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Top 5 books for young explorers

These picks from Gareth Moore will encourage kids to learn more about the world around them, and how to navigate it

There’s no time like summer for kids to get better acquainted with the world around them, and this summer holiday is the ideal time for them to explore after a year of restricted activities.

Dr Gareth Moore, the brains behind the Ordnance Survey Kids Adventure Book, knows how important it is for youngsters to try their hand at navigation, map-reading and getting comfortable finding their way in the great outdoors. He thinks these books will do just the trick.

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The Big Book of the UK by Imogen Russell Williams and Louise Lockhart

The book combines a geographical tour of the UK with facts about places, foods, clothes and language. There’s even a quiz at the end for readers to find out how much knowledge they’ve absorbed.

Irelandopedia by Fatti Burke and John Burke

Perfect for readers who want to learn more about the Emerald Isle. Each double-page spread is full of fantastic illustrations and interesting information about each of the Irish counties. 

What’s Weird on Earth: Our Strange World as You’ve Never Seen it Before! by DK

The ideal read for curious armchair adventurers. It features a selection of maps full of fascinating facts about the weirdest natural and supernatural phenomena from around the world. 

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Atlas of Miniature Adventures by Emily Hawkins and Lucy Letherland

An ode to many tiny wonders from all around the globe. Read it to find out all about the snow globe museum in Vienna, the world’s largest miniature railway and the very smallest seahorse!

Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers by Alistair Humphrey and Kevin Ward

A great place to start for those who want to know more about the people behind the adventures. This book chronicles some incredible journeys including 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta and Nellie Bly, who travelled around the world by ship in less than 80 days. 

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