Can an Aardvark Bark?
Illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2017
Ages 5-9
ISBN 978-1-48145-852-8

Barks, grunts, squeals—animals make all kinds of sounds to communicate. With a growling salamander and a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes and laughing gorillas, this boisterous book is chock-full of fun and interesting facts and is sure to be a favorite of even the youngest animal enthusiasts.

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Pinocchio Rex and Other TyrannosaursPinocchio Rex
and Other Tyrannosaurs

Steve Brusatte, co-author
Illustrated by Julius Csotonyi
HarperCollins, 2017
Let’s Read and Find Out Science
Ages 6-9
HC ISBN 978-0-06249-093-3
PB ISBN 978-0-06249-091-9

Dinosaur hunters discovered the first T. rex in Montana more than a century ago. But in the last 15 years, scientists working all over the world have unearthed an amazing collection of its tyrannosaur relatives, including one with a long, pointy snout. Paleontologist Steve Brusatte, co-author of this book, helped identify the bones and gave the new dinosaur its nickname—Pinocchio rex!

Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs offers young readers an engaging overview of the tyrannosaur family and describes how its members changed over time—from the tiny Dilong to the enormous T. rex. The book also includes an infographic, activity, and glossary, as well as a timeline and “Dr. Steve Says” sidebars that give readers insight into what it’s like to dig up dinosaurs.

Droughts
Droughts
Illustrated by Andre Ceolin
HarperCollins, 2017
Ages 6-9
HC ISBN 978-0-06238-666-3
PB ISBN 978-0-06238-665-6

Every living thing on Earth needs water. But lately, some areas of our world have been unusually warm and dry. Those are the conditions that can cause a drought.

What exactly is a drought? Where and when do droughts happen? What can we do to conserve water, so that we have enough to drink, cook, and keep ourselves clean? In clear, simple language, Droughts answers these questions and shares basic information about these increasingly common weather events.

A Place for BatsA Place for Bats
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Second Edition
Peachtree Publishers, 2017
HC ISBN 978-1-56145-762-5
PB ISBN 978-1-56145-763-2

This informative picture book describes ways people are protecting bats and their habitats. Stunning, realistic full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict the bats and their surroundings. Pointers on how youngsters can help bats as well as a variety of fascinating facts about the nighttime fliers are included.

  • Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text
  • AAAS/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books finalist
  • Green Earth Book Award, Honor Book
  • National Science Teachers Association Recommended Title
Predator Face-OffPredator Face-Off
National Geographic Books for Children, 2017
Ages 5-7
PB ISBN 978-1-42632-811-4

Great white sharks swim in the sea. Cheetahs run across the land. Parrot snakes slide along tree branches. But they all eat meat. Engaging text and stunning photos invite young readers to compare and contrast three of the world’s fiercest predators.

Perfect PairsPerfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books
to Teach Life Science, Grades 3-5

Stenhouse Publishers, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-57110-959-0

Each of the twenty lessons in Perfect Pairs is built around a pair of award-winning trade picture books. After extracting critical content from the books, students participate in an inquiry-based investigative process to explore key life science concepts—from ways plants and animals depend on their internal and external body parts to how food webs work, from inheritance of traits to the role of natural resources in our lives. Even if you are science shy, Perfect Pairs will help you create a classroom that buzzes with curious students eager to explore the natural world.

Teach K-2? See Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2.
FeathersFeathers
illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Charlesbridge, 2014
Ages 5-9
HC ISBN 978-1-58089-430-2
PB ISBN 978-1-58089-431-9

star ALA Notable
star Cybils Award
star John Burroughs Riverby Award
star Junior Library Guild selection
star Nerdy Book Club Award
star National Science Teachers Association-Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book
star SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
star Science Books & Films Best Books of the Year
star Starred review, Publishers Weekly
star Read Across America Featured Title

Feathers aren’t just for flying. They can also protect a bird’s skin like sunscreen, attract attention like fancy jewelry, or even distract a predator like a bullfighter’s cape. Feathers: Not Just for Flying introduces young readers to sixteen birds, from the sleek emperor penguin to the fluffed-up blue jay and describes just how positively practical feathers can be.

Check out this Video Mini Lesson. It can help students in grades 3-5 learn about similes.

No MonkeysNo Monkeys, No Chocolate
Allen Young, co-author
illustrated by Nicole Wang
Charlesbridge, 2013
Ages 5-8
ISBN 978-1-58089-287-2

star Junior Library Guild selection
star Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013
star National Science Teachers Association-Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book
star Nerdy Book Club Book Award finalist
star Starred review, Library Media Connection

What does a capuchin monkey have in common with a pollen-sucking midge, an aphid-munching anole lizard, and brain-eating coffin fly maggots? Chocolate! Our favorite dessert comes from cocoa beans, which grow on cocoa trees in tropical rain forests. And those trees couldn’t survive without help from a menagerie of rain forest critters. This book tells their story.

Check out this Revision Timeline to discover the story behind No Monkeys, No Chocolate.

Under the SnowUnder the Snow
Peachtree, 2009
Ages 4-8
ISBN 978-1-56145-493-8

star Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit Title
star California Eureka! Book Award, Silver Honor
star Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended
star Junior Library Guild selection
star National Science Teachers Association—Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book

How do animals living in fields and forests, ponds and wetlands survive in the heart of winter? Lyrical language and soft, lovely watercolors introduce readers to a hidden world under the snow.

National Geographic Readers

star Amazon Pick of the Month
star Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year
star Dream Big Summer Reading Program Pick
star Scholastic Book Clubs Pick
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