Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Obviously, this year, events may look a little different. But, there are still ways to celebrate.

Starting Monday, May 4, 2020, and through Sunday, May 10th, I’ll be sharing a children’s book here to encourage a love of reading. If you’d like to print off some activity pages related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE. For more information and resources related to Children’s Book Week, click HERE.


Highest, hottest, deepest, coldest – explore the extremes of our planet!

By: Simon Tyler

Published: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Pavilion Children’s


Our planet is full of places to explore including those that have yet to be discovered. The places and regions featured in this book are full of beauty and adventure covering all our great continents. The places covered and their explorers include the polar regions, mountains, volcanoes, oceans, rivers, deserts, jungle, forests, and caves. Along with the places to explore, the animals that inhabit the areas are also featured.

I found the Polar Region so interesting because there seems to be a mystery to that region. Wally Herbert’s expedition is the only one to cross the ice-covered Arctic Ocean on foot, a journey of 463 days ending in May of 1969. I was surprised by the number of research stations in The Antarctic. There are no people living in Antarctica except for the scientists at the stations. Even though I find it fascinating, I have no desire to travel there. I hate to be cold!

People that climb mountains are some of the most adventurous people I know. A close friend just returned a few months ago from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Even though I haven’t seen him yet to hear about his trip, I can’t imagine even considering taking that kind of trip. This book doesn’t feature Mount Kilimanjaro, but it does feature conquering Everest which is about 10,000 feet higher. The first Everest ascent was in 1953. The journey is explained by the nine base camps that the team used. The rockface of the summit is named after Edmund Hilary since he was the only member of the team, with his sherpa, to reach the summit. The rockface is called the Hilary Step.

A glossary at the end of the book explains the various terms used that children may not be familiar with. This larger picture book, with bold illustrations and high-quality paper pages, is targeted for elementary-aged kids. It would make a great gift book for an adventurous child or your child’s teacher.

Simon Tyler is a designer, illustrator, and writer based in St Leonards-on-Sea, England. His work has been featured in many British newspapers and magazines. Simon Tyler is known for his non-fiction children’s books, and for his infographic, informative posters.

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Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. This review is my honest opinion. If you choose to make a purchase through the above links, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase.
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