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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled Companion Booktalks

To get you started on the Bookstorm™ books …

cover imageAge of Reptiles and Age of Reptiles: the Hunt, Richard Delgado, Dark Horse Books, 2011. Ages 12 and up.

  • Wordless storytelling through beautiful (sometimes gory) art
  • What happens when you steal the T-rex eggs? What happens when an Allosaurus takes revenge on the Ceratosaurs that killed his mother?
  • The author-artist has worked on movies such as Men in Black, The Incredibles, WALL-E

cover imageCaptain Raptor series, written by Kevin O’Malley, illustrated by Patrick O’Brien, Walker Books, 2005. Ages 5-8.

  • Dinosaurs are the characters on the planet Jurassica
  • Rocket ships and action
  • Good guys, bad guys, scary stuff, and fun inventions

cover imageThe Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Scholastic Press, 2001.

  • Biography of  19th century paleoartist Waterhouse Hawkins who popularized dinosaurs and once threw a dinner party inside one of his dinosaur sculptures
  • Just why are pieces of his dinosaur sculptures buried in New York’s Central Park?
  • Caldecott Honor book

 cover imageDinosaurs: the Grand Tour, written by Keiron Pim and Jack Horner, The Experiment, 2014. Appropriate for children and adults.

  • Report material on more than 300 dinosaurs and the scientists who have discovered and studied them
  • Helpful organization (color-coded by Geologic period) with gray scale illustrations
  • Includes Chinese and Native American mythology linked to dinosaurs

cover imageHow the Dinosaur Got to the Museum, Jessie Hartland, Blue Apple Books, 2013. Ages 6 to 9

  • Picture book about the teamwork needed to bring a dinosaur skeleton to a place where many people can see it and learn from it (the Smithsonian Museum)
  • Solid information delivered in bright art and lively language
  • A Booklist “Top Ten Sci-Tech Books for Youth” (2010)

cover imageHow to Draw Incredible Dinosaurs, written by Kristen McCurry, illustrated by Juan Calle, Smithsonian Drawing Books/Capstone Press, 2012. Ages 5 and up.

  • Step-by-step instructions for ages 5 and up
  • Each drawing lesson comes with a brief “bio” of the dinosaur model
  • One in a set of 4 drawing books (also: Incredible Ocean Animals, Amazing Animals, Amazing Spacecraft)

cover imagePaleontology: the Study of Prehistoric Life, written by Susan H. Gray, Scholastic, 2012. ages 4 and up

  • A beginning introduction to the science of paleontology
  • Quick facts in colorful large font, illustrated with many photographs
  • Includes history of paleontology, how scientists date fossils, the tools they use

cover imagePlant Hunters: True stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth, Anita Silvey, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012. Ages 8 and up.

  • Scientists have had the craziest adventures
  • Beautifully illustrated (many archival photographs) and usefully organized—great report material
  • Includes a chapter on contemporary scientists

bk_BulletPrehistoricLifPrehistoric Life by DK Publishing, 2010. Ages 8 and up

  • Dinosaurs and more: the plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals from the origins of life in the sea to the evolution of man
  • DK’s signature exploded diagrams, cutaways, and high-interest visuals
  • Coffee table-beautiful and with tons of report material

cover imageStone Girl, Bone Girl: the Story of Mary Anning, written by Laurence Anholt, illustrated by Sheila Moxley, Frances Lincoln, 2006. Ages 6-9

  • Mary Anning: Struck by lightening as a baby, famous at age 12, a girl working in a man’s world
  • Vividly illustrated picture book story about the most famous fossil hunter of all (and the inspiration for the wicked tongue twister “She Sells Sea Shells”)
  • Puts an engaging, human face on the 19th century icon by mixing biography with an element of tall tale

cover imageUbiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beckie Prange, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2010. Ages 7-12.

  • Mammals and birds and reptiles that have survived extinction, excellent for contrast in a discussion about dinosaurs
  • Each spread includes a poem, facts, and a hand-colored linocut
  • From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

 

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