South of the U.S.
by Kathie Johnson
For the last several years, I've had a summer reading game in my library. It's always based on geography. After working our way through the states and then doing Canada and Mexico, last summer we did all the rest of the countries south of the U.S.: Central and South America and the Caribbean, and even Antarctica. That includes a lot of territory with a great many environments, and it made for a rich reading experience, opening up new awareness and learning for those who took part. I'll share here just a few of the many books set in these areas that can be read with pleasure. . . .