"Barefoot Books World Atlas", written by Nick Crane and illustrated by David Dean, is a wonderful tool for learning. There is a very large pull-out world map in the back, sections on each geographic area, and lots of interesting tidbits for young--and not-so-young--students. "World Atlas" is recommended for all ages, and I've totally used it to master geography that I never learned in school.
The illustrations are gorgeous, and more importantly (for an atlas) accurate and easy to decipher. Countries, capitals, and geographical features are clearly labeled. But what makes the "Barefoot Books World Atlas" extra special is the emphasis on cultural diversity and environmental sustainability.
Damien is especially fond of the little "Did You Know" flaps included on many pages, because you get to open them to find more knowledge. He's working on memorizing all of them, and I'm sure he will soon. (And then we can play trivia together!)
As you can see from a glance at the glossary, our "World Atlas" tackles issues such as climate change, endangered species, and living green head on. I love that, and I want my children to understand the ways different people in different areas are all trying to preserve our planet, so this is a perfect book for us.
All told, the "Barefoot Books World Atlas" is a book I think every family should own, and one that will be cherished and actually used from early childhood on into adulthood. Buy your copy today, and then challenge me to a geography match!