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Antarctica is a continent that has intrigued us for as long as we can remember. The mysteries are endless!
What lives there? How does one survive there? Do they have any seasons? It’s also a land of complex explorations and discoveries. Though few have made it to Antarctica, the ones who have, had to endure much some even losing their lives. Fascinating!
So if your young reader has an interest in all things ice, sled dogs and penguins, they will love our roundup of Antarctica books for Kids and all the mystery and magic they hold.
Antarctica Books for Kids
Here is Antarctica by Madeleine Dunphy:
This book is part of a beautiful series that includes the exceptional Antarctica book that combines beautiful paintings and a lyrical, predictable, verse. This story is great for showing the food web of Antarctica.
Bestselling children’s author Liam Saxon presents “A Smart Kids Guide To ABUNDANT ANTARCTICA”. This book uses captivating images and expertly written words to teach children about a range of subjects. Perfect reading for any occasion and especially ideal for bedtimes, long journeys or for bonding with your child. Ages 5 and above.
BYRD & IGLOO is the first narrative nonfiction book to tell the daring adventures of legendary polar explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his lovable dog explorer, Igloo. Byrd is known for being the first to fly a plane over the North and South Poles, while Igloo is famous for being the only dog to explore both the North and South Poles. The adventures of Byrd and Igloo opened the door for science and research in the Antarctic. Featuring direct quotes from letters, diaries and interviews, newspaper clippings, expedition records, maps, charts, as well as never-before-seen photos, it will give the complete story of the explorers’ journey. Though rooted in history with evidence from many museums and research centers, Byrd & Igloo will be exciting in tone, making it accessible and interesting for young readers.
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat to fetch a rescue ship.
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly re-creates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. Jennifer Armstrong narrates this unbelievable story with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. For ages 8-12.
When the Sun Shines on Antarctica by Irene Latham: Imagine our surprise when we discovered a book of poetry written about the icy continent! Each poem was paired with some facts about Antarctica and wonderful illustrations.
as the sky peels
itself of darkness
and stretches awake. . . .
We’ve been waiting
Something To Do
Picklebums (best blog name EVER) has a fun and colorful Polar Habitat Imaginative Play – Plus Booklist and Craft ideas on their site.
Love their Painting Ice Activity too!