Where Is? Series

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Interesting, fun facts about natural and human-made places.

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Educational Value

Each book in the series is a detailed look at one of Earth's most notable places, from natural wonders to human-built landmarks.

Positive Messages

Series focuses on the way the places are woven into our global history, and shows how connected humans are to one another and to the planet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Without humans at the center of every book, the series shows how humans have become the caretakers of these landmarks, and how, in the case of somewhere such as the Galapagos Islands, the place has had a massive impact on humanity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Where Is? series gives deeper context to global landmarks that many young readers have likely not read about much before. The books are fun to read, and packed with information and obscure details. Each book tells readers why the location is important -- for example, an architectural leap, or a boundary-defining river. Some of the places were built by humans (the pyramids in Egypt, the Brooklyn Bridge) and some are natural wonders (the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon). The series is upbeat and positive, and reminds readers to explore their neighborhoods and beyond, that there are countless amazing things to see on this planet.

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What's the story?

The WHERE IS? SERIES looks at some of the most talked about places on the planet, and tells readers both basic information and small details about each location. Whether they're built by humans or nature, these places have had an impact on human life. Topics include the Bermuda Triangle, Easter Island, Area 51, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, Broadway, Mount Everest, and more. Each book has a bibliography and a fold-out, glossy timeline of events at the end, and sidebars throughout the book give additional details related to the main topic.

Is it any good?

The books in this series are engrossing, giving the right level of detail for both young readers and adults who want to learn. The writing in the Where Is? books keeps young readers captivated, trying to bring locations to life and help readers understand how their own history and experiences relate. There's a ton of great vocabulary, lots of facts and trivia, and topics for every interest.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the places in the Where Is? series that they'd most like to visit. Do any spots have a particularly strong meaning to you?

  • What fascinates you most about this place and why? Would you want to visit in person?

  • What did you learn about the place that you didn't know before?

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For kids who love nonfiction and travel

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