For those who shudder at the upcoming Wisconsin winter, I recommend a delightful course of Arctic and Antarctic reading to reassure us all that our winters "ain't nothin'!"
Snow baby: the Arctic childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's daring daughter by Katherine Kirkpatrick
A fascinating account of Marie Ahnighito Peary, born in the Arctic and raised in Washington DC and Greenland. A short biography perfect for 3-5th graders
How to Survive in Antarctica by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Part memoir, part survival tips, part curiosities, this book lets readers vicariously experience the author's adventures while on exploration in Antarctica.
Call Me Ahnighito by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Richard Egielski
A fictionalized meteorite biography! A huge meteorite describes how it lay half-buried in Greenland for centuries until it is finally excavated by members of a Peary expedition and begins a new journey.
Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Describes the unbelievable events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition, when the ship the Endurance was crushed in a frozen sea and the men made the perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.
Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Aillaud
You haven't had a great recess experience until you've gone out in the Arctic circle. A great book of photos written from a child's perspective will have readers thinking globally!