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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.