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The World is Waiting for You

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  77 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The world is waiting for you to seek, to find, to know, to explore, to learn, to grow.

“Explorers and scientists never lose their sense of wonder, never stop asking questions, and always keep looking for answers.”

“The greatest discoveries come from confronting your fears, taking a chance, and not being afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes are often the best lessons in life.”

Be curious. Be you. The world is waiting.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the real-life photographs of children and adults in scenic and adventurous places. However, the text was unoriginal and like that from motivational posters. This is not a storybook, rather a book to see nice pro photos and feel a little inspired.
Mrs. Ruigrok
A book to inspire children to take a chance, have an adventure and explore the world. With simple text and beautiful photographs.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Illustrated with fantastic photographs from National Geographic photographers, this book tries to inspire the reader to go outside and explore, in settings both mundane and amazing.
Heydi Smith
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-storytime
A spectacular photographic honey pot. This would go great for an “oh the places you’ll go” sort of Storytime. National Geographic does not disappoint.
Noel Tomlinson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
The World is Waiting on You doesn't really have much of a plot. It almost sounded like an inspirational speech that someone was giving to get up and go explore the world. It has beautiful pictures that were taken by professional National Geographic photographers of places from all over the world doing all sorts of adventurous activities.

This book is very cute, and to be quite honestly inspired me to go outside (but then I realized it was raining outside and more homework to do). The photographs
Stephanie Watson
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-ss-3-to-7
The photos in this book are stunning. The sparse text lets them do all the talking; the goal of the book is to inspire kids to explore and experience the world around them and I think that spirit is well captured in the book.
Jenni Frencham
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
The photographs are great. The story, though, doesn't really exist. This seems to be one of those picture books people get for high school graduation, similar to Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go."
Brenda Kahn
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Gorgeous photographs plus text meant to encourage and inspire.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome pictures. Awesome message. I will definitely be adding this to my bookshelf in the near future.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved the beautiful pictures and powerful messages this book is about. This would encourage readers to explore, take risks, challenge themselves, and to try.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Would be a great graduation gift if you're looking for something other than Oh, The Places You'll Go.
Brilliant children's picture book about exploration and taking chances. The photographs are breathtaking; some gave me chills! Excellent, inspiring book.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: exploration requests
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices?
Beautiful photographs encourage children to explore.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful reminder that the world is full of possibility.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
From National Geographic, amazing pictures and encouraging words.
Michele Knott
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing photography. Great message.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Fun book with interesting photos encouraging natural exploration and adventure.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
An inspiring and motivating book that will make you want to get up and move. Rich photographs.
Maggie Mattmiller
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Love that each series starts with young kids and becomes adults.
Austin Gullett
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is, when it comes down to it, essentially an extended ad for Kid's National Geographic; that being said, the pictures are all quite lovely, and the message is a nice little call to exploration.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Pretty awesome pictures (because...National Geographic), sub-par text.
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Barbara Kerley was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in many places, including Nepal and the tropical island of Guam. She has written about almost everything: 19th C iguanodons, Teddy Roosevelt, world peace, Mark Twain's donkey, and the pleasure of following your curiosity.