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Young Adventurers – a Reading List for Children

To mark the imminent publication of my new book for children (‘Great Adventurers‘), I have put together a selection of books for children that I think are excellent for encouraging a love of travel and adventure.

What others would you recommend? Please have your say in the comments below.


and this one (sorry!)

Finally, here is my new book. It has involved a lot of work! It’s available now (UK here; rest of world here).

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  1. ‘The Muppets Go Camping’ – if you can find a copy!

  2. Al, love your list of children’s books – some there I’ve not heard of at all! Might I be cheeky and add “The Picture Atlas: An Incredible Journey” to your list of suggested books for children? Written by Simon Holland and illustrated by, eh, me! Looking forward to reading the stories and looking at Kevin Ward’s excellent illustrations in your new book! Congratulations!

  3. Great list, I’ll certainly be following up some of those we didn’t know about.
    We love “How to be a world explorer” in the Lonely Planet not for parents series. All over the world the girls have quoted from the book, our eldest still prides herself in being the family “leech removal expert.” Lots of cool stories and gory detail too – need to know the best way to put back in a detached eyeball? It’s just the book for you.

  4. My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George. Young adult, fiction.

  5. Kerry-Anne Martin Posted

    Great list and looking forward to seeing your new book. I used to spend hours as a kid pouring over An Usbourne Guide – Camping and Walking by David Watkins and Meike Dalal – and daydreaming of going off camping by myself. It’s pretty outdated now but I had to seek out a second hand copy for my son, and well I love re-reading it too…
    More up to date we like ‘Survivors. Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond’ by David Long and Kerry Hyndman.
    And my son and I love all of the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. They are always off on adventures big and small in Moominland.

  6. Kerry-Anne Posted

    A great list Alastair and I’m looking forward to seeing the new book!

    I used to pour over a book called Camping and Walking. An Usbourne Guide by David Watkins and Meike Dalal when I was a kid and dream of the adventures I’d have. It’s really outdated now but I had such fond memories of it that I sought out a second-hand copy for my son who now pours over it (and hopefully dreams of adventures of his own). More up to date, we like the book ‘Survivors. Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond’ by David Long. Oh and we can’t get enough of the Moomin books by Tove Jannson. Moomintroll and his friends are always off on intereting adventures, big and small!

  7. Ted Packard Posted

    Any of the Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome. When the kids ask if they can go camp on an island the father responds by telegraph “Better drowned than duffers, not duffers won’t drown” which meant they could go and have the adventures the book is about.

  8. Fantastic list of books I ordered most of them from the library. My son and I love Tikki Tembo and Magic bicycle has just arrived which I’m sure he’s going to love and I’m going to read at Forest School this afternoon before the kids make magic wands.

  9. Has to be the two classic Scottish children’s adventure books, Light on Dumyat” and “White Stag Adventure” by Rennie McOwen. Much loved in my house by my 8 and 11 year olds. All set in the hills, lochs and mountains of Scotland. The books contain great tips on bushcraft, staying hidden, night navigation, constructing hideouts and bivying on mountain tops. All tied in to fabulous stories where the kids defeat baddies. The Clan comprise Gavin, Mot and Michael and are led by the canny and thoughtful Claire. Really recommended!



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