Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

All last month in #littlelitbookseries, we surveyed the land to bring you the best books in geography and books that had a strong sense of place.  Hope you enjoyed the journey.  These are the books we shared at the beginning of the month.  Be sure to check out the other books we featured all throughout the month by searching the term geography here on our blog.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @averyandaugustine

For this month’s #littlelitbookseries, we’re setting off on a bit of a journey and exploring #geography and books that have a strong sense of place.

This fantastic reference is just as its title implies—an introduction to the world for children—its varied peoples, landscapes, climates, terrains, food and cultures. Along the journey, we learn interesting facts about other places, like how in Russia, many children have birthday pies instead of cakes. We find out who owns Antarctica, what famous inventions East Asia is known for (the razor scooter is one of them!), where the word’s southernmost city is (it’s in Argentina), and the country where coffee was first consumed as a drink (hint—the country’s name begins with a “Y”). Which city is so high above sea level that it can never catch fire due to so little oxygen in the air?

An engaging read for kids as they set out to explore the world beyond their community. 

A Child’s Introduction to the World is written by Heather Alexander, illustrated by Meredith Hamilton and published by Black Dog & Leventhal | Hachette (@bdlev | @hachettekids).

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @averyandaugustine

#littlelitbookseries is all about #geography this month. From #the50states series, this is a compendium of facts that are noteworthy about each of our 50 states: 50 animals, 50 forms of transportation, 50 things to eat, 50 sports and 50 celebrations. A puzzle map is included in the back. This snapshot of the US will pique children’s interest in getting to know and appreciate the people, places and diversity of their country. 

The 50 States: Fun Facts was written and researched by Gabrielle Balkan (@g_balkan) and illustrated by Sol Linero. Published by Wide Eyed Editions | Quarto Kids (#wideeyededitions | @quartokids).

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @bonjour_mes_amies

Feeling wanderlust?! #littlelitbookseries is featuring books related to #geography this month.

City Atlas by Georgia Cherry and illustrated by Martin Haake beautifully highlights 30 popular cities around the world such as Budapest, Mexico City, Tokyo, and Prague. Just to name a few. Each map is cleverly drawn showcasing the cities main attractions through fun and playful collage-like illustrations. This atlas has just the right amount of pictures to text and information. We're definitely using this book to scope out any future travel plans!

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @bookbloom — 

Miroslav Sasek could easily be credited as the first children's travel guide. Iconic in style, Sasek's THIS IS series has provided bits of history and trivia for travel to the world's major cities for over 50 years. In This Is New York we learn about the Dutchman who bought Manhattan for $26, how many elevators and bathrooms dot the city (both then and now), and what distinguishes each of the five boroughs. Itching for a trip to the Big Apple? Here's your one-way ticket!

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @carterhiggins

Travel through the #littlelitbookseries today for books with a strong sense of place. Maybe that means geography or travel or stories set someplace unfamiliar. Setting can be a character in the richest way, and stories that exist in a faraway place can be the ones that connect us. This Caldecott winner tells the true story of the bear we all grew up with, a bear with roots in Winnepeg and London. I'm so glad he came to my home too.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @gigglegirlsbookclub — 

The Legend of the Petoskey Stone focuses on the naming of this unique fossil, found only on the shores of Lake Michigan. This well written tale transports you the ancient, warm sea that covered most of the state, through Native American history and the history of the town named after a great chief. Our submission for this month’s #littlelitbookseries on geography.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @juliasbookbag — 

This month's theme on #littlelitbookseries is geography! And I thought....that can include magical geography right??? 'The Once Upon a Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce takes you on a tour of several magical realms, including Neverland, Oz, Wonderland, Aladdin's Kingdom, the Enchanted Forest and the Giant's Kingdom (of Jack & Beanstalk fame). ❤️ I adore this book!! There is a map and compass directions for each land, with directional keys and instructions to help you find your way - along with hidden treasures to find! The art is super detailed and there's a ton to see and explore, and kids can learn map reading skills while learning more about these fabled locations. VERY COOL, this one!

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @kidlitbookaday — 

At the same moment around the world, this mom is putting her two monkeys to bed on a snowy October evening (our first snow of the year in Calgary!) and reading this book - filled with everyday moments from morning hot chocolate in Paris to the northern lights in Greenland, to shopping the market in Iraq. This month's #littlelitbookseries is about geography, and this one had us pulling out our atlas to discover New Caledonia and Samoa, and to place the cities in more familiar countries.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @littlebooksbigworld — 

At the same moment around the world, this mom is putting her two monkeys to bed on a snowy October evening (our first snow of the year in Calgary!) and reading this book - filled with everyday moments from morning hot chocolate in Paris to the northern lights in Greenland, to shopping the market in Iraq. This month's #littlelitbookseries is about geography, and this one had us pulling out our atlas to discover New Caledonia and Samoa, and to place the cities in more familiar countries.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @live_read_write — 

Merging a love of poetry and all things French with this beautiful children's francophone poetry anthology.

Le Français est Un Poème Qui Voyage (French is a Poem That Travels) features poetry from around the French-speaking world, fitting for this month's geography theme for #littlelitbookseries.  The poems, varied in style and accompanied by collage illustrations, immerse the reader in many of the 50+ places where French is spoken, focusing on various aspects of their respective cultures. You'll discover "la saison froide et silencieuse" (the cold and silent season) in "Les Aurores Boréales" and "Neige" ("Snow") in Quebec, experience "Le plus Gros Ouragan" (the largest hurricane) in "Cris Sur le Bayou", a Cajun poem from Louisiana, meet a boy learning to spell Mississippi "MI.SSI.SSI.PPI" from Haiti, find more snow in Russia, an old man "Le Vieux Jean-Louis" from Switzerland, a spice market "Le Marché des Épices" in Morocco, and hands that are like flowers "Mes Deux Mains" from Vietnam.

These poems are entirely in French and serve as a great tool for children and adults alike to sharpen their language skills. I love how language specialist Alain Rey describes the French language: "We have with us, without thinking, a fantastic instrument, a free computer that asks nothing: that we light up and learn and use. This magic tool, it's the French language, ready to open her box of treasures, to play her music, to pounce and dance her words, syllables, to make stories and songs, poetry and stories" (translated from the introduction).

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @ourbookbag

For the #littlelitbookseries this month we are all sharing books about#geography.
Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant is on our wish list.  This wonderfully detailed book includes almost 50 reusable stickers. Throughout this interactive adventure Mouk and his friends share local customs and information about the places they visit. We love Mouk and all that Marc Boutavant does.
@chroniclebooks

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @picturethisbook — 

It's Children's Day in this part of the world and this Dr. Seuss rhyming classic is a wonderful celebration of children all over the world, and their innate desire to reach out and make connections — I'm always amazed by how quickly and easily kids make friends and how they can simply come together to play! (Funny how complicated some simple things get when we grow up, eh?) The diversity of homes and vignettes of how people live (some albeit a little dated, given that this book was first published in 1966) never fail to intrigue and are a great way to vicariously introduce kids to the wonders of travel, as well as serve as a reminder to be open-minded and welcoming — that despite our ostensible differences, people want and do much of the same things all over the world; that we are more alike than we think. 

As Dr. Seuss wisely wrote: 

"Every house in the world has a ceiling and floor.

But the ones you'll like best

have a wide-open door." 

Metaphorically speaking, of course, but how timely and timeless. This edition is unfortunately out-of-print but @randomhousekids has just reissued the book with brand-new illustrations by Katie Kath that look pretty cute too, so go grab a copy now! p.s. This is our first share for the #littlelitbookseries theme of "Geography" today. Don't forget to click on the hashtag and follow @littlelitbookseries for more great picturebook recommendations!

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @picturethisbook — 

A young boy and his family flee their war-torn country and are forced to live in poverty in a strange new country... sounds all-too-familiar, doesn't it? But this was 1939, during the Warsaw Blitz, and the boy not only survived, but grew up to be a successful, Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of children's books — including this moving picture book based on his own childhood memories as a refugee, when a precious map fed his imagination (if not his constant hunger) and provided an escape from his misery. This stunning book is a testament to the power of imagination, and the last page where the author describes his childhood merges fact and fiction, and helps to open up a conversation with children about the ongoing refugee crisis by giving a more human perspective p.s. This story is set in present-day Kazakhstan, which you can spy on the map in the picture.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @readtome — 

Life has gotten in the way of this little account lately, but I finally have a moment to share one of our favorite geography related books for this month's #littlelitbookseries.  This wonderful book is a recent addition to our library and it's a stunner! Gorgeous artwork throughout and my goodness, the endpapers! 😍😍 Check this one out, everyone. It's a real keeper!

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @sunlitpages — 

Some books have the power to transport you, instantly, to a different place, and One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey is one such book for me. It doesn't set out to be a travel guide to Maine. No, it's just about a little girl named Sal who has a loose tooth. But when you see Sal skipping along the rocky beach digging for clams with her dad or watch them rowing across the choppy water of the bay to Buck's Harbor, it's amazing how you almost feel like you're there. At least I do. 🐚🐚🐚 This month, the #littlelitbookseries is going around the world. Check out the comments for the other contributors' selections. Maine is definitely a place on my bucket list. What's on yours?

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @teeandpenguin — 

We all have cities that have captured our hearts or destinations we can't wait to explore. For me that city has always been Paris. My mom speaks German and my dad speaks Spanish but rather than choose a language they would be able to help me with I took French. How else would I be able to communicate once I made it to France? 😉

Paris was everything I thought it would be and still one of my favorite cities. While Adele & Simon is not your typical geography book it has the essence of Paris between its pages and many notable landmarks are woven into the story as Adele and Simon make their way home from school. Along they way, as little brothers tend to do, Simon manages to misplace a wide variety of his possessions in some rather interesting places. This is perfect read for any budding Francophiles you may have.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @thelittlebookcollector — 

An Armadillo in New York | by Julie Kraulis || An armadillo may be an unlikely tourist perhaps, but this sweet little guy will take you on an adventure through New York City, checking it the sites and searching for Lady Liberty as he follows the special travel journals made for him by his grandfather. Beautiful illustrations and featuring the best and biggest attractions of one of the most famous cities on the planet- a trip through this book is a lot more practical and let's face it, probably more enjoyable than flying your children 10,000 miles to see it in the flesh.... 😉 It is also my pick for this month’s #geography for @littlelitbookseries

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @thereadingninja — 

Over the Ocean by #TaroGomi

#TheReadingNinja’s acute awareness or luck surprised even me for this month’s #littlelitbookseries  theme of Geography.  After reading the definition of geography to him, he picked Over the Ocean which has been sitting low on our shelves lately in easy reach of his little brother who’s become a big fan.

A little girl looks out across a wide blue ocean and wonders out loud what would be found on the other side.
 Is it more ocean? Perhaps many boats. The land beyond may be filled with farms, or huge cities, or small houses. Children may live in those houses, ones who could be friends or could be bullies. Are there icebergs? Is it night? Or perhaps there is another child looking right back across the ocean.

A gorgeous book that in a way defines geography through the eyes of a child.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @welovebookworms — 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans | I chose this book for this month's #littlelitbookseries on geography. It's a cute tale about Madeline's trip to the hospital, set in picturesque Paris.

Why did I select this book? On the last page, there's a list of Paris scenes Ludwig Bemelmans pictured in this book. The reader may go back and identify these famous geographical locations. They include: The Eiffel Tower, The Opera, The Place Vendome, The Hotel des Invalides, Notre Dame, The Gardens at the Luxembourg, The Church of the Sacre Coeur, and The Tuileries Garden facing The Louvre.

Little Lit Book Series: The Geography Edition

From @writesinla — 

HERE I AM is my #littlelitbookseries pick on the theme of geography and place. A wordless book with super expressive illustrations that tell the story of a boy who moves from Korea to NYC. He's baffled and overwhelmed by the new city, always carrying a seed that connects him to memories of home. But when he drops the seed out the window, a girl picks it up and he follows her. And that leads him on a journey through the city, getting to know it and then getting to know a new friend. A book about change and hope and beginning to feel at home. @capstone_pub

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