Map It!

What is a map?

A map is a drawing that tells you about a place. It shows a view from above, like the view you get looking down from an airplane or a satellite.  A map also shows the view from below if it is a star map. 

“Map” comes from the Latin word “mappa,” meaning napkin or cloth, on which medieval maps were drawn.  However, maps have been made from many types of materials throughout history, including clay, stone, ivory, sticks and footprints!

Does Your Book Move?

Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book. 

My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down.  The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces.  I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!

Unexpected Alphabets

I like alphabet books that look at letters in unusual ways. While alphabet books can be used to teach about and reinforce knowledge of letter sounds and shapes, they can lead to so much more--piquing a child’s curiosity, honing her skills of observation, or leading him to use his imagination to see letters in the world around him. As children learn to identify letter names and shapes, we encourage them to search their environment for letters and words.

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