Literature + Story Mapping = Geography!

I  thoroughly enjoyed putting together a recent presentation for Eduwebinar titled Story Mapping – Using Geographical Concepts to Respond to Literature. I discovered so many fantastic books with journeys and adventures to intrigue readers of all ages. I have compiled a list of these – those shared during the presentation – plus a number that I couldn’t address on the night due to time constraints. You can find the list linked on the Presentation page of this site for the recent webinar dated 28 November 2018. Note that the file is a word document so that users can continue to add to it. Feel free to use the contact form to send me new (as in newly published) suggestions.

As is always the way – after the event I have found more. One gem is a fiction series The Magic Tree House Kids (interesting Wikipedia article) where siblings, Jack (age 8) and Annie (7), discover that a tree house in the woods near their home that can transport them to different places and historical periods. The children are sent all around the globe to achieve specific goals, usually to rescue an important historical document. Later additions involved time travel with Merlin the wizard. All require factual knowledge to solve the missions. There is a supporting Magic Tree House Kids website with a club and game section with numerous games linked to the titles in the series. There are many titles (50+) published over the past 25 years and these were repackaged in 2017 to celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary.


Screen shot from one of the Magic Tree House missions.

About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.
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