World Book Day 2022: Hit the books

World Book Day 2022: Hit the books

World Book Day 2022: Hit the books


World Book Day, on 3 March is a celebration of books and reading aimed at encouraging young people to discover the pleasure of reading. Here’s our pick of Antarctic books to inspire your aspiring adventurers, budding biologists and up-and-coming conservationists.

Funny Bird: the story of a penguin who became a princess – or maybe a prince, Rhys-Jones Publishing

Pint-sized penguin fans will love this read-aloud rhyming tale by Sandi Rhys-Jones of a penguin chick resembling a woolly bear growing up to become an elegant king penguin. Children as young as three will be captivated by the watercolour illustrations and grown-ups reading the book with them can knowledgeably fend off curious questions by referring to the scientific notes at the back. Educational, fun and a mention of ‘poop’, Funny Bird ticks all the boxes for your budding biologist. Pick up this penguin paperback from our shop.

Let’s Save Antarctica: Why we must protect our planet, Walker Books

Author Catherine Barr’s work for Greenpeace on wildlife issues and exhibitions for the Natural History Museum led her to harness the power of words to encourage children to get involved in protecting the natural world. Developed with expert advice from scientists at the British Antarctic Survey, this beautifully illustrated hardback book is packed with penguins, whales, dinosaur fossils and scientists bringing the continent to life for five to nine year-olds. The final spread lets children know how they can help tackle plastic pollution in the oceans and climate change to protect Antarctica and their planet. Put your up-and-coming conservationist’s book token towards this inspiring book. Available to buy at WHSmith, Amazon, Blackwell's and other good book shops.

Shackleton’s Endurance: An Antarctic survival story, Allen & Unwin

Mark 2022 by investing in a Shackleton tale for your aspiring adventurer to honour the 100th anniversary of his passing. With just over 300 pages of highly-readable, fast-paced drama, polar historian Joanna Grochowicz successfully captures the attention of tweens aged 10 to 14 and introduces this new generation to the feats and grit of explorers past. Her spirited retelling of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-17 will immerse the reader in the gruelling journey where courage, leadership and teamwork were crucial to survival. Available to buy at WHSmith, Amazon, Blackwell's and other good book shops.

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