By Candlewick

Reviewed for First Grade, 2013

Maps

This beautiful, coffee-table sized book is a magic carpet ride taking children to destinations around the globe. Each page features an illustrated map depicting geographical features, cultural references, famous foods, and local people from countries all over the world. Gorgeous illustrations and fun images inspire the imagination, while facts about capital cities, language, population, and area in square miles provide wonderful lessons in social studies and math. Though not all countries are represented here, there is definitely enough geographical fodder to keep kids fascinated for years to come. (Big Picture Press, $25.20)