The best books for young explorers

The Books I Picked & Why

Journey

By Aaron Becker

Journey

Why this book?

This award-winning wordless children’s picture book follows a young girl on an elaborate expedition with a story about self-determination — and unexpected friendship. The lonely child uses a red marker to draw a magic door on her bedroom wall and uses it to escape into a world of adventure, wonder, and risk. The author-illustrator Aaron Becker propels an ordinary girl on an incredible journey toward her most exciting experience of all.


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Girl Who Loved Giraffes: And Became the World's First Giraffologist

By Kathy Stinson, Francois Thisdale

Girl Who Loved Giraffes: And Became the World's First Giraffologist

Why this book?

When Anne Innis Dagg was a little girl, she longed to study giraffes in Africa. Many obstacles including gender discrimination stood in her way, so she hide her female identity to get a job and then traveled to Africa on her own. Anne fulfilled her dream and became the world's leading scientific expert on giraffes, inspiring the next generation of women scientists to pursue their dreams.


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Treaty Words: For as Long as the Rivers Flow

By Aimée Craft, Luke Swinson

Treaty Words: For as Long as the Rivers Flow

Why this book?

Simple lyrical illustrations bring this story about commitments to life. A wise grandfather guides his granddaughter on a journey of discovery teaching her about indigenous perspectives. This important book is moving and essential for readers of all ages. It offers authentic historic perspectives and helps to describe the responsibility of truth and reconciliation.


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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (a Narwhal and Jelly Book #1)

By Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (a Narwhal and Jelly Book #1)

Why this book?

A happy-go-lucky narwhal and non-nonsense jellyfish discover the depths of the ocean together. This joyful and silly graphic novel celebrates friendship, adventure, and collaboration. The simple illustrations are compelling and accessible, drawing kids into a series of books that will leave them giggling.


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Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

By Jessica Hische

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Why this book?

This inspirational book for young explorers offers uplifting messages for kids, encouraging them to try new things and not fret about failure. Hand-lettered words of wisdom help to define what it means to be brave and confident, while teaching patience and tenacity. The colorful illustrations are memorable and immersive, offering opportunities for discussion about each page of positive values.


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