20 Best Geography Books for Kids
Whether you are learning geography at school or at home, or want to explore the world from your home, you are going to love these geography books for kids.
Both you and the kids are going to explore some new places around the world from the comfort of your home.
All of these books have wonderful illustrations and are aimed at kids in elementary and middle school grades. We like to use these geography books as a supplement to our geography curriculum.
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This list of geography books is a mix of fiction, nonfiction and fact-filled books that the entire family will love.
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Best Books About Geography for Children
Here you will 20 of the very best geography books for kids of all ages.
They are broken down into the following sections to make them easier to read:
- Fiction geography books
- World geography books
- American geography books
- Natural geography books
Fiction Geography Books
Here you will find the best reading books from around the world. Immerse yourself in these fantastic books and let your mind travel to new countries.
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
This fantastic book is aimed at kids between 7 and above.
I wish I had found this book sooner, but my son luckily received this for his 12th birthday and we both LOVE it.
If you buy any book from this list, let it be this one.
This isn't really a fiction book, but I have included it here so you see it first! Honestly it is excellent.
Travel to 100 of the worlds most obscurrest places while you learn!
Around the world in Eighty days: A Jules Verne's Classic Novel With 55 Original Illustrations (100th Anniversary Collection Edition, #1)
This is a classic book that everyone should read in their lifetime.
The perfect age to read this book would be in middle school.
Who Pooped in the Park? Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This is a fun picture book from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Can you discover what animal pooped in the park?
The Kids Who Travel the World: Paris
This fun picture book is aimed at children aged 5-9.
Join two traveling sisters as they travel the world and learn new cultures. In this book, the girls are exploring Paris, and learn to speak a little French along the way. Join them as they visit the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, ride the metro and enjoy all things Parisian!
They also travel to Rome, London and other places in other books in the series.
World Geography Books
Let's discover the world from your home with these fantastic world geography books for kids. There are a mix of kids atlass and enclyopedias that you are going to love.
Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture
If you are studying geograhy with your kids or they are learning about it in school, I highly recommend you get this geography of the world book.
National Geographic Kids World Atlas 6th edition
Learn all about the world, the people, places, trends, and developments in this atlas. This is a fantastic geography resource for elementary aged students.
Horrible Geography Collection 10 Books Box Set Series
From the amazing creators of Horrible Histories and Horrible Science there is now Horrible Geography.
- Bloomin' Rainforests
- Cracking Coasts
- Desperate Deserts
- Earth-Shattering Earthquakes
- Freaky Peaks
- Monster Lakes
- Odious Oceans
- Raging Rivers
- Stormy Weather
- Violent Volcanoes
*Please note the description on Amazon states 12 books, but this is incorrect there are only 10 books included which I have listed above.
If the World Were a Village - Second Edition: A Book about the World's People (CitizenKid)
This book is excellent and a real eye opener even for us adults. For example:
There are 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world, but more than half of the people in the world speak these 8 languages:
- Chinese 19%
- English 13%
- Hindi 8%
- Spanish 7%
- Arabic 6%
- Bengali 4%
- Russian 4%
- Portugese 3%
Therefore the remianing 36% of people speak one of 5,992 other languages!
The Big Book of the UK: Facts, folklore and fascinations from around the United Kingdom
If you are studying the UK you are going to love this book. As we are from England I have fact checked it, but it is a great book for elementary aged children.
The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world (Lonely Planet Kids)
This is a Lonely Planet book for kids, traveling around 200 countries.
Where on Earth? Atlas: The World As You've Never Seen It Before
The kids are going to love this book, in fact you will learn a lot too.
Great for curious students the book dives head first into some really fun questions. For example, where are the best dive spots located!
Children's Illustrated Atlas
This is a fantastic children's atlas with over 50 maps full of beautiful illustrations that the kids will love.
All countries, capitals and flags of the world: A guide to flags from around the world
This will be such a great party trick when the kids are older!
Learn the countries capitals and flags. They will be able to surprise friends and family when they can name some of the more obscure countries!
The Best American Geography Books
If you are learning about American geography you are going to need these books. These are our absolute favorites and we use them with our free:
The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps!
This is a huge book with 2 large pages for each state and we refer to it all the time. It talks about famous landmarks from each state, famous people who were born in those states and much more.
National Geographic Kids U.S. Atlas 2020, 6th Edition
We love all National Geographic Books as they all have fantastic photography in, and are great to look at.
It is a more series version of the 50 States book. We love both, so you will have to choose which you prefer.
If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States (CitizenKid)
This is the American version of if the world were a village which we discussed earlier. I don't have this one yet, however, as the other book was so good I wanted to include this one too.
Natural Geography Books for Kids
If you are learning about natural geography and want to teach your children about the Earth we live in these are the books for you.
Geography: A Visual Encyclopedia
Learn about geological processes that have shaped our planet for thousands of years. Including the ice ages, earthquakes, global warming, and tsunamis.
There are 100s of pages filled with interesting facts, and fantastic pictures.
Super Earth Encyclopedia (Super Encyclopedias)
Let's learn about our super Earth with this very detailed and colorful encyclopedia.
It discusses extreme weather, natural disasters, and much more.
Where on Earth?: Geography As You've Never Seen It Before
This book focuses on rock formation, rivers, and much more. It is another excellent geography book for kids that they should read.
How to Ace the National Geographic Bee, Official Study Guide, Fifth Edition
Despite the National Geographic Bee being permanently discontued the kids are going to love this book.
The guide includes social studies, earth and space science, the environment, and culture. Of course, geography is at its core, and the guide features the latest country and geographic statistics.
The Ultimate Book of Planet Earth
This geography book is for younger children, and is excellent.
With pop ups, rotating wheels, pull tabs and more the kids will definitely see the Earth in a new way.
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Last Updated on 1 March 2023 by homeschoolof1