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Learning Geography through Literature

Today’s What to Read Wednesday theme is maps and geography. And while it might seem a little unusual to learn about mapping and land locations through literature, I want to share with you some really great mapping and geography books!

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I love books! Big, thick fiction books. Non-fiction and how-to books. Smallish picture books. Encyclopedias (really! I used to read them for fun!) Even the occasional dictionary.

I truly believe you can learn anything you want to know about from a book. Wanna know how to survive when you get lost in the woods? There’s a book for that. Wanna figure out what this thing-a-ma-jig is for? There’s a book for that. Wanna know what “consanguinity” means? There’s a book for that. Wanna relax and enjoy a good story in front of the fireplace on a cold, winter day? There are LOTS of books for that!

When I was a kid, I prided myself on my wonderful ability to read the map in the car and guide my driver-dad to our intended destination. This was back before the advent of that wonderful invention, the GPS system. All I had was the street signs and my handy-dandy atlas. I have many fond memories of directing traffic from the backseat of our 8-passenger van. (He probably handed me the atlas to keep me occupied and he actually knew where we were going all along. I have also learned that I really love my GPS, because I’m not as great at directions as I thought I was!)

So today’s What to Read Wednesday theme is maps and geography. And while it might seem a little unusual to learn about mapping and land locations through literature, I want to share with you my favorite books that bring geography to life!
              
              

 

             

 

             

 

             

 

Now it’s time for the What to Read Wednesday Link-up!

The most popular post from last week was:

Chickens at the Crossroads by Michele Morin

 

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Our hosts will share a themed selection of our favorite books each week.

Anne at Learning TableLeah at Sandy Toes CreationsCrystal at Castle View Academy

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This list has our book themes for 2016, but you don’t have to stick to that to link up–any family-friendly posts are welcome. So, come on! Join in the fun!

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