Friday, November 15, 2013

Geography Awareness Week

We are so excited about Geography Awareness Week at Fauquier County Public Library! We are having a DIY scavenger hunt for children during the week of November 17-23.  Pick up an entry form, complete it during your visit, and turn it in to pick out a prize.

After you complete the scavenger hunt, check out these books to reinforce this important skill:

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest

The master of nonfiction picture books has a strikingly illustrated and intriguingly detailed look at some spectacular places on Earth, such as the world's oldest and deepest lake (Lake Baikal in Russia), hottest place on Earth (Al Aziziyah in Libya), and the windiest place on Earth (top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire).  The main text is ideal for one-on-one or classroom sharing, while annotations enhance the main narrative.

How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Official Study Guide

Even if you're not officially prepping for the National Geographic Bee, this study guide is a great tutorial on geography terms, study tips, sample questions, and advice from former participants.

I Wish I Knew That: Geography 

Geography buffs of all ages will be engrossed by this compact guide to all things geography.   Information on the North and South Poles, the continents, physical geography (mountains, rivers, etc), map reading skills, and tons more facts are presented in an engaging manner.

Our Earth

Anne Rockwell's many picture books are ideal for presenting nonfiction concepts to very young children.  Rockwell directly address the reader/listener as she explains earth formation, basic physical geography such as rain forests, rivers, deserts, and caves.  This would be a perfect read aloud for K-3 students during Geography Awareness Week!

If you're looking for the most up-to-date information on countries and continents, check out these two amazing databases (you will need your library card handy in order to access them from home, 24/7): World Book Online and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library 

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