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The Polar Connection

from Literature to Science

Presented by

Holly Hargraves


My Prior Knowledge

To Build a Fire

White Fang

Call of the Wild

Love of Life

By Jack London

No results from “Literature about the Arctic”

No Results from “Literature about Antarctica”

Hours searching for booklists, theme related lit lists, recommended reading, using multiple search terms


Not a new subject!

This is a front page of a document from the Brooklyn Public Library with a list of all books on “the Polar Regions”

From 99 years ago!


Staff Recommends!

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

Easy to read and understand

New words are defined – seamlessly

Good overview about climate change

Perfect for middle and high school!


The Last Polar Bear, Facing the Truth of a Warming WorldSteve Kazlowski (Photographer)

Not just polar bears but walrus, beluga. bearded and spotted seal and Arctic fox feature in this stunningly photographed celebration of the Alaskan Arctic coast. With support by the Alaska Wilderness League and the National resources Defense Council, the book also includes essays by diverse experts on polar bear ecology, the impact of climate change, local people and threats to the region.  


A literary anthology "flip book" commemorating the International Polar Year .

Stocked with first-person narratives, cultural histories, nature and science writing, and fictioncompilation of first-person narratives, cultural histories, science and nature writing, fiction, and more, by Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Barry Lopez, Ursula K. Le Guin, Diane Ackerman, and others.


Arctic & Antarctic has spectacular photographs and diagrams to explain ice formations; tundra; and plant, sea, and wildlife of each region.

Human life is discussed in spreads on native cultures and explorers.

Sections pair up information about each pole, allowing for comparisons

Good for middle school


This package includes: Birds & Mammals of the Antarctic by Frank Todd; The Crystal Desert by David Campbell; Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing; and the Antarctic Explorer Map by Ocean Explorer.

“If you are planning to travel to Antarctica,

this package will get you started.”


Describes the unique light phenomena of the Alaskan Arctic and the way animals adapt to the temperature and daylight changes each month of the year. 


Describes how life changes with the seasons in one of the coldest places on earth, the Arctic. 


Enhanced by charming, detailed illustrations, a study of interest in reaching and exploring the Arctic provides information on the many expeditions, successful and unsuccessful, to the region made by people from all over the world over hundreds of years. 



Matthew Henson,

the African American explorer who accompanied Robert Peary on the first successful expedition to the North Pole in 1909. 


Letters, photographs, and journal entries from the author's visit to Antarctica, the windiest, coldest, most forbidding region on earth, describe her intimate experience with this last great wilderness.


The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife, Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and Southern OceanHadoram Shirihai  •  Brett Jarrett (Illustrator)

This book, an essential reference, features striking color illustrations and color photographs of each of the Antarctica's birds and marine mammals north to 40 degrees. …The book concludes with practical information about visiting the area, including details on landing sites and weather conditions.  


Obsessed with the life and death of British explorer Robert Scott, Morgan Lamont is given the chance to become the first woman to lead an expedition to the South Pole and sets out to recreate Scott's British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1912.

Young Adult

for the beach a novel
“Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as "a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

THE TERROR chills readers to the core.

For the Beach: A Novel
for the beach
“A shocking scientific discovery” “A conspiracy of staggering brilliance” “A thriller unlike any you've ever read...”

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much needed victory…

For the Beach
for the beach a sci fi trilogy on global warming
Sixty Days And Counting

by KimStanleyRobinson - By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its wayto irreversible change.


by KimStanleyRobinson -

This is no distant planet--it is the last pure wilderness on earth.

Fifty Degrees Below

by KimStanleyRobinson -

Set in our nation’s capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught inthe collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global...

For the Beach: A Sci Fi Trilogy onGlobal Warming
the other side of the argument
“Excellent, readable,

and well-documented

book on the

global warming hoax.”

The other side of the argument:
google book search
21,100 on the “arctic”

11,600 on “antarctica”

952 titles on the arctic subject:"History / Expeditions & Discoveries“

469 on antarctic subject:"Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Polar Regions

Google Book Search
Books for kids on Antarctica

Books for kids on the Arctic Regions

Books for Kids on Arctic / History / Exploration & Discovery

Books for kids on Polar Exploration

Books for kids on the History of the Polar Regions

Books for kids on Polar Environmental Issues

Books on Climate Change in the Polar Regions

The Ends of the Earth, An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic(Short Stories, Poems, etc.Francis Spufford (Editor)  •  Elizabeth Kolbert (Editor)

A Global Warning? (History Channel) (2007)

Amazon Online Review:

“Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" got all the hype and awards. The History Channel's “A Global Warning?" only gets the Joe Friday award - "Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts."

Masters of the Arctic Ice

Amazon Online Review:

See how the quickly-melting Arctic ice affects the survival skills of ringed seals, polar bears, and narwhals.

These Artic creatures have become masters at negotiating the perils of this frozen world...but their dependence on the ice is also their greatest vulnerability.

Arctic Passage: Nova(2005) NR

In the 19th century, the idea of a Northwest Passage seemed a dream: The Arctic Ocean route connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific was frozen and impassable. But for two men, crossing it was the ultimate challenge.

This "Nova" special chronicles the disparate expeditions of Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen: one a lavish effort that ended in tragic mystery, the other an innovative lesson in simplicity and success.

National Geographic: Human Footprint (2008)Starring:Elizabeth Vargas

Director:Clive Maltby

The Human Footprint reveals the extraordinary impact that each of our lives has on the world around us. In a playful surprising and thought-provoking portrait of our time on earth National Geographic demonstrates in a series of remarkable visuals what makes up an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us.