. I can’t wait to hear from you soon!

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