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Let’s Get Chilly with 6 Cool Antarctica Books for Kids!

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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:

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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.

A Smart Kids Guide to Abundant Antarctica: A World of Learning at your Fingertips by Liam Saxon 

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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: A Polar Adventure by Samantha Seiple ages 8-12

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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.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong 

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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.

Icebergs brighten

as the sky peels

itself of darkness

and stretches awake. . . .

Welcome,

Summer.

We’ve been waiting

for you.

Experience summer like you’ve never experienced it before by traveling to Antarctica with evocative poetry. The sun rises, ice melts, grass grows, seals squabble, whales sing, and young penguins slide, glide, and belly flop. Whimsical illustrations and additional facts accompany each poem to provide further details about the animals and the environment at the bottom of the world.
Ann and Liv Cross Antarctica by Zoe Alderfer Ryan
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This non-fiction book is the true story of two women and how they crossed the Antarctic.  When Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen crossed Antarctica, more than three million schoolchildren worldwide were inspired by the achievement. For those young fans and for the millions of children yet to be touched by this amazing story, Ann and Liv Cross Antarctica chronicles the historic journey in words and beautiful oil illustrations. The book recounts how Ann and Liv made their dream a reality and shares the fascinating details of the trek: what they packed, what they ate, how they ice-sailed, and what they saw. As inspiring as it is educational, Ann and Liv Cross Antarctica will appeal to schoolchildren everywhere.
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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!

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We love this Penguin Popsicle Craft from 7 on a Shoestring!
Penguin Popsicle Craft