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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to maps. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about maps.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about maps can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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How I Learned Geography
Written & illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could. The award-winning artist’s most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination. An author’s note includes a brief description of his family’s experience, two of his early drawings, and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time.How I Learned Geography is a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.

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Maps
Written & illustrated by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Provides an illustrated collection of maps covering the continents and major nations of the world, detailing cities, landmarks, and cultural icons for each.

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Magnolia's Magnificent Map
Written by Lauren Bradshaw & illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

?In this second book in the Walnut Animal Society series, following Henry’s Bright Idea–Magnolia the Bunny explores the grove with her friends Margaux the Kitty and Chester the Raccoon, looking for that elusive, special place that will complete her map. Deep in the shade of a walnut grove stands a tall tree house. A delightful group of friends gathers here. They call themselves the Walnut Animal Society. Their mission is to create and to always remain curious. The Walnut Animal Society is busy preparing for a very special event. The Society Soiree comes just once a month, when the night is clear and the stars are bright. Tonight it is Magnolia the Bunny’s turn to share. Everyone is excited. Everyone but Magnolia, that is. It has taken her months of exploring and sketching and picture-snapping to create her latest map–a map of the walnut grove. There’s just one problem. Her map isn’t finished. Magnolia’s map is missing a spot. Will she finish it in time?

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Thea Stilton and the Tropical Treasure
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Join Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters on an adventure packed with mystery and friendship!While the Thea Sisters are on a tropical vacation in the Bahamas, they stumble upon an old pirate map! It’s related to a local legend. Could it lead to treasure?! The five mice venture onto the sparkling Caribbean Sea to follow the map… but someone else is trying to find the treasure first. It’s a dazzling adventure!

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The Mapmakers
Written by Tamzin Merchant & illustrated by Paola Escobar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Cordelia Hatmaker has saved England from war. She stopped Lord Whitloof’s sinister plans, rescued the King and Princess, and restored the Makers Guild. But she still hasn’t found her missing father. Ever since Cordelia discovered the hidden map in her father’s telescope, she’s been searching the streets of London by starlight, trying to uncover its secrets.She never expects to stumble upon a secret society of Mapmakers–or to learn that magic isn’t limited to the few Maker families, but instead is all around, if you know where to look. But danger is lurking around every corner, and Cordelia must convince the rival Maker families to work together for once–not only to bring her father home, but to save the very essence of magic itself. . . .With exceptional and inventive storytelling and a lionhearted heroine, Tamzin Merchant once again draws readers into her captivating London and takes them on a breathless new adventure full of wildness, wit, warmth–and magic.

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  • Iron Tide Rising - Magical worlds and incredible creatures fill the pages of this epic, action-packed finale of the Map to Everywhere series, from John Parke Davis and New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan! Intrepid travelers Fin and Marrill have shared countless thrilling and treacherous adventures on the magical waters of the Pirate Stream. But neither could have expected that their final adventure would force them to team up with their oldest enemy: the evil wizard Serth! With the fate of the Stream and all their friends hanging in the balance, can they challenge the most frightening power they’ve ever come up against? Find out in this mind-blowing conclusion to the Map to Everywhere series!

  • Yasmin the Explorer - When Yasmin’s father explains to her about explorers and maps, Yasmin decides to make a map of her neighborhood and she brings it along on a trip to the farmers’ market with her mother–but will the map help her when they are separated?

  • Me on the Map - Illustrated in full color. In this playful introduction to maps andgeography, step by simple step, a young girl shows readers herself on a map ofher room, her room on the map of her house, her house on the map of herstreet–all the way to her country on a map of the world. Once the reader isfamiliar with the maps, she demonstrates how readers can find their owncountry, state, and town–all the way back to their room–on each colorful map.Easy-to-read text, bright artwork, and charming details give children a lot tosearch for and will have them eager to help navigate on the next familyvacation.

  • My Map Book - Experience a child’s view of the world in this extraordinarily imaginative picture book about maps “An imaginative, child-centered title that should be examined and enjoyed, and one that will also make a wonderful springboard for teachers introducing the concepts of mapping or autobiography,” said School Library Journal. In each spread of this bold and humorous picture book, children can examine their place in the world around them through detailed and engaging maps that are drawn from a child’s perspective. Twelve beautifully illustrated maps, such as Map of My Day and Map of My Family, will fascinate children, teaching about both mapping and telling one’s story. When finished reading the book, children can unfold the jacket—it turns into a poster-size map for them to use for drawing and creating.

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The Emerald Tablet
Written by Dan Jolley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Five elements. Four friends. One city–and its sinister shadow. This epic middle grade series is filled with awesome elemental powers, nightmarish creatures, and nonstop adventure that will thrill fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Mull.When Gabe Conway and his friends find a strange old map in his uncle’s office and follow it to a crumbling secret chamber beneath San Francisco, they think they’re just having one last adventure before Gabe moves away.They don’t expect to end up bound to the magic of the elements, or to set off a chain of events that none of them can explain. But they’re about to get more of an adventure than they bargained for.A power-hungry cult is plotting to merge our world with a twisted parallel realm–and now it’s up to Gabe, his friends, and their new elemental powers to save San Francisco from utter destruction.

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The World Between Blinks
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Bestselling authors Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin invite readers into a wondrous world where lost things are found, and where two cousins must come face-to-face with the impossible…Whenever Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were legendary.With the whole family reuniting for one last summer vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are prepared for an extraordinary trip of their own. Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse–then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all sorts of lost things and people wind up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history and a few they thought were just myths, from pilot Amelia Earhart to the fabled city of Atlantis.But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s journey home doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world forever.This first book in an exciting, fast-paced fantasy adventure series–featuring fun, interesting facts about history–is perfect for fans of Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series!

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Camilla, Cartographer
Written by Julie Dillemuth & illustrated by Laura Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Nominee ​A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year Camilla loves maps. Old ones, new ones, she loves them all! She often imagines what it must have been like to explore and discover a new path for the first time. One morning, Camilla wakes up to a huge snow storm. Her neighbor Parsley can’t find the path to the creek. But Camilla has her old map–which inspires her to make her own path and her own map! Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers celebrating discovery, adventurous problem-solving, and a love of maps.

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Map in the Mystery Machine
Written by Gail Herman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Scooby-Doo Readers offer adventurous stories for beginning readers. The text is easy-to-read and the art is bold and exciting. In the first two titles, Scooby-Doo finds a treasure map leading to pizza pies and solves the case of the missing donuts!

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The Cartographers
Written by Peng Shepherd
chapter book
Recommend Ages: -

“The Cartographers is one of those brilliant books you have to read twice” – Washington PostThere are echoes of Borges and Bradbury, Pynchon and “Finian’s Rainbow,” but Ms. Shepherd’s exhilarating and enjoyable work casts a magical glow all its own. – Wall Street JournalFrom the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret–one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark historyWhat is the purpose of a map? Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable and exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence . . . because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one–along with anyone who gets in the way.But why?To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret and discovers the true power that lies in maps . . .Perfect for fans of Joe Hill and V. E. Schwab, The Cartographers is an ode to art and science, history and magic–a spectacularly imaginative, modern story about an ancient craft and places still undiscovered.

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  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor - Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raúl Colón, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor. Marie Tharp was always fascinated by the ocean. Taught to think big by her father who was a mapmaker, Marie wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Was it even possible? Not sure if she would succeed, Marie decided to give it a try. Throughout history, others had tried and failed to measure the depths of the oceans. Sailors lowered weighted ropes to take measurements. Even today, scientists are trying to measure the depth by using echo sounder machines to track how long it would take a sound wave sent from a ship to the sea floor to come back. But for Marie, it was like piecing together an immense jigsaw puzzle. Despite past failures and challenges—sometimes Marie would be turned away from a ship because having a woman on board was “bad luck”—Marie was determined to succeed. And she did, becoming the first person to chart the ocean floor, helping us better understand the planet we call home.

  • There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map! - Scholastic’s bestselling OLD LADY stars in a brand-new adventure series chock-full of hilarious laughs and fun facts!There was an old pirate who swallowed a map. I don’t know why she swallowed a map–ARGH!–but it wasn’t a trap!Scholastic’s bestselling OLD LADY is starring in a brand-new adventure series that will make you laugh AND learn! In this new spin-off, the OLD LADY turns into an OLD PIRATE who travels across the seas, swallowing a map . . . and a rope, and a sword, and a spyglass, and an anchor, and a flag, and a treasure. . . Why? Well, it was a pleasure to swallow that treasure! Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about life on the open seas for a light take on nonfiction that’s perfect for this age. With expanded back matter about life on a ship and a search-and-find game at the end, this OLD PIRATE definitely has sea legs!

  • Henry's Map - A fun-filled introduction to maps through the eyes of an adorable pig Henry is a very particular sort of pig. A place for everything and everything in its place, he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess! Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong. And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed. For fans of Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth or of Winnie the Pooh, this sweet romp through the farm is adorably illustrated by David Elliot, who created the endearing animals who inhabit Brian Jacques world of Redwall. Perfect for pre-schoolers and elemetary-schoolers learning to read maps for the first time.Praise for Henry’s Map “With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons.” –School Library Journal (starred) “Here’s hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred) “Elliot’s barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story.” –Publisher’s Weekly “This story may even inspire budding cartographers to map their own world.” –Booklist

  • Into the Lion's Den - Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

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Follow That Map!
Written by & illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this new early chapter book in the popular Confetti Kids series, Pablo is excited to help his friends find the best route to Coney Island by using different transportation maps.Five friends from diverse backgrounds learn how to navigate common childhood challenges, new experiences, and the world around them in the realistic and kid-friendly Confetti Kids early chapter books.Pablo and his friends want to spend the last day of summer at Coney Island. They can ride bumper cars or play ring toss–there’s so much to do! But first, they need to figure out how to get to Coney Island from their neighborhood. It’s a long trip on the bus and subway, so it’s a good thing Pablo has his trusty maps to help them find the way. Coney Island or bust!

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Atlas of Animal Adventures
Written by Emily Hawkins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

From the team behind the bestselling Atlas of Adventures, this journey of discovery takes you in large format through 31 of nature’s most unmissable animal events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviors, and Herculean habits. There are hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn.Celebrate the incredible ways in which animals survive in the wild with every turn of the page, you’ll meet another of nature’s most adventurous creatures, learning about their amazing behaviors and habitats.Each section begins with an infographic map of the region it explores, followed by richly detailed two-page spreads featuring its most fascinating creatures. You’ll get to run with the wildebeest in Kenya, nest with the puffins in Iceland, parade with the peacocks in India, hit the dance floor with the birds of paradise in New Guinea, and go north with the narwhals of Canada, among many other adventures. The quirky illustrations make the animals’ lives relatable to our own with humorous surprises look out for a drone bee delivering a bunch of flowers to his queen, polar bears using binoculars to watch for seals, and cold-blooded iguanas basking in the sun on beach blankets.Interesting facts and figures pepper the scenes. Did you know that a Zambian fruit bat can gobble up to twice its body weight in fruit each night? Or that elephants have longer pregnancies than any other land animal - about 22 months!? Or that, at only one day old, a caribou calf can outrun a human? A ‘Can you find?’ page at the back challenges you to explore the pages even deeper by locating the pictured animals and objects. Children and adults alike will find inspiration in the extraordinary feats of these wonderful creatures.

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Map Skills Grade 2
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Both teachers and parents appreciate how effectively this series helps students master skills in mathematics, penmanship, reading, writing, and grammar. Each book provides activities that are great for independent work in class, homework assignments, or extra practice to get ahead. Text practice pages are included!

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Captain Dom's Treasure: Volume 2
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

In this second book of the charming and heartfelt chapter series that is Judy Moody meets Netflix’s One Day at a Time, will Dominguita find that X marks the spot? When Dominguita finds an old map in the back of an even older book in her beloved library, she is excited to see a telltale X marking an unknown place. Everyone knows that X marks the spot for treasure–and Dom knows that means a new adventure for her, Pancho, and Steph! But everyone seems to think that the map, while fun, probably isn’t real. Dom is determined to prove them wrong. And as the trio starts to uncover the mystery of the map, they realize that it has closer ties to the community they love than they could have imagined.

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My Pop-Up World Atlas
Written by Anita Ganeri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Watch the whole world spring to life! Budding geographers will love to immerse themselves in this fun, bright, fact-packed first atlas with lots of detailed illustrations. Each continent has its own spread, with pop-ups, flaps, booklets, and sturdy pull-tabs introducing the world’s countries, inhabitants, and famous landmarks.

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  • Captain Dom's Treasure - In this second book of the charming and heartfelt chapter series that is Judy Moody meets Netflix’s One Day at a Time, will Dominguita find that X marks the spot? When Dominguita finds an old map in the back of an even older book in her beloved library, she is excited to see a telltale X marking an unknown place. Everyone knows that X marks the spot for treasure–and Dom knows that means a new adventure for her, Pancho, and Steph! But everyone seems to think that the map, while fun, probably isn’t real. Dom is determined to prove them wrong. And as the trio starts to uncover the mystery of the map, they realize that it has closer ties to the community they love than they could have imagined.

  • My Town - My Town is a new offering from the same author and illustrator of our popular titles, My Day and My Car Trip. Continuing with the same characters as these two prior titles, My Town features the young boy and his father having a wonderful time making a map as they explore their neighborhood. As they explore, the boy learns where he lives in relation to various places and landmarks in the town. Through this charming story, young readers will learn a lot about maps, including how to make and use their own maps.

  • Texas Treasure - Travel around the United States of America with twins Finn and Molly in this new chapter book series that highlights a different state in each book! This time, they’re discovering BIG treasure in the great state of Texas! Magic and mystery from sea to shining sea! Welcome to the Alamo! PET, the magical camper, flies Finn and Molly Parker to San Antonio, Texas. The twins know they’re more than just tourists–they have work to do! Their mission? Help their new friend, Carlos, find buried treasure. But something’s funny about Carlos’s map, and Finn and Molly begin to think maybe they’re looking for treasure that’s not just silver and gold . . . Each Magic on the Map book includes a map of the US, a map of the state that Finn and Molly visit, and 10 amazing facts about that state! Don’t miss the other Magic on the Map adventures! Magic on the Map #1: Let’s Mooove! and Magic on the Map #2: The Show Must Go On.

  • City Trails: Barcelona - Get ready for a walking tour like no other–all from the comfort of your sofa! This seriously streetwise guide is packed with themed trails, from food and festivals to music, art and sport, that reveal amazing facts and intriguing tales you won’t find on the tourist routes.In City Trails: Barcelona, join Lonely Planet explorers Marco and Amelia as they hunt for more secrets, stories and surprises in another of the world’s great cities. You’ll discover human pyramids, dancing eggs, a witch school, and lots more!Themed trails include: Legends From Long AgoAnimal LandDelicioso!Gaudi TownStreet ShowsWatery WayLet’s Go!Winning CityMusical MarvelsPerfect ParksCity of ArtHigh TimeBarcelona StyleCity SurprisesSpotted in the StreetsSpooky StuffAlso available: City Trails - London, Paris, New York City, Rome, Tokyo, Sydney, Washington DC and SingaporeAbout Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world’s leading travel authority, Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids encourages the next generation of global citizens to learn about the world around them with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. Whether at home, in school or on the road, every day can be an adventure. Come explore!

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This Way, Watson!: A Map and Directions Primer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With the help of Watson and a map, following directions is really a snap! Claudia Pearson’s winsome illustrations will draw children and adults into a colorful, breezy day of finding one’s way. . . narrated with a clever twist: Watson is a terrier, and his friend Scout is a pigeon. This charming oversized board book is the go-to book to teach youngsters important skills like directions and reading a map. Claudia Pearson has been illustrating for over 20 years. During her career she has worked clients both nationally and internationally, including Chronicle Books, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s and Target. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, The Big Book of Illustration Ideas (Harper Design) and Fashion Images de Mode No.6. Originally from London, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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