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Bug Scientists [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Jackson, Donna M.

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“By following the footsteps of several bug scientists, we take a closer look at the extraordinary bugs that crawl, swim, and whiz past us. We travel from an outdoor classroom in Indiana to the rain forests of Costa Rica, all in pursuit of a better understanding of bugs, glorious bugs.”

Age Range: 8 – 12

Lexile: 1200

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging

The Bug Scientist

ER Vets [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Jackson, Donna M.

Careers

Difficulty: Average

MONITOR COMPREHENSION With dramatic full-color photos throughout, award-winning author Donna Jackson brings to life the inner workings of an animal emergency room, profiling the important work ER veterinarians and nurses do.

Age Range: 8 – 12

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Average
ER Vets

Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Kramer, Stephen. Photos by Kunkel, Dennis

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“There are hidden worlds in nature – places you can visit only with a microscope. For more than twenty-five years, Dennis Kunkel has been exploring these worlds. Through the lenses of powerful microscopes, he has examined objects most people have never even thought about: a mosquito’s foot, a crystal of sugar, a grain of pollen, the delicate hairs on a blade of grass. Hidden Worlds takes you behind the scenes of Dennis’s work and explains how he captures his remarkable images of microscopic life and objects. You’ll learn how Dennis became interested in microscopes as a boy, how he prepares specimens for study, and how different kinds of microscopes work. You’ll also have the chance to follow Dennis as he collects in the field, from the ash-covered slopes of Mount St. Helens to the lava tubes, rainforests, and beaches of his home state of Hawaii.”

Age Range: 9 – 11

Lexile: 1040

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
Hidden Worlds

Snake Scientist [SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE]

by Montgomery, Sy. Photos by Bishop, Nic

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“Dr. Robert Mason, the current recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, has been studying a mysterious phenomenon for over fifteen years – one of the most extraordinary events of the natural world – the reemergence from a winter spent in a state of suspended animation in subterranean caverns of tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes – the world’s largest concentration of snakes. The work of scientists can often seem mysterious and intimidating to the nonscientist. No longer! Introducing an exciting perspective on the important work of scientists in all areas of research and study. Scientists in the Field show people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show first-hand adventures in the great outdoors – adventures with a purpose, from climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves.”

Age Range: 7 – 10

Lexile: 0930L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
The Snake Scientist

The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Collard, Sneed B.

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“Sneed B. Collard III profiles Pauline Drobney and her crew as they struggle to rebuild a tallgrass prairie in central Iowa. From setting fires to rejuvenate the landscape, to searching for native seeds, to tracking down the elusive Regal Fritillary with Dr. Diane Debinsky, the story of rebuilding and regenerating the prairie landscape is a compelling and inspiring one.”

Age Range: 9 – 12

Lexile: 1090

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
The Prairie Builders

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Movement [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Burus, Loree Griffin

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“Aided by an army of beachcombers, oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The information he collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, Curt, along with a community of scientists, friends, and beachcombers alike, is using his data to understand and protect our ocean.”

Age Range: 10 – 12

Lexile: 1200L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
Tracking Trash

Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Lourie, Peter

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

Photo essay.

“Native Inuit Eskimos consider themselves the People of the Whale. The harvesting of whales is a significant part of their culture. This series book follows an Arctic whale scientist in Barrow, Alaska, throughout the year as he participates in the traditional harvesting of the bowhead or Greenland right whale by the Inuit. He takes samples, studies migration routes, and monitors the numbers and health of these whales. The traditional whalers and scientists cooperate to maintain both the culture and a sustainable population of the whales.”

– Scientists in the Field Series Series

Age Range: 12 and up, younger for photographs

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Whaling Season

Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Jackson, Donna M. Photo by Shattil, Wendy and Rozinsksi, Bob

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“It’s one thing to pass a law protecting endangered species; it’s another to enforce it, as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers well know. Fortunately, they have a unique weapon in their anti-poaching arsenal: the world’s only crime laboratory specifically designed to examine animal evidence.”

– Scientists in the Field Series

Age Range: 8 – 12

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
The Wildlife Detectives

Woods Scientist [SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE]

by Swineburne, Stephen R. Photos by Morse, Susan C.

Careers

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“Sue Morse is at home in the woods; she has read the woods ever since she could remember. She believes that by reading the forests she can help save them. So outside the door of her small cabin lies her laboratory: the rich and extensive forest and all of the creatures who live there. Revealing just how active and engaging science and scientists can be, this book also gives us a closer glimpse into the vulnerable homes of bear, lynx, deer, bobcat, and all the dwellers of the woods.”

Age Range: 9 – 12

Lexile: 1110L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Woods Scientist