World Book of Maps

In my new post I am working with our teachers on developing our curriculum and am trying to use this (and other blogs) as a mine of information. We are presently looking at our teaching of reading and creating an atmosphere in which children see reading as pleasure as something which is a natural part of their life.

I remembered something which I first built back in the summer of 2010 when I was exploring the use of Google Maps to support literacy teaching. The idea behind it is that the map shows the main location of the events in a children or teenage book.

Please use it with your class as well as adding any new books which you think other classes might enjoy!

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3 Responses to “World Book of Maps”

  1. Stuart Spendlow
    November 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm #


    What a fantastic idea. Bringing reading to life is what the education system needs. We’ve become too wrapped up in teaching children to read that it seems to have lost purpose and depth.

    It’s worrying how many children dislike reading books. I try to encourage newspapers, magazines and websites to bring some of that spark back, but it’s not an easy task.

  2. jackie
    February 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    How do you add books to it Bill? Would love to add The Seal Children to Wales and The Snow Leopard to Afghanistan/ or Nepal or Pakistan.

  3. Kei
    June 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm #


    I love this! A great way to procrastinate when you should be doing reports.

    No books set in Lincolnshire? Maybe a gap in the market?

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