Into the Unknown: 10/31/13
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross and illustrated by Stephen Biesty was short listed for a nonfiction Cybils in 2012. I read it as one of the judges. The book recounts key points in exploration history. It includes detailed explanations of the places traveled and the technology used.
The book is set up like a picture book for older readers. It's short on text and heavy on pictorial information. Any time I had an inkling of a question about where something, or how something worked, there was a gorgeous, easy to read and very detailed illustration. Some were maps. Some were cutaways. Even the jacket flap opens up to a map.
Into the Unknown would make a great addition to any upper elementary school classroom.