Author/Illustrator: Brian Floca
This NF picture book is an exceptional illustrated story that follows a family heading West on the brand new transcontinental railroad, describing every step of the journey in an informative and expressively fun way. It'd be good to use for an IR, as there is a lot happening on the pages so the student should be able to decipher the text and analyze the award-winning illustrations at their leisure.
https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/Locomotive-Curriculum-... This resource suggests a great way to use the book to actively see how words, illustrations, and maps work together to provide ample background knowledge in the front endpapers and general information throughout the book. 2d
UDL Principle 3.1: Activate or supply background knowledge; 1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information (using the front endpapers to get a better grasp on the history of the locomotive/transcontinental railroad). 2d