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he Rainbow Bear Michael Morpurgo This is the story of a polar bear who dreams of exchanging his snowy white coat for new fur that is as colourful as the rainbow he sees in the sky one day. The bear’s conspicuous new appearance leads him to be captured and exhibited in a zoo. This engaging and thought-provoking story is coupled with beautiful illustrations, making it a popular choice with KS1 and lower KS2. Buy on Amazon Shackleton's Journey William Grill William Grill's 'Shackleton's Journey' is a beautiful account of a particularly famous and hazardous Antarctic adventure. It's full of stunning details, facts and figures, which are all brought to life with wonderful illustrations. The artwork is so beautifully created that it disguises the sheer volume of fantastic facts you can learn about the intriguing Shackleton. (Recommended by Paul Watson (@PaulWat5), Year 5 Teacher and also by Chris Callaghan (@callaghansstuff), children's author) Also featured on: favourite non-fiction texts Buy on Amazon The Last Polar Bears Harry Horse In this story Grandfather, together with his canine companion Roo, sets off on an Arctic expedition to find the last polar bears. The story is told through a series of letters from Grandfather to a grandchild, through which Grandfather gives a first hand account of the highs and lows of his exciting journey. We like the way in which this book balances an appropriate level of humour at Grandfather’s amusing escapades along with an underlying concern for the melting ice caps and the survival of creatures living in polar regions. Buy on Amazon Pugs of the Frozen North Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre If you are looking for something to read that is fast-paced and humorous, this laugh-out-loud adventure story is the one for you! This is the whacky tale of cabin boy Shen and his friend Sika, who together with a motley crew of pugs enter an exciting race through vast and varied Arctic landscapes. This exciting and amusing tale is a great story to read aloud. Buy on Amazon Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story Catherine Johnson & Katie Hickey Best-selling author Catherine Johnson offers a fictionalized retelling of the unsung BAME hero Matthew Henson. Matthew’s story is incredible and filled with the spirit of adventure, from being a runaway orphan heading to find work in a big city, to landing a job as a cabin boy on a ship to accompanying Captain Peary on his mission to be the first Americans to discover the North Pole. Despite being the first of the party to reach the North Pole, Henson was given no recognition on return to America and his achievements were ignored because of the colour of his skin. Highly recommended. Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Ice Trap!: Shackleton's Incredible Expedition Meredith Hooper and M. P. Robertson A retelling of Shackleton’s astonishing journey, well pitched for KS2. This recount of Shackleton’s expedition is accompanied by illustrations, maps and timelines, making it detailed and informative without losing any of the drama of the exciting tale. For more on Shackleton, you may also like William Gill's fantastic visual retelling of Shackleton's Journey available on Amazon. Buy on Amazon The Snowflake Mistake Lou Treleaven and Maddie Frost Within a floating ice palace high above the clouds, the Snow Queen operates a snowflake machine, ensuring that it produces perfectly identical flakes. But one day when the Queen leaves her daughter Princess Ellie in charge, the machine breaks and Princess Ellie has to find a new way to make the snowflakes. Princess Ellie creates exquisite and unique snowflakes by hand, making the most beautiful snowfall ever. Also featured on: #bookpost Buy on Amazon Sky Song Abi Elphinstone by Abi Elphinstone A magical adventure story with a strong female lead and overtones of Pullman and C.S. Lewis, ‘Sky Song’ will quickly whisk you away into an enchanting fantasy world. Set in an icy landscape populated by a power-hungry Ice Queen, tribes of children living in secret hide-outs and delightful magical animals, this text cleverly explores how the ‘magic’ of acceptance and tolerance can advance personal and societal change. On their quest to save the kingdom from the clutches of the Ice Queen, adventurers Eska and Flint discover that long-standing borders between different tribes can be broken down and that openness and courage are better markers of identity than ethnicity or class. Fast-paced and sparkling with magic on every page, this book is a real delight and best suited to upper KS2. Also featured on: January 2018 Books of the Month Buy on Amazon The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale Lydia Dabcovich This enchanting story is based on a traditional story from the Inuit people. An old woman finds a polar bear cub all alone in the ice and snow. The woman takes the bear home and raises him as if he is her son, caring for him and protecting him. We really enjoyed the wonderful artwork of the illustrations, setting the warmth of the woman’s affections for the cub against the vastness of the icy polar landscape. Buy on Amazon The Cold Book (World of Discovery) Mike Goldsmith & Miranda Smith This is an appealing information text for KS2, all about everything frozen. Find out about extreme frozen environments, record breaking icebergs and the chilling legend of the abominable snowmen! If you like this, you might also like to try The Hot Book available from Amazon. Buy on Amazon The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out Jill Tomlinson & Paul Howard A charming story from the author of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. This story follows a young penguin chick called Otto who finds that it is not easy being small and living in the South Pole! This well-loved story is suitable for Years 1-3. Buy on Amazon The Polar Bear Explorers' Club Alex Bell & Tomislav Tomic This new adventure story is a great choice for upper KS2. After fighting hard to gain her place on an expedition, young Stella and her explorer friends embark upon an exciting adventure through vast Icelands. A wonderful mixture of fantasy and adventure, the narrative weaves its way through dangerous and magical encounters with snow queens, unicorns, frost fairies and wolf-whisperers. We are really hoping that a sequel will follow soon! Buy on Amazon The Great Explorer Chris Judge This story follows a young boy who sets about to find his father, an explorer who appears to have gone missing in the North Pole. The boy has to prepare himself for the Arctic terrain by sourcing a map and packing his rucksack with all the things he thinks he might need. A fun and brightly illustrated picture book popular with KS1