Geography Reference

Every subject worth studying has corners that need to be filled and core tenants that need refreshing once in awhile. This is more true of some disciplines than others, and geography definitely has a lot of corners and a lot of central facts that students often find difficult to keep straight.

Not only is geography study largely dependent on hard data, it requires precision and carefulness as students navigate landforms, cultures, national boundaries, bodies of water, cities, etc. Having good reference tools at hand is essential when poring over maps or trying to match capital cities to their nations.

One of the most important (but rarely mentioned) of these is a gazetteer. Strictly speaking, a gazetteer is a directory attached to an atlas, but more broadly it's a resource that provides information about the physical features, demographics, and geography of a given region. Gazetteers always include maps, and the information provided is keyed to the map for easy reference.

Atlases often contain much of the information included in a gazetteer, but much more condensed. An atlas is indispensable when studying a particular region, as it usually includes detailed maps of both the land itself and the human imprint. The emphasis of a good atlas is maps, though other information is usually included.

Hold up! many will doubtless cry at this point. Why not just use the Internet? Everything you could get in a gazetteer or atlas is on the Web, and probably more of it. It's a fair point. Nevertheless, we think books are still a better medium for instruction than a screen, especially when studying geography.

The supremacy of the printed page becomes immediately obvious when studying a map. Online, maps are only as big as the screens they fill, and if you've got an iPhone, stylus, or notebook, that's not very big. To see a map of India, for instance, you're only able to look at a small portion at a time, moving the map around till you find the region you're looking for.

And how do you mark up an online map? How do you internalize place names and roadways just by staring at a digital image of them online? The best way to familiarize oneself with geographical data isn't just to memorize lists of stuff, it's to interact with the material and look at itin context, relating the various elements to one another.

It's true that geographical information often changes. And, with the political instability of the Southern Hemisphere right now, changes often take place every hour on the hour. Yet significant changes don't happen often enough to make what's published obsolete, especially material published within the last year or two.

Reading the printed word and studying printed maps also reminds us that the information we're absorbing isn't transient. Borders may move and peoples disperse, but there's more to geography than merely the political and cultural elements. Because anyone can and does edit much of the content found on the Interwebs, it takes on an insubstantial character in the minds of many students, especially those whose world is largely bounded by social media and devices.

Whether you need an encyclopedia to bone up on country facts for a report, an atlas to help understand the movement of Allied forces during World War II, or a book about famous landmarks to get better at trivia, we commend our selection of geography references to you, hoping that they'll pique your interest as much as they help you complete school assignments.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Atlas of Countries
by Gallimard Jeunesse
from Scholastic Press
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Book of Where
by Neill Bell
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Child's Geography of the World
by V. M. Hillyer
for 2nd-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$30.00 (1 in stock)
Child's Introduction to the World
by Heather Alexander
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 3rd-5th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
$19.99
Children Just Like Me
by Anabel Kindersley, Barnabas Kindersley
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$19.99 $8.00 (3 in stock)
Comprehensive World Reference Guide
from Instructional Fair
for 7th-12th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Discovering World Geography with Books Kids Love
by Nancy A. Chicola and Eleanor B. English
from Fulcrum Resources
for Kindergarten-5th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Everyday Geography
by Kevin McKinney
from McGraw-Hill
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Everything Kids' Geography Book
Everything Kids Series
by J. Elizabeth Mills, Jane P. Gardner
from Adams Media Corp.
for 4th-6th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
Explore the United States: Oregon
by Sarah Tieck
from ABDO Publishing Co.
for 1st-3rd grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Facts & Landmarks - Flashcards and Games
from Rand McNally
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$1.50 (2 in stock)
Families Around the World
by Jo E. Moore
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for Preschool-1st grade
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
From Akebu to Zapotec
by June Hathersmith
from Wycliffe Bible Translators
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Church History for Kids (Location: XCH-KID)
$6.00 (3 in stock)
Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook
by Matthew T. Rosenberg and Jennifer E. Rosenberg
from Three Rivers Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$20.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Geography Coloring Book
3rd edition from Pearson Education
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
Geography from A to Z
by Jack Knowlton
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
$7.99
Geography from A to Z
by Jack Knowlton
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 2nd-4th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Geography Songs - Booklet only
Audio Memory CDs
by Larry & Kathy Troxel
5th edition from Audio Memory
for 2nd-6th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
$6.95
Geography Songs DVD
Audio Memory CDs
by Larry & Kathy Troxel
5th edition from Audio Memory
for 2nd-6th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
$30.00
Geography Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Larry & Kathy Troxel
5th edition from Audio Memory
for 2nd-6th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
$22.95 $13.00 (2 in stock)
How to Draw Maps and Charts
by Beasant, Scholastic
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Inflatable Globe
from Learning Resources
for 1st-4th grade
in Cartography & Mapping Resources (Location: GEO-MAP)
$7.99
It's My State! Oregon
It's My State!
by Joyce Hart and Jacqueline Laks Gorman
from Marshall Cavendish Education
for 3rd-6th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere
by April Lotempio
1st edition from Avyx, Inc.
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
by Clive Gifford
2 Rev Upd from Kingfisher
for 4th-9th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
Land of Liberty: Oregon
Land of Liberty
by Mike Graf
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Little Bean's Adventure
by Susan Gary, Illustrated by Hannah Jeong
from Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in China (Location: HISMC-CHI)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Me on the Map
by Joan Sweeney, Illustrated by Qin Leng
from Dragonfly Books
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
Operation World
by Patrick Johnstone
2nd edition from Paternoster
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: ZCLE-CHR)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Operation World
by Patrick Johnstone
7th edition from InterVarsity Press
for 9th-Adult
in Prayer (Location: XCL-PRAY)
$25.00
Oregon
by Ron Knapp
from Enslow
for 3rd-6th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Our World
by Steve Parker
from Parragon Publishing
for 3rd-8th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Passport to the World
by Craig Froman
from Master Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$15.99 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Physical Geography Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 6th-10th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$7.96
Portraits of the States: Oregon
Portraits of the States
by Liz Sonneborn
from Gareth Stevens Publishing
for 2nd-5th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Seven Wonders of the World
by Ron Tagliapietra
from Bob Jones University Press
for 8th-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$12.95
Student World Atlas
Fourth Edition from National Geographic
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: GEO-ATLAS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
by Maggie Hogan & Cindy Wiggers
3rd edition from GeoCreations
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
$28.00
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
by Maggie Hogan & Cindy Wiggers
4th edition from GeoCreations
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
$34.95
United States: Oregon
Checkerboard Geography Library
by Rich Smith
from ABDO Publishing Co.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Usborne Book of Peoples of the World
by Roma Trundle
from Usborne
for 1st-3rd grade
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$2.00 (3 in stock)
Usborne Book of Peoples of the World
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Usborne Flags Sticker Book
Spotter's Guides Sticker Books
by Lisa Miles
from Usborne
for 3rd-7th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$8.99
Usborne Geography Encyclopedia
from Usborne
for 5th-10th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
Usborne Geography Encyclopedia
from Usborne
for 5th-10th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
$28.00 (1 in stock)
Welcome to the U.S.A.: Oregon
by Ann Heinrichs, Illustrated by Matt Kania
from Child's World
for 2-5
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
World Famous Landmarks
by Cynthia Adams
from Instructional Fair
for 4th-6th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$3.00 (1 in stock)