6 Children’s Books To Learn About Maps

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Where in the World?

It is never too early to begin teaching children about the world around them.  By learning to read and understand maps your child will have the tools needed to set out on many exciting journeys and adventures.

Here are a few of our favorite books about maps:

Me on the Map

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney – This fun book helps children understand their location on a map. The girl in the story begins by showing a map of her room, then her room on a map of her house, her house a map of her street…all the way to her country on the map of the world.

Activity – Have your children draw themselves on a map of their room, their house, or their street.

Mapping Penny's World

Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy – Lisa and her class are learning about maps.  Her teacher asks her to make a map of any place. Lisa and her Boston Terrier Penny make maps of Lisa’s room, Penny’s Treasure Map, their favorite hiking trails, and more.

Activity – Have your children draw a map from the perspective of their pet or favorite toy.

There's a Map on My Lap!

There’s a Map on My Lap! All About Maps (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Tish Rabe – You know it is always going to be an adventure when you travel with the Cat in the Hat!  With this fun book children learn about maps and important map terms.

Activity – Teach your children important vocabulary terms related to maps, such as Cartographer, longitude, grid, legend, and more.

Maps and Globes

Maps and Globes (Reading Rainbow Book) by Jack Knowlton – A colorful introduction to maps and globes, including the history of maps, different types of maps, and information about what you can learn from maps.

Activity – Make maps using different materials – paper, cloth, clay, etc.

Types of Maps

Types of Maps (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Mary Dodson Wade – In a clear and simple book, children can learn about different types of maps, such as road maps, elevation maps, world maps, etc.

Activity – Look for different maps as you go about your day – weather maps on televisions, a directory/map at the mall, a road map of your city, etc.

National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas

National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas by National Geographic – A bright and colorful introduction to the world through photos and maps.  Learn about people and places of the world with physical and political maps of each continent.

Activity – Begin to talk about the continents and what makes each unique.

**We love when our friends recommend even more great books on our favorite topics — a big thank you to Carla for recommending:

As the crow fliesAs the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps by Gail Hartman – We often use the expression “as the crow flies” but what kind of map does a crow use?  What about the eagle, the rabbit, and their other friends?  Find out in this beautifully illustrated introduction to maps.


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As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. Our favorite subjects to study together are history, literature and geography.


  1. says

    There’s a Map on My Lap is fantastic! I need to check out the other 5 titles you mentioned.
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    • Kat says

      Thank you so much for the great suggestion, Catherine! I just looked up the book you recommended on Amazon and it looks amazing :-)


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