Resources About Islands For Kids

An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys.

Facts About Madagascar For Kids

Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar, as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands. Initial human settlement of Madagascar occurred between 350 BCE and 550 CE by Austronesian peoples arriving on outrigger canoes from Borneo. These were joined around 1000 CE by Bantu migrants crossing the Mozambique Channel. The monarchy […]

Facts about the Bahama Islands For Kids

The Bahamas is an island country of the Lucayan Archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and Hispaniola; northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the U.S. state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. The designation of “Bahamas” can refer to either the country or the larger island chain that it shares […]

Facts about Sicily for Kids

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Siciliana (Sicilian Region). Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It extends from the tip of the Apennine peninsula from which it is separated only by the narrow Strait of Messina, towards the North African coast. Its […]

Facts About The Greater Antilles For Kids

The Greater Antilles is a grouping of the larger islands in the Caribbean Sea; Cuba, Hispaniola (containing Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. The Greater Antilles constitute over 80% of the land mass of the entire West Indies, as well as over 90% of its population, with the balance made of the archipelago of the Lesser Antilles […]

Sumatra

Sumatra is an island in western Indonesia and part of the Sunda Islands.It is the largest island that is entirely in Indonesia and the sixth largest island in the world at 473,481 km. The Indian Ocean borders the west, northwest, and southwest sides of Sumatra with the island chain of Simeulue, Nias and Mentawai bordering the southwestern coast. On the northeast side the narrow Strait of […]

Facts about Puerto Rico for Kids

Puerto Rico officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico (Spanish for “rich port”) comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of […]

Facts about Islands for Kids

Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys. There are two main types of islands: continental islands and oceanic islands. The word island comes from Middle English iland, from Old English igland (from ig, similarly meaning ‘island’ when used independently, and -land carrying its contemporary […]

Staten Island Facts for Kids

Staten Island is separated from New Jersey by the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay.The Borough of Staten Island is coextensive with Richmond County, the southernmost county in the state of New York. Staten Island is overall the most suburban of the five boroughs of New York City. The North Shore — especially the neighborhoods of St. […]

Facts and History of Mindanao

Mindanao is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country, consisting of the island of Mindanao and smaller outlying islands.Davao City is the largest city in Mindanao. Parts of south-western Mindanao island group, particularly the provinces of Maguindanao, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, are home to a sizeable Muslim population, making the islandgroup, along with […]

Facts about Prince Edward Island for Kids

The maritime province of Prince Edward Island is the smallest in the nation in both land area and population.The island has a few other names: “Garden of the Gulf” referring to the pastoral scenery and lush agricultural lands throughout the province; and “Birthplace of Confederation”, referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, although PEI did not join the confederation […]

Facts and History of Devon Island For Kids

Devon Island, claimed to be the largest uninhabited island on Earth, is located in Baffin Bay, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is one of the larger members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the second-largest of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada’s sixth largest island, and the 27th largest island in the world. Devon Island contains several small mountain ranges, such as the Treuter Mountains, Haddington Range and the Cunningham Mountains. Robert […]

Facts about the Galápagos Islands For Kids

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. These names were used in the authoritative navigation […]

Facts and History of Java Island For Kids

With a population of 150 million, Java is home to 51 percent of the Indonesian population, and is the most populous island on Earth. The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is located on western Java. It was the center of powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, the Islamic sultanates, and the core of the colonial Dutch East Indies. Java was also the […]

Facts about Japan for Kids

Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan’s name mean “sun-origin”, which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the “Land […]

Facts about Saint-Barthelemy for Kids

Saint-Barthélemy, officially the Territorial collectivity of Saint-Barthélemy, is an overseas collectivity of France. Often abbreviated to Saint-Barth in French, or St. Barts or St. Barths in English, the indigenous people called the island Ouanalao. Saint Barthélemy was for many years a French commune forming part of Guadeloupe, which is an overseas region and department of France. In 2003, the island voted […]

Facts about Aruba for Kids

Aruba is a 20 mi island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, located 17 mi north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. Collectively, Aruba and the other Dutch islands in the Antilles are commonly referred to as the Netherlands Antilles or the Dutch Antilles. Furthermore, […]

Borneo Facts and History for Kids

Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia.The island is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south. In the north, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up about 26% of the island. Additionally, the Malaysian federal territory of Labuan is situated on a small island just off the […]

Facts and History of Sulawesi for Kids

One of the four Greater Sunda Islands, and the world’s eleventh-largest island, it is situated between Borneo and the Maluku Islands. In Indonesia, only Sumatra, Borneo, and Papua are larger in territory, and only Java and Sumatrahave larger populations. Sulawesi comprises four peninsulas: the northern Minahasa Peninsula; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. Three gulfs separate these peninsulas: the Gulf of […]

Facts about Goat Island on the Niagara River For Kids

Goat Island (previously called Iris Island) is a small island in the Niagara River, located in the middle of Niagara Falls between the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The island is at the southwest corner of the City of Niagara Falls, New York, in the United Statesand is part of Niagara Falls State Park. Goat Island has no residents, but is a popular destination for […]

Facts about Turks and Caicos Islands For kids

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the Lucayan Archipelago, north of the larger Antilles island grouping. The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola. Cockburn Town, the capital since 1766, is situated on Grand Turk Island about 647 mi east-southeast of […]

Facts for Kids About North Island

The North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the slightly larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait. Listing from north to south, they are Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, and Wellington, the capital, located at the south-west extremity […]

Facts about Scotland for Kids

Scotland Occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland constitutes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides. Edinburgh […]

Facts about Seychelles for Kids

Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is a 115-island country spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, some 932 mi east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agaléga and Réunion to the south, and Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. Seychelles, with an estimated population of […]

Facts about Severny Island For Kids

Severny Island is the northern island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, lying approx 400 km north of the Russian mainland. 40% of the island is covered by the Severny Island ice cap which is the largest glacierby area and by volume in Europe. Severny Island is known for its numerous glaciers. Cape Flissingsky is the easternmost point of Severny Island. Sukhoy Nos cape, located at the southern end of the island, […]

Facts about Jamaica for Kids

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 4,240 sq mi in area, lies about 90 mi south of Cuba, and 119 mi west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. Kingston is the […]

Facts about Haiti for Kids

Haiti occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Ayiti was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the island. The total area of Haiti is 10,714 sq mi and its capital is Port-au-Prince. Haitian Creole and French are the official languages. It was […]

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