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Plants and Animals

Collard, Sneed B. (2004). Animals asleep. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 591.56 C697a

Provides a look at the many different ways in which animals sleep, from a snoozing orangutan to a sleeping whale, as well as facts about each animal pictured.

Arnold, Katya. (2002). Let’s find it! : my first nature guide. New York : Holiday House.

Presents pictures of such varied environments as a forest, a street, a spring garden, the beach, and a pond with labels to identify different plants and animals.

Burnie, David. (2004). Plant. New York : DK Pub. 581 B966p 2004

A photo essay introduces the world of plants, including the germination of seeds, plant defenses, and uses of plants.

Graham-Barber, Lynda. (2004). Spy hops & belly flops : curious behaviors of woodland animals. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 591.73 G742s

Invites the reader to observe forest animals and copy such behaviors as jumping into a puddle like a diving kingfisher, tapping a foot like a wood turtle, and buzzing near a flower like a hummingbird.

Bowen, Betsy. (1993). Tracks in the wild. Boston : Little, Brown. 596 B786T

Explores the habits and behavior of thirteen northwoods animals by discussing the various tracks and signs left by them.

Science and Technology

Quinlan, Susan E. (1995). The case of the mummified pigs : and other mysteries in nature. Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mills Press. 508 Q75C

A description of scientific research that explains the reasons for phenomena in nature.

Macaulay, David. (1998). The new way things work. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. T47 .M18 1998

Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines. Includes new material about digital technology.

Bridgman, Roger Francis. (2000). Technology. London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley. 600 B852T

Dinosaurs and Other Science Topics

Glaser, Linda. (2003). Brilliant bees. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press. 595.79 G548b

Simple text and illustrations describe the physical characteristics, habits, and life cycle of the honey bee.

Halls, Kelly Milner. (2003). Dinosaur mummies : beyond bare-bone fossils. Plain City, Ohio : Darby Creek Pub. 567.9 H192d

Learn about rare dinosaur fossils: the "dinosaur mummies" that are not just bones and teeth, but also include fossilized soft tissues, like skin, muscle and internal organs and what they can reveal about prehistoric life.

Cole, Joanna. (1999). The magic school bus explores the senses. New York : Scholastic Press. 612.8 C689M

Ms. Frizzle and her class explore the senses by traveling on the magic school bus in and out of an eye, ear, mouth, nose, and other parts of both human and animal bodies.

Cole, Joanna. (1994). The magic school bus : in the time of the dinosaurs. New York: Scholastic. 567.9 C689m

Ms. Frizzle and her class go on a field trip to a dinosaur dig to unearth Maiasaurus nests the trip turns into a journey through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

"A cooperative project between the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. This list is published annually in the March issue of Science and Children, the journal devoted to preschool through middle level science teaching. The books on the list are targeted at grades K-8."

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 http://www.nsta.org/ostbc

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