Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Magical Lands

One of the reasons I love books so much is their ability to transport the reader to magical lands. This week’s book recommendations celebrate the many wonderful worlds waiting for readers to explore. Whether you are looking to find adventure in your own backyard or you just need a map to help you find your way through Oz, these three books hold adventures as enchanted as the lands they bring to life. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.

The Once Upon a Time Map Book: Take a Tour of Six Enchanted Lands by B.G. Hennessy, Illustrated by Peter Joyce

Candlewick, 978-0763626822


This book provides maps for tours of six enchanted lands. Fly to Neverland with Peter Pan, skip down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, fall down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, climb the beanstalk to the Giant’s kingdom, see the sights at the market in Aladdin’s kingdom, and enjoy the lush greenery of the Enchanted Forest where Snow White and the seven dwarves live. Can you follow the directions to navigate your way through each of the six lands? Can you avoid all the perils and find all the hidden objects? Hennessy and Joyce have created a playfully illustrated book to help kids practice map reading.


Weslandia by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by Kevin Haws

Candlewick, 978-0763610524


This American Library Association Notable Children’s Book celebrates the magical things that can happen in your own backyard. Wesley knew he was an outcast in his own civilization, so when summer rolled around Wesley decided he would grow his own staple food crop and found his own civilization, Weslandia. He turns over a plot of land in his backyard and soon a new plant begins to grow. His former tormentors are vying to take a turn crushing the plant’s seeds to collect the oil and clamoring to play the complex new games that Wesley invents. When Wesley returns to school he turns in the handwritten history of Weslandia, in his very own 80-letter alphabet, and he finds that he now has no shortage of friends.

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Clarion Books, 978-0395746561


Follow the wordless adventures of a boy who goes on very unusual field trip. It starts out as a trip to the Empire State Building, but on the observation deck the boy makes friends with a small cloud. The cloud takes him on a journey to the headquarters for Sector 7, a floating train station for clouds. Some of the clouds can’t quite follow the cloud designs they’ve been given by the station masters, so the boy draws new designs for them – beautiful sea creatures! Known for his beautiful and creative wordless books, Wiesner’s style is in fine form in this imaginative Caldecott Honor book.