Me on the Map

Me on the Map does a great job of teaching kids how to use a map, taking the child from the map of their room all the way out to a map of the world and back again. While the book helps children see their own communities as special, it also helps put their community in the context of the larger world. For ages 3-7.

32 pages. ©2018.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted February 19, 2023


Super helpful for kids still figuring out where they fit in the world. Used for my 3 and 5 year old nieces to show them the world is both very small (within their island community) and very large (something to explore with curiosity).

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Review posted January 27, 2023


This book is a good introduction to maps, floor plans, and how children locate themselves in their world. After reading the book several times, my 4 yr old has begun drawing her room, and asking about where things are located in terms of maps and physical location. It's amazing to watch her little wheels process these new concepts.


Review posted January 5, 2023


This is a simple book that covers the basic concepts of cartography for kids. It's easy to read, colorful pages.


Review posted December 23, 2022


I ended up liking this book way more than expected!


Review posted December 21, 2022


Me on the Map This book is a great introduction to understanding maps. It starts with a map of the child’s room and keeps expanding until at the end you see a map of the world. It is a great way to explain in ever expanding pictures the concept of the world and the people in it. It is very well done. I am giving a globe to a family member with four children ages 1-11this Christmas. I think this book will help the five-year-old in understanding the globe.


Review posted November 11, 2022


Ordered book for autistic Child who is really into maps. Maps in book were just basic and more for toddlers I would say


Review posted October 28, 2022


This was the sweetest book and teaches the kids to dream about a world bigger than what they see in front of them. Shared it with my students and they loved it. Thank you!


Review posted September 29, 2022


This is a fun, easy to read book that could be used in an integrated social studies and literacy unit in K-2 to help students have discussions about their community and the world.


Review posted September 18, 2022


I am going to use this book when teaching students about where we live. The students will love the illustrations. I love how many activities you can do with this book. This is a great book to use when talking about creating maps.

Bailey Guido

Review posted September 1, 2022


I LOVE THIS! It is a great book to use as a storyline!!!


Review posted August 29, 2022


I am so excited to read this book with my students this year! It is such a good start to teaching first graders about the world!


Review posted August 20, 2022


This is a cute book; I enjoyed reading it with my sons and talking about where they are on the map.


Review posted August 19, 2022


This is such a great book. There are so many fun activities that can come from it, including duplicating the type of maps the girl in the book made. My boys have loved reading it over and over and discussing the maps.


Review posted August 18, 2022


"Me on the Map" was a great cross-curricular bridge between reading and social studies. We saw many of the vocabulary words from our reading curriculum, but the pictures and story were helpful to make the content accessible to students.


Review posted August 11, 2022


This book is so bright and colorful and perfect for young children. My little boy is 7 and it was short and descriptive teaching kids about different kinds of maps and their world. My little guy is drawing a map of our house as we speak! So cute! Would definitely recommend for kids and even for a classroom setting!


Review posted August 9, 2022


Sweeney provides a charming walk through spatial concepts and accessible geography by zooming in and out of our shared spaces in a way that I know students like my own would recognize and enjoy. While a simple read, it allows kids to explore the differences between local spaces and their position in our more global context. The illustrations also provide warm backdrops that help to illustrate how all these spaces connect together into this beautiful, complete picture.


Review posted July 6, 2022


Very cute book, does a great job of taking kids from their bedrooms, out to the world, and back down again. My son really enjoys it.


Review posted June 28, 2022


My kids and I loved this book! The ideas and pictures in this book helped the kids understand their physical position on the globe and how we use maps to show where places are. They loved practicing drawing their own maps of our house and their rooms after reading this book. We definitely recommend this book.

Penny McDermott

Review posted June 24, 2022


This book is a fun introduction to maps. The illustrations alternate between actual places to a birds eye view first of bedroom, to house, to neighborhood, to town, to state, to country, to the world, and back again.


Review posted June 13, 2022


A great way to start understanding maps. Illustrations are helpful and cute. An adult would be needed for most children to explain what the maps are showing.

Kim Bosse

Review posted May 31, 2022


I loved Me on the Map. It was a well done and fun to read. I especially liked that it brought everything full circle.


Review posted May 3, 2022


This book was a fun read for my child and I recommended it to our local schools. A great way to begin discussions on Geography with kids.


Review posted April 19, 2022


Enjoyable reading. Excellent way for children to learn map skills.

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Review posted April 15, 2022


This book is both educational and fun. Its a good introduction to the act of thinking beyond self. Loved the illustrations too!


Review posted March 30, 2022


This book is a great one for the classroom moving from up close where the child is in their room, and gets bigger and bigger to include where they are in the world. This works great with social studies in our preschool classroom where we learn that we are all part of a connected world and that we all have a place.


Review posted March 28, 2022


Me on the Map is a great book for kids. It teaches children how to think about their place in the world and how each person has their spot on our huge globe. This book would compliment a map skills unit for early elementary aged kids, or it would also be a great book for parents to read with their kids at home. After reading this book, you would naturally go draw some (or look at some) maps.


Review posted March 20, 2022


this book is great for my kids who live all over the world


Review posted February 8, 2022


One of the best young childrens books I've reviewed. I liked the ending better than the beginning.


Review posted February 8, 2022


This book is so cute! It’s also very helpful for kids to get a sense of basic maps and geography. My daughter loves it!


Review posted January 23, 2022


This was a great book to read to my class. It opened up a lot of discussion for my students. We are in a rural community so it got students thinking about what it is like to live in a city and other parts of the world. We also used it as an compare and contrast assignment. Thank you!


Review posted January 22, 2022


I enjoyed this story as a way to introduce young children to maps. The concept started small with a character in her room and grew by house, street, city, state, country, to the world.


Review posted December 12, 2021


We love this book. We are going to replicate the pages on blank paper to create our own "Me on the Map" the next time we read through it. In fact, an addition to this book might be to add pages within the book where young readers can fill in their own information.


Review posted December 9, 2021


A great, fun book focused on orienting kids to place.


Review posted November 10, 2021


This is a great book that allows young people to orient themselves to their home, neighborhood, town, country, and world. Loved it!


Review posted October 28, 2021


Love how vibrant pictures are and how it shows different cultures


Review posted October 24, 2021


Does a good job providing a sense of scale, starting with very familiar and moving further out from a child’s view.


Review posted October 20, 2021


This was a fabulous book. It is a great introductory book with wonderful illustrations that can be used to start the conversation with a child about maps, geography and a good beginning social studies lesson.

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Review posted October 16, 2021


My 4 year old has been very interested in the idea of maps recently and likes to look at different maps and this book was a nice way to start small with a map of the child’s room and then out to the whole world. The illustrations were cute and easy to tell the picture from the map drawing. I would have liked a few more ideas of how to show a child how to draw a map or recognize map/geography concepts. Overall very well done.


Review posted October 3, 2021


We love this book. Our daughter really enjoys seeing her state and looking at all of the children across the globe. She now has a map in her room and enjoys showing us where she lives. I definitely recommend this book!


Review posted September 25, 2021


Does a nice job zooming in on the world a child lives then back out again. Helps a child see how they fit into the map of the world.


Review posted September 16, 2021


My little one absolutely loves these “ME” books. This book is a great introductory to maps. It’s easy enough to follow and makes you curious about your map and places.


Review posted September 3, 2021


My daughter loves being able to point to where her family lives on the map. The book helps children achieve a basic understanding of city, state and country. Simple read but fun for kids.


Review posted August 25, 2021


This book is great for explaining the big picture of where we fit on the map. I have needed this teaching 1st grade as my students often think Oregon is our country! Can't wait to share this book with my class!


Review posted August 17, 2021


This will be a fun book to read to my grandchildren when we talk about maps. I can imagine them drawing their own maps to go with the story. One little thing that bothers me about the book is that the girl's street isn't even drawn on the map of her street in some of the illustrations. I also wish the pictures of the town better matched the map of her town.

Theresa Habeck

Review posted August 13, 2021


Me on the Map is a terrific way to illustrate maps for learners to see how to visualize types of maps and easily move from a small map to the more larger map of where we are in space. A great addition to any library.

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Review posted August 1, 2021


My daughter has been enthralled with maps. This was a helpful book in teaching her more about maps as well as learning how to identify where we live.


Review posted July 29, 2021


The book was very educational and helped my grandaughter understand about maps, and where she lives, and where her family live or lived! An easy to comprehend book and learn from!


Review posted July 16, 2021


Loved this one! Very adorable book to learn about maps and where we are in the world, city, our neighborhood etc.


Review posted June 17, 2021


Simple, but great for the target age group. I liked how it zoomed out, and then back in again on the main character. I also liked the hand-drawn maps that looked like (better) versions of what a real child would make.

Cindy Miller

Review posted June 17, 2021


I just finished reading Me on the Map.I appreciated the clear, consise text and interesting drawings. I wish it came in hard copy because I don't think it wil last long.


Review posted June 3, 2021


My Kindergartner loves reading this book to me. She was thrilled to write in her own answers in the back. She drew a map of a fairy world and we followed it around the neighborhood. Great book for teaching map concepts and where we live in the world in a fun, relatable way.


Review posted June 1, 2021


Fantastic for younger elementary. What a wonderful way to help students and children understand maps, time, and space in their world. Highly relevant content.


Review posted May 20, 2021


Great book!


Review posted May 8, 2021


This book is cute. My almost 3 year old likes the drawings but it doesn’t keep her attention well until it has more sentences near the back. Every page says the same thing “This is this..” “This is that”. “This is this on that” for most of the book. I think it’s better for maybe 5 years old and up.