Read the World: Australia, Oceania, & Polar Regions

Read the World_ Australia_Oceania_The Polar Regions
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Hello and welcome to the final stop of our travels!

What an adventure we’ve had, and if you’ve missed any of it these posts will stay up long-term so you can come back to them anytime!

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Come on, let’s head to Australia/Oceania and the Polar Regions!

The Challenge


Read at least one book that takes place in Australia/Oceania or the Polar Regions. Chapter 12 of Give Your Child the World has plenty of ideas for you to choose from!

Along with your books, enjoy these video clips:

The Videos

Disclaimer: Please preview to determine which clips are best for your family.

Just click the picture to be taken to the clip!

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(What is in Australia, 2.5 min; ages 4+)

Countries of the World/Oceania; 2.5 min; ages 4+

Countries of the World song/Oceania; 2.5 min; ages 4+

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(The Great Barrier Reef; 2 min; ages 5+)

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(Tour of the Royal Australian Mint; 4 min; ages 7+)

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(Could you be an Antarctic scientist?; 4 min; ages 9+)


The Recipes

In each post I’ve been providing links to a few recipes so you can take your global explorations into the kitchen. Ready to get a little wild? Give these Vegemite Breadsticks a try, mate!


Vegemite Breadsticks, Australia


Pineapple Papaya Coco Sipper, Micronesia


Grilled Island Fries, Nauru


Aussie Burger, Australia


Coconut Bananas, Polynesia


The Printables

Note: If you missed the global book log and other start-up printables for the club, you’ll find those in this post.

Click the images below to download the maps for Australia/Oceania and Antarctica:

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Optional Extras

A few fun extras you may want to choose from:


‘Land Down Under’ Toob


Australia 3-D Keepsake Country Guide


Sydney 500-piece puzzle

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Such a fun album!


Polar animals stickers


Oceania game


Next: Growing Up Around the World Global Link Up!


Get ready to hop from one destination to another in our global link up post…and to download your ending book club certificates, too!

What do you have planned? Feel free to share here or with #GiveYourChildtheWorld on social media!

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About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. My son is reading a Magic Tree House book right now about the Polar region, and thanks to the TV show H2O, Australia is one of my kids’ favorite places! This should be a fun week. 🙂
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  2. Shonda Knowlton says:

    This has been a great start for me to teach my kids about the world. They are so excited to watch new videos every week and read new books. They love the maps too. I’m going to use this book in my homeschool as well as your blog post to expand our world learning. What an excellent resource!

  3. Fiona Clarke says:

    Hi Jamie
    We have really enjoyed following along with your summer bookclub here in New Zealand. We have read so many wonderful books that have opened our eyes and our hearts to how other people live around the world.
    I look forward to doing a week of ‘down under’ seeing as this is where we are! Last week I went to a good childrens book shop to purchase the one and only book you have listed on NZ, “Elizabeth: Queen of the Seas”, and they didn’t have it! I have managed however to reserve it at our library. It’s a shame you weren’t able to find more books on NZ that are accessible to you in the US because we have so many beautiful childrens books on our culture and way of life. And we are different from Australia! Sorry Aussie cousins, but you seem to have more of the limelight this week! ( I do have blood relations in Aussie too so I do have a good relationship with your country!) *smile*.
    Thank you again Jamie for all your hardwork at putting this all together for all of us around the world to enjoy together.

    • You’re welcome, Fiona! And I did have trouble finding books that were in print on NZ here on this side of the pond, but I’d love to hear your favorites, and I’ll keep them on file to research for the next edition of the book! There is one other book to look for as well: Kakapo Rescue is from the 10-12 age range from NZ. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the club!!

  4. Fiona Clarke says:

    Hi Jamie, yes I did see Kakapo Rescue and forgot to mention that ,as the bookshop didn’t have that one either!
    Anyway, some of our favourite books are picture books that would be suitable for the 4-6 and 6-8 year range. My 8 year old son still enjoys reading these. They are:
    A series by Donovan Bixley, including, “Little Bo Peep”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, and “Old MacDonald’s Farm”. These books are extra Kiwi special as the illustrations are gorgeous and have a very strong Kiwi theme.
    Another series is by Michelle Osment, “Perky, The Pukeko” stories. These are delightful stories about a little Pukeko bird, (native swamp hen to NZ).
    There is also a lovely book called “Manukura, The White Kiwi”, by Joy Cowley. A lovely story about a rare white kiwi that we had a couple of years ago here is NZ. Joy Cowley is a great NZ author worth looking into.
    An older childrens series written about NZ is the” Riwaka Gang Adventures”, by Denis W. Shuker. There are currently 3 books in this series and are suitable for the 10-12 age. The books says age 8 up but my 11 year old boys really enjoy them as they are thick chapter books. My 8 year old would need help reading it due to the volume.
    I hope this helps a little for any future book you write, a second edition sounds exciting.
    Actually I would love to send you one of these books, I am sure you would love to read “Manukura, The White Kiwi” to your children. How could I do this for you? Please let me know.
    Many blessings, Fiona

    • Fiona
      Aussie mum here who is passionate about Aussie books (as well as all books) indeed I have a website of books, just cause I have to talk books. anyhow I feel as if NZ books is something I should know more about and NZ history books. Do you have anywhere to send me? lists, sites? Love to chat books with you.
      My email is

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