Mapmaking, in the broad sense of the word, is as important to making us human as language, music, art, and mathematics. Just as young children have an innate tendency to speak, sing, draw, and count, they also tend to make maps. When children share their homemade maps with me, I see their active yearning to make sense of the nearby world, their desire to record and share discoveries and their connections to place. “Here’s the kick-the-can hiding place. That’s the little path to Erin’s house. The cross is where we buried our cat Noah.” The stories of their lives are folded into the niches of their neighborhoods; their maps are the weaving together of inner emotion and external forays.