Children's Geography Books

Some gifted kids are verbally gifted and some are mathematically gifted. Others are talented in music or in art. But some kids have different interests -- like geography. They enjoy learning about the world and all the people in it. When you find your child to be interested in geography, get him one or more of these books. You might enjoy them yourself!

Regardless of any other geography book, your child might get, this one makes a nice companion. It defines and illustrates sixty-three geographical terms. Under some of the definitions, you will find additional definitions. For example, defined under the term "waterfall," you will find a definition for the word "cascade." The illustrations help clarify the definitions.
Ages 7 and up

If your child is a hands-on learner, she will no doubt enjoy this book since it contains a number of geography based activities. One activity has children building a model of a dam. Each activity entry includes a list of materials needed for the project and step-by-step instructions to complete it. The book is divided into five sections: Find Yourself on Earth, Mapping the Earth, The Land, Water All Around, and Weather and Climate. Each section has from four to twelve entries, each of which has an accompanying activity. For example, the entry on atmospheric pressure in the section on weather and climate has an activity of collapsing a bottle. A glossary is included as well as suggestions for additional reading and projects.
Ages 8 and up

This book is divided into sections on the different continents of the planet. In each section, readers learn about the climates, land formations, mountain ranges, and bodies of water on each continent. Also discussed in each section are the people and cultures found on each continent. The discussion of the people includes population, culture, governments, and industries. Putting the continents into a global context, the book covers the hemispheres, latitude and longitude, continental drift, and maps. Geography-based projects are provided along with a pop-up globe and reusable stickers. On top of all that, kids can find information about world explorers scattered throughout the book in sidebars to the main discussions.
Ages 8 -12

If you're looking for projects, you'll find them in this book! It contains over 200 of them. Kids can learn about map making by making a map. They can learn about different cultures by reading stories or making dishes from the recipes included in the book. Those are just some of the types of activities the book includes.
Ages 8 and up

What's better than an Atlas for learning about geography? The book presents the geography of the United States in six sections: The Northeast, The Southeast, The Midwest, The Southwest, The West, and The Territories. The book is full of maps - of the states, of the terrain, of the climate, of natural vegetation, and even of natural hazards like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and more. There are also maps with symbols to show where in the states you can find various things like fishing, poultry, wheat, and much, much more. Boxes appearing on the pages include geographical facts like the population, year of statehood, capital city, largest city, area, main industry, and agriculture.
Ages 8 and up

What do art and geography have in common? Nothing really. Kids who are artistic are not known for their deep interest in geography. But what if you want your artistic child to learn about geography? That's the idea behind this book. The beginning pages include art tips for using the coloring wheel, drawing, painting, and more. It also includes a list of art materials needed to complete the many projects. One project is to make a "puzzle" by tracing and then cutting out the continents of the world. Kids are asked to then try to fit the pieces together, which illustrates continental drift from Pangea to the continents we know today. There are many other activities for drawing, painting and even modeling clay sculptures like those found in Africa. The book is more than just projects, though. It includes plenty of information about the continents and the people who live on them.
Ages 9 and up

If you know me at all, you know I am a big fan of DK books. They are packed with information and beautiful pictures and drawings. This one is no different. The book is organized from great to small. That means that it starts first with the continents, then moves to regions, and then to countries. The colorful maps are quite detailed and include the most recent changes in nations' borders. You will also find climate, agriculture, and industry, as you would expect. In addition to that, you will also find information on literacy, life expectancy, health care, religion, population, and even recent history. That's just some of what is included!
Ages 10 and up

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