Children Map the World, volume 2, showcases one hundred favorite world map drawings submitted to the Barbara
Petchenik Children's World Map Competition
2005-2007. The map competition, sponsored by The International Cartographic Association, was created as a memorial to Barbara Petchenik, a cartographer who studied how children comprehend maps. The vibrant collection of maps in this volume present varying perspectives on the theme "Many Nations—One World" from young artists, ranging in age from five to fifteen representing 37 countries.
This is an imaginative collection by
young artists 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.
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