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Explorer Readings

 Are you an Explorer? Want to read about other Explorers? Here is a great list to get you going on your next adventure. Join Laura Ingalls as she travels across the early American frontier or check out the underwater world with Captain Nemo. Have an exciting exploration story to share? Post it below and we’ll add it to the list!!

The Little House on the Prairie Series
by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These books were written by American homesteader Laura Ingalls. That means that her family was one of the first families to live where they did. They were pioneers. By the time she was thirteen years old, Laura had moved from the thick Wisconsin woods to the wide-open Kansas prairie, out to the fertile Minnesota plain, and finally to a brand-new town at the end of a railroad line in Dakota Territory. True pioneers, Laura and her family faced everything, from severe droughts and bone-chilling winters to crop failures and grasshopper invasions, in their long search for a new life on land of their own. A spirited and courageous girl from the start, Laura’s life on the frontier was a nonstop adventure.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Nine-year-old Pippi is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed over her head. She frequently makes fun of and fools adults she encounters. Pippi usually reserves her worst behavior for the most pompous and arrogant adults. . Like Peter Pan, Pippi does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and as such has adventurous stories to tell. She has four best friends: two animals (her horse and a monkey) and two humans, the neighbor’s children Tommy and Annika. Pippi has many adventures in many books that you can read.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. After skipping school and ruining his clothes in a fight, Tom’ punishment is painting the fence on  Saturday, his day off! At first, Tom is  annoyed at wrecking his Saturday but, he soon cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the “fun” of doing his painting. Tom has great adventures!



Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. While sitting on the riverbank on a warm sunny day, Alice sees a white rabbit in a waistcoat and a watch run past and into a hole proclaiming “I’m late! I’m late!”. Curious, Alice follows him down the rabbit hole where she finds a very small door and a bottle that reads “drink me”. She does and that is just the beginning of a harried adventure that leads her to be on trial before the Queen of Hearts who wants to cut off her head!



20 000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  Ships from several countries spot a mysterious sea monster which some suggest to be a giant narhwal. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the creature . Professor Pierre Aronnax, an expert marine biologist from France is the narrator of the story. He recounts the tale of his journey with the complicated Captain Nemo. They venture to mysterious and dangerous locations under the oceans of the world.