Exploration comes naturally to children and for many of us it continues on into adulthood. It’s what we do as humans to learn about the world around us. This new book from National Geographic KIDS is the perfect choice to keep that curiosity going, and who knows, maybe have a career as an explorer.

THE OFFICIAL OVERVIEW: National Geographic has inspired generations of explorers. Now it’s your turn! Learn what it takes to be a real-life explorer in this fun and action-packed guide to discovering the world around us. Unearth ancient mummies and lost treasures, encounter wild animals and learn how to protect their habitats, and shoot for the stars with the latest technologies in space travel. Amazing stories, fantastic photos, and hands-on-activities inspire curious kids to start discovering on land, air, and sea. Profiles feature National Geographic explorers of all kinds: paleontologists, biologists, photographers, artists, writers, activists, conservationists, and more. Kids are inspired to follow their passions into careers and introduced to the first steps to take to achieve their dream.

MY OWN OVERVIEW: Divided into three sections—LAND, SEA, and SKY—there’s much to Explore, Discover, and Create within each. Here’s what to expect:

EXPLORE: Each section begins with colorful pages to let you explore different topics. Several more are featured (11 total) like Explore Ancient Animals, Explore Underwater Life, and Explore The Sky and You. There’s also an activity to let you try out an exploration on your own. As if you needed more motivation, a HELP WANTED feature is included to let readers explore careers. You’ll long to be possibly a wildlife conservationist, an underwater archaeologist, or a chiropterologist (Don’t fret…I didn’t now either—they study bats!). An EXPLORE NOW feature offers simple actions you can take to better understand and explore a featured subject.

DISCOVER: One of my favorite parts was getting to meet real life explorers in a Q & A piece on each. Meet Jim Reed (an extreme weather photographer), Sylvia Earle (Oceanographer), or Lee Berger (Paleoanthropologist). If those aren’t to your liking, you’ll find seven more that maybe will. In ON LOCATION you will see exactly what kinds of explorations have gone on in the world. Great Barrier Reef, Deep Inside the Earth’s Crust, and Animal Migrations to name a few.

CREATE: No explorer sits and reads all day. That’s why different activities are offered throughout for eager young minds to try out on their own. A material list and numbered directions make it easy to create crafts and projects. You’ll be making your own telescope or creating your own rock collection in no time.

The book ends with a nifty career quiz in the back, giving readers insights as to what career best suits them. I discovered I should have taken a career path into wildlife conservation, journalist, or communications. Maybe being a teacher, mentor, and writer isn’t too far off.

I’m sure you will find like I did that ULTIMATE EXPLORER GUIDE is a fantastic source to get you excited about this fantastic world.


About Greg Pattridge

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  1. This looks like a great high-interest nonfiction choice for my middle schoolers! Thanks for the review.

  2. This book encourages kids to explore, dream big and know that the world is waiting for them to choose their path. Great share today!

  3. The NatGeo books never disappoint. This looks like another winner. Thanks for telling me about it.

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