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LESSER SPOTTED ANIMALS

Lesser Spotted Animals
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Brown
Author's First Name: 
Martin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Martin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This illustrated collection highlights less-familiar animals such as numbats and long-tailed dunnarts. Brown's brief introductions of each species are peppered with humor and snark, and his drawings give the animals a distinct personality based on their descriptions. Each animal's "status" is listed, raising awareness for species that are near extinction and making this a great resource for environmental discussions. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.

THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Holm
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Random House
Publication Date: 
2014

Ellie's grandfather is a teenager, again. Even more humorous than dealing with newfound everlasting youth are the struggles of attending middle school. Science and philosophy on life and death are seamlessly woven into this lighthearted tale.

BIRD TALK: WHAT BIRDS ARE SAYING AND WHY

Bird Talk Cover
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Judge
Author's First Name: 
Lita
Publisher: 
Flash Point
Publication Date: 
2012

Birds say everything from “Pick Me!” to “We’re under attack!” via calls, songs, dances, struts. and booms. Beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations on a white background show the birds clearly communicating their desires with backmatter providing additional information.

I, GALILEO

I, GALILEO
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Christensen
Author's First Name: 
Bonnie
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2012

Galileo narrates his own story of invention and discovery when old and blind while under house arrest for his heretical belief in a sun-centered universe. Gouache resist and oils brightly light his invaluable contributions to science, and a timeline provides a broader context for Galileo’s achievements.

SWIRL BY SWIRL: SPIRALS IN NATURE

Swirl by Swirl:Spirals in Nature
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sidman
Author's First Name: 
Joyce
Illustrator's First Name: 
Beth
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Krommes
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2011

PALE MALE: CITIZEN HAWK OF NEW YORK CITY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schulman
Author's First Name: 
Janet
Illustrator's First Name: 
Meilo
Illustrator's Last Name: 
So
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2008

Graceful watercolor paintings and a compelling tale of city dwelling red-tailed hawks on an apartment house window ledge will engage readers' sympathies and underline the necessity of protecting habitats, even in the heart of a city.

WHO WAS FIRST? DISCOVERING THE AMERICAS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Freedman
Author's First Name: 
Russell
Publisher: 
Clarion
Publication Date: 
2007

Before Columbus, explorers from many parts of the world arrived in the Americas. Freedman's clear, readable account suggests that history is an ever-changing landscape.

TRACKING TRASH: FLOTSAM, JETSAM, AND THE SCIENCE OF OCEAN MOTION

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Burns
Author's First Name: 
Loree Griffin
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2007

Rubber ducks and hockey gloves are just some of the flotsam that scientists have tracked across the seas to learn about ocean currents. This fascinating story shows how scientific inquiry often reveals startling realities and leads to surprising conclusions.

THE TALE OF PALE MALE: A TRUE STORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Winter
Author's First Name: 
Jeanette
Publisher: 
Harcourt
Publication Date: 
2007

When two red-tailed hawks build a nest atop a New York City apartment building, they enrapture bird lovers but enrage residents. Winter’s pastel acrylics and simple shapes give this true story a timeless character.

DOGS AND CATS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jenkins
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2007

Read one half of the book about dogs, then turn it upside down and learn about cats. Careful placement of the tactile paper collages draws attention to biology, evolution, and behavior.

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