Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers:
Celebrating Animal Underdogs

Peachtree, 2018
Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-1-56145-936-0

Puny? Poky? Clumsy? Shy? A lighthearted look at the surprising traits that help some animals survive.

Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of “animal underdogs” and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Award-winning author Melissa Stewart offers readers a humorous and informative nonfiction picture book with a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, bold―and scientifically accurate―illustrations add to the fun. Read more.
  Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers
National Geographic Books for Children, 2018
Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-1-42633-222-7

Superhero and comic book force? Sure, but the wolverine is also a real-life animal! Journey to cold, rugged mountains to discover how a wolverine’s body is built to survive. Stunning photos and lively text highlight how wolverines take down prey, raise their young, and stay safe in in one of the world’s harshest environments. Read more.

  A Seed is the Start
National Geographic Books for Children, 2018
Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-1-42632-977-7

Meet seeds that pop, hop, creep, and explode in this lyrical introduction to plant growth and seed dispersal. Stunning photographs and fact-packed text showcase the role of seed features and functions in creating a new generation of plants. Complete with an illustrated glossary, resources, and an index, A Seed Is the Start inspires wonder as it encourages budding botanists of all ages to look with new eyes at plants and their seeds.

  A Seed is the Start
  A Place for Fish
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Second Edition
Peachtree Publishers, 2018
HC ISBN 978-1-68263-011-2
PB ISBN 978-1-68263-012-9

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

star Green Earth Book Award
star National Aquarium Read to Reed Book
star National Science Teachers Association—Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book
star Reading Rockets See the Sea! Book
  A Place for Fish  
  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 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.

Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs
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.

  Perfect 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.
Perfect Pairs  
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 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.

No Monkeys  
  Under 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.

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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