The best explore the world books for children

Caroline Fernandez Author Of The Adventures of Grandmasaurus: At the Aquarium Rescue Centre
By Caroline Fernandez

Who am I?

I’m a Canadian children’s author who is curious about people, places, and history. There is always something new to discover. I am an introvert by nature but I love travelling the world through the pages of books. By exploring the world (in real life or through reading) we learn about survival, struggle, and overcoming obstacles. We might just get inspired to make a greater contribution to our world. 


I wrote...

The Adventures of Grandmasaurus: At the Aquarium Rescue Centre

By Caroline Fernandez, Shannon O'Toole (illustrator),

Book cover of The Adventures of Grandmasaurus: At the Aquarium Rescue Centre

What is my book about?

Half Grandma Half Dinosaur All Mischief!!

“Grandma keeps running off doing funny business. On a field trip! And if she doesn't stop, we'll miss the school bus.” All we want to do is have a simple, no shenanigans, fun day at the museum. But when magic museum dust makes Grandma start sneezing, we know we're in for a wild time. With each sneeze, Grandma turns into a different dinosaur and takes off. It's up to me and Moonie to track her down and keep her from making a mess of the museum – before we miss the bus home!"

The books I picked & why

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The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (illustrator),

Book cover of The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

Why this book?

The Magic School Bus series is the perfect blend of entertaining and educational. I love how Cole delves into dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures in this book. The characters all work together so well. And who doesn’t love spontaneous Ms. Frizzle?! This whole series contains classic reads for children and I highly recommend it.


A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park,

Book cover of A Long Walk to Water

Why this book?

I bought this book for my daughter who is a biography and non-fiction fan. It did not disappoint. This best-selling novel, set in Africa, tells the story of two children who overcome many challenges to improve their lives (and the lives of others). It is a short novel that inspires child empowerment and exploring the world. 


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling,

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Why this book?

Perhaps strange to be on an Explore the World list, I add Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here because Harry explores his wizarding world with amazing curiosity. His investigating his magical world can inspire kids to be curious about different countries and cultures. Different doesn’t have to be scary. And belonging to a place isn’t necessarily where you currently reside.


History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age

By DK Smithsonian,

Book cover of History Year by Year: The History of the World, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age

Why this book?

Bite-sized bits of world knowledge are a great way to explore the world from the comfort of your own living room (or car or classroom). Visuals and a timeline help kids navigate history, discoveries, wars, revolutions, and inventions. This is the type of book kids can pick up and put down anytime. It also adds to general knowledge and builds great ideas for family trivia night!


How to Become an Accidental Genius

By Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Jenn Playford (illustrator)

Book cover of How to Become an Accidental Genius

Why this book?

I love, love, love how MacLeod and Wishinsky create their “accidental” books. It’s the perfect blend of entertaining and educational facts about people from around the world making great discoveries. It also shows the most ordinary people can make the most extraordinary discoveries.  


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