Every family needs a good world atlas. While MapQuest, Yahoo Maps and Google Maps may have eliminated traditional street maps to meet our targeting needs, there is always a place to find a beautiful hard cover, full color atlas. You can read profiles of different countries or cities, get travel tips, reference information, teach kids about other places and cultures, or explore the world directly from the couch. But which one in the world is supreme? This question is difficult to answer, but here are some classic choices, as well as some new options.
One of the most commonly used atlases is Goode's World Atlas, edited by Edward B. Espenshade, Jr. This pocket-sized book contains many high-quality maps from professional geographers. Another great option is the National Geographic Road Atlas of the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the best street maps in North America. The "World Tenth Edition" map has 125 color maps and 250,000 place names.
DK World Atlas is full of entertaining facts and also provides geographic information about every country in the world. You also need to add the World History DK Atlas, which includes maps, timelines, photos and history, as well as the DK World Reference Atlas, each country has 1 to 6 pages, discussing politics, climate, world affairs, economy, crime, Health, media, education and communication.
Sometimes you can find a map in the world that reveals the current state of our planet. The World Atlas is doing this, showing current statistics, profiles and realities about world politics, economy, food supply, military power, energy resources, pollution levels and biodiversity. In short, the world's delivery of hardcopy atlases lacking online mapping is a historic worldview of map makers and cartographers who spend a lot of time and effort color coding our world and put data in a logical way. Combine the maps and draw a big picture.
If you're looking for an American historical atlas to motivate kids, consider Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley's "Time and Location: A New Atlas of American History" [for 7-14 year olds] about 20 little-known The fascinating story behind American places, using verbal narratives, old maps, paintings and contemporary accounts. Don't forget to let Lynn Kuntz's "Celebrate America: Children's Hands-on History" [8-10 years old], which will allow you to intervene like Ben Franklin, or create a free-style sock box from the oatmeal, glue, yarn and Paper.