I am always up for a trip somewhere out of the country where I can use my passport. I’ve had many passports over the years and it’s fun to look through them and see the stamps from the many places I’ve been. But, am I the only one who never likes their passport photo?
In the classroom, I always made passports for my students and we spent the year traveling the globe through books, art, music, food and this book:
P is for Passport
by Devin Scillian
Sleeping Bear Press
Picture Book ages 5-9
This book is especially appropriate for the A to Z Blog Challenge as it takes readers globe trotting in alphabetical order. The author covers 26 topics that people around the world have in common. The publisher had artists from around the world illustrate the different spreads making this a truly multicultural celebration.
Have you ever heard of a Paper Town? These are fictional places cartographers insert into maps in order to catch other map makers who copy their work. Click here to read an interesting article about them.
Edgar Award Winner
In the book, Paper Towns, the fictional town of Agloe, New York, plays a prominent role. This young adult novel follows studious Quentin and his free-spirited neighbor, Margo. The two were friends when young but grew apart when they entered high school. One night, Margo asks Quentin help her get back at an old boyfriend. Then, Margo disappears and Quentin decides he will find her following clues she has left behind. This is an excellent book for fans of YA mysteries.
And, for a bit of fun…
Mermaids on Parade
written and illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
picture book ages 5-8
This picture book begins – Once a year when vacation starts I march in a parade to celebrate the opening of the ocean during the summer solstice…
This picture book follows a young girl who dresses as a “shy mermaid coming out of her shell,” as she joins many others in the annual Coney Island parade when “mermaids, Neptunes, and other legendary sea creatures leave their oceans to walk on land.” The illustrations are joyful, bright, and festive and include this wonderful map of the parade route.
Thanks for traveling through literary maps with me.