When you are homeschooling, books are a great way to inform and educate in a natural way. This page lists my favourite books for introducing geography.
Somehow, reading about a new land and the people that live there, can really bring a place to life. It gives you a real feeling of the lives, culture and food of an area.
I have listed books that have characters that go 'around the world' first, then listed geography books by country.
I have found it quite difficult to find books that aren't historical. If you have an other ideas for geography books, then do get in touch - I would love to hear them.
Around the World in 80 Days by Julie Verne
Around the World with Phineas Frog
The pair get into quite a few scrapes (although the daughter is more interested in shopping!). There is a page of puzzles at the back of the book, and a map for you to plan out the route that Phineas followed.
Although a picture book, this would actually suit older children. It is quite difficult to guess Phineas's location and the rhyming seems to make it less childish.
"Knees knocking, they travel a treacherous track, on top on an ox-cart pulled by a yak. Over the high Himalayas they go, heading towards the Tibetan Plateau."
This is one of our favourite homeschool books!
This is a short picture book about travelling around the globe to buy ingredients to make an apple pie (the market was closed!). The illustrations are lovely. But the wonderful thing about this book is how much discussion it can spark.
There is a map at the back of the book to help with the geography. And there is so much science! After reading this book we began to try to make an apple pie like the character. Not by going around the world(!) but by evaporating salt from sea-water, grinding flour (we went to a mill) and churning milk to make butter. There is even an apple pie recipe in the book!
With imagination, this little homeschooling book can be a starting point for a lot fun learning - and I thoroughly recommend it.