About the Book

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 Michigan travel adventures and opportunities awaits them and that they can make a difference by following their dreams.

Michigan 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 Michigan children who have never seen the Mackinac Bridge, been to a state park or visited a Great Lakes beach. We wrote Benson’s Adventures in Michigan to raise children and families’ interest and awareness about Michigan’s unique places and destinations and to encourage them to experience these attractions first-hand.

Knowing that children learn best by exploring and being fully engaged in the learning experience, we created a Benson’s Challenge to be completed after each travel destination, either at the site or when they return home. The fun continues as readers showcase their travel adventures through sharing photographs, videos, special family recipes or other made in Michigan memories on our website.

It is our sincere hope that Benson’s Adventures in Michigan will inspire, encourage and renew pride for being a citizen of the Great Lakes State.


Tracy and Shannon

Author Accomplishments

Tracy and Shannon have donated over 4,000 of their books back to children in Michigan classrooms. They were chosen as “Featured Authors” at the Michigan Reading Association Conference, which took place in March of 2017. They also enjoyed presenting during this prestigious conference.

Benson’s Adventures in Michigan has been featured in the Fall 2016 edition of the National Education Association NEA Today magazine, which is the flagship publication of the 3.2 million member National Education Association. Benson’s Adventures has also been featured in the December 2016 edition of the Michigan Education Association MEA Voice.

Meet Benson

Hi boys and girls! My name is Benson and I am so proud to be a Michigander. There are so many things to do and see in our Great Lakes State. 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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Featured Locations

Throughout Benson’s Adventures in Michigan, Benson travels to Michigan landmarks and vacation destinations that are ranked among the top places to visit in the world. Benson stops in 10 Michigan cities and in each city he stops in, he spends time in 2 locations. Below are the 10 cities Benson visits but can you guess which destinations he will explore?

  • Saugutuck
  • Petoskey
  • Mackinac Island
  • Detroit
  • Traverse City
  • Flint
  • Munising
  • Lansing
  • Grand Rapids
  • Midland