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National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America

National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
By: Jonathan Alderfer
Publisher:National Geographic Children's Books Copyright: 2013 Age Range: 8-12 Format: Paperback
This is a great book to have if your child is interested in birds or bird watching.
The book includes color photographs of 100 species found in North America. The book is divided by location so it is much easier to locate what birds you would most likely see in each area. The book provides information about each species' habitat, diet, and other fun facts.

This pictures in the book are beautiful, my daughter's personal favorite is Anna's Hummingbird pictured above. This is not a book we sit down and read through but we will sit down together and read about a couple different birds together.  
The book also provides information on hot to spot birds, building a birdhouse, building a bird feeder, and much more. It's a great way to get involved in something with your child.
The only downfall to this book I hav…

A Beetle Is Shy

A Beetle Is Shy Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long
A beetle is a digger...a runner...a hopper This book is full of beautiful water color illustrations done by the very talented Sylvia Long.
Each of the beetles in the book is labeled so you know what kind it is.  As I read it to my daughters we had to read the names of each and every beetle and they each picked their favorites.  Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Copyright: April 5, 2016
Age Level: 5-8 Years

If you are reading this to a younger child you can focus on the pictures and the large font, but if you are reading to a child that has a longer attention span you can also read the smaller font that provides greater detail about the beetles.

A beetle is helpful....or harmful. I try to read books about bugs to my girls so they are not scared of them and see how useful they are to the world around us. This book shares the many cool things about bugs as well as information about their life cycle. The book also introduces many scientif…

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute GaldikasJim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks
This nonfiction graphic novel tell the stories of  three of our greatest primatologists.This graphic novel is the perfect introduction to the lives and work of these great women and their studies of primates. Louis Leakey found these women and helped secure funding for their research, he was positive that women would make greater strides with primates then men, Goodall studies chimps, Fossey studied gorillas and Galdikas studies orangutans. 
 Here is an illustration from the book where Jane Goodall first observes the chimpanzees using a tool. This was a major breakthrough in her research.

I think the graphic novel format is perfect for this story because it is an introduction to each of these scientists and their work. If you are wanting to go more in depth there are other resources available.

This book would be great for an Ecology unit, a study on animal behaviors, a projec…

Crime and Forensic Science Young Adult Pairings

Crime and Forensic Science Young Adult Pairings I am focusing on pairing crime fiction and forensic/true crime nonfiction for young adults. My inspiration for this topic is the recent Holiday, many students love scary movies and I recently read My Friend Dahmer, I really enjoyed it and I know it has a high circulation at our school library. I would design a display with most wanted signs, crime tape, magnifying glasses, and evidence bags. I would set the display up close to the Young Adult section and on a major path in the library. I would advertise on the library website, Twitter and Facebook pages. A potential problem could be that some parents may not like the graphic nature of the material. The benefits of these pairings is that it can introduce a variety of type of nonfiction books to young adults.
My first pairing is about Jack the Ripper, a famous serial killer from London in the 1800s. A study or display is not complete without Jack the Ripper.
Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the …