ICEBERGS -- Teen Summer Reading List

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ICEBERGS -- Teen Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.

Explore these topics and learn more about architecture, climate change, and polar exploration at the National Building Museum and through books! With the help of the National Building Museum, we have compiled several reading lists to get you started. 

All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
Based on a true story, this funny, suspenseful, and engaging novel is about four students' quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron. *fiction

Marooned in the Arctic: The True Story of Ada Blackjack, the “female Robinson Crusoe” by Peggy Caravantes
As the only survivor, Ada spent two years stranded on the frozen continent, alone, avoiding polar bears and trapping foxes and seals. Through a collection of diary entries, telegrams, photos, and maps her story is told. *nonfiction

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
This graphic novel wonderfully depicts one of the great Antarctic explorers, Ernest Shackleton, and the men who joined him on his dangerous expedition. *graphic novel, nonfiction

Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye with Phillippe Cousteau and Earth Echo International
Learn about the water crisis without getting bummed out. The authors offers ways you can help your community improve the planet's water system and shares stories of what young people around are doing in their communities. to quash the water crisis.  *nonfiction

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
 A post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a great earthquake and a disastrous flood. With only a copy of the Odyssey to her company, Penelope goes on a journey to find her family and along the way meets some interesting and sometimes dangerous characters.  *fiction

Interested in reading more about icebergs and the environment? Check out these titles: Visit ICEBERGS in the National Building Museum's Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation is part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 - September 5.

Find ICEBERGS reading lists for adults, upper elementary, and early elementary children.