A few months ago we borrowed a stack of Antarctica/Arctic books from our local library. Sharing titles for any who are hardy enough to brave the Poles.
Perky Little Penguins – Troy Mitton
Bright pictures, simple text following the antics of little penguins as they slide and jump and waddle.
Sydney of the Antarctic – Coral Tulloch
The journey of Sydney, a stuffed rabbit, who visits the Antarctic, mildly informative with a sweet story line.
The Last Polar Bears – Harry Horse
Grandfather is on an expedition to the North Pole in search of the last polar bears. He is accompanied by Roo, a dog of character and strong views, and they carry all their equipment in a golf bag. Light hearted fun.
Emily and Alfie – Meredith Hooper
Penguin friends, mischievous Emily and Alfie look for adventure and peek in a white iceberg ice cave, a place they are forbidden to enter.
Little Penguin and his Dad – Matt Wolf
Simple text, yet informative. A penguin dad teaching his youngster to slide, eat and stay alert.
The Polar Bear’s Gift – Jeanne Bushey
Pani a young Inuit girl in the Artic longs to be a great polar bear hunter like her parents were. Inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of a magic polar bear bag.
Penguins Penguins Eeverywhere! – Bob Barner
Simple text written for the young reader with bright pictures. Covering 17 penguin species facts.
Here is Antarctica – Madeleine Dunphy
A thorough introduction to the Antarctic environment and its fascinating ecosystem.
Vibrant pictures with rhyming text. 5 Star.
Long Picture Books
Ice Trap!: Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition – Meredith Hooper
The story of Sir Ernest Shackleton(1914) and a team of explorers sailing to the Antarctic. Their ship Endurance, becomes trapped in the deadly pack ice of the Weddell sea. When the Endurance is eventually crushed between two floating icebergs, the men are forced to abandon ship and make the dangerous journey across the crushing sea in lifeboats.
An amazing tale, with dramatic and detailed illustrations, 5 star.
Tom Crean’s Rabbit – A True Story from Scott’s Last Voyage – Meredith Hooper
The true story of Tom Crean’s pet rabbit on Scott’s last voyage to the Antarctic.
Based on diaries, Tom the sailor is looking for a quiet and cozy place for his pet rabbit to have her babies on Christmas Day. Stunning illustrations of the Antarctic landscape and notes in the back of the book provide more information about the expedition.
Polar Bears – Sarah Palmer
Small book with photographs and short sentences.
Awesone Oceans Animals of the Icy Seas – Michael Bright
Lots of fun facts, quizzes and ‘zoom in boxes’ reminiscent of a DK style.
The Penguin – Sabrina Crewe
Simple, informative, easy to read informative, photographs.
Emperors of the Ice: the Emperor Penguins of the Antarctic- Kim Westerskov
Detailed text, but easy to read, photographs.
Pole to Pole – Pamela Freeman
Vibrant illustrations, informative but short text.
If you were a Penguin – Wendell and Florence Minor
Informative, bright simple text.
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