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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


2011 Award
How the Weather Works: A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate
(by Christiane Dorion/illus. by Beverley Young, Candlewick $17.99 Score:)

School aged kids often go through a weather phase!  Here's a perfect opportunity to get them engaged in reading about different aspects of weather.  How the Weather Works is chock full of pop-ups and information about all types of weather events including hurricanes and tornadoes as well as discusses the possible causes of climate change. It's the type of book that kids love to pour over! 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Time Zones
(by David A. Adler, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Did you ever try to explain time zones or the reasons for them to your children?  In an age when long distance travel and news events are so much a part of our lives, an understanding of time zones becomes basic to our understanding. This is simply told and easy to grasp. What is amazing to this reader is that it took until 1883 for the United States to adopt time zones. In other words, until then, every town had it's own high noon time and the clocks were set to that moment. For kids who have family that lives far away or parents whose work takes them globe trotting, this is a book that will be of interest.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Tropical Rainforests
(by Seymour Simon, Smithsonian/Harper $16.99 Score:)

Full color photographs add much to the beauty of this large handsome book that introduces young people to the rainforest. Though the text is not for beginners, care has been taken in choosing good size type, leaving enough white on the page and clear prose that will not overwhelm the reader. Simon leads the reader from the emergent layer, to the canopy, the understory and all the way down to the forest floor. A visual adventure. Also, in the same series, a handsome book called, Global Warming. They say 5 & up. We'd say more like 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
3-D Thrillers! T. Rex and Other Dangerous Dinosaurs
(by Heather Amery & Paul Harrison, Scholastic $4.99 Score:)

Want to excite your dinosaur loving child with reading? Add this paperback book that includes a pair of 3-D glasses in it and the magic will begin. The glasses and book are perfect choice for reluctant readers, too. The book is chock full of factoids about dinosaurs that seem to rise off the page. Also in the same series, see 3-D Thrillers! Sharks and the World's Scariest Sea Monsters. 6-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Helpers
(Innovative Kids $6.99 Score:)

Eco messages are often filled with guilt instead of positive actions that kids can realistically be a part of in the quest to make our world greener. That's what we like about this little book that delivers on simple actions that can make the world a better place.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
X-treme X-ray
(by Nick Veasey, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

An interesting book of X-ray photos that show the inside of our bodies as well as bugs, bats, fish, and many living creatures. But, perhaps the most interesting parts of the book show the inside of a computer, an MP3 player, cell phone, game machine, and jet airliner. The text is light reading and many of the factoids are told in the form of questions--find the answers is sometimes a little annoying. That said, this is a fun paperback to dip into.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat
(by Carlyn Beccia, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Kids of a certain age love being grossed out and this is one of the best of that genre because it isn't merely yucky, it is full of fascinating information about old and gross sounding cures that have been used through the ages. It is set up in a true false format asking readers to speculate on the effectiveness of rubbing moldy bread on your leg, putting mustard on your head or tying earthworms around your neck. The art is as gross out as the ideas of using mummy powder or a dead manís skull or maggots to cure what ails you. A thought provoking book that combines science and history in a picturebook for older readers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
About Raptors
(by Cathryn Sill/ illus. by John Sill, Peachtree $16.95 Score:)

A young science book that explains clearly that raptors are birds of prey and what characteristics they share. The stunning paintings add artistic quality to a book for young readers. The text is not complicated and it is followed with a glossary with more information about each of the birds. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Bones, Skeletons and How They Work
(by Steve Jenkins, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A fascinating book that compares the bones of humans with those in the animal kingdom. It also looks at the role bones play in protecting us, keeping us upright and even repairing themselves. Illustrated with cut paper collages, this is a Science book that will excite and inform young readers. A glossary adds detailed information to the body of the book, for those who want more. This is young science as it should be--lively and lucid.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1998 Award
Have You Seen Bugs?
(by Joanne Oppenheim/illus Ron Broda, Scholastic Canada $14.99 Score:)

Publishers Weekly

Eye-popping artwork headlines this sensational picture book in praise of insects. Oppenheim's (Have You Seen Birds?) sprightly verse takes an up-close-and-personal view of bugs in all their splendid variety ("Bugs with stripes/ or speckles/ or spots,/ shiny like metal/ or covered in dots"). Meanwhile, Broda's exquisite painted paper sculptures, strategically placed against a series of watercolor backdrops, give the pages depth, texture and a brilliantly surreal flavor. Readers will be craning their necks for a "how did he do that?" look at the detail, from the intricate designs of a butterfly's wing to the gleaming metallic back of a beetle. Touching upon caterpillars and crickets, ladybugs and lacewing dragonflies, author and illustrator cover a lot of ground and, thanks to Oppenheim's hardworking verse as well as the careful art, they pack in a surprising amount of information. While this finely wrought book is particularly well suited to the learning style of younger readers, those at the upper end of the target group will no doubt be equally enthralled. Ages 5-8. 


Children's Literature

You will see bugs as you have never seen them before in this informational book on how bugs move, communicate, and even help people. Rhyming verse and full page color illustrations will catch the ear and eye while reading to oneself or others. Ron Broda's award winning three-dimensional paper sculptures of colorful bugs make this a unique and different addition for a library or a classroom collection of insect books. Additional bug information as well as identification of the bug illustrations by page number is provided at the end of the book.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-An alliterative, rhyming text is accompanied by dramatic, brilliantly colored, three-dimensional paper sculptures that were photographed to create the final images. This jubilant celebration of insects in a variety of habitats is reinforced informationally by a page-by-page listing of the insects depicted. While millipedes (diplopods) and spiders (arachnids) are not "bugs," most insects (class Insecta) are not "true bugs" either. All of the beasties shown are joint-legged arthropods. This is not a book for sophisticated report writers, but it's perfect for any youngster who has ever followed a flittering butterfly, pondered a spider spinning a web, or chased a twinkling firefly-and even more for those who dream of such joyous experiences. An eye-catching delight.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

available in English and French Trade-Education@scholastic.ca

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1998. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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