Topic Books about Explorers, Expeditions and Adventures for Children in KS2

First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary by David Hill

How did Ed grow up to become a famous mountaineer? How did he climb Everest and do many other astonishing things? This exceptional picture book tells Sir Ed's story - of courage, skill and determination, and an inspiration to anyone who dreams of reaching the top.

Amazing Expeditions

by Anita Ganeri

Follow the journeys of more than 20 of the world’s most heroic and extraordinary explorers. Some of the journeys were triumphs and others ended in failure and tragedy, but each is a riveting story and a lesson in perseverance and grit that may well inspire a new generation of adventurers. 


Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage 

by Fabien Grolleau & Jeremie Royer 

Join Charles Darwin on H.M.S Beagle as he sets off on  a journey of thrilling discovery as he explores remote corners of the natural world and pieces together the very beginnings of his revolutionary theory of evolution.

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell 

Fred has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, but when the plane he is flying in crashes into the Amazon jungle, he is suddenly left without a choice. The jungle is a vast, untamed place, and with no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them...


Shark Lady by Jess Keating

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady, Eugenie Clark. An inspiring story about finding the strength to discover truths that others aren't daring enough to see. Includes a timeline of Eugenie's life and many fin-tastic shark facts!

Shackleton's Journey 

by William Grill

Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's 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. 


Scott of the Antarctic

by Evelyn Dowdeswell 

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.

Hello is this Planet Earth? 

by Tim Peake

The first book by astronaut Tim Peake - a mesmerising collection of over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the International Space Station, many of which have not been seen before. Includes a personal commentary from Tim. 


Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly  

In this beautifully illustrated book, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as 'coloured computers' and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to help launch the first astronauts into Space.

Story of the Titanic for Children by Joe Fullman 

This stunning book explores real-life stories and little known facts that will absorb young readers. Beautiful images and bite-sized information bring the Titanic to life, from its construction to the victims and survivors after its tragic sinking. 

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Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong 

by Nick Hunter

How did the journeys of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong compare? Follow both of these daring adventurers into history to discover the differences and similarities between their amazing expeditions!

The Lost Book of Adventure 

by Unknown Adventurer

Explore the letters discovered by nature enthusiast Teddy Keen on a recent trip to the Amazon, along with sketchbooks filled with details of extraordinary adventures and escapades, expedition advice and survival methods, annotated with enchanting drawings.


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. 


Atlas of Adventure

by Lucy Letherland

Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica or joining the Carnival in Brazil, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age.


Race to the Frozen North

by Catherine Johnson 

Matthew Henson was an ordinary man. That was, until he was 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. 


Explorers: Fascinating Facts

by Collins

Introduce children to the great expeditions of land, sea, air and space. Learn about their adventures, discoveries and disasters. Travel through the centuries from the history of 15th century travellers through to Neil Armstrong's 1969 landing on the moon.


Incredible Journeys

by Levison Wood 

Embark on 20 epic expeditions, from the Silk Road and medieval pilgrimage to Nellie Bly's trip around the world. Along the way, Levison Wood shares his own insights into adventuring, telling you what it's REALLY like to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great.


Great Adventures

by Alastair Humphreys 

Hand-selected by Alastair Humphreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by the most heroic explorers who ever lived. A wide-spread selection of explorers from young to old, male to female, these explorers crossed land, sea and sky in the name of adventure.


An Intrepid History of Explorers by Izzi Howell

Take a chronological look at a whole host of intrepid explorers. Discover if you would have had what it takes to be a ruthless conquistador, take part in a chilly Antarctic trek, navigate a viking ship or brave the long and dangerous Silk Road!


One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh

As Americans sat glued to their televisions and radios, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did the seemingly impossible - they traveled 240,000 miles through space and set foot on the moon.  This book tells the story of the achievement that brought the moon within reach. 


Taking Flight by Adam Hancher

Follow the fearless highs and dangerous lows of the Wright brothers in their quest to take to the skies in this courageous – and true – story of the pioneers of flight. The Wright brothers dared to dream of being the first men in the world to fly… but would they ever see their dreams take flight? 


Great Explorers' Atlas

by Riccardo Francaviglia 

Since the beginning of time, man has felt the need to travel and explore more of the world around him. This book tells us of the courage of some exceptional men and women, their success and their fears, of the paths they took and their legacy. 



by David Long

This wonderfully illustrated anthology explores incredible real-life stories of extreme survival including The Man Who Sucked Blood from a Shark, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and The Woman Who Froze to Death - Yet Lived!


Brightstorm: A Sky Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy

Twins Arthur and Maudie receive word that their famous explorer father has died. Not only that, but he has been accused of stealing fuel! The twins don't believe the news, and they join a new attempt to reach South Polaris. It's their only hope of learning the truth ... and salvaging their family's reputation.


Life in the Ocean:The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle 

by Claire A Nivola

With detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, this book tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and her ocean exploration. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note to motivate young environmentalists.


Work It, Girl: Mae Jemison

by Caroline Moss 

When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she watched the Apollo moon landings and wondered why none of the astronauts were women ... Discover how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space, in this true story of her life. 


Famous Explorers

by Joshua George

Who was Leif Erikson? What did Christopher Columbus do? When was the Moon landing? Find the answers to all these questions and more. Each humorous scene is packed with facts and interactive flaps that let you bring history to life. 


The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell

Join Stella Starflake Pearl 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. Can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

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