You and your family are dreaming of going to the Galapagos Islands. How can you prepare your young ones for their explorations of these enchanting isles?
A surprising number of children’s books about the Galapagos have been published. Share these works aloud with your kids at bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. Some have activities you can enjoy with your children. We have chosen books for a range of ages, from kindergarten to pre-teen.
Check with an on-line or your local bricks-and-mortar bookshop for these and other works. Or borrow them from your public library. (If it doesn’t have the books you wish to peruse, you can request them through interlibrary loan for a small fee.)
by Elizabeth Lorayne
Piratess Tilly heads to the Galapagos with her koala and a menagerie of animals to explore the islands’ flora and fauna. There they encounter pirates kidnapping giant tortoises. How will Tilly and her friends save those mellow reptiles? This book, written in haiku, won the Moonbeam Spirit Award Winner for Exploration, for children’s books. For ages 4-8.
Darwin and Evolution for Kids
by Kristan Lawson
This book includes 21 activities, like a botanical treasure hunt and how to keep a naturalist journal, that you can do with your child to learn more about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. For ages 10-14.
Galapagos Bedtime Stories
by Paula Tagle Saad
Through tales of the islands’ unique fauna, Galapagos naturalist guide Paula Tagle Saad recounts how these animals’ lives are. You’ll meet many of the isles’ natives, like a waved albatross that’s afraid of heights, and find out why flightless cormorants can no longer fly. For ages 4-8.
by Sarah Martin
Learn about a day in the life of a new-born sea lion pup. For ages 5-9.
Galapagos Islands Coloring Book
by Jan Sovak
Your child will spend hours on a rainy (or snowy) day learning about the Galapagos while coloring these drawings of the islands’ animals. It contains much information about the wildlife. This would also be a good book to take along on your Galapagos cruise. For any age (even grown-ups!)
“Galapagos” Means “Tortoise”
by Ruth Heller
With poetry and pictures, your young one will learn about giant tortoises – and blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions and eight other Galapagos creatures. For ages 6-9.
Island: A Story of the Galápagos
by Jason Chin
Through watercolors and text, Chin explains the Galapagos Islands’ geology, evolution and wildlife in a language your pre-teens will understand. For ages 8-12.
Inside the Beagle with Charles Darwin
by Fiona Macdonald and Mark Bergin
Board the HMS Beagle and learn how life aboard was for the Galapagos Islands’ most famous naturalist scientist, Charles Darwin. For ages 7-12.
by Virginia Ives
A grandmother’s photographic journey with her grandson to the Galapagos Islands. For ages 5 and up.
An Old Shell: Poems of the Galapagos
by Tony Johnston
Through his 34 poems and drawings, Johnston tells us about his trip to the magical Galapagos Islands. For ages 7 and up.
Tomas and the Galapagos Adventure
by Carolyn Lunn
A fun tale of Tomas, an Ecuadorian child, who dream-journeys to the Galapagos Islands where he rides on a sea turtle and sees humpback whales and hammerhead sharks, lunches with pirates, and escapes from a volcanic eruption – and makes it home in time for dinner! For ages 5-8.
We’re Sailing to the Galapagos
by Laurie Krebs and Grazia Restelli
Get ready to sail to the Galapagos Islands, to see waved albatrosses, iguanas, giant tortoises and more of the isles’ fascinating animals. For ages 5-8.
These twelve titles will help your young explorers prepare for their Galapagos adventure. And be sure to check out the other parts of Galapagos Travel Planner’s exclusive “Twelve Titles on Galapagos” series: Natural History, Human History, and Videos. Did we miss your favorite book? Share it in the comments below.
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