Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson lived in a world where people of color were treated as second class citizens, at best. Despite this handicap Matthew became the first black person to travel to the Arctic, and to see things that no one had seen before. To find out more about this brave explorer take a look at the books below. To learn about other explorers take a look at the Explorers and Explorations feature.
Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

B. A. Hoena
Illustrator:  Phil Miller , Charles Barnett III 
Nonfiction Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Capstone Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0736846349
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Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson

Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson

Dolores Johnson
Nonfiction  Series
For ages 10 and up
National Geographic, 2006   ISBN: 978-0792279143
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Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole

Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole

Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator:  Stephen Alcorn 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 10
Peachtree Publishers, 2009   ISBN: 978-1561454730
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