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

Deborah Hopkinson

Winner:Oregon Book Awards -Children's Literature (2009)
Nominee:Land of Enchantment Book Award -Picture Book (2013)

This stunning picture book offers a riveting account of African-American explorer Matthew Henson's 1909 journey to the North Pole with Admiral Peary.

Matthew Henson was born just after the Civil War, a time when slavery had been abolished, but few opportunities were available for Black people. As a child, Henson exhibited a yearning for adventure, embarking at age thirteen on a five-year voyage sailing the seven seas. But Henson's greatest adventure began when Robert Peary invited him to join an expedition to the North Pole. After many storms, injuries, and unimaginable cold, on April 1, Peary, Henson, and four Inuit men began the final 133-mile push to the Pole.

This fascinating tale from award-winning nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson (Carter Reads the Newspaper, Thanks to Frances Perkins) is paired with beautiful artwork from Stephen Alcorn. Perfect for Black history and exploration units. Available in eBook.


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies, Children's Book Council
Oregon Book Awards (Winner, Children's Picture Book) ―Literary Arts
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association
Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Picture Narrative Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA

Also available from Deborah Hopkinson:
Carter Reads the Newspaper
Sweet Land of Liberty
Thanks to Frances Perkins

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: Jan 2nd, 2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.86in - 11.56in - 0.44in - 1.18lb
  • EAN: 9781561454730
  • Recommended age: 06-10
  • Categories: Biography & Autobiography - General

About the Author

Hopkinson, Deborah: - Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Keep On!; Sweet Land of Liberty; Under the Quilt of Night; and Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. She lives in Oregon.
Alcorn, Stephen: - Stephen Alcorn has illustrated numerous books for young people, including Keep On! and Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells. He lives in Virginia.

Praise for this book

"Henson's story is dramatic, although the narrative voice is soft as velvet, while Stephen Alcorn's artwork appears both washed in bitter cold and defrosted by its hand-tinted quality." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Large in scale and often handsome" ―Booklist
"Sturdy prose...stylized illustrations range from images of classic Americana to organic figures in motion" ―Publishers Weekly
"Strikingly illustrated...articulate and straightforward prose" ―School Library Journal