What exactly is a map? Why are maps important and what are they used for? Students will find answers to these and other questions about maps in this fun new series. Young readers can learn about all the ways maps help organize information and keep people from getting lost. Key vocabulary words, such as route, compass, and GPS, are seamlessly eased into the text. Difficult words can be found in a simple glossary at the back. Students can practice using context clues and features of nonfiction texts. A brief overview of how maps have changed throughout history is presented visually and through text. Big, bright pictures and photographs illustrate different types of maps and how they are used. Map features are highlighted and deftly explained in beginning reader language. Other titles in this map series include, Compass Roses and Directions, Map Scales, Symbols and Keys, and What is a Map? All the books follow the same format and will help any parent or educator teach their young children how to read and understand different types of maps. Common Core connections are provided at the end of every book. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr; Ages 5 to 7.
Jennifer Besel has the best job in the world—writing and editing books for kids! Her book The Captivating, Creative, Unusual History of Comic Books was a 2011 notable book from the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children's Book Council, and the TriState Young Adult Review Committee. It was also a 2010 VOYA honor book. Jen reads, writes, and plays in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband and two sons.
Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.
Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.
Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.