Written by Dana Godfrey
Illustrated by James Rosanio
I am proud to be the author of a children's book. I started Max and Mia’s Magic Carpet Adventures when I was 16. I had just lost my grandmother, who was an avid traveler like me. I decided to help process my grief by writing about a passion we both shared. I partnered with my uncle, an incredible artist, who brought the book to life with his illustrations. I am currently working on my next book in the Max and Mia Adventure Series.
This book is intended for children ages 3 -8.
Meet Mia and Max. Mia is a ten-year-old girl who is smart, adventurous, and curious about the world. Her friend Max is a magic carpet and together they travel the world.
The book takes place over one week, following Max and Mia to a new country each night. Their destinations and adventures span the globe and represent a good mix of different continents and cultures. Max and Mia visit Australia, Russia, India, Peru, Kenya, Japan, and Jordan. Each place introduces readers to people, places, and things indigenous to that country.
There are things in this book that will be new to young readers. The book is designed to get young children intrigued by different countries and cultures, and encourage them to learn more about the world and the lives other people live.
Max and Mia travel quickly, going to a different country each night. Of course it’s because Max is a magic carpet! In addition to introducing new countries and cultures, one of the goals in writing this book is to convey to children that the world is not that big and there are fascinating far-away places that they absolutely can go to someday.
Why this book works well for different ages:
When Max and Mia’s week concludes, the story can end for younger audiences ages 3-5. However, the adventure can continue for older audiences, ages 5-8, with further exploration of the countries introduced.
At the end of the book, there is a glossary for parents, teachers, or more advanced readers. The glossary provides definitions and explanations of things from other countries that may be unfamiliar to children, along with some interesting facts to share with young readers about the places Max and Mia visited and the things that they saw.
There is also a section at the end called Fun Finds, where young readers can go back to some of the countries and look for some new things to learn about!
And finally, there is a map of the world showing all of the places Max and Mia visited during their travels to give children a geographical reference.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to Pajama Program, an organization that provides tools for a comforting bedtime routine for children who live with uncertainty: cozy pajamas and an inspiring storybook.
More About Pajama Program
“Our mission is to promote a comforting bedtime routine for all children to help them thrive. In practice we recognize that, as with so many things, children who live with uncertainty get less of the resources they need than their peers living in more predictable, stable environments. To help ensure all children have a good night, we focus our activities on children who face losing loved ones, foster care placement, inadequate or unsafe housing, homelessness, violence in the home, or whose families struggle to make ends meet. Too many children face uncertainty on a daily basis about what’s next, making routines difficult to implement and maintain. Pajama Program aims to make sure all children have equal access to a comforting bedtime routine.”
Mia is ten.
She is funny and bright.
She has a magic carpet named Max.
They travel the world with delight.
When the sun goes down
and the moon shines bright,
They take off together
on a magical flight.
They go wherever they dream
– any country, any place.
Some nights they enjoy
just floating in space.
They both love to see the world
– new places and things.
A new country every night
– what joy traveling brings!
“I love it here!" said Mia,
"My favorite animal is right there!
It looks like a llama
but with fluffy white hair.”
“An alpaca!” said Max,
“they live in mountains like these.
And did you know these mountains
are called the Andes?”
Max swooped through the Andes,
he told Mia “Hold on!”
The next stop they’d be making
was the Amazon.
The Amazon is a rainforest
and a river too.
The world’s second longest river
- right here in Peru.
Friday’s adventure is to Kenya
to see their friend Gathii.
He speaks two different languages
– English and Swahili.
Gathii pays a jembe,
an African drum.
Max and Mia join in.
They have so much fun.
Over the African Plains,
Max takes them flying.
They see zebras and giraffes
and even a lion.