Topic Books about Polar Regions for Children in KS2

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We Travel So Far ...

by Laura Knowles

From the epic migration of the huge humpback whale to the unbelievable determination of the tiny hummingbird, come on a trip around the world and learn the story of each animal's migration and the reasons why they travel so very far. 


Shackleton's Journey 

by William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. Impeccably researched and informative illustrations celebrate the 100th anniversary since the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance. 

Artic & Antarctic by DK

Amazing colour photographs offer your child a unique "eyewitness" view of some of the coldest and most frozen places in the world. From flora and fauna, to human and animal inhabitants, as well as the brave people who explored these extreme regions, often with fatal consequences: let your child learn all about life at the North and South pole. 


Scott of the Antarctic

by Evelyn Dowdeswell 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Scott's Antarctic trek, this book charts the epic race to the South Pole. Follow the team in their preparation and experience daily life in the frozen South. Relive the bravery and courage of these explorers, and learn more about the scientific legacy they left behind.


The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris

The ice bear has given birth to two tiny cubs. As she sleeps, one cub is found by a hunter and his wife. The childless couple rejoice and hold their new-found child close. As the years pass, the ice bear never forgets and pines for what she has lost. This magical tale set in stunning icy landscapes reminds us to take care of this world's wild creatures. 


The Polar Bear Son 

by Lydia Dabcovich

A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.

The Journey Home 

by Frann Preston-Gannon

The ice is melting so Polar Bear sets off in search of a new home. Join him on his adventures across the seas and discover the many friends he meets along the way. This beautifully illustrated story has a powerful message of conservation and is full of things for adults and children to talk about. 

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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell

Join Stella and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages. When Stella gets separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

The Polar Bear 

by Jenni Desmond

A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the polar bear, this is a factually accurate as well as a poetic exploration of polar bear bodies, habits, and habitats. This book tells a story about bears that engages children's interest with amazing facts as well as their deep sense of wonder.

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Frozen Planet

by Alastair Fothergill 

Take a journey to the last truly great wilderness regions. From the Great Melt in Spring to the 24-hour summer, the beginning of the Big Freeze and long dark winter, this epic series will follow the dramatic landscapes and the emotional life stories of the animals that live there.

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the other animals fear him, and his odd habit of collecting leaves only adds to their distrust. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly with wings made of colourful leaves... trying to get back home. A moving story with an important message on how we treat others.


You Wouldn't Want to be on Shackleton's Polar Expedition! 

by Jen Green

Join Shackleton in what will prove to be one of the most gruelling adventures of all time. As you encounter extreme cold, strong icy winds and a worrying lack of food and water, you'll soon see why you wouldn't want to join Shackleton's polar expedition! 

Trapped by the Ice

by Michael McCurdy

Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, the expedition ship, the Endurance, was finally crushed and Shackleton and his men made the very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.


Sky Song 

by Abi Elphinstone

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back. 

Race to the Frozen North

by Catherine Johnson 

Matthew Henson was an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole.This is his incredible and often untold story. 

Polar Regions

by Charlotte Guillain

They are absolutely frigid and often dark. They're also impossibly beautiful and full of interesting life. If you had the chance to explore the Polar Regions, what would you need to know? What would you pack? This book gives you the knowledge you need to plan your adventure!

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Over and Under the Snow 

by Kate Messner 

This nonfiction picture book explores the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.

A Dot in the Snow 

by Corrinne Averiss

Miki, a baby polar bear, comes across a little girl when he strays away from his Mother. He has never met a human before.They discover more about each other as they play in the snow. But the perils of the landscape impel Miki to take the little girl home before undertaking the long journey to find his own mother. 


Our Amazing World: Penguins

by Kay de Silva 

This book depicts the wonder of the world of Penguins in all its glory. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of these beautiful animals: their anatomy, feeding habits, and behaviour. This series is known for its beautiful full-colour images.


Wild Animals of the North

by Dieter Braun 

From the polar bears of the Arctic to the North American pumas in Asia, Wild Animals of the North takes children on an exciting journey of discovery. The stunning drawings show these animals in all their majesty and the witty and charming descriptions will teach children all about their new favourite animals!

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