November 12, 2006 (revised 8/2/10) - by Terri Johnson
Uncle Josh or Knowledge Quest
Most home educators recognize the need for blank outline maps as a supplement to their history and geography
lessons. So the obvious question arises… which maps are the best fit for my family? There are two main outline map
products on the market today - Uncle Josh’s Outline Maps and Knowledge Quest maps. On various chat boards across
the internet, I often see the question posed, “Which maps are better?” And the answers usually come in the form of
“I like Uncle Josh’s better” or “I prefer Knowledge Quest maps.” I have yet to see or read a thorough comparison of
these two products. And so I am going to tackle this job myself.
Some of you may question my ability to provide an objective comparison since I am the creator of Knowledge Quest
maps. Let me just say this... I am highly impressed with Uncle Josh’s maps and have recommended them many times
when it has become clear that our product was not the best fit.
My goal for this article is that Geography Matters (publisher of Uncle Josh’s Outline Maps) would be just as
comfortable referring to this comparison for their own potential customers asking for the difference between these
First, I will give descriptions of each product, then I will give a side-by-side comparison in the form of a table
- somewhat like the Dell chart in their mailers which answers the question, “Which notebook computer is right for
Let’s start with Uncle Josh. The CD-ROM contains 125 outline maps reproducible for your own family’s use. Included
in the selection of maps are 5 historical maps, 39 maps from around the world, 10 US maps, all 50 states and 21
bonus maps. Bonus maps include the Canadian provinces and a handful of shaded relief maps.
Uncle Josh maps are clean with superb detail. Maps are completely blank except for current political boundary
divisions, rivers, latitude and longitude lines and a mileage scale. These are beautiful all-purpose maps.
Suggestions for use are included in the front pages of the book. Uncle Josh Outline Maps are available as a
workbook or on CD-ROM.
Knowledge Quest maps are uncluttered and clearly labeled to reflect the time period depicted. Full-color teacher
maps are labeled with city names, boundaries of empires, travel routes, etc. Each set of Map Trek also
includes completely unlabeled companion maps providing a variety of challenge for students in grades 1-12. Lesson
plans are including at the beginning of each section. Map Trek is available in hardcover format, CD-ROM, or
Below is a side-by-side comparison of these two products:
Uncle Josh’s Outline
Knowledge Quest's Map
# of Maps
# of Historical
# of Multi-Purpose Blank
Maps with Current
File Type on
Mac and PC
starting at $14.95
I hope this comparison has helped you to decide which product will best fit your family’s needs. If you have any
questions, we’re here to help. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.