Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in World Atlases & Maps. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. National Geographic Road Atlas 2021: Adventure Edition [United States, Canada, Mexico]
National Geographic's Road Atlas: Adventure Edition , is the ideal companion for the next time you hit the road. Includes up-to-date road maps for all 50 U.S. States, plus Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in detail with inset maps that include popular attractions, infrastructure and points-of-interest. Setting this atlas apart from all other road atlases are the inclusion of detailed maps and guidebook-like recommendations on the top 100 destinations for adventure, plus the top 24 most visited National Parks. An additional resources section provides contact information for local tourism offices, plus a place name index to help easily locate a specific city. The Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is printed in North America and features a heavy duty spiral binding and clear plastic cover for durability and lay-flat reading. Folded Size = 11" x 15"
- Author: National Geographic Maps
- Publisher: Natl Geographic Society Maps; 2020th edition (August 25, 2020)
- Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
- ISBN: 978-0792289890
- Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 15 inches
2. History of the World Map by Map
Maps don't just show us where to go, but also where we've been. A stunning overview of all human history, side by side with 140 custom maps. Learn how something like the printing press can define a time, or how the Allies in Europe could defeat the Nazis. There is so much to read about in this remarkable history book, and just as much to look at. Maps are more than the topography of the Earth or the borders of countries. Maps can represent the movement of people and ideas, and they provide a unique way to explain historical themes and explore sweeping periods of time. This stunning visual reference book starts with the evolution and migration of our oldest ancestors out of Africa. You can then look up maps about the Greece and Persian War, the Mongol Conquests, Medieval Europe's trade routes, and the rise of the Ottomans. There are maps about the colonization of North America, the scientific revolution, Napoleon's advances, and Britain's control of India. There's more in later centuries, like the Age of Imperialism, the American Civil War, industrialized Europe, and the transformation of Japan. This history book reaching across millennia gives you a broad view of the pivotal events in our past. With 140 maps, complimented with pictures, info boxes, and timelines, there's so much to enjoy and learn about. You will gain a strong understanding of some of the forces and movements across continents that have shaped our world. A Map Guided Tour of World History Inside this beautiful cover are concise and fascinating historical information, 140 custom maps, and many ways to engage in history that will interest many readers, from students wanting additional resources for school to history buffs that love a good book and cartography. Go on a guided tour through time: • Prehistory 7 MYA-3000 BCE • The Ancient World 3000 BCE-500 CE • Middle Ages 500-1450 CE • The Early Modern World 1450-1700 • Revolution and Industry 1700-1850 • Progress and Empire 1850-1914 • The Modern World 1914-Present
- Author: DK
- Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
- Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences
- ISBN: 978-1465475855
- Dimensions: 10.19 x 1.5 x 12.19 inches
3. Folded Map: Eastern United States (STATE HIGHWAYS)
Rand McNallyx27s folded map featuring the Eastern United States is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around this part of the country, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more. Youx27ll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years. Regularly updated, full-color maps Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways Detail maps of major cities, a mileage chart, and a Mileages x26 Driving Times Map Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more Easy-to-use legend Detailed index Convenient folded size Coverage Area Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee Product Details Measures 9.5x26#34; x 4.125x26#34; and folds out to 40x26#34; x 28x26#34;. Scale: 1x26#34; = 43 miles.
- Author: Rand McNally
- Publisher: Rand McNally; Fold Map edition (September 15, 2014)
- Genre: Travel, United States
- ISBN: 978-0528881152
- Dimensions: 4.13 x 0.2 x 9.65 inches
4. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2021
#1 New York Times Bestseller! Get thousands of facts at your fingertips with this essential resource: business, the arts and pop culture, science and technology, U.S. history and government, world geography, sports, and so much more. The World Almanac® is America’s bestselling reference book of all time, with more than 83 million copies sold. For more than 150 years, this compendium of information has been the authoritative source for school, library, business, and home. The 2021 edition of The World Almanac reviews the biggest events of 2020 and will be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year. Praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal , The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia needs effortlessly. Features include: 2020 Election Results: The World Almanac provides a comprehensive look at the entire 2020 election process, from the roller coaster of the early primaries to state and county presidential voting results and coverage of House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: A special section provides up-to-the-minute information about the world’s largest public health crisis in at least a century, providing information on what scientists know about the virus so far—and what still needs to be learned—along with an update on vaccine progress, statistical data and graphics, and useful practical measures for readers. World Almanac Editors' Picks: Memorable Summer Olympic Moments: The World Almanac took a look back at past editions of the Olympic Summer Games to create a highlight reel of memorable moments to tide sports fans over until Tokyo in 2021. 2020—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held the world's attention in 2020. 2020—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring complete coverage of the sports world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a preview of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and much more. 2020—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2020, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports. 2020—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the strangest news stories of the year. World Almanac Editors' Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2020, from news and sports to pop culture. The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world. Statistical Spotlight: This annual feature highlights statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year. These data provide context to give readers a fresh perspective on important issues. Other New Highlights: Newly available statistics on how the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread shutdowns have affected businesses, air quality, employment, education, families’ living situations and access to food, and much more.
- Author: Sarah Janssen
- Publisher: World Almanac; 1st edition (December 1, 2020)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
- ISBN: 978-1510761391
- Dimensions: 5.38 x 1.8 x 8 inches
5. Easy To Read: Michigan State Map (Rand McNally Easy to Read!)
Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Michigan, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets. The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years. Copyright 2010. Regularly updated, full-color maps 45% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more Mileage and driving times map Detailed index Convenient folded size Coverage Area Detailed maps of: Ann Arbor, Detroit & Vicinity, Downtown Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon, Saginaw Product Details Dimensions (unfolded): 28" x 40"
- Author: Rand McNally
- Publisher: Rand McNally; Fold Map edition (June 1, 2017)
- Genre: Travel, United States
- ISBN: 978-0528881763
- Dimensions: 3.94 x 0.2 x 9.45 inches
6. Unforgettable Journeys: Slow Down and See the World
Enjoy the journey, slowly! This breathtaking travel book celebrates taking the scenic route. Explore 200 inspirational journeys across the globe with this stunning visual guide. There is no better way to see the world than to move through it, taking your time. These once-in-a-lifetime journeys will stay with you forever. Get inspired by whatever mode of transport you love most - on foot, by bike, by car, on the water, or by rail! In our fast-paced, modern world, Unforgettable Journeys will allow you to take a back seat and enjoy the ebb and flow of travel thoughtfully. Enjoy an epic bike ride along the ancient Silk Road, a cruise around Antarctica, or a train journey in Zambia. This travel guide is organized by types of transportation. Whether you're an avid hiker, cyclist, or driver, or love to be on the water or on rails, we've got you covered. We've picked the world's best adventures, from famous experiences like riding the Orient Express to driving Route 66 and walking the Camino de Santiago. If that's not your thing, we also travel off-the-beaten-path by cycling around Botswana, kayaking through Finnish Lakeland, and scaling the cirques of La Réunion on foot. This stunning, hardcover book is packed with gorgeous full-color photos and fascinating overviews of each carefully chosen destination, making it the perfect gift for dreamers and travelers alike. Discover the Joys of Slow Travel This travel book is a vibrant celebration of taking the scenic route! Explore over 200 once-in-a-lifetime travel moments that will inspire you to travel the world. This inspirational travel journal includes: - A wide range of different travel types from hiking to sailing. - Discover the world's most famous adventures like the Orient Express and driving Route 66. - Taking the road less traveled by cycling around Botswana or kayaking through Finnish Lakeland.
- Author: DK Eyewitness
- Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel (October 27, 2020)
- Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
- ISBN: 978-1465497826
- Dimensions: 8.69 x 1.21 x 10.31 inches
7. The World Almanac 5,001 Incredible Facts for Kids on Nature, Science, and People (World Almanac and Book of Facts)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling World Almanac™ comes a full‑color, full‑of‑fun, oversize book packed with thousands of awesome facts about science, nature, and people—everything on planet Earth and beyond. Kids want to learn about the world around them, and with this engaging, colorful collection of facts, figures, photographs, and fun, they will. Perfect for home or for school, and a great gift for any curious reader, here are thousands of fascinating and surprising facts about almost everything: Animals—Dogs, cats, snakes, insects, spiders, sharks, and more Culture—Art, holidays, food, movies, and more Disasters—Earthquakes, shipwrecks, floods, storms, and more Geography—Oceans, mountains, continents, habitats, and more Geology—Volcanoes, tectonics, minerals, gems, and more Human Body and Medicine—Diseases, organs, senses, and other weird and wonderful human body facts. Record-setters—All about the biggest, smallest, fastest, tallest, and more Space—The moon, stars, planets, human spaceflight, and more Sports—Basketball, baseball, football, hockey, Olympic, and soccer superstars past and present, and more Technology—Computers, drones, inventions, and more The World Almanac™ 5,001 Incredible Facts for Kids on Nature, Science, and People provides kids, teachers, and families timely and timeless information on an enormous variety of subjects. It will give readers hours and hours of fun while it educates and illuminates.
- Author: World Almanac Kids™
- Publisher: World Almanac; World Almanac Kids edition (November 24, 2020)
- Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
- ISBN: 978-1510761797
- Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 12 inches
8. Know Geography™ World Atlas Grades 9-12
Does your child know geography? Rand McNally, the country's most trusted source for maps and atlases, just released Know GeographyTM a world atlas series created to ensure that your child knows geography! Know GeographyTM, is a grade leveled series of world atlases, designed to help students master essential map skills and gain a firm geographic understanding of their world. Engaging and richly illustrated geographic information developed from Rand McNally's award-winning Atlas of World Geography presents a more complete portrait of our physical and political world for older children. Includes glossary of foreign terminology plus comprehensive index to enrich and maximize use of maps. World Atlas Grades 9-12, features: Updated Countries section including flag, capital city, area and population 85 pages of detailed physical and political maps 35 pages of human and physical world geography maps, graphs, charts, including information on plate tectonics, climate, environments, population and economics Special continent sections exploring landforms, land cover and use, climate, and continent specific issues and current events Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.875 - Perfect Bound - 176 pages
- Author: Rand McNally
- Publisher: Rand McNally (January 30, 2018)
- Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
- ISBN: 978-0528018947
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
9. The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed
The bestselling reference updated and expanded with seven new coffee-growing countries. Praise for the first edition: "Fills a gap in the popular reference literature. Recommended." -- Booklist "The definitive guide.... Well-written, informative, and a must-have for general readers who want to know more about their favorite morning brew." -- Publishers Weekly "Educational, thought-provoking, and substantial. I've already recommended this book to (our) readers countless times." -- Barista Magazine The World Atlas of Coffee takes readers on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, presenting the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It covers where coffee is grown, the people who grow it and the cultures in which it is a way of life. It also covers the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee. For this new edition, the author expanded his research travels over the last several years to include seven additional coffee-growing regions: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, China, Philippines, Thailand, Haiti and Puerto Rico. These are covered in 16 additional pages. As well, all of the book's maps have been updated to show greater detail, and all statistics and data have been updated to the most recent available. Organized by continent and then country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the world's favorite brew in color spreads packed with information. The coverage in The World Atlas of Coffee is wide and deep. The book is used by barista and coffee-tasting instructors in North America and overseas and has been welcomed by enthusiastic coffee drinkers everywhere. Appropriate for special and general collections alike, it is an essential selection.
- Author: James Hoffmann
- Publisher: Firefly Books; Second Edition, Revised, Updated and Expanded (October 10, 2018)
- Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
- ISBN: 978-0228100942
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 10 inches
10. World Regional Maps Coloring Book: Maps of World Regions, Continents, World Projections, USA and Canada
World Regional Maps Coloring Book, updated for 2019. Learn and color blank, outline maps of the world and its regions. World Regions Coloring Book with blank outline maps is great for learning world regional geography, coloring, homeschool, and education. Each blank, outline, printable continent map is presented with a detailed version with political borders, country, capitals, major city names and country name, and then an outline map with just country names and a blank outline map without any of the information, great to color however you want. Students can trace the outlines of the map, study and highlight continents and features on the blank map. A great resource for students and teachers. Black outline blank world maps included in the coloring book are: • World Maps – Robinson Projection • World Maps – Mercator Projection • United States Outline Maps, with and without names • Canada Maps, with and without names World Regional and Continent Maps: • Africa Map • Asia Map • Australia, Oceania Map • Australia Map • Europe Map • Maps of North America including Canada, USA and Mexico • South America • Antarctica Map Additional world regions maps included are:• Russia Map • Central America and the Caribbean Map • Central America Map • Europe to the Ural Mountains Map • Eastern Europe Map • Eastern Europe – Balken Regional Map • Middle East Map • Mediterranean Regional Map • Latin America Map • Scandinavia Map • Southeast Asia Map Maps come with and in a blank version without names The printable, blank, outline regional maps in this coloring book can be freely photocopied by a teacher or parent for use in a classroom or for homeschool lessons.
- Author: J. Bruce Jones
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Clr Csm edition (October 25, 2011)
- Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
- ISBN: 978-1466472945
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.21 x 11 inches