The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A Map is Worth a Thousand Words - February 2006

Selected and annotated by Corinne Hatcher


New Titles

Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten Fire; Kroupa/DK Ink, 2000. Gr. 7-12.
Inspired by the author's uncle's story, Forgotten Fire is about Vahan Kenderian, a boy who grows up amongst the Armenian Holocaust and faces many hardships.

Bower, Tamara. How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt; written and illus. by Tamara Bower. Gr. 3-6.
In this tale from the ancient papyrus scroll of the "Egyptians and Amazons," a Queendom of Serpot challenges an army of Egyptians and their Prince Pedikhon to prove that women can be the equal of men.

Chabon, Michael. Summerland; Miramax/Hyperion, 2002. Gr 6-10.
Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in history, is recruited by the small beings who keep the sun shinning bright on Summerland. The ferishers, as they call themselves, need Ethan's help to fight giants, goblins, and above all else be a baseball star.

Corder, Zizou. Lionboy: The Chase. Dial, 2004. Gr. 5-7.
In this second book of "The Lionboy Trilogy", Charlie is in the difficult position of getting his lions out of the deceptively safe palace and allude the ever pursuing Rafie, all while attempting to find and save his own kidnapped parents.

Dash, Joan. The Longitude Prize; illus. by Dušan Petricic. Foster/Farrar, 2000. G. 5-9.
Find out about the life of John Harrison, the man who invented a device that determines longitude.

Delano, Marfé Ferguson. Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein. National Geographic, 2005. gr. 5-9
In this fascinating portrayal of one of the most loved genius' of the 20th century, discover the man behind the ideas through quotes, pictures, and stories about his life and times.

Dickinson, John. The Cup of the World. Fickling, 2004. Gr. 8-12.
Meet Phaedra, a seventeen year old who is arranged to be married to a knight who has only visited her in her dreams. When her dreams become reality, her father's kingdom turns into a living nightmare. The secrets entwined within relationships in this book will keep you reading to the very end.

Fradin Dennis Brindell. Let It Begin Here!: Lexington and Concord: First Battles of the American Revoluation; illus. by Larry Day. Walker, 2005. Grades 3-6.
Follow every minute of this famous day in American history, from Paul Revere's ride to the shot heard round the world.

Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl. Bloomsbury, 2003. gr. 6-10
A reimagining of the Grimms' fairy tale comes to life with the story of Ani, the princess of Kildenree who sets off with guards to meet her future husband, but takes a detour and finds herself in another land.

Harrington, Janice N. Going North; illus. by Jerome Lagarrigue. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. 5-8 yrs.
Experience the changes in smells, sights, and rhythms that the journey provides as Jessie and her family travel from Alabama to their new home in Nebraska.

Hausman, Gerald. Castaways: Stories of Survival; Greenwillow, 2003. Gr. 5-10.
Follow these six stories of stranded castaways who face everything from hunger to crocodiles. From historically based legends, they must map out the skills necessary to survive.

Hawass, Zahi. Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King; illus. with photographs. National Geographic, 2005. Gr. 5-8.
From the time he was discovered to what we know about his life today, this overview of Tutankhamun makes a page turning mystery.

High, Linda Oatman. Under New York; illus. by Robert Rayevsky, Holiday Home, 2001. Age 5-8 years.
A different view of one of America's most beloved cities, Under New York tells the story of the various adventures, from music to elephants, which happen beneath the streets.

Ichikawa, Satomi. La La Rose; written and illus. by Satomi Ichikawa. Philomel, 2004. Ages 4-7 years.
A story told from the point of view of a stuffed bunny who is lost in the Luxenbourg Gardens. Follow La La Rose as she tries to find her way back into her best friend Clementine's arms.

Johnson, D.B. Henry Works; written and illus. by D. B. Johnson. Houghton, 2004. Ages 5-8.
The fourth book in a series of picture books written about the life of Henry David Thoreau, this book follows the bear Henry as he works to bring function and beauty to Concord and then write a story at the end of his day.

Levinson, Nancy Smiler. Magellan and the First Voyage around the World; illus. with photographs. Clarion, 2001. Gr. 5-8
A biography of the Portuguese explorer who commanded with an iron fist, circumvented the globe, and changed the world view of Europeans forever.

Lewis, Maggie. Morgy Coast to Coast; illus. by Michael Chsworth. Houghton, 2005. Gr. 2-4.
After Morgy Makes His Move you would think that the worries and changes were over, but they are in fact just beginning. Read along as Morgy discovers hockey, the trumpet, a new school, and a new friend in Byron, all while preserving a sense of humor.

Ó Flatharta, Antoine. Hurry and the Monarch; illus. by Meilo So. Knopf, 2005. 5-8 yrs.
Meet Hurry the tortoise and his monarch butterfly friend who is making the physical and biological journey of a lifetime.

Nicholson, Dorinda Makanaõalani. Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories; illus. with photographs. National Geographic, 2005. Gr. 5-9.
Read the stories of World War II children, interspersed with snapshots from their lives, to follow the history of the war.

Pattison, Darcy. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman; illus. by Joe Cepeda. Harcourt, 2003. 5-9 yrs.
Travel with a wooden manikin from Uncle Ray's Home in Rock Hill, South Carolina to the home of Ray's niece in Redcrest, California.

Paver, Michelle. Wolf Brother; HarperCollins, 2005. Gr. 5-8.
This is the first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. Destruction of evil in a long-a-go land is dependent on Torak and his wolf friend.

Pierce, Tamora. The Circle Opens: Cold Fire; Scholastic, 2002. Gr. 7-10.
Our heroine Daja is visiting the trading city of Kugisko, tutoring local children in the art of mediation, when mysterious fires begin to plague the kingdom. Daja pairs her magic up with the firefighter of the city, Bennat Ladradun and the two learn a lot about friendship as well as the madness of the arsonist.

Ross, Val. The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories; illus. with photographs. Tundra, 2003. Gr. 6-8.
Set off with these historical mapmakers to find the way to there from here.

Shulevitz, Uri. The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century; written and illus. by Uri Shulevitz. Farrar, 2005. Gr. 4-8.
Enjoy this visual journey with one of the greatest explorers of medieval Europe. Intermixed with stories from Benjamin's adventures, his journey is entertaining as well as enlightening.

Singer, Marilyn. Monday on the Mississippi; illus. by Frané Lessac. Holt, 2005. Gr. 2-4.
Take a poetic jog down the Mississippi river while exploring the important cities and landmarks along its banks.

Skye, Obert. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo; illus. by Ben Sowards. Shadow Mountain, 2005. Gr. 5-7
Join Levin as he discovers the land of Foo and attempts to believe in his power to save the kingdom from the shadows of Sabine.

Stanley, Diane. Roughing It on the Oregon Trail; illus. by Holly Berry. Cotler/HarperCollins, 2000. Ages 6-9 years.
Imagine if you were allowed to visit any relative that you want to-in any time!! Lenny and Liz's grandma takes them to meet their great-great-great-great-grandmother and join her as she travels the Oregon trail.

Stroud, Bettye. The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom; illus. by Erin Susan Bennett. Candlewick, 2005. Age 5-8 years.
This story follows a young slave girl and her father's escape to freedom, following the clues left from her mother in a patchwork quit. As she pieces the clues and the fabric together for their journey, Hannah learns about the importance of passing on what she has learned.

Willey, Margaret, ad. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte; illus. by Heather Solomon. Ages 4-8 years.
In this story Beatrice fools a giant into giving her money to help her mother. . .and she doesn't even have to lift a finger.

Older Favorites

Avi. Poppy; illus. by Brian Floca. Jackson/Orchard, 1995. Gr.4-6.
Blake, Robert J. Akiak: a Tale From the Iditarod, written and illus. by Robert Blake. Philomel, 1997. 5-8 yrs.
Fritz, Jean. Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan; illus. by Anthony Bacon Venti. Putnam, 1994. Gr. 5-7
Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; illus. by James Ransome. Knopf, 1993. 5-8 yrs.
Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler. Atheneum, NY, 1970.
Lewis, C. S. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe; a story for children; illus. by Pauline Baynes. Macmillan, 1950.
Macaulay, David. Building the Book: Cathedral; written and illus. by David Macaulay. Lorraine/Houghton, 1999. Gr. 6-12.
Miline, Alan Alexander. Winnie-the-Pooh; illus. by Ernest H. Shepard; colored by Hilda Scott. Dutton, 1974.
Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World; written and illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Knopf, 1994. 5-8 yrs.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again; illus. by Michael Hague. Houghton, 1984.
Weiss, Harvey. Maps: Getting from Here to There; written and illus. by Harvey Weiss. Houghton, 1991. gr. 4-6.

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