I remember the feeling clearly. I was 10 years old, sitting in the Minneapolis public library, and paging through a book about the wonders of the world. I remember one wonder in particular, the Hanging Temple near Datong, China, perched ever so delicately on the side of a cliff. I couldn’t get enough.
This feeling obviously stayed with me, and it’s at the heart of Atlas Obscura. So it is a great joy, alongside my incredible co-author Rosemary Mosco and our talented illustrator Joy Ang, to announce the official release of the Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid. It’s a book for any young person who loves adventure, exploring, or just daydreaming about the world and wondering, what’s out there?
Like Atlas Obscura’s first book, this one is big and beautiful—the main difference being that it’s written specifically for 8-12 year-olds. That said, anyone who loves beautiful illustrations and the world’s hidden wonders will like it. (Don’t be ashamed to buy it for yourself, I wrote it just so I could have it!)
Inspired by our growing Atlas of almost 15,000 unique places around the world, the kids’ book includes places such as Blood Falls in Antarctica, the Crystal Caves in Naica, Mexico, and the Root Bridges of Cherrapunji, India.
Shortly I’ll be heading out on a book tour, with visits planned at dozens of schools across the country. I will also be speaking at bookstores and libraries in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Washington, D.C., Denver, and Salt Lake City, among others. If I’ll be in your city, I wholeheartedly invite you to come out and see me—kids and adults alike.
We’re also giving away copies of the book through our Instagram and Youtube channels, so be on the lookout for a chance to win! I couldn’t be prouder or more excited to share this book with all the young adventurers out there who are ready to start exploring our incredible world. You can buy the book here through Indiebound, Amazon, or your preferred bookseller.