Read stories about great explorers!

Tattered Sails

Kay, Verla. Tattered Sails. New York: Putnam’s, 2001.

“Illustrations and simple rhyming text depict the journey of a family from London to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635.” – CIP. Recommended as a read-aloud and as a model for teaching poetry writing in connection to Social Studies. [Historical fiction; Stories in verse; United States – History; Voyages and travels]

* Meyer, Carolyn. The True Adventures of Charley Darwin. Harcourt, 2009.
Charles Darwin was born to a well-to-do family in 19th century England. But he didn’t have a childhood filled with happiness. He knew what he enjoyed – spending time outdoors – but how could he turn that into a career?  Based on the diaries and correspondence of the great naturalist, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy true stories of adventure. Great for readers eleven years old to adult. [Darwin, Charles; Adventure and adventurers; Voyages and travels; Evolution (Biology); Historical fiction; Naturalists]


I, Matthew Henson

Weatherford, Carole Boston. I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer. New York: Walker, 2008.

Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American explorer who together with Robert Peary completed the first successful expedition to the North Pole in 1909.” – CIP. A nonfiction picture book recommended for readers 10-years-old and up. Useful, also, for seeing how repetition creates rhythm in writing. [African-Americans; Explorers; Henson, Matthew; North Pole; Voyages and travels]

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