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From Pole to Pole

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My elder girl is always cold; she’s the one who even wears her slippers and her bathrobe to bed, but she’s also the one in our family who adores all things winter. That means even at the height of summer, she wants to play polar bears. I’ve already documented her love of whales (especially belugas), but we recently expanded to a reading/watching list about the polar region more generally. We looked at poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, focusing on the geography and science of the poles as well as the animals and people. The films and stories brought to life a dramatic snowscape that we’re unlikely ever to see in person, so this year, when my daughter plays “Polar Bear Mountain” on the snow piles in the yard, she’ll have even more knowledge and inspiration.

  1. Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra, Jose Aruego, and Ariane Dewey
  2. Arctic A-Z by Wayne Lynch
  3. Arctic Peoples by Robin Doak
  4. Watch Arctic Tale
  5. Arctic Tale: A Companion to the Major Motion Picture by Rebecca Baines
  6. Atuk by Mischa Damjan and Józef Wilkón
  7. Caribou Crossing: Animals of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Andrea Helman and Art Wolfe
  8. Watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That: Told from the Cold
  9. Endangered Animals of Antarctica and the Arctic by Marie Allgor
  10. Here is the Arctic Winter by Madeleine Dunphy and Alan James Robinson
  11. How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun: A Tale from the Arctic by Emery and Durga Bernhard
  12. Ice Is Nice! All About the North and South Poles by Bonnie Worth, Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
  13. Kumak’s Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North by Michael Bania
  14. Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds Blow by Marianna Berkes and Jill Dubin
  15. Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North by Eileen Spinelli and Eugenie Fernandes
  16. A Polar Bear Journey by Debbie Miller and Jon Van Zyle
  17. The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale by Lydia Dabcovich
  18. Watch Snow Babies
  19. Tundra Discoveries by Ginger Wadsworth and John Carrozza

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