3 Children’s Books About Maps

My kids’ enthusiasm about maps has surprised me, but perhaps it should not. Learning about maps has enabled my kids to create treasure maps, help navigate on road trips, and dream about all the places they may someday visit.

I post this booklist now because my kids and I are about to set sail on our second imaginary trip around the world. We must refresh our navigations skills. We will be reading books about different parts of the world and posting lists of the very best books we can find right here. We would love to have you join us! For more information, see our Read Around the World page.

Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy. In this introduction to maps, a girl named Lisa makes maps of various places her dog Penny hangs out, from her bedroom, to her neighborhood, to a park. This book concludes with a map of the world, with all of the places Lisa and Penny plan to visit. Mapping Penny’s World has been one of my son’s favorite books for the past year. He enjoys the little jokes about Penny as well as the information about maps. Ages 4+

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. Me on the Map is useful for explaining to kids how big the world is. The narrator begins by showing kids how she draws a map of her room. She then pans out to draw maps of progressively larger areas — her house, her street, her town, etc. Near the end of the book, there is a map of the world, with drawings of kids from different countries on the map. The narrator explains “…in rooms, in houses, on streets, in towns, in countries all over the world, everybody has their own special place on the map.” Ages 4+

Beginner’s World Atlas: A First Atlas for Beginning Explorers by National Geographic. This is a wonderful atlas for young kids! For each continent, this atlas includes a brief written introduction, a greeting from a child, a physical map, and a political map. National Geographic also publishes excellent atlases for younger and older kids. Ages 5+

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7 Responses to 3 Children’s Books About Maps

  1. Amy says:

    I just read How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz and absolutely love it! I will be adding it to this list soon. How I Learned Geography conveys how exciting learning about maps can be and includes neat endnotes about the author. I am not sure how I had not read it before since Snow by Uri Shulevitz is one of my favorite books and this book, How I Learned Geography, has “geography” right in the title.

  2. Loreen Leedy says:

    Hi there! I’m so glad that you and your kids have been enjoying Mapping Penny’s World. Keep reading!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for the note and for writing wonderful children’s books! My son also loves The Edible Pyramid. He thinks that it is really cool that you posted a comment.

  3. olugbemisola says:

    Oh, thanks for these! We also love Sara Fanelli’s fabulous My Map Book, and There’s A Map on My Lap by Tish Rabe.

  4. Funny that I came across your post today!

    I was looking for some map-related books for my 3.5-year old twins and was considering Me on the Map. Thanks for the other two suggestions – I didn’t know about them.

    Read Aloud Dad

    • Amy says:

      I’m so glad you discovered this site and love imaging you reading to your twin 3.5-year-old girls. My daughter is the same age. It’s exciting to watch kids at this age start understanding more complex books and have increasingly long attention spans.

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