When I was a child, my family never traveled anywhere you couldn't reach between the morning and evening milking. I learned about other places from books.
You can find a list of recommended children's books from the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands at www.loc.gov/bookfest/2009/toolkit/educators/greatreads.html#mo. Click on a state on the map or scroll down through the list of states and books below the map.
Last summer each state's Center for the Book selected a book as its recommended read at the 2009 National Book Festival. The national Center for the Book at the Library of Congress constructed the map, "52 Great Reads About Great Places."
Click on Missouri and up comes The Feedsack Dress.