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Books Set in Antarctica and the Arctic

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We are so excited to kick off our Book Voyage reading challenge! Of all the regions on our planned arm chair travel journey, this is likely the one you’ve read the least about. Grab a comfy blanket and hot drink, and join as we read some of the best books set in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

You can read all about the challenge, download your free printable map book tracker, and find new book lists each month here.

We welcome you to choose any book you like that is set in the Arctic or Antarctica, but we’ve compiled a great list of books to get you started. Our curated recommendations strike a good balance between male and female perspectives, and between serious and light-hearted examinations of the coldest places on Earth. From arctic novels to non-fiction accounts and memoirs, these books paint vivid images of life at extremes.

Books Set in the Arctic & Antarctic

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Books Set in Arctic & Antarctic



Members of our Facebook group, Read with the Book Girls, can log their monthly challenge reads with us.

We gathered up the results at the end of the January 2021, which you can see below to help you with your book choice!

Next up, pick your book set in Western Europe!

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Text over book covers - Books Around the World: Arctic & Antarctica

Children's Books Set in Antarctica - Book Girls' Guide

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

[…] The list includes 40 books for a range of ages and is divided into sections of best Antarctic story books and children’s picture books about Antarctica, early chapter books for new readers, and middle grade Antarctica books for more advanced readers. You’ll also find a recommended age ranges for every book at the end of each book description.If you want to read a book about Antarctica along with your child, check out our list of Books Set in Antarctica for Adults! […]

Joanna Kafarowski

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I hope you'll include my book- "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" (Dundurn Press, 2017) which is the first comprehensive biography of this extraordinary Arctic explorer, geographer and socialite!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

How do we get the map picture on this FB page?šŸ˜€šŸ‘

Traci Lowrey

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

I just found this challenge through girlxoxo. I think Iā€™m going to incorporate this into my other challenges. I love to read and to travel so this seems like an awesome combo

My blog is Title Surfing With Traci and I will post a participation post soon Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge