This book presents one hundred world
maps drawn, painted, crayoned, sewn,
and knitted by young cartographers and
symbologists from around the world.
This is an imaginative collection by
young artists ranging in age from five
to fifteen that reflects artistic, cultural,
social, and cartographic awareness.
In these drawings, young people express
their hopes, wishes, and fears for their
world. The images show young people’s
enduring interest in maps and the excitement
to be had from them.
The maps are some of the winners in
the 10-year-old Barbara
Petchenik Children's World Map Competition sponsored
the the International Cartographic Association
(ICA) as a memorial for Barbara Bartz
Petchenik, a cartographer who studied
how children comprehend maps. To date,
thousands of children under 16 years
old from fifty-two countries have been
involved in this competition.
of the images are arresting and offer
a wide variety of perspective; younger
children's maps are often accompanied
by comforting images of childhood, such
as teddy bears or birthday cakes, while
older children tend to show images of
poverty, disease, and warfare. Despite
this scattering of painful images, the
maps express the worldwide hopes of
children for opportunity, economic development,
friendship, and international understanding.
For children, parents, and teachers,
these drawings will inspire and delight.
Proceeds from the sale of this book
will go toward graphic literacy promotions
that target developing countries and