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An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.

I'm going to Antarctica and I can't wait!

Sophie Scott is only nine years old, but she's going to Antarctica on an icebreaker with her dad, the ship's captain. During the voyage to Mawson Station and back, Sophie keeps a diary. She sees icebergs, penguins, seals and whales. She makes new friends, experiences the southern lights and even becomes stranded in a blizzard!

Children's Laureate and much-loved picture-book creator Alison Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow. Her alter ego, Sophie Scott, goes on the same adventure in a friendly, informative and beautifully presented book that sees the wonder of Antarctica through a child's eyes.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017

    Picture Puffin

    36 pages

    RRP $16.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • WA Premier's Book Awards
    Children's Books
  • APA Book Design Awards
    Best Designed Children's Nonfiction
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Honour Award
    Picture Book
  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    Lower Primary
  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    Book of the Year for Younger Children
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  • US Board on Books for Young People
    On selection list
    Children's Book

Also by Alison Lester

Kissed by the Moon
Are We There Yet?
My Dog Bigsy
Are We There Yet? Lift the flap and play I-spy!
Our Island
Are We There Yet? Gift set
One Small Island
Running With the Horses
I'm Green and I'm Grumpy!
Who's that Knocking?


Where The Wild Things Are
Turtles All the Way Down
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Anne Of Green Gables
The Hidden Oracle: The Trials Of Apollo (Book 1)
Who Sank The Boat?
Koala Lou
Hairy Maclary And Zachary Quack
Harry The Dirty Dog
LGB How Do Penguins Play
If I Stay
Peppa Pig: Peppa's Christmas Fun Sticker Activity Book
The Last Peach
LGB The Princess And The Pea
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
No One Likes a Fart