Maps and Travel
The 2018 summer reading/learning program from iRead and the California Library Association is READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE!: hwww.ireadprogram.org/ and calchallenge.org/ . A great way to focus on this for toddler and preschool storytime is with transportation-themed storytimes. Between now and June, BayNews will offer transportation storytime ideas to help you promote READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE! Let’s begin with a general storytime on travel and using a map. For a craft project, make these make-believe lands maps using file folders, markers, and glitter: https://artsymomma.com/make-believe-map-craft.html .
Costa, Maria S. How to Find a Friend. A blue squirrel and red rabbit are each trying to find a friend, and some helpful bugs point them toward each other. Use the map on the endpapers to show the journey.
Dillemuth, Julie. Mapping My Day. Flora loves maps, and makes simple ones seen in the illustrations.
Elliot, David. Henry’s Map. Henry makes a map of the farm to help keep it tidy, but instead, chaos ensues.
Fanelli, Sara. My Map Book. Simple maps, including one of a child’s bedroom, the playground, and house, are used to describe a child’s day.
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Punk Farm on Tour. While Farmer Joe is away, the animal band goes on tour!
Larsen, Andrew. The Not-So-Far-Away Adventure. Theo takes his grandfather to the beach, using a special map they have drawn.
Leedy, Loreen. Mapping Penny’s Day. For a school project, Lisa makes a map of her dog Penny’s daily activities.
Sweeney, Joan. Me on the Map. A girl begins with a map of her house, then her street, then town, and so on to demonstrate the concept of a map.