Quality non-fiction books for young children are difficult to find. Many are too complicated, too easy, or not written with children in mind. The World of Liberty app series, by World of Liberty, LLC is a fine example of appropriate non-fiction literature. Available as a BUNDLE or individually these apps are filled with adorable characters, entertaining animations, and a strong storyline, readers will be entertained while learning history and facts about specific cities, states, and countries.
The three apps: in the series include “Read to Me,” “Autoplay,” and “Read Myself” options allowing for a range of reading abilities. All three apps feature Liberty Lane, a little girl living in Washington D.C. Liberty loves to learn and uses her laptop to learn about her favorite subject matter: connections between cities and people in the United States and other parts of the world. One night, Liberty wakes up to find that a stray lightning bolt has turned her computer into a “magical portal;” her model airplane, Truman into an animated vehicle; and her beloved stuffed toy eagle, Georgie into a real-life companion.
Liberty uses these magical items to explore the connections that fascinate her so much by traveling to each location through her new portal (her laptop). Truman transports her from place to place while Georgie provides comic relief and acts as a fact finder, flying high above cities to learn more about each place. Volume 1 focuses on the connection between Wilmington, Delaware, and Kalmar, Sweden; Volume 2 focuses on the connection between Chicago, Illinois and Dublin, Ireland; and Volume 3 focuses on the connection between Atchison, Kansas (home of Amelia Earhart) and Mexico City, Mexico (home of artist Frida Khlo).
These stories can be used for lessons that focus on a variety of topic areas. Facts about each city, state, and country are interspersed throughout the story and are also included at the end of each book. Information on these specific locations is easy to find and easy to read, making these books a fantastic resource for elementary students learning research skills. The similarities and differences between the cultures in each story are amazing conversation starters and meet content standards regarding cultural differences. Next, longitude and latitude coordinates for each location are listed, providing a fantastic introduction to this challenging concept.
Each story is filled with rich vocabulary, extending learning to English Language Arts and Reading. Lesson topics such as context clues and using a variety of word choice when writing are just two of many lessons that can be incorporated. Using the third volume, biographies can also be discussed as the stories focus on the lives of Amelia Earhart and Frida Khlo.
This fun series should not be overlooked. Children will love following Liberty, Truman, and Georgie all over the world!