Ordnance Survey Children’s Travel Book of the Year 

WINNER:
Alastair Humphrey's Great Adventurers by Alastair Humphrey, Illustrated by Kevin Ward

Hand-selected by Alastair Humphreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive explorers who ever lived. With vibrant illustrations by Kevin Ward and a wide-spread selection of explorers from young to old, male to female, this book may just inspire readers to have their own adventures. 

A modern day adventurer, Alastair Humphreys was named as National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012, after spending four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and five continents. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called it, ‘the first great adventure of the millennium’. He has also walked across India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, ran six marathons through the Sahara Desert, and crossed Iceland by foot and packraft. He has recently become the pioneer of ‘microadventures’, a movement encouraging people to seek out short, local adventures. 

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Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World  by Ben Handicott, Illustrated by Lucy Letherland

From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures comes this awe-inspiring journey of discovery. Travel around the world to scale the Eiffel Tower, trek the Great Wall of China, and raft through the Yosemite Valley. Showcasing the globe's most impressive landscapes, iconic buildings and evocative antiquities from both the modern and ancient worlds, this is the most wonderful Atlas adventure yet! 

Lucy Letherland is an illustrator based in London, UK. She graduated from Manchester 

School of Art in 2011 with a First Class BA (Hons) in illustration with animation. Lucy’s work is strongly led by humour and narrative, creating a playful, graphic quality. Lucy is the illustrator for all the titles in the best-selling Atlas of Adventures series.

Ben Handicott studied linguistics and education before heading off to learn Vietnamese and Mandarin over a number of years living in Asia. He's dedicated to finding ways to pass on his love of travel, food and language to his own children and others through writing which inspires travel and exploration. 

Destination Planet Earth by Jo Nelson, Illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole 

Set out on an adventure across Planet Earth, exploring volcanoes, valleys, mountains and rivers, and learning about water, weather and earthquakes as you go. This is the ultimate field trip to explore our incredible planet, from its smoking volcanoes and coursing rivers to its tallest mountains and deepest valleys. Packed with epic facts and breathtaking illustrations, this journey of discovery is the perfect introduction to physical geography in all forms: learn about weather and climate, see how the water cycle works and explore the science behind Earth's earthquakes, eruptions and tsunamis. There’s even a cool double-sided poster to pull out and stick on your wall! 

Tom Clohosy Cole is a London-based freelance illustrator, designer & animator. He is the illustrator of All Aboard the Discovery Express, Destination: Planet Earth and Destination: Space, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017.

Jo Nelson studied at Cambridge University before travelling the world teaching She settled in London, and turning her hand to children’s books. Her titles include Historium, published by Big Picture Press. 

Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell, Illustrated by Tomislav Tomic 

Stella Starflake Pearl is eagerly anticipating her next expedition. Suddenly disaster strikes when Stella’s father, Felix, is snatched by a fearsome witch. Stella must bring her magic ice princess tiara to Witch Mountain or she will never see Felix again! But no one ever returns from Witch Mountain . . . 

 Stella, Ethan, Shay, Beanie and reluctant Jungle Cat explorer, Gideon, set off into the unknown. They will face chomping pumpkin patches, vampire trolls, poisonous rabbits, outraged vultures and deranged broomsticks in their quest to rescue Felix. 

Alex Bell has published novels and short stories for both adults and young adults including Frozen Charlotte, a Zoella Book Club pick. The Polar Bear Explorers' Club was her first foray into middle grade. She always wanted to be a writer but had several back-up plans. After training as a lawyer, she now works at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Most of her spare time consists of catering to the whims of her Siamese cat. 

Tomislav Tomic graduated from the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb. He started to publish his illustrations during his college days. He has illustrated a great number of children’s books. He lives and works in Zaprešic, Croatia. 

Journeys: Tales of Travel and Trailblazers by Jonathon Litton, Illustrated by Leo Hartas, Chris Chalik, Jon Davis and David Shephard

Journeys  recounts the stories of some of the bravest and most adventurous travellers in history. Filled with pen and ink artwork, this book allows the reader to travel around the world with some of history’s greatest story-makers. As well as the usual suspects, some lesser-known but equally amazing journeys, including that of Nobu Shirase – who raced Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole – and Henry “Box” Brown – a slave who posted himself to freedom are found within the pages. 

Jonathan Litton has written numerous children's books in prose and verse. He loves using his science background to write about sea creatures, space and saving the planet, but is also fond of penning stories about pirates, princesses and picnics. When not writing, he can usually be found on his bike. He now lives in Sapporo, Japan.

Maps of the United Kingdom by Rachel Dixon, Illustrated by Livi Gosling

Take a tour of the United Kingdom as you’ve never seen it before in this fully illustrated set of county maps. Travel through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and meet the incredible people born there. Learn all about its proud history as you discover ancient castles, modern feats of engineering and natural highlights. Uncover and revel in the nation’s curiosities, from the spectacular, to the quirky, and the downright strange! A fabulous introduction to Shakespeare’s Sceptre Isle, for readers young and old. 

Rachel Dixon grew up in Derby and now lives in Crouch End, north London. She works as a travel writer and features production editor for The Guardian

Livi Gosling is a talented young illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University in 2012 and is now based in Hertfordshire. She works primarily in inks and her colourful artwork focuses on travel, food and nature. One day, she dreams of being paid in cheese. 

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