National Geographic Kids is back with a third edition of the Beginner’s United States Atlas for ages 7-10. Whether you have a virtual, hybrid, or in-person learner, the Atlas is a must have tool to enhance the classroom experience.

It begins with a necessary look at What is a Map? followed by a brief look at the physical and political United States. Next comes a tour of our nation’s capital.

These initial pages set the stage for the bulk of the resource—details on all 50 states and five of the 14 territories. Divided into six geographic areas, I found myself counting how many states I had visited (32). That little middle grade kid I once was has some catching up to do given my bold proclamation at the time that I’d visit every state.

Each state gets a full two-page spread with a map on the right and loads of factual information on the left. Included are a description of the state’s LAND & WATER, STATEHOOD, PEOPLE & PLACES, and a FUN FACT. Surrounding the facts are colored images with a picture of the state flag, flower, and bird. You’ll also find pictures of locations and people enjoying the activities common for that state.

Geography is never boring with this guide. Spread the book out on your lap or desk and get a full understanding of this beautiful country known as the U.S. Then you can start counting up the states you’ve been to or want to visit. It will be a lifelong pursuit.

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  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I really enjoy books like this. And now that we can’t travel, I enjoy them even more.

  2. Love National Geographic books! This one may be appropriate for my 6-year-old great grandson, with a little help from his mom. Or should I wait a year or so? It would be a great book because they travel from their home in Ohio to their condo in Florida — thus passing through a lot of states. Thanks for sharing!

    • I think your 6-year-old great grandson would enjoy this book. The pictures and images are great and it’s a useful guide with a wide range of information he’d find even more useful as he gets older. My review copy hasn’t found a new owner yet so send me an address and it’s all yours.

  3. Sean McCollum says:

    Great text to highlight, Greg. Thanks!

  4. msyingling says:

    For a while, I even had a shower curtain with a map of the world because my girls were so obsessed with geography. They always liked the almanacs and atlases.

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  6. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    This is must have in every child’s library. Thanks for the post.

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