My life of wanderlust began within the pages of books. Stories accompanied my maps fascinated me as a child. I spent hours pouring over book maps which made feel that I was traveling with the characters. I even wrote my own stories, always illustrating them with maps. I also sketched real life maps for Halloween trick-or- treating, the ski trail we named “homeward run,” and the hiking trails at camp. As a geography major, my favorite class was cartography where I learned how to draw many different types of maps. Our home is filled now with maps, atlases, and globes.
Map reading is a vanishing skill in this era of GPS but I still prefer to look at a map and get the entire view of a place. I carry a Thomas Guide California Road Atlas in my car and refer to it often when I’m on the road.
Once again I plan to participate in the 2018 A to Z challenge where bloggers post daily (except Sundays) on themes from a to z. This year I’ll be featuring Literary Maps in children’s books. I’ll share classics as well as outstanding atlases and books that help children gain a spatial understanding of the world. I hope you’ll join me for the journey.
And… just for fun, can you name the book where this map is found?
Do you enjoy books that contain maps?