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Posts tagged with "Young Readers"

  • The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
    Sandra Markle

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    Monkey business

    Age Range: 9 – 12 years Grade Level: 4 – 7 The Great Monkey Rescue is a soberly written yet inspiring guide through the near demise and science-assisted rebound of a squirrel-sized primate known as the golden lion tamarin. The easy-to-digest text is packed with interesting facts and set against vibrant pictures of bright orange… Read More
  • Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird
    Pamela S. Turner

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    The curious case of New Caledonian crows: toolmakers, tool users

    Age Range: 10 – 12 years Grade Level: 5 – 7 For many years, human beings were considered unique among animals for their use of tools. This notion was dispelled with the discovery that our closest evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees, use tools to fish termites out of their nests. Crow Smarts explores how one species of… Read More
  • Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction, and the Precarious Future of Wild Things
    M. R. O’Connor

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    Bringing back the dead

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 The idea of genetically resurrecting animals long vanished from the Earth seems at once familiar and fantastic. Jurassic Park popularized the concept and fired the imaginations of millions, but the dinosaurs’ human creators came off rather more one-dimensional, primarily motivated by greed and hubris. In her book Resurrection… Read More
  • Recycled Science: Bring Out Your Science Genius with Soda Bottles, Potato Chip Bags, and More Unexpected Stuff
    Tammy Enz and Jod Wheeler-Toppen

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    One kid’s trash is another kid’s experiment

    Age Range: 9 – 15 years Grade Level: 3 – 4 Popsicle sticks, toilet paper tubes, food packaging, and plastic bottles are great resources for school craft projects or children’s activities for a rainy day, but with a bit of knowledge and planning, they can also be used to explain a range of scientific concepts. Read More
  • Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park
    Liz Lee Heinecke

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    DIY science fun for everyone

    Age Range: 8 – 12 years Grade Level: 2 – 5 Add one part adventure, one part scientific method, and one copy of Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, and the result will be hours of educational exploration. Organized by 12 scientific themes, including Driveway Physics, Picnic Table Chemistry, and Glorious Gardening, each of the book’s… Read More
  • Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers
    Sara Levine

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    Chew on this

    Age Range: 4 – 10 years Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4 What kind of creature would you be if you had two incisors that grew out of your mouth and up toward the sky? Or if you had one long canine tooth that grew through your upper lip? Or if you had no teeth at… Read More
  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
    Robert Burleigh

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    Marie Tharp, a pioneer of oceanic research

    Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool – 3 Sexism and the bottom of the sea: These disparate topics don’t sound like the stuff of children’s lit, but this charming book manages to offer insights into both, while still being appropriate for 4- to 8-year-olds. The story is told from the point of… Read More
  • Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food
    Shelley Rotner

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    Food for thought: farming for kids

    Age Range: 4 – 7 years Grade Level: Preschool – 2 Children in our increasingly urbanized world, we worry, are failing to understand where food comes from. A glossy store-bought apple looks manufactured, and a ready-made pizza is often topped with unidentifiable objects. This book aims to correct any misunderstandings that 3- to 5-year-olds may… Read More
  • Ricky's Atlas: Mapping a Land on Fire
    Judith L. Li

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    Fire in the forest

    Age Range: 8 – 12 years Grade Level: 3 – 6 Maps, field notes, and illustrations enrich the body text in Ricky’s Atlas, offering much to be unpackaged and explored for readers of all ages. At the book’s heart is the narrative of Ricky Zamora, who is visiting his uncle’s ranch in Oregon, east of… Read More
  • Because of an Acorn
    Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer

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    Tiny but mighty: an acorn’s role in the ecosystem

    Age Range: 3 – 6 years Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten For a large swath of the Appalachian Mountains, white oak trees represent a foundational species, one upon which a diverse ecosystem thrives. Acorns and saplings serve as food, while larger trees offer shade and help prevent soil erosion, adding a rich compost of decaying… Read More