Each time you read on your own or with your child, stop as you put the book down to ask yourselves, "What locations in the world were mentioned or connected to what I just read?" Take a few moments to find them on a map or on Google Maps on your computer. Ex. If you read a recipe, find the country it was from. A novel? Find its setting. Non-fiction? Find the major location where it takes place. Look to find something you did not know about that place (near the Rocky Mountains, only a short distance from the Atlantic, far upstream on the Amazon River, etc.). Be sure to think aloud about what you discover, so your child will learn to connect and wonder, as well. Then pay attention as you resume reading to see if any of your observations from the map show up in the story or elsewhere in the book.
Everybody loves a secret: a previous life, a secret passage, or a hidden creature. Secrets are even more fun just at the moment when you “figure them out.” But some secrets can be frightening or personally challenging, as well. These books about secrets kept, revealed, and discovered will let you and your family share in tales of both fact and fiction as you discover the truth about secrets.