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What a Map Can Do

What a Map Can Do

Illustrated by Alberto Lot


What a Map Can Do

About the Book

An accessible and humorous introduction to maps for budding navigators.

A raccoon narrator embarks on a big adventure in this exciting exploration of maps for the youngest readers. Traditional maps of cities, roads, and parks are joined by some less conventional ones such as inside the body, each one methodically introduced with humor and clear explanation. A clever, colorful, and engaging first look at constructing and decoding maps.

Product Details

On sale: July 18, 2023
Age: 3-5 years
Grade: Up to Kindergarten
Page count: 48 Pages
ISBN: 9780593519981
Reading level: Lexile: AD540L | Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Gabrielle Balkan (she/her) is best known for nonfiction books that delight readers ages 2–12 with curious and essential facts about the United States, animal record-breakers, and more. She lives, works, and rides bikes in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley with her twin fifth graders and a writer husband. 


Alberto Lot is a designer, an illustrator, and an animator. Formerly an art director at Leo Burnett and Condé Nast, he now creates visuals for several global brands and companies, as well as children's books! He has published several in Italian, but this is his first one in English. Alberto lives in Bologna, Italy, with his young family, and spends his days making things that are beautiful to see and easy to understand.


*Association for Library Service to Children NOTABLE BOOK of 2024*

Best Book of 2023 -- Chicago Public Library

"So many places to go. How to explore them? With maps! A standout picture book that both entertains and teaches." (STARRED REVIEW) --Kirkus

"A a useful, playful seek-and-find basic-skills book—and a primer for how to survive without GPS navigation." (STARRED REVIEW) --Publishers Weekly

"This introduction to maps that will have readers learning and laughing together." --School Library Journal