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Alice Burton

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Chicagoan and aspiring cryptozoologist Alice Burton has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and is an Archives Assistant with the Frances Willard Historical Society. When not booking or historying, she is singing soprano wherever people will have her. She will watch any documentary on Neanderthals or giant extinct animals, and has a Stockholm Syndrome-like love for Chicago and its winters. Blog: Reading Rambo Twitter: @itsalicetime

Moana is Disney’s first Polynesian princess, and while there has been some discussion about the portrayal of the demigod Maui in the movie, the film also gives children an opportunity to learn more about Polynesian culture. We have a Moana-themed children’s book list that covers girl empowerment, ocean navigation, Polynesian and Hawaiian mythology, and how to be an explorer.

Moana Movie Books

Moana Little Golden Book cover with moana and maui on a boat in the ocean

Meet Maui by Andrea Posner-Sanchez

Moana: The Deluxe Junior Novelization 

The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure by Kari Sutherland

Moana Little Golden Book by Laura Hitchcock

Moana and the Ocean by Heather Knowles



Maui and the Big Fish by Frane Lessac

Myths and Legends of the Polynesians by Johannes Anderson

Maui and the Secret of Fire by Suelyn Ching Tune

How Maui Slowed the Sun by Suelyn Ching Tune

Hina and the Sea of Stars by Michael Nordenstrom

The Surprising Things Maui Did by Jay Williams

Maui Hooks Hawaii by Judy Scheu


Polynesia, Oceania and Exploration

explorers of the wild by cale atkinson book cover with a boy and a bear in a forest

Island below the Star by James Rumford

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross

Where Am I? The Story of Maps and Navigation by A.G. Smith

This Little Explorer: A Pioneer Primer by Joan Holub

Maps and Globes (Reading Rainbow) by Jack Knowlton

Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson

Australia and Oceania by Mel Friedman

DK Eyewitness Books: Explorer by Rupert Matthews


Girl Power

gutsy girl by caroline paul book cover

Lydia and the Island Kingdom by Joan Holub

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul

Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World by Kathleen Ragan

Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols and Petticoats! by Julia Cummins

Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare by Tina Schwager