Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Book Reviews: Explorers of North America

By Christine Taylor-Butler
Reviewed by Claudia Chow, Book Review Editor
Recommended for Grades 4 – 6


Explorers of North America is about many different travelers whose discoveries impacted the history of North America. These explorers include Christopher Columbus, who, in 1492, accidentally found the Bahamas when looking for a trade route to Asia, and even Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who, in 1803, explored the land in North America west of the Mississippi River. Besides these well-known explorers, the book also talks about John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, whom the term “America” was named after, Hernán Cortés, and even Barbara Wasburn, who is a modern female explorer.

I highly recommend reading this book, because it is written as if it were a storybook. The author tells us these historical events as if they were fairy-tales, which shows us that history is really just a composition of stories. I also enjoyed this book, because besides talking about famous explorers we already know, such as Columbus and Lewis and Clark, the author also talks about explorers that I never knew before, like Francisco Coronado, Jacques Cartier, and Ynes Mexia. I also liked how the author talked about modern explorers who made discoveries in the 1900s, showing us that there are still many more important discoveries to be made.

In the back of the book, there is a glossary that defines important words, a list of additional books and websites about North American explorers, and a few places to visit about the explorers of North America.

If any of this sounds interesting, go pick up this book at your local library or bookstore!