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Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for young readers. Trained as both a scientist and a journalist, Melissa believes that nothing brings writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has explored tropical forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands.
Board of Advisors, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
—PAL Coordinator, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New England Region
—Board of Advisors, Keene State College Children's Literature Festival, Keene, NH
Lots of books focus on "gross" substances in the human body, but many animals use these same substances in ways that will surprise and fascinate kids! Did you know that Komodo dragons use their saliva to poison their prey, but mice use spit to heal their wounds? Could you guess that sea cucumber use vomit to startle enemies and bees use it to make honey? Young readers will walk away grossed out and with an understanding of how different animals use spit, vomit, slime, poop, urine, and blood to survive.
|Creepy, Crawly Jokes About Spiders and Other Bugs
Dino-mite Jokes about Prehistoric Life
Mountains of Jokes about Rocks, Minerals, and Soil
Out of this World Jokes about the Solar System
Shockingly Silly Jokes about Electricity and Magnetism
Wacky Weather and Silly Season Jokes
Super Silly Science Joke series
Kids love to laugh while they learn, so check out these seriously silly books. Each title features age-appropriate science content written in a lively, engaging style. More than two dozen jokes and silly cartoony illustrations reinforce the concepts and add a whole lot of fun. A section at the end of each book provides pointers for kids interested in writing their own jokes. Author Melissa Stewart encourages young comedians to submit jokes to her for publication on her blog, Celebrate Science.
All About Animals of the Rainbow series
Looking for early elementary nonfiction that supports the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the Frameworks for K-12 Science Education? Then look no further. Stunning photos will delight beginning readers and provide the clues they need to succeed in reading the simple text.
National Geographic Reader series
National Geographic Children's Books, 2012
ages 6 to 9, ISBN 978-1-42631-060-7
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic-class passenger liner's ill-fated journey, this title is replete with brilliant photographs and exclusive in-depth coverage including Bob Ballard's 1985 discovery. Brought to you only as National Geographic can.
|Amazing Eyes Up Close
Fantastic Feet Up Close
Incredible Ears Up Close
Nifty Noses Up Close
Talented Tails Up Close
Terrific Tongues Up Close
Animal Bodies Up Close series
We see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and taste with our tongues. But some animals use these body parts in astonishing ways. A red-eyed tree frog uses its bright red eyes to spot enemies and to scare them away. A fennec fox's giant ears release body heat to help the little desert-dweller stay cool. And a cow uses its tongue to clean out its nose. Yuck! Want to learn more fascinating facts about animal bodies? Check out these books.
|A Place for Bats
illustrated by Higgins Bond
Peachtree Publishers, 2012
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-1-56145-624-6
In simple yet informative language, A Place for Bats introduces young readers to ways human action or inaction can affect bat populations and opens kids minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at bats, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect bats in their own communities. Artist Higgins Bond's glorious full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict the bats and their surroundings.
Ten spectacular gatefolds, plus incredible photos, graphs, maps, diagrams, and engaging first-person stories, take intrepid young explorers right to the source of some of nature's greatest wonders.
|A Place for Fish
illustrated by Higgins Bond
Peachtree Publishers, 2011
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-156145-562-1
Fish make our world a better place. But sometimes people do things that make it hard for them to live and grow. This bookintroduces young readers to ways human action or inaction can affect fish populations and opens kids minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples from Florida's spotted trunkfish to the Atlantic salmon, the text provides an intriguing look at fish, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them.
National Geographic Reader series
National Geographic Children's Books, 2010
ages 6 to 9, ISBN 978-1426307584
Did you know that a tiny golf ball-sized creature called the blue-ringed octopus contains enough venom to kill 26 adult humans? Or why the Sydney funnel web spider is one of the most dangerous creatures in the world? In this Level 3 book, kids will be fascinated by 12 species that you hope you'll never come across! Sharks, snakes, jellyfish and more—these creatures are among the most threatening—and interesting—in the world!
|Alligator or Crocodile? How Do You Know?
Butterfly or Moth? How Do You Know?
ISBN 978-0-76603-678-9 HC
Frog or Toad? How Do You Know?
ISBN 978-0-76603-682-6 HC
Insect or Spider? How Do You Know?
Salamander or Lizard? How Do You Know?
Shark or Dolphin? How Do You Know?
Which Animal Is Which? series
These animals are easily confused! We all forget what the difference is between these animals. Join in solving the mystery/guessing game of which animal is which (science as inquiry). Readers will use critical thinking skills in comparing and observing the differences between the two animals and finally figuring out which animal is which. They learn what the animals look like, how they are classified, how they are the same and how they are different, plus where they live and how they survive.
|Is the Bermuda Triangle Really a Dangerous Place?
And Other Questions About the Ocean
Is that a Fact? series
Lerner Publications, 2011
ages 9 to 12, ISBN 978-07-6136-097-1
Sharks can smell blood in ocean water from more than a mile away. The moon controls the tides. A mass of plastic as large as Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean.
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