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Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-11
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Archaeology, Anthropology, and Paleontology
How Do We Know Dinosaurs Existed?
Mike Benton. Illustrated by John Butler and Alan Male. Detailed illustrations and graphs enhance the fact-filled text in a question-and-answer format. Numerous theories and unanswered questions are interspersed with a few activities. For the dinosaur buff and a good resource book for elementary students. Metric and English measure are used.
The Search for the Origin of Birds.
Lawrence M. Witmer. Illustrated by Kit Mather. This book demonstrates how the methods of a scientist can be similar to those of a detective. Readers are provided with the data scientists have used to construct their current explanation for the origin of birds.
The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead.
Donna M. Jackson. Illustrated by Charlie Fellenbaum. This engaging book details the investigative processes used by forensic anthropologists to determine the sex, race, height, and weight of a person by studying the bones and teeth. Includes colorful photos of the activities, historical accounts of famous forensic investigations, and a list of other forensic detectives.
Dinosaur Worlds: New Dinosaurs, New Discoveries.
Don Lessem. This book contains the latest information about what the dinosaurs looked like, how they lived, how they died, and how they were discovered. Beautiful illustrations depict the dinosaurs in what is thought to be their natural habitat. This is a comprehensive reference about the Age of the Dinosaurs.
How Dinosaurs Came to Be
. Patricia Lauber. Illustrated by Douglas Henderson. Beautiful illustrations complement the descriptive narrative of time before dinosaurs. Changes, documented by fossil records, in reptiles and amphibians that survived the mass extinction at the end of the Permian period are presented in a captivating, chronological manner. These changes led to the ascendance of dinosaurs and mammals.
Searching for Velociraptor.
Lowell Dingus and Mark A. Norell. A team from the American Museum of Natural History retraces the 1920s explorations of Roy Chapman Andrews, who was searching for human fossils in Mongolia but instead discovered the first dinosaur eggs. Color photographs show the current process from field to museum exhibit. Includes list of museums with large dinosaur exhibitions.
Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis
. J. Lynett Gillette. Illustrated by Douglas Henderson. What happened over 200 million years ago at a place called Ghost Ranch? Why were so many dinosaur remains found in this area? This book presents different scenarios that scientists have used to answer these questions. Through a well-written text and beautiful illustrations, the reader is provided with an exciting account of one of the most unusual dinosaur discoveries of all times. Index includes pronunciations.
Fossil Feud: The Rivalry of the First American Dinosaur Hunters.
Thom Holmes. Illustrated by Cameron Clement. An interesting account of the bitter rivalry between two famous paleontologists who were the first to organize large-scale fossil hunting expeditions. Through this account, middle-grade readers get a glimpse of the human dimensions of the scientific enterprise. Includes a geological time chart, a timetable of dinosaur discoveries, and a list of dinosaur museums.
A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil.
Pat Relf with the SUE Science Team of The Field Museum.
- an instantaneous adrenaline shot to paleontologists of all ages. Sue, named after discoverer Susan Hendrickson, is the most complete
in existence. The reader follows the scientific journey from the fossil excavation in 1990 to its display at Chicago's Field Museum. Vivid photographs, diagrams, and paintings will delight all.
Anthropologist: Scientist of the People
. Mary Batten. Illustrated with photographs by A. Magdalena Hurtado and Kim Hill. This remarkable book takes us into the rain forest with practicing anthropologists to examine the complex world of the Aché, a hunter-gatherer society endangered by contact with outsiders. The appealing and effective visuals combine with an engaging narrative to create a compelling ethnography. It effectively conveys the science and art of anthropology.
Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young: Uncovering the Mystery of Dinosaur Families.
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. Illustrated by Paul Carrick and Bruce Shillinglaw. Using the latest findings, the author describes some amazing discoveries that changed forever the way scientists think about dinosaurs. The book provides evidence about how some types of dinosaurs tended their eggs and cared for their young. The book includes beautiful illustrations and full-color photographs.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.
Barbara Kerley. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. A breathlessly earnest account following the life of Hawkins from his early fossil studies to the first Iguanodon that he extrapolates into existence. The book mixes historic content with a contagious sense of wonder and amazement. Great for reading aloud and sure to capture the imagination of young readers. A favorite for years to come.
Egyptian Mummies: People from the Past
. Delia Pemberton. Pemberton skillfully demonstrates how forensic science can yield clues to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. The book examines seven mummy “case studies” to reveal the details of Egyptian culture. With more than 100 detailed photos, the author presents a window into the world of archaeology.
National Geographic Dinosaurs
. Paul Barrett. Illustrated by Raul Martín. This richly illustrated, comprehensive text provides an overview to more than 50 of the “terrible lizards.” Filled with more than 300 full-color photographs, 90 vivid illustrations, a timeline, fact file, and map for each species. Clearly distinguishing fact from theory, this book provides an exciting guide to the life and times of the dinosaurs.
Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery
. Windsor Chorlton. This story emphasizes the excitement and enormity of the project to excavate and remove a frozen woolly mammoth. The experience highlights the expertise and technology needed for such a venture. Several new discoveries are illustrated and old theories are reinforced. The project is brought to life by brilliant photographs and illustrations.
Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. Illustrated by Luis V. Rey.
This beautifully written and illustrated adventure about the world of dinosaurs will encourage readers to learn more about these mind-boggling creatures that roamed Earth for 178 million years. Sort through the fossil record to learn about the earliest dinosaurs, the diversity of dinosaurs, and their extinction 65 million years ago.
Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues.
Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chiappe, and Rodolfo Coria. Illustrated by Stephanie Abramowicz.
Share the exciting experiences of a group of paleontologists on a fossil trek in Patagonia, Argentina, who stumble across one of the most prolific dinosaur egg discoveries in history. Follow the scientists as they unravel the egg-laying dinosaurs’ identity, their geologic age, and their calamitous extinction.
The Discovery and Mystery of a Dinosaur Named Jane
. Judith Williams. Join members of the Burbee Museum’s paleontology team as they engage in the laborious task of searching for and identifying a young mysterious dinosaur that they name Jane. Learn interesting facts about Jane and her life on Earth. Glossary, Index, Suggested Further Readings.
Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age.
Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Laurie Caple. This book describes giant sea reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era from 250 to 65 million years ago, and it often relates physical characteristics to probable behaviors. This book also tells about fossil discoveries and the ongoing, challenging work of scientists to excavate, exhibit, and understand them.
SuperCroc: Paul Sereno’s Dinosaur Eater
Paul Sereno and Natalie Lunis. Paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team traveled to Niger in search of dinosaur bones. Instead, they uncovered the remains of a giant dinosaur-eating crocodile. Learn about this amazing creature and the environment in which it lived.
Dinosaur Atlas: An Amazing Journey Through a Lost World.
John Malam, John Woodward, with consultant Michael Benton. Illustrated with prints and photographs. This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume presents dinosaurs by continent, with details of the fossil record, geologic timeline, climate, and anatomy of certain species. It touches on the evolution and demise of dinosaurs and excavation of fossils and includes a CD showing the 3-D structure and movement of six species.
Little People and a Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery.
Linda Goldenberg. While conveying the excitement, importance, and history of the discovery of a diminutive—possibly human—species, this book demonstrates (though not without its own slight bias) how interpretation of data can become embroiled in politics and scientific ego. It includes chapters on local folklore and the current status of the controversy.
Bodies From the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii.
James M. Deem. This book provides more than the usual coverage of Pompeii’s destruction, one of the earliest documented disasters. Letters discovered from a Roman historian have now given actual accounts of times and stages of the eruption. Rare images are shown, as the author was given access to buildings closed to the public.
How Dinosaurs Took Flight: Fossils, Science, What We Think We Know, and Mysteries Yet Unsolved.
Christopher Sloan. With an interesting format that presents evidence leading to various hypotheses, this book supports the theory that birds are descended from ancient dinosaurs. The evidence largely comes from recently discovered feathered dinosaurs in China. And the book points out the mysteries that are as-of-yet unsolved, awaiting further fossil discoveries.
Outside and Inside Mummies.
Sandra Markle. This book depicts the sophisticated technology used by archaeologists to obtain information about mummified ancient humans. The author uses an engaging text and excellent photographs to demonstrate how archaeologists go about making valid inferences from their observations.
Great Dinosaur Expeditions and Discoveries: Adventures with the Fossil Hunters
Thom Holmes and Laurie Holmes. Illustrated by Michael William Skrepnick. Readers can explore the dinosaur world with this book that shares the stories of history’s most famous dinosaur expeditions. These stories take the reader on a journey around the world and through time to learn about the earliest days of dinosaur hunting and present-day expeditions.
New Dinos: The Latest Finds! The Coolest Dinosaur Discoveries!
Shelley Tanaka. Illustrated by Alan Barnard. High-powered electron microscopes, CT scans, and computer models are helping scientists discover new dinosaur species and reevaluate long-held ideas about dinosaur behavior. Inferences are well sub-stantiated with new data, and the dramatic illustrations graphically depict the revised notions. Emphasis is placed on how much more there is to learn about dinosaurs.
Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist
Ginger Wadsworth. Illustrated by Craig Orback. A free black man in the 1700s, Benjamin Banneker was a brilliant thinker. At a time when clocks were very expensive, he built his own out of wood. America’s first black man of science also was famous for his almanacs and his role in helping survey the streets of Washington, D.C. This book doc-uments Banneker’s love of learning and desire for an end to slavery.
Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities
. Kristan Lawson. Illustrated with prints and photographs. This very readable and interesting biography discusses the life, experiences, and discoveries of Charles Darwin. The reader shares the struggles and successes that led to his development of the theory of evolution. Good illustrations enhance the text, and the book contains 21 activities to model Darwin’s ideas.
Dr. Charles Drew: Blood Bank Innovator
. Anne Schraff. Illustrated with photographs. Millions of people owe their lives to Dr. Charles Drew and his pioneering research on blood plasma. He developed a system of blood transfusions and the first blood-storage system. Drew was a champion of civil rights and a teacher of other black doctors. He accomplished all of this at a time when black doctors were not allowed to treat white patients.
First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane
. Peter Busby. Illustrated by David Craig. From their introduction to flight via a flying toy bought by their father, Orville and Wilbur Wright were destined for a place in history as the first to fly a powered heavier-than-air craft. This biography features side notes, photographs, and colorful illustrations that bring the Wright brothers and their work to life.
Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream
. Robert Burleigh. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. The passion John James Audubon felt for the world of nature is obvious in this inspiring biography, which is a lyrical combination of poetry and excerpts from Audubon’s journal entries. More than just a life story, the reader views the natural world through Audubon’s eyes and gains a greater appreciation for the man as a naturalist and artist.
The Man Who Made Time Travel.
Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. In this fascinating, inspirational book, author Kathryn Lasky brilliantly retells the story of John Harrison, an eighteenth-century carpenter who spent his life designing a timepiece to be used by sailors. Harrison’s quest to win the Longitude Prize covered 35 years and five prototypes. Other than stating that the Moon traces a path across the sky every night, the facts in the book are accurate. Full-color paintings capture the spirit of this unforgettable story.
Niels Bohr: Physicist and Humanitarian
. Naomi Pasachoff. This book will captivate any student with an interest in physics or the history of science. Written to highlight a mix of Bohr’s scientific accomplishments and humanitarian efforts, this book gives the reader an appreciation of a great man. You don’t have to be a physics teacher or a biography lover to enjoy this book! (This is a great choice to accompany the play
Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson
. Amy Ehrlich. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. As a bright and curious child, a student at Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory, an ocean explorer, a collector of specimens, and author of the famous Silent Spring, Rachel Carson lived an interesting life. The book is beautifully written in a single-page narrative, and Minor’s full-color illustrations give personality to every page.
Rider in the Sky: How an American Cowboy Built England’s First Airplane
. John Hulls. Illustrated by David Weitzman. Samuel Cody came to England as a Wild West performer and became a hero for inventing England’s first airplane. The reader follows as Cody moves from creating a controllable man-lifting kite to a lighter-than-air craft. Cody made his first airplane flight in England in 1907.
Tooth and Claw: Animal Adventures in the Wild
. Written and illustrated by Ted Lewin. This book shares the author’s experiences, many life-threatening, as he travels to countless exotic places worldwide. The reader shares the thrill of meeting a tiger or polar bear close up as the author details his experiences in journal format. Personal notations and pencil drawings give the expedition an authentic feel.
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin.
Written and illustrated by Peter Sís. This chronological journey through Darwin’s life examines his public, private, and secret life. Sís’s fascinating watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations based on what Darwin saw and recorded are impressive; they include diary pages, maps, charts, and a foldout spread of
On the Origin of Species
. Author’s Note, Teachers Guide may be found at the
Peter Sis website
The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt
. Claudia Logan. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Written in diary form, this engaging narrative captures the imagination while exciting young readers to revel in the "you are there" glimpse of an archaeological dig and learn that excavation can some-times uncover more than just treasure. This lively presentation of information and color photographs highlights the adventure, frustration, and mystery of an archaeological investigation.
Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth.
Sally M. Walker. The coelacanth is a prehistoric fish that existed millions of years before dinosaurs walked the Earth. These fish have remained virtually unchanged over the millions of years of their existence. This is a story of the first discovery as well as subsequent discoveries of these ancient fish. It is about the author’s quest to answer many questions, with each answer raising new questions.
Secrets from the Rocks: Dinosaur Hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews.
Albert Marrin. This eye-opening portrayal is an adventure in reading, offering thought-provoking insight into the constant shifting nature of scientific discovery. Presenting a colorful portrait of what it means to be an explorer, this well-written book details a team’s discoveries of dinosaur eggs and more, changing the way we think about the great age of dinosaurs.
SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles
. Christopher Sloan. Illustrated by Paul Martín. And you thought dinosaurs ruled. In this book students will learn about the origin of crocodiles, some of which were almost as large as
! Most books about the Mesozoic era (and paleontology in general) focus on dinosaurs, but in this book, crocodyliforms rule. With incredible illustrations and photographs, accompanied by very descriptive text, this book brings ancient crocodiles to life and compares them to today’s crocodiles.
Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein.
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. IlluThe reader learns about Albert Einstein's beliefs and private life. Einstein's personal trials and triumphs are presented with sensitivity and humor. His unprecedented contributions to science are addressed with unusual clarity.
Taking Flight: My Story.
Vicki Van Meter with Dan Gutman. With the help of supporting adults, Vicki Van Meter accomplished her dream of piloting a plane across the continent when she was 12 years old, and flying across the Atlantic Ocean when she was 14. Her inspiring story addresses the obstacles she had to overcome and integrates related fields such as mathematics, science, geography, and
American Environmental Heroes.
Phyllis M. Stanley. This delightful, inspirational book describes the lives and aspirations of 10 environmental heroes. From Thoreau to Leopold to Frances Moore Lappe, we meet ordinary people who are actively concerned about this planet and about the people and animals on it. Includes a guide to national parks.
Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek: First to See Microscopic Life.
Lisa Yount. Not a scientist but a fabric seller, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek's life teaches us much about the science processes of observation, persistence, record keeping, and hypothesis. He improved upon a tool of his trade, the magnifying glass, to create quality microscopes. For his entire 91 years, he was curious, meticulous, and thrilled with his discoveries and successesan inspiration to all budding scientists. Includes activities using a microscope or magnifying glass.
Isaac Newton: The Greatest Scientist of All Time.
Margaret J. Anderson. The life, work, and goals of the brilliant scientist Isaac Newton are described in this very readable book about perhaps "the greatest scientist of all time." A descriptive chapter of experiments on color, paddle wheels, and gravity motivates children to think and explore, as Newton did.
Bird Watching with Margaret Morse Nice.
Michael Elsohn Ross. Illustrate d by Laurie A. Caple. A fascinating and informative book about the famous ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice. Includes useful hints on becoming an effective bird watcher, such as how to choose and use a field guide, binoculars, and equipment, as well as information about bird songs and mapping their territories.
Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants.
Laurence Pringle. Illustrated by Cynthia Moss. Meet Cynthia Moss, a renowned elephant researcher in Kenya, Africa. Learn about the family structure, social life, and communication processes of elephants, as well as the story of how Moss came to devote her life to the study of these fascinating animals.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Illustrated by Mary Azarian. This is the story of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, a self-taught scientist and photographer who developed the technique to photograph snowflakes. Sidebar facts and hand-colored woodcut illustrations enrich this introduction to the science and beauty of snowflakes as seen through the eyes of one man. Winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
A Picture Book of George Washington Carver
David A. Adler. Illustrated by Dan Brown. This biography portrays the many influences on the life of George Washington Carver: his early years, his education, and his ever-present thirst for knowledge. The book, enriched by intricate color drawings, also demonstrates the vastness and significance of Carver's many contributions to science.
Science in the Renaissance
. Brendan January. The reader will come to understand how the advances in scientific knowledge that occurred during the Renaissance in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries forever changed the way people viewed the world and the universe. The importance of Galileo's ideas of experimentation and the beginning of the scientific method are among the factors credited with the origins of modern science.
Exploring the Earth with John Wesley Powell
. Michael Elsohn Ross. Illustrated by Wendy Smith. Through an account of the life and journeys of John Wesley Powell, the reader is introduced to the exploration of geology across our country. Sidebars on various topics related to geology supplement the text.
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists
Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Paula Conner. The lives of six renowned, award-winning scientists are described from early childhood to maturity. Childhoods filled with adventures in nature suggest that many of these girls were encouraged by their families who recognized their gifts at an early age. Commitment and extraordinary intelligence helped these women succeed in nontraditional careers.
Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists.
Lynda Jones. Illustrated by Ron Garnett. Doctor, botanist, biologist, chemist, and nuclear scientist - these are the careers portrayed in this volume. These African Americans overcame similar obstacles to achieve their separate goals. This easy-to-read chapter book is a must for all libraries.
Lesley A. DuTemple. This biography shares the amazing journey of Jacques Cousteau from a small, weak boy to a pioneering underwater filmmaker. Readers learn how Cousteau led the crew of
to develop new diving and filming technologies to share scientific research that opened a previously unknown undersea world.
Pond Watching with Ann Morgan
Michael Elsohn Ross. Illustrated by Wendy Smith. Readers follow Ann Morgan as she uncovers the mysteries of newts, mayflies, and other water creatures. This work describes the life and work of Morgan, who studied, taught, and wrote about the animals of ponds and streams, and stressed the importance of an ecological approach to conservation.
Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. The nature of science is clearly depicted in this biography of Charles Darwin. During the voyage of the
and subsequently after many years of research and thought, Darwin developed a theory of evolution that continues to influence our lives today.
Jonas Salk: Conquering Polio
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. A humane account of the research of a dedicated scientist. Text articulately describes how science builds on existing research and advances with new technologies. The role of both intuition and logic in research is discussed. A fascinating account of what fame and publicity can do to science research and the researcher.
Rocks in His Head
Carol Otis Hurst. Illustrated by James Stevenson. The simple narrative and sensitive illustrations vividly portray how a childhood passion for rocks leads to a productive and satisfying career. This true story describes how study, commitment, and a love for learning overcome such obstacles as a lack of education, money, and formal training.
Copernicus: Founder of Modern Astronomy
Catherine M. Andronik. The idea of a moving Earth did not begin to gain serious recognition until the work of Copernicus in the fifteenth century. This book not only reviews the wonderful contributions to astronomy made by Copernicus, but also offers an exciting glimpse into his life that is so often missing from other biographies.
To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers
Wendie Old. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. From kite building and gliders to airplanes, the reader is introduced to the Wright brothers as they attempt to solve the problem of manned flight. Far from an ordinary biography, this book gives the reader insight into the inquiry strategies modeled by the Wright brothers. Colorful illustrations help the reader visualize the various stages in the process. The epilogue reinforces the fact that inventions are often the result of the collaborative efforts of several individuals.
Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine
Albert Marrin. The history of the deadly smallpox disease from earliest times to Jenner’s incredible breakthrough vaccine will fascinate the reader. The origin of the disease and history of how it was eradicated is amazing. Ad-dressing its weapon potential and who stockpiles the virus creates a modern connection.
Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison
Marfé Ferguson Delano. The author provides us with details of Edison the man as well as Edison the inventor. Wonderful historic photographs complement well-written text. A wonderful presentation of the life and work of America’s premier inventor.
Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France
. Lorraine Jean Hopping. This biographical book depicts everything one needs to know about forensic anthropology, and it does so through the eyes and mind of Diane France. France’s story starts with her childhood in Walden, Colorado, and describes her educational challenges and her life within the field of forensic anthropology. This is a great book for the budding anthropologist.
Galileo: The Genius Who Faced the Inquisition
Philip Steele. Galileo’s discoveries in astronomy, developed in the mid-1500s, are described and linked to what we know today. In this account, readers gain insight into the famous scientist’s personal and professional life—from his childhood to his final days. Through illustrations and detailed narrative, the distant past becomes real.
Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein
. Marfé Furguson Delano. Readers will become fascinated with Einstein after reading this book, or at least be intrigued again if they have some basic knowledge of his life. The world has known Einstein for his ingenious side; this is a more personal look at his life, revealing his exceptional love for humanity.
Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine
. Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring. Illustrated by C.B. Mordan. Scientific facts that are taken for granted become real. Ten scientists’ lives are revealed; they experimented on themselves to further their own research. Unbelievable tests are described about everything from digestion to surviving in caves for months which lead to
poor digestion symptoms
. Students will be fascinated.
Leonardo da Vinci
Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Boris Kulikov. This volume describes the life of one of the great artists, scientists, and thinkers in history—Leonardo da Vinci. The book includes information on his birth, youth, schooling, and adulthood.
Reaching for the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. This autobiographical story details Buzz Aldrin’s early years and how he became an astronaut and walked on the Moon. Throughout the story, Aldrin provides meaningful milestones he feels helped him reach the goal of becoming an astronaut.
Stephen Hawking: Breaking the Boundaries of Time and Space
John Bankston. Descriptive biography of one of the most famous scientists of the present day. The book leads readers through the early days of cosmology, Stephen Hawking’s family and college life, his battle with the onset of ALS disease, and his development of the theory of black holes. Inspiring for future scientists who have to persevere through various problems and disabilities.
Thomas Edison: A Brilliant Inventor
Editors of Time for Kids with Lisa deMauro. A fast-paced biography of the famous inventor, this book highlights Edison’s unconventional education, his work with electricity and the lightbulb, and his unwavering persistence. With over 1,000 patents, Edison’s curiosity and perseverance is an inspiration to all discoverers. Contains fascinating illustrations and fun sidebars about inventions and inventors.
Earth and Space Science
Stephen Kramer. Illustrated by Kenrick L. Day. Outstanding, closeup photographs portray the geological features and development of caves. This descriptive book is certain to stimulate the imaginations of future scientists.
The Children's Atlas of Natural Wonders.
Joyce Pope. This visually stimulating book covers all the major land masses and describes 36 natural "wonders" in terms of their geological evolution. It provides an excellent overview and can be used to initiate an in-depth study of how the Earth evolved.
Orion, The Hunter.
Necia H. Apfel. Color photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope portray the splendor of the constellation Orion, its nebula, and other nearby constellations. Origins of stars such as blue-white giants and red supergiants are explained in easy-to-understand terms.
Our Patchwork Planet.
Helen Roney Sattler. Illustrated by Giulio Maestro. Verbal and visual details offer a most pleasant excursion through present-day plate tectonic theory. This book can be reread a number of times with the reader gaining more understanding and appreciation of our dynamic planet.
Science on the Ice: An Antarctic Journal.
Rebecca L. Johnson. This journal filled with breathtaking color photographs accurately depicts life at the research stations in Antarctica. Marginal notes provide interesting informational tidbits. This personalized account makes readers feel as if they have visited this frozen continent and its inhabitants.
Sally M. Walker. A wonderful primer to the scientific underpinnings of earthquakes, this book defines key terms in earthquake science while colorful diagrams illustrate basic concepts. Readers learn how scientists can predict an earthquake and measure its intensity. Includes measures prior to and during an earthquake.
Highest, Longest, Deepest: A Foldout Guide to the World's Record Breakers.
John Malam. Illustrated by Gary Hincks. Heavily illustrated pages cover natural phenomena such as the longest river, highest waterfall, and biggest desert. Outline boxes highlight how the topic was made and other fascinating facts. Foldout landscape pages are durable and will increase the book's interest.
Hurricanes: Earth's Mightiest Storms.
Patricia Lauber. Not just another book about "big weather."
is an amazing work that uses narrative very effectively in weaving the story of these powerful storms. Clearly written and relevant text combined with impressive photographs and informative illustrations further enhance this excellent work.
Weather Watch: Forecasting the Weather.
Jonathan D.W. Kahl. This book takes a straightforward approach to basic weather information. Written by a meteorologist, the text provides a clear, fact-filled survey of methods for observing, analyzing, and forecasting the weather. Includes directions for building a weather station using common objects.
Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Elaine Scott. An easy-to-understand text tells the story of the Hubble Space Telescope and the information received since its deployment in space. Actual photographs of Hubble discoveries accompany the narration.
The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Space
. Martin Fedfern. This overview of the subject starts with an up-to-date report of observations and explorations of our solar system and ends with a description of our place in space and time in the universe. The book's layout, with outstanding pictures and text, complements this engaging journey through our space.
The New Book of Mars.
Nigel Hawkes. Illustrated by Richard Rockwood. Good information and format, coupled with outstanding artwork, make this an excellent overview of Mars and of our investigations and speculations about this planet. The Mariner, Mars Pathfinder, and Surveyor '98 missions, as well as planned future explorations, are well described
Discovering El Ni?How Fable and Fact Together Help Explain the Weather.
Patricia Seibert. Illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis. The author does a wonderful job of blending together the scientific information and facts about El Ni with the historical perspective and lore about the origins of the name. The reader is told the tale of the first observance of El Ni near Peru through history to today when scientists track and monitor this weather pattern.
DK Guide to Space: A Photographic Journey Through the Universe.
Peter Bond. Illustrated with photographs from NASA's robotic space probes and the Hubble space telescope. Through vivid photographs, the reader is presented with information on the components of the solar system and universe. Each topic is described in a two-page layout that integrates scientific information with striking illustrations. Some of the topics included are the sun, planets, space exploration, galaxies, and stars.
DK Space Encyclopedia.
Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest. This comprehensive guide to astronomy and space travel, arranged by an extensive list of topics, will help young stargazers better understand the work done by top scientists. Stunning, detailed images plus instructions for building a simple telescope make this book essential for anyone interested in space and astronomy.
Written and illustrated by Sherie Winner. Photographs of actual locations offer the reader views of one of nature's strongest land-shaping forces: erosion. The text provides information on glaciers, water, and wind as forces of erosion, as well as how these forces shape the Earth's surface.
Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall.
Marianne J. Dyson. Illustrated by Dave Klug. Welcome aboard the International Space Station! Readers are introduced to the numerous systems that keep the space station up and running and the complexities of day-to-day living onboard. Complete with hands-on activities that simulate life in space and full-color illustrations, this book shows what it's like to live in a space station.
Seymour Simon. Extensive information on tornadoes is provided for readers. More specifically there are explanations of how tornadoes develop, where they occur, how they are tracked, and the dangers associated with them. Through the use of well-illustrated diagrams and real-life photographs, the reader can explore this weather phenomenon.
. Written and illustrated by Thomas Locker. Locker attains a superb level of poetic text and spectacular drawings. The information is not only accurate but also beautifully portrayed. The metaphors provide vivid mental images; the captivating drawings add to the lusciousness of the text with their hues and softness. The technical information about clouds at the end adds useful detail.
Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth: For Earthlings Ages 12 to 120
. Art Sussman, Ph.D. Illustrated by Emiko-Rose Koike. Dr. Art's systems-based Earth guide introduces three easy-to-understand principles that explain how our planet works - Matter Cycles, Energy Flows, and Life Webs. This full-color, engaging guide will help us better understand Earth's systems. Dr. Jane Goodall proclaims "[this book] deserves a place not only in every classroom but also every home."
Earth's Fiery Fury.
Sandra Downs. Through narration and photographs, this book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanism and related geothermal activity. A unique feature is the descriptive vocabulary that helps the reader build a mental picture.
The International Space Station
. Franklyn M. Branley. Illustrated by True Kelley. Got questions? This book has the answers - hundreds of them. It guides you through the construction of the Space Station to the virtual feeling of living 400 km (250 miles) above the Earth. Well designed, informative diagrams inspire readers to think beyond the box.
The Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the Universe
. Robert Burnham. Illustrated by Wildlife Art Ltd. Beautiful illustrations and a strong layout create an eye-catching, informative reference. This atlas visits the planets in our solar system as well as asteroids, comets, and meteors before proceeding to the stars and galaxies of deep space. Suggested activities for the reader encourage hands-on exploration of the concepts presented.
Exploring Our Solar System
. Sally Ride and Tam O’Shaughnessy. Beginning with an overview of our solar system, this book takes the reader on a journey to the Sun, each of the planets, and other features in the solar system. Stunning photographs and vivid artists’ renderings add to the information provided in the text.
Killer Rocks from Outer Space: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites
Steven N. Koppes. This book provides an excellent account of the catastrophic effects of prehistoric meteor and comet impacts on Earth. A discussion of how astronomers are searching the Solar System for asteroids and comets in the hope of preventing future catastrophes is included.
Seymour Simon. An exciting introduction to Earth’s nearest neighbor, The Moon features wonderful color photography and very informative text. The book starts by outlining the work of early scientists and takes the reader through the Moon explorations of Apollo astronauts.
. Laurie Lindop. This book provides a captivating account of the scientists who venture into volcanic craters to learn the secrets of volcanoes. Readers get an excellent glimpse into the rewarding and exciting careers of geologists and geochemists.
Environment and Ecology
An American Safari: Adventures on the North American Prairie.
Jim Brandenburg. Both history and wildlife come alive in this portrayal of America's grasslands. Striking color photographs highlight the beauty and ecology of the prairie as well as the changes that have occurred as civilization has encroached upon the prairie's delicate ecosystem.
Angel Falls: A South American Journey.
Tanis Jordan. Illustrated by Martin Jordan. Brilliant text and stunning oil paintings capture the beauty of the Venezuelan Highlands with its immense grasslands, dense jungles, towering mountains, and the grandeur of Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. Readers encounter native species either living in harmony or struggling to survive.
The Case of the Mummified Pigs: And Other Mysteries in Nature.
Susan E. Quinlan. Illustrated by Jennifer Owings Dewey. A wildlife biologist describes 14 real-life science adventures, all of which start with puzzling observations. Readers follow the steps of scientists as they track down the clues and discover some of the amazing ways that nature works.
Fire in the Forest: A Cycle of Growth and Renewal.
Laurence Pringle. Illustrated by Bob Marstall. This book presents fire as a natural phenomenon necessary for the health of the forest. Pringle urges readers to look beyond the media presentation of fire as a destroyer, using the northern Rocky Mountain landscape to show the forest ecosystem before, during, and after a fire, and regrowth over two centuries. Small, labeled pictures identify plants and animals in the side margins.
I See Animals Hiding.
Jim Arnosky. Strikingly beautiful watercolors in soft hues highlight animals in their environment. Readers are challenged to find 20 deer on a hillside and to locate an owl and a moth hidden on a tree limb. A delightful introduction to animals' natural camouflage.
Raptor Rescue!: An Eagle Flies Free.
Sylvia A. Johnson. Illustrated by Ron Winch. A behind-the-scenes tour of Gabbert Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota explores what happens when eagles and other birds of prey are injured. Readers will be intrigued by the dedicated staff and volunteers who care for these remarkable raptors.
Richard Orr's Nature Cross-Sections.
Moira Butterfield. Illustrated by Richard Orr. Amazing double-page artwork reveals an incredible view of the natural world using cross-sectional detail of an oak tree, tide pool, woodland, ocean, arctic ecosystem, and rain forest. The large pages will captivate readers of all ages, kindling a long-lasting interest in the natural world. Metric and English measure are used.
Summer Ice: Life Along The Antarctic Peninsula.
Bruce McMillan. Using stunning photographs and language suitable to young naturalists, the author demonstrates the thriving life of plants and animals in a vigorous environment. Offers a unique view of survival in a land like no othera land of summer ice. Metric conversions and Latin terms are integrated into the text.
The Summer Sands.
Sherry Garland. Illustrated by Robert J. Lee. A delightful story about conservation is told from the point of view of children observing the life-forms on a fragile sand dune. After the dune is destroyed by a storm, recycled Christmas trees are used as a base to help rebuild it.
Virginia Kroll. Illustrated by Laura Jacques. Denise visits her grandmother, a wildlife rehabilitator, in the Louisiana bayou. A lush, vibrant environment is the scene for this exceptional story of generational love, cultural diversity, and ecological stewardship.
The Threatened Florida Black Bear.
Margaret Goff Clark. Colorful photographs and interesting text provide information about how biologists and government agencies are working to keep the Florida black bear from becoming an endangered animal. Includes a section of black bear statistics and Florida black bear milestones.
Trees and Forests.
Gallimard. This is an interactive book with spectacular art, textured pages, and dazzling graphics, designed to be read, handled, and fully experienced. From the first plants to grow on land to modern cultivated tree farms, this book is truly a voyage of discovery. Stickers in the back can be removed without detriment to the book.
Donald M. Silver. Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne. Within a small square of forest, children explore an ecosystem of animals, plants, rocks, and soil. Encouraged to use scientific processes, readers learn how different seasons influence the forest community.
Compost! Growing Gardens from Your Garbage.
Linda Glaser. Illustrated by Anca Hariton. Learn about the wonderful world of composting through the eyes of a little girl. She narrates what composting is, what her family puts into the composting bin, how they maintain it, and how they use it to fertilize their garden. Simple text and rich watercolor illustrations introduce the young child to nature's recycling program. Includes questions and answers about composting for adults.
Michael Scott. This book provides readers with a rich first look at Earth's habitats and ecosystems. Students explore the adaptation of plant and animal life in response to the Earth's changing conditions. The text includes special sections highlighting environmental conditions, natural and manmade, that threaten the Earth's ecology.
Although the female dotterel may deplete some fat reserves in laying eggs, there is no evidence that this is her primary reason for deserting. She leaves the nest in order to mate with up to two more males in the same season (see page 71).
Jim Arnosky. These nature essays take the reader through winter and spring with Arnosky on his Vermont farm. His "still, soft voice" encourages the kind of slowing down that opens one's senses to the wonders of nature and that leads to an enhanced appreciation for the natural world.
Sara Oldfield. This amazing book details the many aspects of rain forests — from the people who inhabit them and the cultures represented, to the uses and abuses of the land, and the future of such regions. Detailed text and vibrant, real-life photography absorb readers in the history, present state, and future of one of nature's richest resources.
Squishy, Misty, Damp, & Muddy: The In-Between Worlds of Wetlands.
Molly Cone. Stunning, well-placed photographs pull the reader into this book. The story here is diversity--of wetlands and the abundant life they support. It also speaks of their precarious future and the importance of preservation. Cone's richly innovative text is enhanced by touches of alliteration and an almost poetic cadence.
Jerry Booth. Illustrated by Nancy King. This book places children in the center of each topic. Well-described activities, from collecting and observing slime molds to testing human ability to differentiate odors, encourage children to creatively explore their world. An engaging narrative compares human senses and capabilities to those of animals.
Yuck! A Big Book of Little Horrors.
Robert Snedden. Using bright colors, a variety of print sizes, and a question, the author shows through a series of enlargements what microscopic creatures are in our everyday world, i.e., beds, floor, breakfast, toothbrush, and body. Children will love this book. Their heavy use and the foldout flaps will necessitate periodic replacement.
Animals You Never Even Heard Of.
Patricia Curtis. Features 12 rare, unusual, and less well known species of animals struggling to stay alive in today's changing environments. Includes colorful photographs and descriptions that categorize these animals as either "endangered," "threatened," or "rare."
Back to the Wild.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Munoz. Discusses specific endangerment and efforts of biologists to prevent extinction and, in some cases, return animals to the wild. Some experiments have succeeded, others have failed. Examples of special interest — including the red wolf, the black-footed ferret, the golden lion tamarin, and the lemur — are related in detail and documented with striking photographs.
Before and After: A Book of Nature Timescapes.
Written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill. This beautifully illustrated book will capture young readers' interest with an engaging presentation of the changes that occur in a variety of natural settings. Readers observe the changes that occur over spans of time, ranging from a few seconds to a year.
The Big Rivers: The Missouri, the Mississippi, and the Ohio.
Bruce Hiscock. This book describes how the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio Rivers produced the Midwest floods of 1993. Watercolor illustrations set the mood for the simple text in picture book format. This is an excellent book on weather phenomena for young children.
Destination: Rain Forest.
Jonathan Grupper. Images appear to leap from the pages, providing young readers with a perspective on the interesting rain forest environment. Many descriptions of rain forest animals are woven through this book as the narrative guides the reader through a day in a tropical rain forest.
The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy.
Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by Christopher G. Knight. This book features scientist Meg Lowman's explorations of the rain forest canopy. The book is enhanced by the presence of Lowman's two young sons, who share her experiences. Photographs of several forms of animal life are captured in this magnificent book.
Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock.
Stephen W. Kress, as told to Pete Salmansohn. Journey to Egg Rock, Maine, to learn how biologist Stephen Kress and his team of scientists successfully reintroduced puffins to the island's bird population. Discover fascinating facts about puffins, as well as the scientific processes the team used to solve complex problems. Revealing photographs accompany detailed narrative.
Saviour Pirotta. Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry. An intriguing story about Taro, a young boy in Japan, and his fascination with a wise old man who awaits the return of the loggerhead turtles, one of seven kinds of turtles living in the sea. Taro helps clean the beach for the annual arrival of the turtles ready to lay their eggs. Readers learn about the characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the loggerhead turtle.
Written and illustrated by Gordon Morrison. The bald eagle is described through all the stages of its life, from its birth through the mating process. Through pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations and diagrams, the reader is given a clear picture of the behavior and physical characteristics of this majestic and powerful bird.
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet.
Meredith Hooper. Illustrated by Chris Coady. Here is the amazing and ever-changing story of water-where it comes from, how it behaves, why it matters-and the crucial role it has played throughout life on Earth. The eye-catching illustrations are realistic and thought-provoking.
Gentle Giant Octopus.
Karen Wallace. Illustrated by Mike Bostock. Beautifully illustrated with watercolor paintings, this book explains the life cycle of the octopus. Through the use of sidebars and a second, more animated typeface, more detailed explanations are provided of other, more complex characteristics of this gentle creature and its life beneath the sea.
Here is the Coral Reef.
Madeleine Dunphy. Illustrated by Tom Leonard. This vividly illustrated book presents the interdependence of the various inhabitants of the ecosystem that is Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The repeating verse style will engage young readers as they gain an appreciation of the plants, fish, and other sea creatures that live in and around the reef.
A Home By the Sea: Protecting Coastal Wildlife.
Written and illustrated by Kenneth Mallory. In a very detailed, informative manner, the author-photographer describes three endangered wildlife situations along the coasts of New Zealand. Readers learn how scientists, conservationists, and supporters of ecotourism are working to ensure the survival of these animals, their habitats, and their lifestyles.
An Island Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk on a Barrier Island.
Written and illustrated by Virginia Wright-Frierson. Accompany an artist and her young daughter as they explore the ecosystem of a barrier island. Through detailed sketches, observational field notes, and beautiful watercolor paintings, the reader learns about the fascinating animals and plants found within this fragile and ever-changing environment.
I Took a Walk.
Written and illustrated by Henry Cole. Eye-catching illustrations and a simple text show the importance of developing a child's observational skills. A walk through the woods, across a meadow, and along a stream provide opportunities for readers to see all kinds of events occuring around them in this lovely nature setting.
Marshes & Swamps.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Various forms of marshes and swamps are presented through clearly written text and detailed illustrations. Information is also provided about the types of organisms and animals that live in these wetlands.
The Shaman's Apprentice: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.
Lynne Cherry and Mark J. Plotkin. Illustrated by Lynne Cherry. A heart-warming tale illustrates what happens when the members of an Amazonian Indian tribe have their first interaction with non-Indian outsiders. The experience, told through an easy prose style and colorful paintings, illustrates how the Indians gain an appreciation of their own beliefs and a respect for others from the outside world.
Welcome to the Ice House.
Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Laura Regan. The mysterious world of the Arctic comes to life as the story progresses through all the seasons of the year. A rich, poetic text and incredibly detailed illustrations depict the lives of animals and the varied scenes of nature as the seasons change.
Susan Hand Shetterly. Illustrated by Rebecca Haley McCall. Beautifully illustrated in oils, this story takes the reader on a summer journey through the woods to learn how environmentally conscious foresters protect the inhabitants by selectively cutting trees, leaving shelter for animals and protecting young trees. The characters also share their appreciation of plants and animals by identifying those that dwell in the woods.
Butternut Hollow Pond.
Brian J. Heinz. Illustrated by Bob Marstall. The reader explores the interdependence of organisms in a pond with particular emphasis on food webs. Excitement reigns as an animal quickly changes its role from hunter to hunted. Through text and watercolor illustrations, the reader develops an appreciation of ecology and the environment.
Ruth Horowitz. Illustrated by Kate Kiesler. In this story, Daniel discovers horseshoe crabs laying their eggs on a sandy beach during the full moon. As readers learn about the spawning of horseshoe crabs, they can feel Daniel's excitement as he explores his discovery.
The Forest in the Clouds.
Sneed B. Collard III. Illustrated by Michael Rothman. This volume presents a vivid picture of Earth as a system via the cloud-shrouded areas of the mountainous tropical rain forests of Costa Rica. The focus is on the delicate balance of the flora and fauna in this ecosystem.
A Handful of Dirt.
Raymond Bial. Colorful photographs and meaningful text present the nature and importance of soil and the many forms of life it supports. This work takes the reader on an "eye-opening, down-in-the-dirt tour of one of Earth's most common but precious resources" - soil and its ecology.
Marine Mammal Preservation
. Peggy Thomas. Students learn how scientific studies of animal behavior combined with public awareness can help to save lives of marine mammals. Research and rehabilitation techniques for whales, manatees, seals, and sea otters are featured.
Our Big Home: An Earth Poem.
Linda Glaser. Illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Sun, rain, air, animals, people - all are a part of the Earth, our big home. Portraits of children and animals are whimsically detailed through delightful multicultural drawings from around the world. The language is melodic and full of cheerful metaphors that make the characters lively and memorable.
River of Life.
Debbie S. Miller. Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle. Rich in word choice, this book develops strong images of the life cycle that unfolds along a river, as winter melts into spring and spring becomes the warm days of summer. Inviting illustrations help tell this story of a river ecosystem.
The Spirit of the Maasai Man
. Written and illustrated by Laura Berkley. A fascinating book that captures the perspective of a people in tune with the animal world. Effective words develop the message of the Maasai man as he sings to the animals. This book will provoke deep thought and much discussion as it raises questions about captive animals.
Steven Schnur. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Amidst beautiful illustrations, the text explores the changes in farmland as the signs of spring appear. More than melting of the snow, the story observes the gathering of maple syrup, the magnificence of young lambs, and the return of birds as spring arrives.
This Is the Tree.
Miriam Moss. Illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway. The author has created the story of an ancient baobab tree and the wildlife in Africa that cohabitate with the tree. She has chosen a prose poem as the literary form for telling the story of this remarkable tree. The final double-page spread describes the parts of the tree in detail.
Wild and Swampy.
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. Mangrove Swamps come alive. Acrylic paintings created from pen-and-ink journal sketches detail observations of a naturalist. This poetic account of life webbing through unique relationships creates visions beyond the story. Wild and Swampy weaves a tapestry of science and art. A great read-aloud selection despite a typographical error in the introduction that identifies a fir tree as "fur."
Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Muñoz. A fascinating account of the expedition of Lewis and Clark, who observed, documented, and collected specimens of many unknown species during their travels. Several species were named after the explorers. The specimens they collected and their documentation would prove useful to scientists for many years to come.
. Sneed B. Collard III. Illustrated by Paul Kratter. An annual butterfly census takes on special meaning as young Amy looks for a regal fritillary, the butterfly that encouraged great-great-grandmother Nora Belle to donate farmland to a prairie restoration project. Naturalistic watercolor illustrations and field notes add importance to this engaging story.
Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon
. Sy Montgomery. Illustrated by Dianne Taylor-Snow. The world of freshwater dolphins is under-appreciated by most humans. This engaging work captures in detail the important role this mammal plays in its environment. The book is unique in exploring how humans and dolphins affect each other and in shedding light on how biologists do their work.
Life in a Grassland
. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Muñoz. This book describes features of grasslands, including location, variety of grasses, climate, soil characteristics, and animal life. The impact of people on a prairie ecosystem is also discussed. The readable text is enhanced by colorful photographs and text boxes. This book on grasslands, a less familiar ecosystem to many people, will be an excellent addition to a classroom collection.
Wild Man Island
Will Hobbs. A story about a boy’s struggle with himself and nature. While on a kayaking trip, a boy becomes separated from the group by a storm off the coast of Alaska. He manages to reach a wilderness island, barefoot and without provisions. When he thinks he won’t be found, he sets out walking to find help. His adventures lead him to an anthropological find of a lifetime.
Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights.
Debbie S. Miller. Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle. Alaska is the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” This beautiful and intriguing book portrays arctic animals and weather throughout the changing seasons. Each two-page spread features a different time of year, complete with the total number of sunlight hours and average daily temperatures.
The Case of the Monkeys That Fell from the Trees: And Other Mysteries in Tropical Nature.
Written and illustrated by Susan E. Quinlan. This book contains a selection of ecological mysteries set in the tropical forests. From deadly frogs to falling monkeys, unusual occurrences in nature prompt scientists to find out why they happen. The author succeeds in conveying the scientists’ thought processes as they ask questions and design investigations that reveal the surprising answers to each mystery. This book is an excellent model for portraying scientific inquiry.
Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story of a Food Web
. Victoria Crenson. Illustrated by Annie Cannon. Fabulous watercolors illustrate the predator-prey relationships described in this absorbing food web story. The author’s effective word choices enhance the tale of the horseshoe crabs’ cyclical journey from the depths of Delaware Bay to the sandy beaches and back as part of the crab life cycle.
Jackie’s Wild Seattle
. Will Hobbs. This is a lively story about a teenage girl and her younger brother who spend a summer living in Seattle with their uncle who works in an animal shelter. The book illustrates the many trials they have to go through on a daily basis to keep the animal shelter open.
On the Way to the Beach
. Written and illustrated by Henry Cole. Gorgeous illustrations and a unique layout encourage the reader to make observations in a forest, at the edge of a salt marsh, on sand dunes, and on the beach. This transect approach provides an interesting perspective. Fold-out pages list the ecosystem inhabitants, and the reader can search the illustration for each plant, animal, or item. Picture keys at the back of the book allow the reader to identify the ecosystem inhabitants.
Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World.
Pete Salmansohn and Stephen W. Kress. This book features fascinating stories of six bird species that were saved from extinction. These success stories required collaboration between naturalists, locals, and community leaders. An emphasis is placed on how knowledge of local customs, differing ideologies, and local economic issues were necessary for problem resolution. Human-interest photographs illustrate the impact of society on science.
Uluru: Australia’s Aboriginal Heart
. Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Arthur Arnold. This is an integrated and respectful treatment of one of the world’s most interesting and revered geological formations. Interweaving native lore with geology, ecology, and the social sciences, this book is a compelling portrayal of how a monolithic natural feature can evoke mystical and emotional responses from aboriginal people and international visitors alike.
The Woods Scientist
Stephen R. Swinburne. Illustrated by Susan C. Morse. This profile of naturalist and forester Sue Morse describes how she uses tracks and traces to interpret wildlife behavior. Superb photographs enhance the text. Concepts such as ecological “corridors,” plant and animal succession, and environmental health indicators are explained. The narrative describes the importance of critical inquiry in preserving ecosystems.
African Animals ABC.
Philippa-Alys Browne. This alphabet book uses simple, rhyming text and bold illustrations to acquaint readers with 26 little-known and well-known animals of the African continent.
All About Owls.
Jim Arnosky. For young readers and nature observers, the author-artist uses vivid illustrations to present an interesting glimpse of where owls live, what they eat, how they care for their young, and how they see so well at night.
Eric S. Grace. This book explores the evolution of apes and examines their similarities to humans. Readers will discover differences among the primates' parenting, communication, social bonding, dexterity, and eating habits.
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest.
Steve Jenkins. Using cut-paper collage, the author presents animals holding the record in such areas as size, speed, strength, and height. A chart organizes additional information regarding the animals' habitat, diet, and size.
. Anna Sandeman. Illustrated by Ian Thompson. Colorful photographs and diagrams make this an excellent resource for young children to learn about the human skeleton, joints, and muscles.
The Book of North American Owls.
Helen Roney Sattler. Illustrated by Jean Day Zallinger. Owls are mysterious, nocturnal animals that intrigue young readers. This clear and accurate book includes owl classification and history, hunting and habitat, courtship and nesting, and the complex relationship between owls and humans. The comprehensive glossary includes all of the 21 North American species.
Stephen Savage. Illustrated by Andre Boos. Colorful, careful drawings of the butterfly's life cycle feature hibernation, mating, eggs, and chrysalis. The drawings culminate in a succinct summary of metamorphosis. A brief comparison of butterflies and moths is included.
Anca Hariton. The red admiral's life cycle is so descriptively portrayed, readers can almost hear the "crunch" of the caterpillar eating leaves. Delicate illustrations show the organisms in the habitat as the butterfly's metamorphosis occurs. Includes detailed teacher information on butterflies and moths.
The Concise Encyclopedia of the Human Body.
David Burnie. Four hundred full-color illustrations and more than 2,000 key words provide a rich source of information and an invaluable "first stop" reference guide to answer readers' questions about the world of the human body. Includes tables on infectious and noninfectious diseases and a biographical index of over 100 scientific pioneers.
Cherie Winner. This book describes the coyote from pack life to courtship and mating behavior. Beautiful photographs, accompanied by clear, concise text, provide readers with accurate information about an often misunderstood animal.
Do You Know the Difference?
Andrea and Michael Bischhoff-Miersch. Illustrated by Christine Faltermayr. The similarities of and differences between a variety of common animals are presented through a clear text accompanied by lifelike illustrations. The book compares, for example, grey seals with sea lions.
Eagles of America.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Mu. Eagles have long been an important symbol for the United States and for many Native American tribes. Wonderful photographs and concise text help readers learn more about the similarities of and differences between the bald and golden eagles of North America.
Linda Capus Riley. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Large print and vivid, full-color collages will delight young readers as they learn how 16 swimming animals behave in the water.
Stephen Savage. Animals' eyes must be suited for certain ways of life. This remarkable book explores the different ways that eyes can help animals move, gather food, and avoid dangerous predators. The huge, closeup photographs add to the enjoyable text.
Have You Seen Trees?
Joanne Oppenheim. Illustrated by Jean and Mou-Sien Tseng. Delightful poetry and watercolor illustrations encourage readers to use their senses while exploring trees, leaves, fruits, and seasons. Includes a tree identification key.
Joni Phelps Hunt.Close-up photographs and detailed text unlock the mysteries of the behaviors, body parts, and life cycles of many kinds of insects. Ants, grasshoppers, and termites are just a few of the insects discussed. Includes list of insect exhibits.
The Life and Times of the Honeybee.
Charles Micucci. Everything you ever wanted to know about bees presented in a lively, simple text that labels easy-to-understand color illustrations. Employs graphs, cross sections, calendars, size comparisons, and the history of bees and honey in the world. Both interesting and amusing, this book will appeal to many ages.
Elizabeth Ring. Illustrated by Dwight Kuhn. The life cycle of an orphaned deer mouse unfolds as a group of children place it with a white-footed mouse family. Relevant facts on mice are included in a question-and-answer section.
Metamorphosis: Animals That Change.
Luise Woelflein. Illustrated by Ruth Lindsay. This pop-up/lift-the-flap book presents the metamorphosis of various insects, amphibians, and marine invertebrates. The pop-ups require extra care in handling.
Nature in Your Backyard: Simple Activities for Children.
Susan S. Lang,
Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm. A variety of easy-to-follow science activities that can be conducted in your backyard.
Nights of the Pufflings.
Bruce McMillan. For two weeks every year, the children of Heimaey Island, Iceland, stay out late rescuing hundreds of stranded pufflings. Many of the birds are confused by the village lights and need help flying toward the sea. Describes a unique culture and environment.
Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme.
Bruce McMillan. Travel to both of Earth's polar regions to experience the behavior and lives of two amazing and unique birds. Two-word, rhyming sentences and large, vivid photographs will captivate young readers.
Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Richard Hewett. Clear photographs of baby Shimba and her mother, residents of the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, complement the informative text. Covers the life cycle, daily habits, problems, and efforts to save the five species of rhinoceroses in captivity and the wild.
Gail Gibbons. One of the oldest surviving creatures, the sea turtle is examined in this colorfully illustrated book. Readers learn about the size, habitat, and diet of the eight kinds of sea turtles and efforts environmentalists are making to protect them.
Seymour Simon.An award-winning author explores the fascinating undersea life of sharks, examining the truths and myths about these amazing creatures. Astounding close-up photographs enhance the informative and exciting text.
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art.
Thomas Locker with Candace Christiansen. Illustrated by Thomas Locker. This treasure combines the seasonal changes of a tree perched atop a hill near a riverbank with lyrical text and delicately muted color drawings. A must volume for integrating science and the arts.
Jonathan Pine. Illustrated by Ken Joudrey. This guide introduces readers to seven North American trees, discussing their history and characteristics. The author's love for trees is evident throughout as he extends an invitation to explore and study them.
The Visual Dictionary of the Skeleton.
Richard Walker. This comprehensive and exquisitely illustrated treasure trove of anatomical terms provides clear and instant access to the skeletons of humans, trees, amphibians, sea mammals, and others.
What is a Reptile?
Robert Snedden. What do turtles, snakes, crocodiles, and tuataras have in common? Color photographs on double-page spreads compare these reptiles, describing their physical characteristics, movement, senses, defenses, and eating habits.
Who Eats What?
Patricia Lauber. Illustrated by Holly Keller. Using simple diagrams and illustrations, this book explains the concept of food chains and how plants, animals, and humans are ecologically linked.
Who Lives Here?
Maggie Silver. Describing the habitat of eight animals and using clues about family patterns and nest building, this lift-the-flap book invites readers to discover wildlife.
All About Deer.
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. Detailed illustrations and informative text invite the animal enthusiast to get a close-up look at deer. The book describes their physical characteristics, what they eat, how they raise their young, how they travel, and the dangers they face from predators. Learn amazing facts about deer hoofs and antlers.
Animal Action ABC.
Karen Pandell. Illustrated by Art Wolfe and Nancy Sheehan. This gorgeous, colorful book portrays animals in a series of striking actions, which children mirror in vibrant energetic poses. Unique narrative poetry heightens the impact of the exceptional photography. This book is a remarkable blending of the talents of the author, a wildlife photographer, and a movement specialist. Includes nature notes for older readers.
Barbara Taylor. A variety of animal homes, including those of ants, termites, birds, and small mammals are depicted in this book. Beautiful illustrations show the complexities of many animal homes. These pictures are embellished with interesting and accurate information about each featured animal.
Animals: Black and White.
Written and illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes. Young readers are invited to identify seven diverse animals distinguished by their black-and-white color. A stunning picture puzzle detailing a piece of the black-and-white pattern of each animal accompanies clear, well-written clues. Children will delight in turning the page to reveal the identity of each animal. Includes facts on animals.
Anna Sandeman. Illustrated by Ian Thompson. A simple, straightforward text clearly describes the evolution of a baby from inception to age 12. Diagrams and uncluttered photos illustrate the various stages of birth, growth, and development. Making a family tree is an interesting touch.
Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Richard Hewett. Reveals the fascinating life history of American bats, with special emphasis on Mexican free-tailed and big brown bats. Facts dispel many myths and superstitions attributed to these nocturnal flying mammals. Excellent full-color photographs are an essential part of the text.
Beneath Blue Waters: Meetings with Remarkable Deep-Sea Creatures.
Deborah Kovacs and Kate Madin. Illustrated by Larry Madin. The vast expanse of ocean that is miles down from sunlight and warmth remains a virtually untouched natural region. Diving teams and professional photographers bring the world under the deep blue to life for curious young minds. Go "beneath blue waters" and discover the variety and beauty of life that dwells therein.
Anna Sandeman. Illustrated by Ian Thompson. For all "how" and "why" questions young minds ask, this book will delight children, teachers, and parents. It offers a look at the heart, lungs, and blood vessels to find out how the blood keeps flowing and why it is essential to making the human body tick.
The Desert Fox Family Book.
Written and illustrated by Hans Gerold Laukel. Translated by Rosemary Lanning. Cute cubs romp, play, and learn to survive in the harsh North African desert. Gorgeous photographs illustrate the stark conditions and beauty of the fennec fox's environment and the delightful antics and survival tactics of the cubs and their mother. Readers will fall in love with the smallest member of the wild dog family.
A Desert Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk in the Sonoran Desert.
Written and illustrated by Virginia Wright-Frierson. The author takes the reader on a tour of the Sonoran Desert, using the skill of an artist, scientist, and writer to show some of the plants, animals, and physical features of this ecosystem. The clear and concise text is accompanied by beautiful illustrations
Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration Between Hawaii and Alaska.
Debbie S. Miller. Illustrated by Daniel Van Zyle. What bird makes its home on both the grassy slopes of Hawaii and the frozen tundra of Alaska? This is the fascinating story of the Pacific golden plover, which migrates 3,000 miles nonstop between its diverse habitats. Well written and beautifully illustrated, this book details the characteristics and adaptation of this amazing shorebird. Includes facts about the golden plover.
Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Richard Hewett. Follow the kit fox through its day-to-day activities in the desert regions of Mexico and the United States. Spectacular full-color photographs capture the kit and several other species of foxes in their natural habitats. Readers discover family lives, hunting techniques, and means of communicating. Includes a brief essay on foxes and their reputation and association to human society.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly.
Deborah Heiligman. Illustrated by Bari Weissman. Painted Lady butterfly growth stages are seen through the eyes of children in a primary classroom. A real plus is the diversity of the students. Illustrations are large, bright, and detailed. Information tidbits are creatively placed around some sketches as if to respond to the thoughts of a questioning child. Includes a guide to common butterflies and places to see butterflies.
The Heart: Our Circulatory System.
Seymour Simon. Numerous computer-colored micrographs taken by a scanning electron microscope illustrate the large-print text describing the heart and its functions. Small, labeled cross-section drawings provide further explanation.
Journey of the Red Wolf.
Roland Smith. The red wolf, found throughout the South in the 1800s, became almost extinct by the mid-1960s. This fascinating volume details the saga of the red wolves, their rescue through captive breeding, and their successful release in coastal North Carolina. Includes a list of zoos that have set up a breeding program for red wolves.
Wendy Pfeffer. Journey to Swan Lake to observe the characteristics and life cycle of the snowy-white mute swan. Follow a pair of swans through the year as they build a nest, raise their young, migrate to their winter grounds, and return to the lake in the spring. Lyrical text complements stunning close-up photographs. Includes list of facts and habitat map.
The Naked Mole-Rat Mystery: Scientific Sleuths at Work.
Gail Jarrow and Paul Sherman. Wow! What a creature! Students will enjoy learning how scientists sleuthed the mystery of this unique organism. This story shares scientists' efforts to learn the anatomy, physiology, behaviors, and social structure of the naked mole-rat, not studied closely until the 1950s.
No More DoDos: How Zoos Help Endangered Wildlife.
Nicholas Nirgiotis and Theodore Nirgiotis. Explores the most severe of the extinction problems in the world and the efforts of zoos and conservation organizations to curb the growing extinction of various species. Includes a list of major conservation organizations.
Over Under in the Garden: An Alphabet Book.
Written and illustrated by Pat Schories. As they learn their ABCs, beginning readers also discover the beauty and wonder of life in the garden. Drawings in Earth tones and muted pastels capture plants and animals from acorns and ants to zucchini and zebra butterflies.
Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Birds.
Jinny Johnson. Soar through the air with the American golden plover or dive with the king penguin in this engaging and informative one-volume encyclopedia on birds. Beginning bird-lovers can find out more about the over 9,000 species of birds through real-life photos, drawings, and fact-packed text.
The Sunflower Family.
Cherie Winner. Illustrated by Sherry Shahan. The Compositae or sunflower family flourishes on all continents except Antarctica. In this colorful and informative book, sunflower pictures are used to invite readers to discover the physical characteristics, reproduction processes, locations, and uses of these varied and complex plants.
All About Turkeys.
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. Where do wild turkeys live? What do they eat? Where do they sleep? How fast can they fly? Why are turkeys called "gobblers"? Why do they display their tail feathers? How do turkeys survive cold, harsh winters? These and other intriguing questions are answered in this well-illustrated book.
Written and illustrated by Ken Robbins. The author takes the reader on a walking tour of some of the most well-known autumn leaves and the trees from which they fall. Through striking color photographs and a simple and effective text, very young children will learn about the changing leaf colors of 13 different trees from all across the country.
Bones: Our Skeletal System.
Seymour Simon. The author takes young readers on a tour of the skeletal system of the human body. Using detailed drawings and X-ray photographs, the reader gets a general and closeup view of the 300 bones in the body, their structure, and their function.
Buried Treasure: Roots and Tubers.
Meredith Sayles Hughes and Tom Hughes. The present uses of potatoes, cassava, carrots, turnips, beets, and radishes combined with historical facts and pictures make this a delightful book. Young readers will look at a potato with a new appreciation for how food influences all aspects of our lives and will come to understand how science starts with observations and simple experiments.
Melvin Berger. Illustrated by Megan Lloyd. This book describes the anatomy and life cycle of crickets and uses enlarged illustrations to clearly point out body parts and processes. The books includes activities to help young readers make observations about the daily, and nightly, activities of crickets.
Written and illustrated by Robert Maass. Readers learn about the beauty and diversity of gardens through stunning photographs and simple, yet informative, text. The basic care a garden requires is explained through a year of seasonal changes.
Home at Last- A Song of Mgiration.
April Pulley Sayre. Illustrated by Alix Berenzy. With a charming narrative style and intriguing artwork, this book introduces young readers to a number of interesting animals and their migration patterns. Readers follow the fall trek of the spiny lobster and the 20,000 km journey of the gray whale, along with seven other species that fly, crawl, walk, and swim until they are ".home at last."
Lemurs: On Location
. Kathy Darling. Illustrated by Tara Darling. Vivid photographs by the author's daughter support the text to introduce readers to three species of lemurs found in Berenty Forest, a private preserve in Madagascar. Lemurs are "habituated" (no longer afraid of people) and allow the author and photographer to come into close contact with the diurnal ring-tailed, the sifaka, and the brown lemurs.
Muscles: Our Muscular System.
Seymour Simon. Through the use of X-ray images and detailed drawings, this book takes the reader on a tour through the human muscular system. A clearly written text provides information about the different types of muscles, their function and purpose, and the effects that exercise has on muscles.
National Audubon Scoiety First Field Guide: Birds
Scott Weidensaul. High-quality photography and text make this book useful as a visual guide to the natural history of birds as well as a field guide to more than 150 of the most common species of birds found in North America.
National Audubon Society FIrst Field GUide: Wildflowers.
Susan Hood. Informative text and detailed color photographs invite young naturalists to explore the world of North American wildflowers. This user-friendly field guide includes habitats and related species, a reference section, and basic information on observing and understanding the science of wildflowers.
Anne Rockwell. Illustrated by Megan Halsey. An easy-to-read text combines with lively illustrations to create the story of what happens to one small bean when it interacts with some soil, just a little water, a lot of sunlight, and a young child's tender care. Helpful hints are included for additional activities with beans and similar seeds.
Our Wet World.
Sneed B. Collard, III. Illustrated by James M. Needham. Readers will discover 13 different aquatic ecosystems as they read about the diversity of life found in the wet places of the Earth. Closeup illustrations provide details about the fascinating flora and fauna that inhabit the waterways and oceans of our planet.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Watercolor illustrations complement the text to introduce the 17 types of penguins from the smallest (the little blue penguin) to the largest (the emperor penguin). Information is included about penguins' life cycles, physical features, habitats, and the efforts to protect the birds' once-declining populations.
Robert Bateman and Rick Archbold. Illustrated by Robert Bateman. Here is an unforgettable opportunity for young readers to visit one of the most amazing places in the world. Through real-life stories and stunning artwork, readers are brought face to face with a bull elephant and running giraffes, as well as many other fascinating animals of Africa.
Soaring with the Wind: The Bald Eagle.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Mixed-media illustrations and large, labeled diagrams help explain the behavior and characteristics of the bald eagle. Information on the life cycle of the eagle and attempts by environmentalists to increase the number of birds in the wild is provided. Words that may be new to readers are introduced in italicized print and guides to the pronunciation of difficult words are provided in many instances.
Linda Glaser. Illustrated by Gay W. Holland. Young readers venture into the fascinating and diverse world of spiders. A typical day for the black and yellow Argiope aurantia, a common garden spider, is described as the spider spins its web, catches a meal, and explores its environment.
Why Does the Cat Do That?
Written and illustrated by Susan Bonners. In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated picture book, the young reader will explore the scientific world of the common house cat. Some of the cat's most ordinary antics, such as hiding in a bag or pouncing on a toy, are deeply rooted in feline behavior, and are instincts retained from their wild ancestors.
A is for … ? A Photographer's Alphabet of Animals.
Written and illustrated by Henry Horenstein. Stimulate inquiry with the beautiful black-and-white photographs in this very special alphabet book. Animals from A to Z are featured in partial views and from unique angles. By examining the limited photographic clues of physical attributes, the reader is lead to solve the mystery of identifying the animal. Answers are provided at the end.
Animal Defenses: How Animals Protect Themselves.
Etta Kaner. Illustrated by Pat Stephens. Unusual defense mechanisms employed by animals are described in this well-illustrated text. Divided into chapters, the reader observes various mechanisms of protection, including poisonous skin, camouflage coloration, group living, and imitation. Particularly unique animals in each category are individually discussed.
Around the World: Who's Been Here?
Written and illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George. This cleverly written story is told in the form of letters. Miss Lewis, a teacher, circles the globe to search for wildlife in its natural habitat. Her letters and pictures encourage her students and the reader to examine the pictures and discover "Who's Been Here?" A turn of the page reveals the correct answer. End papers are maps drawn by the students.
Baby Whale's Journey. Jonathan London.
Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle. Dramatically illustrated, this book is a poetic account of a young sperm whale's life from conception to infancy. The text also portrays the young calf as it develops skills of communication, feeding, and group socialization.
Jacqueline Farmer. Illustrated by Page Eastburn O'Rourke. In a lighthearted manner the author provides information about the history, growth, varieties, care, shipping requirements, and nutritional value of bananas. At the conclusion of the book are recipes, songs, riddles, poems, and "banana humor."
The Barn Owl.
Sally Tagholm. Illustrated by Bert Kitchen. Covering the span of one year of a barn owl's life, this book provides information about its physical characteristics and behavior patterns. Hunting, mating, feeding, and nesting information is supplied in the story. The clearly written text is brought to life through beautiful, accurate illustrations of these birds.
Written and illustrated by Doug Wechsler and VIREO. This volume discusses the strange traits of some of the 10,000 species of birds. Divided into chapters based on physical traits, eating habits, ability to fly, breeding, and interesting habits, this book investigates the fascinating and bizarre aspects of the birds. Beautiful color photographs accompany the various descriptions.
Scott Russell Sanders. Illustrated by Robert Hynes. Exquisitely detailed paintings capture the beauty of the wild, natural world waiting to be discovered. The book encourages readers to go outside; find moving water; and open their eyes, ears, and hearts to the wilderness everywhere. A great book to encourage young readers to observe all the details of the world around them.
Crocodiles & Alligators.
Seymour Simon. The author has blended clearly written text and exquisite photographs to create a superb resource about the physical characteristics and intriguing behavior of crocodiles and alligators. "Croc-skin" embossed endpapers add a delightful touch to the book.
Kathleen V. Kudlinski. Illustrated by Jerome Wexler. This book provides the reader with an excellent resource for learning about the life cycle of the dandelion plant. There are also a variety of interesting facts about the plant's history and its uses.
Dive! My Adventures in the Deep Frontier.
Sylvia A. Earle. Illustrated by Wolcott Henry. In a fascinating, beautifully illustrated book, this world-renowned underwater explorer and researcher plunges the young reader into a luminous underwater world. The reader will "walk the seafloor" to learn about the wonders of the deep and the technology needed to explore it. With outstanding photographs and lively illustrated text, readers will discover how incredible our ocean world is and how to explore and protect it.
The Emperor's Egg.
Martin Jenkins. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Delightful paintings and a simple, straightforward text invite the reader to explore the frigid world of Emperor penguins. Readers learn about the roles and responsibilities of the penguin parents, their eating habits, and how they work together to survive in the harsh Antarctic environment.
Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt.
Joanne Settel, Ph.D. Some animal habits that may seem disgusting (frogs using their eyeballs to help swallow their food or small worms living in a dog's nose mucus) are really wonderful adaptations that make it possible for a great variety of creatures to live and thrive on Earth as they find shelter, food, and safety in the natural world.
Written and illustrated by Ted Lewin and Betsy Lewin. Visit the Bwindi Impenetrable [Forest] National Park in southern Uganda to meet the mountain gorilla. This beautifully illustrated and charmingly written story relates the travels of a party of explorers as they enter and explore the habitat and society of a subspecies of gorillas found in this area.
Hello, Fish! Visiting the Coral Reef.
Sylvia A. Earle. Illustrated by Wolcott Henry. In very poetic yet fact-filled text accompanied by eye-catching, large-format photographs, the young reader is given an up-close-and-personal view of a variety of funny, unusual, and beautiful fish, all residents of various coral reefs around the world.
Here Is the African Savanna
. Madeleine Dunphy. Illustrated by Tom Leonard. A classic style of cumulative verse builds the text as it weaves the story of the food web of the African savanna. The strength and survival of the animals is illustrated by luminous paintings featuring the interdependence of each strand of the food web.
My Cheetah Family.
Written and illustrated by Matto H. Barfuss. The author's visit to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania leads him to an amazing adventure-watching five cheetah cubs grow up to self sufficiency. This poignant tale provides insight into the lives and habitats of these magnificent animals. Excellent color photographs add to the beauty of the book.
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Trees.
Brian Cassie. Whether you are looking at trees in your own yard, taking a walk in the woods, or vacationing in a wilderness park, this field guide will help you look at trees the way a naturalist does. The book provides information on everything children might want to know about trees, such as unique characteristics, life cycles, and varied habitats. More than 450 color photographs and illustrations capture the beauty of over 150 species in North America.
Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf.
Stephen R. Swinburne. Illustrated by Jim Brandenburg. This book is a thorough account of the life of the gray wolf, from its value to the ecosystem to a description of its problematic relationships with people as well as the conservation movement that is credited with restoring the wolf population by returning wolves to their natural habitat.
Outside and Inside Kangaroos.
Sandra Markle. This addition to the author's series of books provides vivid descriptions of the habitat and the external and internal features of the kangaroo, all highlighted with excellent color photographs. Vocabulary words are italicized in the text and can be found in the glossary. A Looking Back section provides a starting point for inquiry science.
A Pill Bug's Life.
Written and illustrated by John Himmelman. In this well-illustrated book, follow the life of a common garden creature: the pill bug. The story begins with the birth of a pill bug and continues through the seasons for three years. This wonderful book will enrich students' studies of an easy-to-raise insect.
The Pumpkin Book.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Young jack-o'-lantern lovers will appreciate this account of the life cycle of the pumpkin. Brilliantly illustrated with diagrammed and labeled sections, the book also explains the role of the pumpkin in the traditional American fall holidays and ends with information for home and classroom projects.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog.
Joy Cowley. Illustrated by Nic Bishop. Through engaging and informative text and outstanding photography, this book is an exciting new way to look at nature. It provides students with a unique way to see the natural world through the adventures of a red-eyed tree frog: searching for food, avoiding the dangers of the rain forest, and trying to survive attacks from poisonous caterpillars and hungry boa constrictors.
Chris Mattison. Captivating, glossy photographs charm students to read and research more than 60 types of snakes, ranging from adders to yellow anacondas. This richly formatted book features each snake in detailed entries with informative, readable text.
A Symphony of Whales.
Steve Schuch. Illustrated by Peter Sylvada. This enchanting tale was inspired by a true story about the efforts of a group of people working to save whales trapped in an ice-enclosed bay. The story and artwork weave the story of human effort and partnership to assist imperiled beluga whales.
Where Are the Night Animals?.
Written and illustrated by Mary Ann Fraser. The author's lyrical text and realistic illustrations help explain how nocturnal animals are adapted to living in the dark. This book helps the reader understand the world that comes alive under the cover of darkness-where are the night animals and where do they go during the day?
Animal Lives: The Rabbit.
Sally Tagholm. Illustrated by Bert Kitchen. Charming illustrations and an attractive layout support the lyrical and engaging text about the cyclical activities of rabbits. The storyline includes discussions of predators, mating, and reproduction, as well as the growth and defenses of young rabbits.
Dandelions: Stars in the Grass.
Written and illustrated by Mia Posada. The life cycle of a dandelion is explored in rhyme. Colorful illustrations and the creative placement of text with pictures make this book inviting to the reader.
. Written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin. Ted Lewin's realistic paintings and Betsy Lewin's field sketches illuminate this four-day, real-life trip to Moremi Reserve in Botswana, Africa. This work is an adventure story that introduces the reader to the region's wildlife and ecology.
Seymour Simon. Through engaging narrative and fascinating color photographs, readers explore the physical characteristics of gorillas; how gorillas gather their food; how gorilla families live, communicate, and play; what is endangering gorilla populations; and what efforts are being made to protect the gorillas and safeguard their homes in central Africa, including the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish.
Twig C. George. The author reveals the details of a jellyfish's life examining its unique abilities as well as distinct limitations. The reader will appreciate the differences between jellyfish and other animals as comparisons are frequently made between pictured jellyfish and familiar animals or other aspects of the environment.
The Kingfisher Book of Evolution.
Stephen Webster. Beginning with the history and development of Darwin's theory of evolution, this book examines scientific study and provides examples of evidence supporting the theory.
. Christine Zuchora-Walske. The author presents information using simple text and vivid photographs to help the young reader understand why a grasshopper is an insect, the anatomy and life cycle of grasshoppers, and where grasshoppers are found. Terms are clearly defined in the text and again in the glossary.
Meeting Dolphins: My Adventures in the Sea.
Kathleen Dudzinski. This book is an account of the author's work with dolphin communications. Marine biologist Dudzinski explains how gestures, sounds, and behaviors are used as communications tools. She also describes her invention - a mobile video/acoustic array system. It is used to determine which dolphin in a group is making sounds.
My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal.
Written and illustrated by Sophie Webb. Antarctica - cold, windblown, desolate? Sophie Webb dispels these stereotypes through her story of the study of AdÈlie penguins. Her book is a personal view of scientists at work explained through the unique webs and relationships of Antarctic animals. Webb's diary and watercolors capture the AdÈlie penguin life history.
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia
. Jinny Johnson with contributors. The striking photographs and drawings supported by clearly written text invite the reader into this overview of animal facts. Stunning page borders delineate which animal group is represented in each section and a quick-reference fact box for each animal allows for easy comparisons of habitat and overall characteristics.
Sylvia A. Earle. Illustrated by Wolcott Henry. The skills of photographer Wolcott Henry and famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle are generously displayed in this beautiful volume. Various marine animal families are presented along with concise information on their characteristics and habitats. Numerous color photographs show the animals in their environments.
Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by Kendahl Jan Jubb. Walker. This book explains how snakes survive. Dorothy Patent describes how they look, use their anatomy to move, catch prey, and avoid becoming the prey. She describes many different varieties of snakes and points out distinctive characteristics of each. Illustrations are a beautifully compatible addition to the text.
. Anthony D. Fredericks. Illustrated by Gerry Ellis. Clear, magnified photographs and informative text come together to create an interesting read about an often maligned creature. The author has created a wonderful resource that describes the physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior of slugs.
Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger
. Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel. The authors cleverly describe the growth of T.J., an orphaned Siberian tiger cub, through the use of engaging text and various types of graphs. This book is a unique approach to integrating science and mathematics through a topic that is totally irresistible to the reader, a baby tiger cub's life.
Coyote and Badger: Desert Hunters of the Southwest
. Written and illustrated by Bruce Hiscock. This book has taken a fascinating fact and a Southwestern setting to create a realistic fictional account of how the coyote and badger sometimes pair to hunt for survival in the desert. The reader follows the animals on their pursuit of survival.
Galápagos Islands: Nature’s Delicate Balance at Risk
. Linda Tagliaferro. The once unspoiled nature of the Galápagos Islands has now become threatened. In a straightforward style, this book focuses on a limited number of species to explain what is unique about the islands and how the islands and their plant and animal species are threatened. Beautiful color photographs follow and enhance the text.
. Sally M. Walker. The text and illustrations in this book help the young reader to understand how a lightning bug’s abdomen is able to glow in the dark. It is an excellent resource for teaching about life cycles, insect characteristics, and animal behaviors. This book is a fact-filled, delightful read.
Salamander Rain: A Lake & Pond Journal.
Written and illustrated by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini. Bold illustrations and journal notes, maps, clips from news articles, and fun tidbits provide a brilliant model for student journals. The story joyfully describes major seasonal changes that occur in a temperate pond community.
Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive
. Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Anna Vojtech. From tough beginnings in the sea to hiding underground, this book takes readers into the world of baby animals. The author provides many amazing survival stories about the tough start in life that babies of many animal species experience. Colorful illustrations complement the text.
Welcome to the River of Grass
. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Laura Regan. The magnificent illustrations and rich language make this volume of interest across the grades as the author depicts a day in the Everglades. The lush river of grass—inches deep and miles wide—is home to a wide variety of interesting residents, both flora and fauna. Predator/prey relationships are depicted.
Butterflies in the Garde
. Written and illustrated by Carol Lerner. "Butterflies, butterflies everywhere—why not plant a garden for them to enjoy?" This book describes various kinds of butterflies, what they eat, and how they grow from caterpillars to adult fliers. It also vividly depicts flowers that attract butterflies and plants on which butterflies leave their eggs.
Birds Build Nests
. Yvonne Winer. Illustrated by Tony Oliver. Beautiful full-page illustrations reveal the varied habitats in which different bird species build their unique nests. The rhyming prose will engage the young reader in observing and understanding those differences in nest building.
Field Trips: Bug Hunting, Animal Tracking, Bird-Watching, Shore Walking with Jim Arnosky
. Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. Jim Arnosky opens our eyes to the natural world on field trips through a variety of habitats. Ideas and how-to tips include where to go, what to look for, equipment to take, and how to document what you discover. Appealing sketches illustrate the habitats and serve as excellent models of a naturalist’s journal pages.
. Sylvia M. James. Incredible photographs by talented cetacean photographer specialists such as Michael S. Nolan and Todd Pusser will be appreciated by both students and teachers. Photographs of over 16 species of dolphins and an easy-to-understand explanation of what a dolphin is make this book a wonderful introduction for younger students to an often misunderstood group of mammals.
From Egg to Butterfly
. Shannon Zemlicka. From a recently hatched caterpillar’s first meal (its egg), to the formation of the pupae within a jeweled chrysalis, culminating in the metamorphosis of an adult butterfly, readers will be transfixed by the incredibly crisp and clear photographs accompanying the text. This up-close and intimate look at the life stages of a monarch butterfly will be an asset to any young entomologist’s library.
. Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. This fascinating book provides factual information about giant pandas. It is an introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and habitat of these endangered animals. Colorful illustrations accompany the text.
Growing Up Wild: Penguins
. Sandra Markle. This informative photo essay of the life cycle of Adelie penguins is sure to captivate curious young readers. Stunning color photographs and clear, accessible text flow in this special view of Adelie penguin chicks as they hatch and grow. A truly great invitation to learning.
Human Body Revealed
. Sue Davidson and Ben Morgan. Visual representations of the body are nothing new. This volume is unique in the spectacular quality and quantity of images displayed. The use of transparent templates allows the reader to "peel away" layers, revealing the interactions among bodily systems. Micrographs supplement the macroscopic descriptions to yield added dimension.
. Deborah Heligman. Illustrated by Carla Golembe. Captivating illustrations enhance this informative book about the life cycle, social organization, physical characteristics, and adaptations of the honeybee. The book’s content is relevant to early elementary students (grades three or four) as well as the primary grades. A fun activity simulating honeybee communications is included at the end.
Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright
. Written and illustrated by Mia Posada. A colorful description of the ladybug’s life cycle, depicted in beautiful illustrations and expressed in poetic verse. Additional information provides insight into the many variations among ladybugs—types, sizes, predator/prey concept, and their habits.
Once I Knew a Spider
. Jennifer Owings Dewey. Illustrated by Jean Cassels. In midsummer, a mother-to-be begins observing an orb spider. In this true story, the author shares her observations of this remarkable survivor that lives through the winter. She details how the orb spider builds her web and egg sac and secures food. The author’s notes provide additional information about the characteristics of the orb spider.
Paisano, the Roadrunner
. Jennifer Owings Dewey. Illustrated with photographs by Wyman Meinzer. Through the delightful true tale of a family of roadrunners nesting in the author’s orchard—enhanced by photographs of the birds—we learn about the significant behaviors (mating, rearing of offspring, hunting, etc.) and characteristics (physical and social) of this unique bird species.
. Betty Tatham. Illustrated by Helen K. Davie. Antarctic light radiates through this delightfully illustrated account of a penguin chick’s life. From nesting and egg laying to adulthood, where the cycle begins again, the author explores the life of a penguin chick in a harsh environment. A "More About Penguins" section at the back of the book describes different penguin species and suggests activities for the reader.
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science
. John Fleischman. Once in a while an amazing accident occurs that leads to breakthroughs in scientific understanding. The bizarre tale documented in this book demonstrates how neuroscientists advanced our knowledge of the brain. With gripping narrative and effective visuals, the reader is taken on a journey into the workings of the mind.
. Written and illustrated by Gordon Morrison. Changes and activities that occur over days and weeks throughout the seasons in, on, and around a pond are described. Through the narrative and illustrations the reader observes interactions of thriving plants and animals. Insets provide additional details about these plants and animals, the seasons, and how a pond is formed.
Raptor! A Kid’s Guide to Birds of Prey
. Christyna M. Laubach and René Laubach and Charles W. G. Smith. Can’t tell an accipiter from a buteo? A hawk from a falcon? Every science teacher interested in teaching about birds of prey should have this book in his or her classroom. In addition to the great photographs, maps, charts, and scientific information,
gives the reader a sense of responsibility for the continuation of this magnificent group of predators that soars above the rest.
They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us
Written and illustrated by Keith DuQuette. An animal’s name can tell you where the animal is from, what the animal eats, what the animal looks like, or even what it sounds like! The author not only uses understandable language but also has beautifully illustrated this book to show us how many animals embody the evocative names given to them.
Water Hole Waiting
. Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz. Illustrations by Lee Christiansen. Dramatic illustrations and sensory-rich language enhance the suspense and awe encountered as animals living on the African savanna visit a water hole. To the observer, different groups of animals appear to "take turns" at the water hole. Text stimulates discussion on animal behavior.
101 Questions About Sex and Sexuality: With Answers for the Curious, Cautious, and Confused
. Faith Hickman Brynie. Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm. Written in a question-answer format, this book provides answers to questions and concerns about sex and sexuality that young people are likely to pose. This is an excellent resource for initiating frank discussion and addressing misconceptions and myths about sex and sexuality.
About Arachnids: A Guide for Children
. Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. An excellent introduction to arachnids for young children, this book will entrance readers with its beautiful, full-page color plates. The simple text describes the salient features of arachnids, a group that includes spiders, mites, scorpions, and tarantulas. An Afterword provides additional information and descriptions of each color plate.
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
. Jim Murphy. This book describes the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The author weaves pertinent information about the chronological, social, and medical history of the epidemic with a vivid description of the controversy among doctors over the cause of the disease and appropriate care of patients. The use of newspaper articles and citations as primary documentation enhances this book’s portrayal of medical practice in the late 1700s.
Amphibians, Reptiles, and their Conservation
Written and illustrated by Marty Crump. A great introduction to the field of herpetology for advanced readers, this accurate and timely resource explains the basics of amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on the plight of these two classes of animals. Examining the decline of herpetofauna worldwide, the author explores various reasons for the decline of reptile and amphibian populations worldwide and provides hopeful, practical suggestions for their conservation.
. Jim Mastro and Norbert Wu. Illustrated by Norbert Wu. Beautiful photographs illustrate this description of life, both above and below the Antarctic ice, during the short Antarctic summer. Of significance is the focus on Antarctic food webs and the importance of phytoplankton and algae, which enhances the traditional description of seals, whales, and penguins. The content may be suitable for lower elementary grades as well as upper primary.
. Linda Glaser. Illustrated by Gay W. Holland. The importance of bees to the ecosystem is highlighted in this delightful and beautifully illustrated book that describes the pollination process, hive structure and social order, methods of communication, and life cycle of the honeybee. Young children will enjoy the simple and informative text.
. Edward Willett. This book provides the history, diagnosis, treatments, social implications, and prevention of the deadly Ebola virus. Written in readable chapters with some graphic detail and duplication, the author tells the tale of this fascinating but devastating virus. Includes information from Michael Preston’s popular book, The Hot Zone.
Eyes and Ears
. Seymour Simon. Powerful photographs and informative illustrations enhance written descriptions of how the eyes and ears work to sense the surrounding world, contribute to the sense of balance, and send messages to the brain. The book also includes a brief discussion of optical illusions and deficiencies in seeing and hearing.
Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterflies
. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by Kendahl Jan Jubb. Exotic, little-known tropical butterflies are introduced to young readers though bright illustrations and interesting facts. The descriptions of the largest and most poisonous butterflies in the world are fascinating. A butterfly identification key and map are printed on the book’s endpapers.
Genes and DNA
. Richard Walker. This resource book covers three major topics: genes and inheritance; DNA, the molecule of life; and genetic technology. Written encyclopedia style, the text is enhanced with beautiful, full-color illustrations and photographs. The figures and graphics will help intermediate readers fully understand the complex concepts of DNA and genetics.
. Bruce M. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick. This succinct but informative book discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly referred to as OCD. It examines the symptoms and manifestations of OCD and describes how it is controlled and treated. Most interestingly, the authors describe what it is like to live with the disorder.
Organ and Tissue Transplants: Medical Miracles and Challenges
. Marilyn McClellan. Ironically, the miracle of life-saving organ and tissue transplants is usually only possible through the tragedy of death. Human emotions and decisions are integrated throughout this thoughtful discussion of the medical advancements that have improved and extended the quality of lives through organ and tissue transplants.
Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Muñoz. This book describes how Lewis and Clark painstakingly observed, collected, and catalogued previously unknown plant life as they made their journey across the western United States. This book is an excellent companion to a previous book by this author, Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark. Although the Lewis and Clark expedition took place nearly 100 years ago, this book helps readers recognize the enduring scientific importance of their journey.
. Sally M. Walker. Beautiful photographs depict several species of sea horses in their natural environments. The reader will learn how the characteristics and behaviors of these fascinating fish help them survive and meet their basic needs. The book concludes with a discussion of how people can help protect sea horses and how sea horses help people.
Snake Pits, Talking Cures, and Magic Bullets: A History of Mental Illness
. Deborah Kent. This history of mental illness vividly describes how mentally ill people have been treated throughout history. Myths about mental illness that have been passed down through generations are included. The book relates the progress that has been made in treating mental illness during the last two centuries.
Starting Life Butterfly
. Claire Llewellyn. Illustrated by Simon Mendez. A beautifully illustrated and detailed book about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly,
Starting Life Butterfly
also covers the topics of migration, predation, and ecosystems. The book is accurate in content but includes variations of typical egg-laying patterns for monarchs. Additionally, when the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, the author refers to the butterfly as being “tired,” which is debatable. Regardless, this book will serve as a wonderful resource for children to learn about monarch butterflies. The book uses a unique disclosure page style that features two types of text. The main text is written at a primary level, but supplemental information on each page allows for much broader readability.
. Melvin Berger. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. This book describes several species of spiders and shows how different kinds of webs help spiders capture, secure, or store their prey. Readers learn how spiders produce silk for building their webs, how spiders that don’t spin webs catch their prey, and why spiders are important.
About Mammals: A Guide for Children.
Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. This book combines an easy-to-read text with beautiful illustrations to show the similarities and differences that exist among various mammals. A section at the end of the book provides additional information about each featured mammal and could be used to stimulate discussion .
The Brain: Our Nervous System.
Seymour Simon. Stunning photographs and well-written text take the reader on a tour of the brain. This is an excellent introduction to the complex processes that go on inside our heads. The electron microscope pictures of nerve cells, axons, and the synapse region are outstanding.
The Burrow Book: Tunnel into a World of Wildlife.
Sh aila Awan. Illustrated by Richard Orr. From the arctic tundra to the deserts, grasslands, and tropical forests of the world, burrows provide a home and shelter for amazingly diverse species of wildlife. This book describes in pictures and words how burrows are used by a number of animals. The vivid drawings and layout are sure to engage children.
Dianne M. MacMillan. Illustrated by Gerry Ellis. The elegant cheetah, fastest land animal in the world, is in danger of extinction. The combination of captioned color photographs on every page with a description of the birth of the cubs and the female cheetah's care for them for 16 to 18 months makes an exceptional book. Includes a map showing the distribution of cheetahs.
Susan J. Tweit. Illustrated by Wendy Shattil. This engaging book describes the lives of six young red foxes born in a city cemetery. Their real-life adventures include surviving a snowstorm, learning about strange foods, and adapting to living on their own. This book is a beautiful blending of the talents of the author/naturalist and first woman to be named Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Includes ecology notes and red fox facts for older readers.
Everybody has a Bellybutton: Your Life Before You Were Born.
Laurence Pringle. Illustrated by Clare Wood. This gentle, yet informative text introduces the reader to human life within the womb. Various stages of development are described, as well as the function of the umbilical cord. Enhanced by stunning pencil drawings on pastel backgrounds.
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons. Gulls are birds commonly seen and heard near the coasts of North America. The author uses detailed text and clear illustrations to describe virtually every aspect of gulls, from appearance to migration and more.
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration.
Caroline Arnold. Illustrated by Robert Kruidenier. Color photographs of raptors that fly over the Hawk Watch site in the Goshute Mountains of Nevada complement the text. Includes information on raptors' life cycle, physical features, and migration, as well as how they are studied, tracked, and protected. Special features are the list of day — flying raptors of North America, a map of other study sites, and a list of raptor families.
A Logs Life.
Wendy Pfeffer. Illustrated by Robin Brickman. Through stunning cut-paper collages and lyrical, descriptive text, young readers are introduced to the life cycle of a tree. Children will be fascinated as they learn about the many animals that depend upon the tree for food and shelter, as well as assist in the decay process.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by William Munoz. A group of birds everyone has seen and heard are pigeons. However, how much attention do we really pay to these interesting creatures? This book presents clear and accurate information along with interesting illustrations of one of our most familiar "feathered friends." A great book for students living in the inner city as well as the country.
Simon and Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders.
Jinny Johnson. This is an excellent guide to common insects and related arthropods. The information is accurate and concise and the illustrations are outstanding. The book is a great resource for students in the intermediate grades.
Tale of a Tadpole.
Barbara Ann Porte. Illustrated by Annie Cannon. A family's experience of observing the transformation of a tadpole to a frog is shared in this charming book. Day by day, Francine observes her tadpole slowly transforming into a frog and shares the experience with her family.
There's Still Time: The Success of the Endangered Species Act.
Mark Galan. This well-written book discusses and illustrates the successes of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the work that remains. From the well-known bald eagle to the lesser-known Louisiana pearlshell mussel, the author explores the recovery of 19 plants and animals through informative text and amazing photographs.
Thinking About Ants.
Barbara Brenner. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz. This book contains detailed illustrations and informative text about the color, size, shape, and texture of various ants. The colorful and poetic presentation encourages young readers to actively explore the life cycles, characteristics, and habitats of a number of different kinds of ants in our natural environment.
Watching Water Birds.
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. The author of this unique book grabs the reader's attention from the very first page. The life-size paintings of favorite water birds in both fresh and saltwater environments are informative and delightful.
What do You do When SOmething Wants to Eat You?
Written and illustrated by Steven Jenkins. This book introduces young readers to the specialized adaptations animals use to avoid the constant threat of becoming another animal's meal. Intricate paper collages display the unique defense mechanisms animals use to escape from dangerous situations.
What's A Penguin Doing in a Place Like This?
Miriam Schlein. One usually imagines penguins in a cold, snowy, harsh environment. This comprehensive book helps clear up this misconception by describing many species of penguins, including their habitats, differences, and similarities. Wonderful photographs enhance the well-written text.
Bruce McMillan. Living on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, the greater flamingos are orange-red, not pink, because of their food. They always eat with their heads upside-down and can drink salt water. These and other interesting facts, as well as stunning color photographs, will draw readers into the world of these fascinating birds. Includes a list of flamingo facts.
Karen Dudley. Examines the lives of wolves as a pack with details on size, fur, adaptation, classification, and group life. Many color photographs reveal the role of the entire pack in raising the pups to survive in their environment. Includes a world map showing threatened and endangered wolf populations.
Yikes! Your Body, Up Close!
Mike Janulewicz. A fascinating, close-up look at various parts of the body shown through color photographs taken using an electron microscope. The text asks the reader to guess the body part in the picture. The large, interesting, and sometimes creepy pictures, as well as the foldout flaps, will be enticing to readers of various ages.
It's All in Your Brian.
Sylvia Funston and Jay Ingram. Illustrated by Gary Clement. Senses, emotions, memory, and thinking are the major categories featured in this interactive tour through the brain. The activities in each category are an excellent introduction to concepts not often discussed in the classroom.
What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?
Robert E. Wells. Using humorous illustrations, this volume facilitates readers' understanding of the relative term "small." Beginning with the eight-centimeter pygmy shrew, the author depicts a diminishing progression from ladybug to protozoa, bacteria, and finally to the atom and its constituent parts.
Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest. Illustrated by Luciano Corbella. Wormholes, mirages and ripples, naked singularities, exploding black holes; even the chapter titles stretch the imagination. The text and superb illustrations do the same. The skillful narrative describes the role that black holes play in our universe and brings the reader to the frontier of scientific knowledge.
The Story of Oxygen.
Karen Fitzgerald. From myth and mystery to discovery and explanation, the author chronicles the experimentation with air and ultimately, oxygen. The book describes the unique characteristics of oxygen, such as its importance to life, chemical behaviors, and abundance. Many scientists and their contributions are covered.
Waves: The Electromagnetic Universe.
Gloria Skurzynski. Spectacular color photographs, easy-to-follow diagrams, and a comprehensive glossary supplement the text and help students understand basic scientific principles at work in everyday technology. The book is simple enough so that children understand the link between pure and applied science, yet advanced enough so that children ponder over questions that researchers continue to study today.
Big Bang: The Story of the Universe.
Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest. Illustrated by Luciano Corbella. In the opening statement describing space and time, the reader is drawn into the amazing story of the origin and evolution of our universe. The pictures, the text, and, above all, the science combine to make this book an exciting adventure. The authors have done an outstanding job in describing the big bang model at a child's level.
The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Oceans.
David Lambert. Numerous engaging illustrations support the information-packed text of this book about oceans. Readers learn about the ocean from several angles as they are presented with information about the physical, biological, and environmental influences the oceans have on our planet. Includes a list of oceanographers.
Seymour Simon. Spectacular photographs accompany this very readable description of different forms of lightning. This book introduces readers to the nature of lightning, to streamers called stepped leaders, and to the main lightning bolt itself. Simon has produced another outstanding book for readers of all ages, but especially for children.
Joan Bransfield Graham. Illustrated by Nancy Davis. This volume contains poetry about light sources. The vivid colors and words form the shape of objects to give delightful visual as well as contextual information about the concepts. Candles, fireflies, lighthouses, and fireworks are among the light sources portrayed-an excellent way to combine science, art, and literature.
How Tall, How Short, How Faraway.
David A. Adler. Illustrated by Nancy Tobin. In this wonderful hands-on concept book, easy technological measuring tools are superbly introduced and explained. Practical explorations are provided for young students to achieve a deeper understanding of measurements and measuring. The informative text and colorful illustrations clearly explain the difference between customary and metric systems.
Written and illustrated by David Macaulay. This companion to the PBS series "Building Big" provides insight into the forces architects take into account as they design structures and the techniques used to overcome the challenges of building big. Although this book does not use metric measurement, clear, well labeled illustrations show the reader details of the structures explained in the text
The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful X-Ray
. Carla Killough McClafferty. This perspective of the development, uses, and misuses of the X-ray is both complete and interesting. Beginning with Roentgen’s radiation experiments and concluding with high-tech potential for the future, this volume chronicles the history of X-rays. While reading like a novel, it is filled with excellent reference material as well.
Pop! A Book About Bubbles
. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Illustrated by Margaret Miller. In simple text, this book explains how bubbles are made, why their shape is always round, and why they pop. Vivid photographs illustrate each step of the process. Directions for making a bubble solution and bubble experiments encourage the reader to find out more about bubbles
Dyes: From Sea Snails to Synthetics
. Ruth G. Kassinger. This book traces the historical and social significance of dyes. The author discusses the science of color, differences between natural and synthetic dyes, and various manufacturing techniques for dyeing textiles. This book would be a great tool for integrating science and social studies topics.
What Does a Wheel Do?
Jim Pipe. Illustrated by Jo Moore. A series of questions are posed about how and why things move. Questions are answered by simple investigations of shapes, surfaces, and slopes using ordinary materials. Investigations are extended in the "Solve the Puzzle" question that follows each explanation of "Why It Works." Colorful illustrations clearly depict steps and materials.
The Bug Scientists
. Donna M. Jackson. A lively portrayal of five entomologists whose research ranges from monarch butterfly migration and the use of insects in criminal investigations to insects in Hollywood productions and farmer ants.
Looking for Life in the Universe
. Ellen Jackson. Illustrated by Nic Bishop. This inspirational book follows Jill Tartar of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute as she and her colleagues search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This book discusses the science involved in the search and the day-to-day efforts of the team as well as the dreams of the young girl who became an astrophysicist.
. Elinor Osborn. Re-introduction of the trumpeter swan to the eastern United States is being facilitated using "ultralights" to teach migratory routes to the birds. This book clearly demonstrates science as inquiry and the scientific process through details of real scientists’ work. Fascinating photographs help tell this story.
Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants and Birds
. April Pulley Sayre. Describes bioacoustic research and its contribution to animal behavioral science. A vivid portrayal of the ways of scientists: their zest for discovery; their collaborations with scientists in many disciplines; their awe and wonder of the natural world; and their recognition of problems that threaten populations and their efforts at conservation.
The Sky’s the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
. Catherine Thimmesh. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This book describes discoveries made by women of all ages. While the author includes accounts of familiar scientists (Jane Goodall, Mary Leakey), most are stories of past and present women and school-age girls as they observe phenomena, gain knowledge, and design and conduct investigations. This book will inspire students of all ages with its emphasis on discoveries by ordinary people.
Technology and Engineering
Catastrophe!: Great Engineering Failure and Success.
Fred Bortz. Illustrated by Gary Tong. Examines engineering failures and demonstrates that engineers try to look for and then to eliminate anything that can lead to failure in their designs. Pictures, diagrams, and text explain both failures and corrective measures.
Flush!: Treating Wastewater.
Karen Mueller Coombs. Illustrated by Jerry Boucher. Ever wonder what happens to water you flush down the toilet? A step-by-step trip through the process of cleaning wastewater gives a behind-the-scenes look using excellent, full-color photographs. A unique book concerning our most valuable natural resource—water.
Nature Got There First: Inventions Inspired by Nature.
Phil Gates. Inventions from eight categories of technology, including building materials and building designs, and the shape of tools, are presented and contrasted with nature's designs.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women.
Catherine Thimmesh. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Women have changed our lives with their inventions from windshield wipers to bulletproof vests. Thimmesh show us their inspirations and path to innovation. We learn how the inventors overcame obstacles and used creative thinking to solve problems.
Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds.
Seymour Simon. The reader journeys to microscopic, distant, and speeding worlds through the use of specialized equipment. From white blood cells to objects stopped in a split second, the reader is provided with text and unbelievable pictures.
The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City.
Peter Vanderwarker. This is a fascinating chronicle of the building of Boston’s underground expressway, the largest and most complex construction project any U. S. city has ever undertaken. The book describes a people’s vision, determination, and cooperation. The colorful photographs, illustrations, and maps emphasize the many stages of this mammoth construction project.
. Lynn Curlee. This engaging book describes the engineering challenges that had to be surmounted to build the Brooklyn Bridge and tells of the enormous efforts of the workmen. The charming illustrations reflect the period during which the bridge was built and include excellent diagrams outlining important structural features of the building process.
Eureka! Great Inventions and How They Happened
. Richard Platt. This excellent resource for inventions and technology features photographs mixed with well done artists’ interpretations. The stories of how some of the greatest inventions in the world, including nylon, the safety elevator, and the microwave oven, will captivate as well as inspire. Readers will learn how some inventions evolve through years of trial and error and some are the product of serendipity. Small biographical sketches are provided for each inventor.
The Incredible Record-Setting Deep-Sea Dive of the Bathyspher
. Brad Matsen. This captivating tale about the marvelous journey of two men who dared to explore the deep sea includes descriptions of the technological challenges they had to overcome as well as the incredible sights seen from the bathysphere. Interesting diagrams, maps, and historical photos help document this inspirational story.
The Wondrous Whirligig: The Wright Brothers First Flying Machine
. Written and illustrated by Andrew Glass. Young Orville and Wilbur Wright demonstrate ingenuity in the modification of a flying toy. Attributes necessary for inventors, such as curiosity, determination, and enthusiasm, are delightfully developed in both text and illustrations. Great for problem solving and design technology.
How the Future Began: Communications.
Anthony Wilson. How the Future Began: Communications, with its innovative design and compelling text, is an illuminating guide to the future . It beautifully explores the developments that have brought us cellular phones, satellite television, and e-mail, while sharing scientists' beliefs about exciting future advances.
Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature
Barbara Juster Esbensen. Illustrated by Helen K. Davie. Pastel drawings illustrate these "poems to celebrate patterns in nature." This lovely picture book introduces observation and integrates several subject areas.
Russell Ash. Illustrated by Russell Barnett and Richard Bonson. An incredible and fascinating book that makes comparisons about many topics of interest. Speed, size, strength, natural phenomena, and disasters keep readers intrigued for hours. Brilliant illustrations, sometimes to scale, and succinct text demonstrate unique characteristics of thousands of facts.
Close, Closer, Closest.
Shelley Rotner and Richard Olivo. This fabulous book explores the concept of spatial relationships. The photographs show objects from three distinct distances. The magnified objects are virtually unrecognizable without the benefit of the comparative photographs and written descriptions.
Written and illustrated by Thomas Locker. This inspiring book about water involves readers in a question-and-answer format. Vivid oil paintings portray the natural movement of water and will enhance observational skills. Fascinating scientific facts about water follow the poetic text.
Weather Explained: A Beginner's Guide to the Elements.
Derek Elsom. A wonderful read! This beginner's guide captures your attention from the opening overview of weather through sections on the world's changing climate. The information and the inviting format of this book make it required reading for anyone curious about the weather. The author has taken complex phenomena and described them with words and pictures in a very understandable way.
Nature's Paintbrush: The Patterns and Colors Around You.
Written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale. Cleverly combining marvelous illustrations of nature's camouflage with simple text, the author explores ways in which patterns and colors are helpful to living things. This book encourages children to observe, think about, and enjoy colors and patterns in the natural world.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden.
George Levenson. Illustrated by Shmuel Thaler. The concept of how plants grow is shown through the amazing cycle of nature unfolding in a backyard pumpkin patch. The book captures each phase of the pumpkin's life with time-lapse photography: seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing, and finally the pumpkin returning to Earth.
Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World
. Jennifer Owings Dewey. This eye-opening portrayal of an icy-cold adventure to one of the most forbidding, fascinating places on Earth carefully mixes amazing narratives, science facts, and colorful photographs that are sure to intrigue and inspire young explorers. A warm, thoughtful diary sharing the fears and wonders of the “last great wilderness on Earth.”
National Geographic Student Atlas of the World
. This rich resource serves as a comprehensive integrated studies tool. Students conducting science, technology, and society investigations may tap into the wealth of information in this atlas. Included are maps featuring various topics: geologic history, physical characteristics, climate, vegetation, population, culture, economy, food distribution, and natural resources.
The Technology Book for Girls and Other Advanced Beings
. Trudee Romanek. Focusing on the fun aspects, this book shows how relevant technology is in the world and tries to entice girls to explore career fields. In-depth explanations with suggested activities complement science fair project ideas. A good choice to show girls how exciting the world of science and technology can really be.
Bugs Are Insects
. Anne Rockwell. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Through engaging narrative and colorful illustrations, readers explore the physical characteristics of insects, their habitats, means for getting food, and the distinctions between animals with similar characteristics as well as distinctions among insects such as bugs and beetles. Insect/animal identification listing included.
Breast Cancer: Questions & Answers for Young Women
. Carole Garbuny Vogel. This book is a must for all who have experienced the devastation of breast cancer personally, in their families, or with friends. It describes breast development, the nature of cancer, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and how to help someone cope who is losing the battle to the disease.
The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours
. Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall has written a compelling book that describes the fascinating world of chimpanzees. Through her vast experiences and research, she has been able to describe her discoveries and compare the many similarities between chimpanzees and humans.
Claws, Coats and Camouflage: The Ways Animals Fit into Their World
. Susan E. Goodman. Illustrated with photographs by Michael J. Doolittle. How well different animals from insects to humans are adapted for surviving in their environments is described and illustrated in this book. The book poses questions that promote careful observations, critical analysis, and more inquiry.
Dig, Wait, Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale
. April Pulley Sayre. Illustrated by Barbara Bash. This book illustrates the life of a spadefoot toad. Through the creative use of onomatopoeia, young readers will be introduced to five other desert creatures that travel over the spadefoot toad as she waits underground for the sound of rain. Beautiful and scientifically accurate illustrations complement the text.
. Robin Bernard. This book introduces the reader to the world of insects with captivating illustrations and precise text. The magnificent layout and design of each page visually scaffolds the conceptual development of the unique physical characteristics and behaviors of insects. Topics include anatomy, animal adaptations, and camouflage for survival.
Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles
. Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by Christopher G. Knight. Clear, vivid photographs meld with the text and tell of the miraculous journey of a stranded sea turtle found by a 10 year-old boy and rescued through the cooperation of scientists, veterinarians, and volunteers.
The Elephant Book: For the Elefriends Campaign
. Ian Redmond. This book is a factual description of the characteristics of elephants and their plight. Efforts to protect these magnificent animals are called for, and the photographs throughout the book enhance the story and the cause.
DK Guide to the Human Body
. Richard Walker. Dynamic computer-enhanced, three-dimensional illustrations reveal the inner world of the human body. Multiple imaging techniques such as X-ray, MRI, and CT scans present the reader with views of the human body from the microscopic to the macroscopic level. Each image helps to explain the complex functions of the body systems.
Medical Ethics: Life and Death Issues
. Karen Judson.This thoughtful work is a useful introduction to what is normally a daunting subject: the consequences of medical practice. The reader explores the topic through a balanced case-study approach while probing the nature of ethical behavior. If your students doubt how science can impact daily life, look no further than this work.
New Animal Discoveries.
Ronald Orenstein. In this inspirational book, we are reminded that new discoveries still await budding field biologists. This fascinating book highlights new animal discoveries within the last two decades and the scientists who brought them to the attention of the scientific community. Photographs of rare and endangered animals are included.
. Carol Reed-Jones. Illustrated by Michael Maydak. This book is a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of the salmon. The sense of movement of the “Salmon Stream” is embedded in the language, words, and illustrations.
Seeds, Stems, and Stamens: The Ways Plants Fit into Their World
. Susan E. Goodman. Illustrated by Michael J. Doolittle. The clarity of photographs and articulate narrative graphically describe plant adaptations. Nineteen inquiry pages introduce specific plant structures that enable plants to protect themselves and to “fit in” to dry, wet, cold, light, dark, or nutrient-deficient habitats.
Sea Soup: Zooplankton
. Mary M. Cerullo. Illustrated by Bill Curtsinger. The world of the invisible microbe is alien to us. Too often we are unaware of the vital role and stunning beauty such creatures present. This book effectively captures the important niche filled by zooplankton. The book’s microscopic photography reveals this unseen universe, documenting the teeming life that occurs in just one cubic centimeter of ocean water.
Written and illustrated by Ruth Brown. Plant life cycles and predator/prey relationships are depicted in a clever counting book. Ten sunflower seeds are planted, and all but one are destroyed. However, the one seed grows and flowers, completing the cycle. This is an excellent depiction of interaction in nature and the need for multiple seeds to be planted.
Twin Tales: The Magic and Mystery of Multiple Birth.
Donna M. Jackson. This reference examines both the physiology and the psychology of multiple births. Differentiation is made between identical versus fraternal siblings, and issues of nature versus nurture are considered. Common questions about topics such as conjoined births, mental telepathy among siblings, and the increase in multiple births in today’s society are discussed as well.
What’s That Bug?
Nan Froman. Illustrated by Julian Mulock. Viewing insects through the eyes of an entomologist can help the reader understand some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. This book explores nine of the most familiar orders of insects, ranging from the well known backyard bug to its less familiar exotic cousin. Clear, colorful illustrations show the reader details of the insects explained in the text.
Wildflowers Around the Year
. Hope Ryden. The exceptional photographs in this book clearly illustrate 38 different wildflowers, allowing for easy identification. The accompanying text describes specific adaptations of each plant to its particular habitat, other inhabitants of the ecosystem in which the plant is found, as well as practical uses of many of the plants.
. James L. Castner. Research of six tropical biologists is showcased. Studies of entomology, dendrology, bats, botany, and birds are included in five short but informative biographies of rain-forest researchers who have focused their careers on learning more about the South American rainforest and sharing their knowledge with the world.
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope
. Stephen Kramer. Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel. Stunning photos of microscopic images invite the reader to investigate the amazing hidden world that comes to life under a microscope. This captivating book discusses how a scientist becomes interested in microscopes, how he uses them in his work, and what he has discovered in his research.
Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth
. Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel A. Barton with Marfé Ferguson Delano. Visit the spectacular world of caves with a teacher and a microbiologist who are part of a National Geographic team creating an IMAX movie. Join these amazing women and share the science they investigate inside this subterranean world, as well as the experiences that led them to science and caving.
I Want to Be an Environmentalist
. Stephanie Maze, Creator/Producer. Many environmental careers are profiled within the context of ecological issues. A colorful format focuses on topics from high-tech data collection to famous environmentalists to ways children can get involved in preservation of the environment.
The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature.
Donna M. Jackson. Illustrated by Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski. Readers can follow a crime scene investigation of the illegal shooting of an elk in Yellowstone National Park. A team of forensic scientists uses various techniques including DNA profiling to solve the crime in an effort to protect animals in the future
What is a Scientist?
Barbara Lehn. Illustrated by Carol Krauss. This engaging book demonstrates what a scientist is by equating the hands-on, investigative curiosity of first-grade students with the scientific method of inquiry. Colorful photographs of the children at work employ a multi- cultural collection of real students as models.
I Want to Be a Veterinarian.
Stephanie Maze and Catherine O'Neill Grace. Illustrated by Stephanie Maze. For children who love animals, this book provides great information about the education and experiences necessary to become a veterinarian. Readers will explore all aspects of this career, from its history and famous faces to a typical day at work. Includes information on pet veterinarians as well as veterinarians who work with animals in zoos and in the field.
I Want to Be an Engineer.
Stephanie Maze and Catherine O'Neill Grace. Illustrated by Stephanie Maze. This book provides facts about the history of engineering, required education and training for a variety of engineering careers, and recent developments in the field. It discusses the ability to solve problems through mathematics and science using curiosity, imagination, and intelligence.
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder.
Walter Wick. Easy-to-read text and exquisite photographs explain the concepts of evaporation, condensation, capillary attraction, and surface tension. The camera halts and magnifies the action so all states of water can be observed. A collection of simple, exceptional experiments offers ways to further investigate the principles of water transformation.
Wendy Pfeffer. Illustrated by Gail Piazza. Marta's collection of magnets, which her sister calls junk, provides the vehicle for Marta's acceptance into her new multicultural neighborhood. Directions for making a refrigerator magnet. A magnet in the back can be removed without detriment to the story or the book.
Return of the Wolf.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Illustrated by Jared Taylor Williams. Based on the author's firsthand observations, this dramatic story is realistic and fast-paced. Many intriguing details of animal communication, wolf pups' birth and training, and a pack's hunting and survival techniques enliven this unforgettable story of two wolves who meet and begin a family.
Medicine and Medical Research
Jenny Bryan. A comprehensive examination of the history, achievements, politics, and prospects of genetic research. Readers will find this an extremely interesting area that blends science and ethics and affects the life of every individual. Includes milestones of genetic engineering.
Living With Asthma.
Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth H. Forsyth. Questions are answered and myths dispelled as children learn what asthma is and what life is like for the six million people in the United States living with this disease. Readers will gain insight and empathy.
Steve Parker. This lavishly illustrated resource book presents the discoveries, tools, and practice of medicine and health through history and around the world. Begins by defining medicine and ends with a projection into the future. Some graphic illustrations and descriptions may not be suitable for all readers but will interest many.
The Voices of Aids.
Michael Thomas Ford. Twelve sections of facts concerning AIDS are interspersed with personal stories about how this disease changed several young people's lives. The book speaks frankly about sensitive issues related to HIV/AIDS and, therefore, would be most appropriate for middle school and older students.
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