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"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories."--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Amy
This book will inspire you to grab your passport and start working on your bucket list! Photos of kids playing in the dirt, splashing in water and climbing trees lead to adults digging up dinosaur bones, scuba diving with dolphins and mountain climbing. Also, I have never before imagined a cave of crystals so large that men can crawl over them like I-beams. In the back of the book, captions explain each of the National Geogrpahic photos. So now I know that I need to add "spelunk the Cave of Crys ...more
Zether Zether
The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley leans more to the baby book style. It is very simple in that there are only a few words on each page and very big photographs. This book is composed of National Geographic photographs with one person exploring some aspect of nature. Photos include: looking outside of a window, walking through the forest, playing in water, swimming with dolphins, playing in the mud, digging up bones, gazing at the stars, outer space, mountains, trees, cliffs, beache ...more
Kristi
There's a big world out there, just waiting for people to explore it. There's wonders under our toes, farther than we can see, and deeper than we've ever been before. Going outside and playing in the mud can lead one to the oldest dinosaur ever discovered. Swimming down a river can take you shooting down rapids of rivers that have carved ancient canyons. Gazing at the stars can bring you to floating in space above the earth, one day. Be curious, be adventurous, explore and wonder - there's a big ...more
Sharon Tyler
The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley is a book that asks the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and connects that idea to very real possibilities by showing paths from what they love to do now, to what careers those activities could later include. The vivid images of people doing these activities can encourage research, adventure, exploration, and discovery.

The World is Waiting for You takes simple pleasures like jumping into puddles on a rainy day, and connects that i
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Tasha
Another visually gorgeous book from National Geographic, this book ties together what kids do at a young age with what they can become as an adult. The book invites children to get out into the world and explore. After all, if you love getting wet, you could become a diver. Love digging in the mud? You could be an archeologist. Love looking at the stars? Climbing trees? Digging into deep holes in the ground? All of these and more are skillfully tied to careers in a book that is less about gettin ...more
babyhippoface
I was disappointed in this book from two of my favorite sources of kids' books, Barbara Kerley and National Geographic. The photos didn't work together to tell a cohesive story, nor did they seem to celebrate childhood and life the way their previous collaborations, One World, One Day and You and Me Together do. I was left with the feeling that someone at Nat'l Geo called Kerley up and said, "Hey, we want to put out a graduation-go-out-there-and-conquer-the-world book. We'll give you the pictur ...more
Beverly
This book, with very short, simple text, encourages children to be explorers. Eye-popping photos of children and adults in a wide range of outdoor environments, including outer space, grace each page. The adults, all of whom are some kind of explorer, are named, as well as their location in the end matter. In addition, the locations of all the children are noted in the back, as well as credits for the photographers. Nature lovers will especially embrace this book.
Kathy
My kids absolutely loved this one. It's a National Geographic book so the pictures are amazing. My 5 year old liked the fact that all the pictures were of real people doing real things, and not just make believe.
Jackie
The World is Waiting for You is a visual cornucopia of wondrous pictures of nature, exploration, and inspiration. The crisp, clear photography will ignite a child's senses. Gorgeous.
Ecl  Storytellers
Opportunity to incorporate new vocabulary, add in words that aren't on the page. Photographs of children in the world, exploring followed by photos of adults with very cool jobs.
Great Books
Inspiring, extraordinary photos from National Geographic accompany spare text in this invitation to "follow that path around the next bend". The photography is stunning and dramatic whether showing a kid splashing in a brook or a kayaker braving rapids--plus rarer sights from under the sea to out in space. (Endnotes give brief but fascinating details on the explorers and locales of the book.) Less a story and more an exhortation to live, explore and get your hand dirty, this special book will be ...more
Jan Rue
May 27, 2013 Jan Rue added it
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Written by Barbara Kerley (2013). National Geographic. It has factual photos with 1-2 full pages. It looks at the world from dirt, to forest, to ocean, to the sky and on into space. Children are shown in many of the photos. It is beautifully laid out and a feast for the eyes. A good book to look at and wonder about the photos. I think a lot of inquiry would be generated by looking at the pictures with further inquiry from the kids quesitons. I think it would be a good jumping off place to start ...more
Barbara
Relying on simple but stirring text and large, stunning photographs filled with movement, this text links the curious actions of children with later careers that rely on some of that same curiosity and skills learned at a tender age. Thumbnail sketches entitles "The Faces of Exploration" in the book's back matter include quotes and comments from oceanographer Sylvia Earle, photographer Jimmy Chin, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., and photographer and biologist Anand Varma, among others. This bo ...more
Robin
Amazing photographs (from National Geographic, so what you would expect!) encourage children to explore the wonder of their world
A great introduction to a storytime or booktalk on science, wonder, etc.
Meredith
I am not sure if this book would qualify for the official award, not because it is illustrated with photographs (see Betsy Bird's 2010 post about this), but because the photos weren't taken specifically to go with the text. Regardless, they are gorgeous and inspiring. I loved this before I even realized that it alternates between kids having fun and adults doing the same activities as a career. This may be the new go-to graduation gift!
Rebecca
Beautiful, inspiring photographs coupled with simple yet meaningful text. Photos of children and adults, in a variety of outdoor settings around the world: Argentina, Wyoming, outer space, Africa. Affirming text inspires the reader to explore the world and promotes a positive outlook. Excellent gift book, also good for inspiring imaginative play in nature. It took a second, more leisurely reading, to notice the connection between photos - a child climbing a tree, with the next page showing us an ...more
Brenda
Great message! Great book for a graduation gift.
Mrs. Knott
Amazing photography. Great message.
Ms.
Of course the full color photographs are as stellar and captivating as one would expect from National Geographic. Even in its brevity, Ms. Kerley's text motivates readers of all ages to be creative, courageous and curious while seeking out their passion, creating new opportunities, appreciating each "teachable moment" and exploring all that life has to offer to the fullest. This would make a beautiful graduation gift for middle school, high school, college, beyond...and definitely "coffee table ...more
CharityJ
The most amazing and adventurous, "Oh the Places You'll Go" type book I've ever read! Simple text illustrated with full-page adventure photos of the kind that National Geographic does so well. As an adult, I was inspired after reading it. Works as a read aloud and would make a great gift book for any kid (or kid at heart), graduate, coffee table book or get it for yourself to have when you need an inspirational shot in the arm.
Karen Arendt
This would be a great book to use with Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge Read for the World Record. Where will reading take you? The book focuses on exploring the world around you and taking risks (but not too dangerous!). The photographs from National Geographic draw the reader in with the ful page spreads. The back of the book lists the photographer credits and a little bit of information about each photo.
Samantha
With text and photos this book encourages readers to get active and to explore their environment. Simple text focuses on action words and fantastic photography showcases people doing all sorts of amazing and exciting things. Kids of all ethnicities are shown getting curious about the great outdoors.

Following the story a brief paragraph describes the actions in each photograph.

Overall, an inspiring nature read.
Mary
This is a great book for children with pictures of many different things they might pursue when they grow up. There are pictures of spacewalks, forests, oceans, and much more. All of these pictures can inspire children to think of the world beyond what they know and they can work to experience it for themselves!
Nancy
Outside your window is a world waiting for you. What do you want to do when you grow up? Do you want to explore? To go on adventures? To discover new things? This book show how they things you like to do are also the things that adults like to do. Do you like to jump in puddles? Well, maybe that is the beginning of a career in scuba diving!
Teresa
Celebrating the spirit of exploration, so appropriate for a National Geographic title, the images in this book blend the mundane--muddy hands and climbing a tree(unfortunately maybe rarer these days)with much more far-flung adventures--space walk,anyone? May encourage kids (and their parents) to pursue that walk on the wild side.
Nan
Another inspirational and spare text photographic essay by Barbara Kerley.
This one is about the spirit of exploration and moving out into the natural world. It's okay, but not on par with the author's other efforts, especially A Little Peace and One World, One Day.
Liz
Great National Geographic full page and double page spread of photos inviting children to scan, climb, poke around the world that is waiting for them! Brief accompanying text with more information in the back about the various adventure seekers who are depicted in the photos.
Vicki
Fantastic photographs make this book a winner. Simple text, although I used this for our Family Story time, the older children appreciated it more. I could see using this to elementary students and a discussion about things they would like to do in this wonderful world.
Jen
These beautiful pictures highlight places and activities every child should know about. The crystal cave in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico I had only learned about recently. Book is sparse text on sweet photography, with more explanation on the back couple of pages.
Sam Bloom
Not the best National Geographic/Barbara Kerley title, but still good. In an ideal world this book would replace Oh the Places You'll Go as the go-to inspirational read-aloud/graduation gift. This one has more kid appeal and a more succinct text.
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Barbara Kerley was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in many places, including Seattle (in grad school), Nepal (in the Peace Corps) and the tropical island of Guam (in her bathing suit.) She has written about almost everything: 19th C iguanodons, Teddy Roosevelt, world peace, Mark Twain's donkey, and the simple pleasure of a nice cool drink of water. Visit her website to meet her dog.
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