“Do just once what others say you cannot do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”  Captain James Cook


Into the Unknown:  How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea and Air.  Stewart Ross.  Candlewick Press, 2011.
Describes the methods of 14 explorers throughout history.  A fold-out, detailed cross-section diagram of each mode of transportation is included. The explorers are:
Pytheas, Leif Eriksson, Marco Polo, Admiral Zheng, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Captain Cook, David Livingstone, Mary Kingsley, Umberto Nobile, Auguste Piccard, Jacques Piccrad, Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
4th-8th grade

Explorers of the New World:  Discover the Golden Age of Exploration.  Carla Mooney.  Nomad Press, 2011.
A nicely designed look at the major explorers from the Golden Age including Columbus, John Cabot, Prince Henry, Magellan and many more.  Each chapter ends with fairly easy make-your-own activities which make more meaningful, not to mention fun.  4th-6th grade


Marco Polo for Kids : His Marvelous Journey to China : 21 Activities.  Janis Herbert.  Chicago Review Press, 2001.
An awesome resource chronicling Polo’s travels along the silk road.  Projects help kids learn about the many cultures he experienced.
5th-8th grade

So You Want to Be an Explorer?  Judith St. George.  Philomel, 2005.
An entertaining introduction to a variety of mainly European and American explorers throughout history.  A greats tarting point to spark kids’ interests.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade
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  1. I love Judith St. George’s “So You Want To Be” series.

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