The youngest person to visit the North Pole is an 8-year-old Alicia Hempleman-Adams; the youngest to visit both poles was Jonathan Silverman, age 11. Survival of the coldest!

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Island, Book One: Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
A half-dozen kids are caught in a terrifying storm at sea, and must find a way to survive. Read the rest of the Island series, too, all available in print and audio.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
12-year-old Brian, sole survivor of a plane crash, must survive in the Canadian wilderness alone. This is one of several stories about Brian.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Wahoo Cray lives in a Florida wildlife refuge. When the host of a reality TV show, "Expedition Survival," disappears in the Everglades (as do the search parties) Wahoo and a friend go looking, too. Apparently, the host really has no clue, in this funny adventure, available in many formats.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
A Native American girl must find a way to survive when she’s left alone on an otherwise deserted island after her entire tribe relocates.

Blizzard! A Survive! Story by Jake Maddox
Two teens are stranded on the road in a vicious storm. An exciting, fun read.

Nature Girl by Jane A. Kelley
11-year-old Megan, feeling sorry for herself, sets off to hike part of the Appalachian Trail alone, and ends up in some tough situations.

Everest: You Decide How to Survive! by Bill H. Doyle
Join the climbing team and make all the choices in this blend of excitement and facts. Part of the Worst-Case Scenario series.

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A survival classic! A man survives a shipwreck, only to be stranded on a deserted island. If you like, read one of the shorter versions.


Pocket Guide to the Outdoors by Jean Craighead George
This complete wilderness survival guide is based on the author’s famous story, My Side of the Mountain.

Survivor Kid : A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival by Denise Long
A guide to surviving until you can be rescued, with some fun ways to practice your skills before you need them. Written by a search and rescue volunteer.

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Can You Survive Storm Chasing? An Interactive Survival Adventure by Elizabeth Raum
Take your pick: will you choose to face a hurricane, a tornado, or a flash flood? Part of the You Choose Books: Survival series.

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson
Read how, in 2010, the men worked together to stay alive for over two months, until their amazing rescue!

Making Shelter by Neil Champion
Part of the six-book series, Survive Alive this shows how to build emergency shelters in a jungle, forest, desert, or in freezing cold.

Finding Your Way: The Art of Natural Navigation by Jennifer Owings Dewey
Learn to do basic "orienteering" and use simple skills to survive when you’re lost in a wilderness - like the author!

The Ultimate Survival Guide by Mike Flynn
Learn to find directions using the stars, locate wild food, use Morse code, even get pure drinking water from a "solar still!" A useful, fun read.


The Swiss Family Robinson [DVD]
The classic story of a family marooned on an island. Like the story? Read it!

The Black Stallion [DVD]
A young boy and a horse, the only survivors of a shipwreck, must survive on their own until rescue.

Flight 29 Down [DVD]
A plane carrying seven teens on a school camping trip crashes on a deserted island.

Latitude and Longitude from the National Atlas of the United States
Which is which? And why does it matter?

Kid’s Hazards Quiz from the National Geophysical Data Center
Test your knowledge of how to survive ten different kinds of natural disasters- and how to create a Family Disaster Plan.

Weather Safety from Weather Wiz Kids
Tip sheets for surviving all kinds of weather disasters.

A Kid’s Wilderness Survival Primer from Equipped to Survive
Basics on what to do and how to do it.