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message 1: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (last edited Jul 23, 2011 08:36AM) (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
In August, we'll be exploring "Geography and Maps" Although we've already chosen the official selections, feel welcome to post back here any time with your thoughts on a picture book that fits the theme!


message 2: by LauraW (last edited Jul 08, 2011 08:00AM) (new)

LauraW (lauralynnwalsh) | 127 comments I am going to nominate The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman. It is not a book of maps, but rather a mystery that takes place as the family travels across the US from California to the East Coast. The book is not my favorite - lots of action and adventure, but not enough character development. But one thing that I really enjoyed about it was that it had the Google maps directions for the route that they took - they told you what to put into Google maps to get their exact route. That and the descriptions of the sights along the way had even me reaching for the atlas. I think this would be great to use with a 4th or 5th grade class as a read-aloud, map study, US geography unit.
The Genius Files Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman


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Manybooks | 7180 comments Mod
LauraW wrote: "I am going to nominate The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman. It is not a book of maps, but rather a mystery that takes place as the family travels across the US from California to t..."

Laura, I don't think your recommendation will work because it's supposed to be for the picture book club, so I think the limit is app. 40 pages. Maybe you could nominate it for the fiction club instead, as I think the book would be a fun read.


message 5: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (last edited Jul 08, 2011 02:46PM) (new)

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LauraW wrote: "I am going to nominate The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman. It is not a book of maps, but rather a mystery that takes place as the family travels across the US from California to t..."

Hi Laura--Thank you for posting as it certainly fits the theme. However, as Gundula pointed out, this does sound beyond the bounds for our Picture Book Club (appx. 32 pages, mostly illustrations, suitable for ages 4-8) but please do feel welcome to mention it for the Fiction Club :-)


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LauraW (lauralynnwalsh) | 127 comments Sorry, I got the groups mixed up. I don't read a lot of picture books and just didn't look at the discussion title. The book isn't strong enough, IMO, for nomination to a general Fiction discussion. I just like it for the Geography and Maps theme.


message 7: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (last edited Jul 08, 2011 03:56PM) (new)

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LauraW wrote: "Sorry, I got the groups mixed up. I don't read a lot of picture books and just didn't look at the discussion title. The book isn't strong enough, IMO, for nomination to a general Fiction discussi..."

Ah, okay. No problem. I hope you will join us and start reading more picture books, too ;-) There are so many great ones out there! I'm a "grown-up" wit no kids yet and I'm addicted ;-p


message 8: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7180 comments Mod
Three more possibilities,

The Travel Game

Columbus's Chart

Meerkat Mail


message 9: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
I'm so excited about the nominations thus far. I think it will be another great month. Thanks, and keep them coming :-)


message 10: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Chandra, I'm glad you're nominating books - thank you - I want a big list of possibilities to take to the library for my own interest! Any of the books I find that are wonderful I will be mentioning in my all-ages group, Fans of Maps.

(Any of you who are interested in books about maps, travel, etc., or are into related activities like geocaching, bookcrossing, etc., are invited to join! We're pretty quiet but I'd like us to grow a bit. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3....)


message 11: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
Chandra wrote: "I just realized I'm nominating stuff and I'm going to be out for half of August!"

Oh, as Cheryl said, I am very happy to have so many great nominations. Thank you and keep them coming! :-) I just hope you will be able to join us for the ones that are selected come August, whenever you find time in your busy schedule. Or, you could always post back a little later in September, too.


message 12: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (last edited Jul 14, 2011 03:39PM) (new)


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Randie D. Camp, M.S. (randie87) | 158 comments Away From Home by Anita Lobel

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World by Barbara Kerley


message 14: by Dayna (new)

Dayna (smizler) Two of mine were already mentioned (The Scrambeled States of America and The Travel Game) but here is another good one How I Learned Geography

**Updated....just saw this one was already mentioned too!


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Two of my favorite books to teach kids about maps are:
Mapping Penny's World
Me on the Map

Three of my children's favorite books about kids from around the world are:
One World, One Day
Nine O'Clock Lullaby
Toot & Puddle

I also love:
Wonderful Houses Around the World

This past year, I spent months reading picture books set in countries around the world. I compiled booklists of the very best books I could find and posted booklists and reviews at Delightful Children’s Books (www.delightfulchildrensbooks.com). The Read Around the World booklist topics include: Maps, Children Around the World, Africa, Europe, Australia, The Arctic, South America, and Asia.

Read Around the Word booklists: http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/r...

Read Around the World resource page for librarians:
http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/r...


message 16: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
Randie wrote: "Away From Home by Anita Lobel

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World by Barbara Kerley"


Thanks, Randie! I am repeating them here with the links included so it's easier for people to look them up and it will show up on the comprehensive list ;-)



You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World (Yay! I love Barbara Kerley!)

Away from Home


message 17: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Thanks all, esp. Amy for the lists - I'm off to check them out!


message 19: by Manybooks (last edited Jul 14, 2011 09:38AM) (new)

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I am going to nominate one more picture book, Return to the Sea.

This might sound a bit like it would fit better with this month's theme (beach/ocean), but I've just read the book and it is basically a story of a family trip to the east coast of Canada, describing not just the sea, but also places like Quebec City, Peggy's Cove, Halifax, Cavendish (where the girls pick up hats with Anne of Green Gables braids), the longest covered bridge in the world (in New Brunswick). Both educational and poetic, with lovely illustrations, this is a great book for showing the sights, the geography of Atlantic Canada (as well as the trip to Atlantic Canada, Quebec City is seen on the trip to the east coast).


message 20: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Oh I so want this - off to check the library's website!


message 21: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7180 comments Mod
Cheryl in CC NV wrote: "Oh I so want this - off to check the library's website!"

I really liked it, although the poetry does not always work just right, it is a sweet story, both enchanting and educational.


message 22: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Unf. it's not in my system. :(


message 23: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7180 comments Mod
Cheryl in CC NV wrote: "Unf. it's not in my system. :("

That's too bad, it's Canadian, so it might not be all that available south of the border (I really do wish more Canadian picture books were available in the United States and probably vise versa as well).


message 24: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Well, yeah, how are we, and our children, to learn about other countries if books like this aren't available? Ah well.


message 25: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 7180 comments Mod
Cheryl in CC NV wrote: "Well, yeah, how are we, and our children, to learn about other countries if books like this aren't available? Ah well."

I know, rather frustrating.


message 26: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
It's time to vote for your selections! I'd love a blend of fiction and non-fiction titles but, of course, it's up to you; we have so many enticing nominations ;-) As ever, I recommend checking to see if your library has a title before you vote for it.

To vote, please post a comment and list the five books (from the official nominations from Message 4-25) you would most like to read with the group in August.

Votes will be accepted until July 22nd. Thank you!


message 28: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 722 comments So hard to choose... there are 7 that I really, really want to read and others that also sound great (and that is not including 4 or 5 titles that I've already read and know are good.) Okay, here are my votes.

Mapping Penny's World
The Travel Game
You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World
As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps
Space Pirates: A Map-Reading Adventure

But I'd really love to read Uri Shulevitz's book How I learned Geography as well! And so many others. I'm very excited for this month. Thanks!


message 29: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1077 comments I haven't participated the last 2 months, though I've read the books and my intentions to post were genuine, but I think I'll abstain given the circumstances. I'm happy to read any of these and any 6 that are selected if I can get them. Hope to participate too. I love this topic, and have read many good books on the subject; many are books up for votes.


message 30: by Dolly (new)

Dolly (dollymart) | 252 comments Here are my votes:

Somewhere in the World Right Now
Mapping Penny's World
Me on the Map
Nine O'Clock Lullaby
One World, One Day

Note: It looks like a couple of Barbara Kerley's books were nominated - I'd like to read one of them, but it doesn't matter which one


message 32: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina Jenkins | 229 comments Lisa wrote: "I haven't participated the last 2 months, though I've read the books and my intentions to post were genuine, but I think I'll abstain given the circumstances. I'm happy to read any of these and any..."

The same for me - it's been a hard summer. But I will try to participate as much as possible.


message 33: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

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Jenny wrote: "So hard to choose... there are 7 that I really, really want to read and others that also sound great (and that is not including 4 or 5 titles that I've already read and know are good.) Okay, here..."

Thanks, Jenny! If you do read some on the theme that aren't our official picks, I hope you'll post back on this thread (when it becomes "Master List and General Discussion") as I, too, am very interested in *many* of the titles and would love to hear from others who read them. (I'm sure other members would, too.)


message 34: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

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Dolly wrote: "Note: It looks like a couple of Barbara Kerley's books were nominated - I'd like to read one of them, but it doesn't matter which one"

Thanks, Dolly! I'll make a note of that when it comes time to tally the votes.



message 35: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 722 comments I will post back about my thoughts on any books I read that don't make it to our top 5 + alternate. I've already put a couple on hold which I'll read, no matter whether they are chosen. :)


message 36: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

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Jenny wrote: "I will post back about my thoughts on any books I read that don't make it to our top 5 + alternate. I've already put a couple on hold which I'll read, no matter whether they are chosen. :)"

Yay! Exciting :-)


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Gaynor (seasian) | 52 comments By coincidence, I need to buy some picture books about maps and map-making for our 5 year olds. However, I have found it difficult to find many titles where distances are measured using the metric system. Since I am living outside of the US and use the metric system, this is important.
I have mentioned previously that I don't have library facilities, except my own and therefore if I want to read a book chosen in the poll and I don't have it, I need to buy it.
I will vote for
As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People
Wonderful Houses Around the World
since these 3 books are in the collection.
However, I am very interested in knowing which other books, if any, refer to the metric system.
I apologize for only being able to vote for 3 titles. Don't include my vote if it is not appropriate, but I will still do my best to contribute.


message 40: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
Gaynor wrote: "I apologize for only being able to vote for 3 titles. Don't include my vote if it is not appropriate, but I will still do my best to contribute. "

Of course I will include them! You voted for books from our official list and your vote should (and does) totally count! ;-) Thanks for your willingness to participate even though it's a challenge for you to get the books.


message 41: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
Thanks to all who voted! I've tallied the results and it looks like we'll have another great month in August! :-)

Mapping Penny's World

How I Learned Geography

If the World Were a Village - Second Edition: A Book about the World’s People

Madlenka

Adèle & Simon

Alternate/Sixth title:
One World, One Day


message 42: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

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I completely forgot about this book until the nominations were over but I loved Thank You, World about children from around the world and how their dress and homes/towns may be different but that they are thankful for the same things in life. The illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin really charmed me.


message 43: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1077 comments Kathryn wrote: "I completely forgot about this book until the nominations were over but I loved Thank You, World about children from around the world and how their dress and homes/towns may be diffe..."

I loved that book too, Kathryn; I gave it 5 stars. So many great books on this and related subjects!


message 44: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
Tricia mentioned the following books in the discussion topic for this month. I want them here for handy reference. :)

The Once Upon a Time Map Book
The Magic Globe
Earth from Above, Third Edition


message 45: by Cheryl is busier irl atm., Newbery Club host (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 6240 comments Mod
I just thrilled to Jeannie Baker's Mirror. It could be in the master list for wordless, or even for grandparents, but I'm putting it here because it reminded me of One World, One Day. In some ways it surpassed that because it had a tighter focus.


message 46: by Kathryn, The Princess of Picture-Books (new)

Kathryn | 5740 comments Mod
Cheryl in CC NV wrote: "I just thrilled to Jeannie Baker's Mirror. It could be in the master list for wordless, or even for grandparents, but I'm putting it here because it reminded me of [..."

Sounds great!!!


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