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Untamed Companion Booktalks

To get you started on the Bookstorm™ Books …

Chimpanzees I Love  

The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours

Jane Goodall
Scholastic Press, 2001 

  • Uses stories of individual chimpanzees to share information about chimpanzee behavior and their environment as well as the author’s own biography

  • Heavily illustrated with engaging photos

  • Wealth of information presented in narrative, sidebar commentary, picture captions, quotations, and back matter

The Elephant Scientist


The Elephant Scientist

Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson
illustrated by Timothy Rodwell
Houghton Mifflin, 2011

  • Follows Caitlin O’Connell in her study of elephants in Africa in Etosha National Park and in engaging well-organized text shows a scientist at work

  • Elephant behavior is amazing!

  • Heavily photo-illustrated with informative captions



Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

Catherine Thimmesh
Houghton Mifflin, 2011

  • Rhyming text celebrates the true-life animal friendships that are depicted in very appealing, large color photos

  • Includes backstory of each friendship

  • Stories are from around the world: India, Indonesia, Europe, Japan, and North America

Gorilla Doctors  

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes

Pamela S. Turner
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008

  • Book opens with an engaging bang: the true story of a single Gorilla, Mararo, who has been injured when caught in a poacher’s trap

  • In addition to the story of the doctors caring for these threatened animals, the book includes background information about gorillas and human intrusion into gorilla habitats

  • Primarily photo illustrated, but also includes several helpful maps

Hope for the Animals  

Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

Jane Goodall, Gail Hudson, and Thane Maynard
Grand Central Publishing, 2009

  • Survival stories about conservation efforts to bring back endangered species and to protect their habitats

  • Stories are from around the globe and focus on appealing animals (Abbott’s Booby in Australia, Pygmy Hog in India, American Crocodile in the U.S.)

  • Published for adults, but the stories are short (8-10) and photo illustrated (including many color plates) and will engage strong readers 10 and up

Life in the Ocean  

Life in the Ocean: the Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

written and illustrated by Claire Nivola
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012

  • Biography of ocean scientist Earle, who lived on a farm as a child

  • Illustrations target ocean life and details of Earle’s story that will catch the eye and hold interest of young readers: aqua suits, submersibles, whales, and a multitude of fish and other sea creatures

  • Includes author’s note and bibliography

Magic Gourd  

The Magic Gourd

written and illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite
Scholastic Press, 2003

  • A folk tale from Mali involving many animal characters—great for read-alouds

  • Illustrated by Coretta Scott King Honoree (for A Hunterman and the Crocodile: A West African Folktale)

  • Back matter include glossary and notes on author’s native Mali

termites on a stick  

Termites on a Stick

written and illustrated by Michéle Colon
Star Bright Books, 2008

  • One of Dr. Goodall’s most important discoveries was the observation that chimpanzees contrive and use tools, which shattered the prevailing idea that only humans were toolmakers and users; this book transfers that important observation into a child-friendly story

  • Appealing illustrations and mother-child narrative will appeal to young readers and listeners

  • Back matter includes helpfully illustrated information about chimpanzees and termites

Tree Lady  

Tree Lady: the True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever

H. Joseph Hopkins
illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2013

  • Picture book bio of Kate Sessions, the first woman to graduate from the U of Californian in science and who transformed the bare desert in and around San Diego into a horticultural oasis

  • Lush, engaging illustrations

  • Author’s note includes additional biographical material for Sessions


Unlikely friendships  

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Jennifer Holland
Workman, 2011

  • While short (3-5 pages), each story gives ample information for reports  

  • Stories are from around zoos and animal rehabilitation centers around the world

  • Photo illustrated


Bookstorm™: Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Untamed Bookstorm

Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane GoodallThis month, we are pleased to feature Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, written by Anita Silvey, with photographs and book designed by the incredible team at National Geographic. This book is not only fascinating to read, it’s a beautiful reading experience as well.

It’s not often that a book offers us a glimpse into the childhood of a woman who has followed a brave, and caring, career path, but also follows her through more than 50 years in that chosen profession, describing her work, discoveries, and her passion for the mammals with whom she works. I learned so much I didn’t know about Dr. Goodall and her chimpanzees, Africa, field work, and how one moves people to support one’s cause.

In each Bookstorm™, we offer a bibliography of books that have close ties to the the featured book. For Untamed, you’ll find books for a variety of tastes and interests. The book will be comfortably read by ages 9 through adult. We’ve included fiction and nonfiction, picture books, middle grade books, and books adults will find interesting. A number of the books are by Dr. Jane Goodall herself—she’s a prolific writer. We’ve also included books about teaching science, as well as videos, and articles accessible on the internet.

Jane Goodall and Her Research. From Me … Jane, the picture by Patrick McDonnell about Jane Goodall’s childhood, to Jane Goodall: the Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson, there are a number of accessible books for every type of reader.

Primate Research. We’ve included nonfiction books such as Pamela S. Turner’s Gorilla Doctors and Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wick’s Primates, a graphic novel about the three women who devoted so much of their loves to studying primates: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas.

Chimpanzees. Dr. Goodall’s research is specifically about chimpanzees so companion books such as Michele Colon’s Termites on a Stick and Dr. Goodall’s Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours are suggested.

Fiction. Many excellent novels have been written about primates and Africa and conservation, ranging from realism to science fiction and a novel based on a true story. Among our list, you’ll find Linda Sue Park’s A Long to Water and Eva by Peter Dickinson and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

World-Changing Women and Women Scientists. Here you’ll find picture book biographies, longer nonfiction books, and collections of short biographies such as Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh, Silk & Venom by Kathryn Lasky, and Rad American Women: A to Z by Kate Schatz.

Africa. The titles about, or set on, this continent are numerous. Learning About Africa by Robin Koontz provides a useful and current introduction to the continent. We also looked for books by authors who were born in or lived for a while in an African country; Next Stop—Zanzibar! by Niki Daly and Magic Gourd by Coretta Scott King Honoree Baba Wague Diakiteare are included in this section.

Animal Friendships. Children and adults alike crave these stories about unlikely friendships between animals who don’t normally hang around together. From Catherine Thimmesh’s Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships to Marion Dane Bauer’s A Mama for Owen, you’ll be charmed by these books.

Animals In Danger of Extinction. We’ve included only two books in this category but both of them should be stars in your booktalks. Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton, is a stunning book—do find it! Dr. Goodall contributes a moving book, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink.

Teaching Science. If you’re working with young children in grades K through 2, you’ll want Perfect Pairs by Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley. For older students in grades 3 through 6, Picture-Perfect Science Lessons will inspire you.

Let us know how you are making use of this Bookstorm™. Share your ideas and any other books you’d add to this Bookstorm™.



Dinosaur Eggs


Dinosaur Eggs
Serves 6
When you're done with a day of tromping through the primordial savannah, on the lookout for dinosaurs, have some of these on hand for your avid dinosaur fans.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 6 medium hard-boiled eggs
  2. 1.5 lbs ground spicy sausage
  3. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  4. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1/4 tsp pepper
  6. 2 Tbsp canola oil
  7. Hot sauce (optional)
  8. Brown mustard (optional)
  1. Peel boiled eggs. Mix seasonings and bread crumbs together.
  2. Divide sausage into six equal amounts.
  3. Flatten sausage into thin patties and wrap around eggs.
  4. Roll each egg in bread crumbs.
  5. Heat oil in skillet.
  6. Fry eggs in hot oil until well browned, turning frequently.
  7. May also be baked in oven at 325 deg F for 25 minutes or until browned
  8. Serve with hot sauce or mustard if desired.
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Bookology Magazine

Catherine Thimmesh: Researching Paleoartistry

cover image How did you learn about paleoartists?

 While I was working on my book Lucy Long Ago, part of that research revealed the work of a paleoartist who reconstructed living creatures from paleo times based on fossil evidence, including the hominid, Lucy.

 How did you decide which paleoartists to contact?

I researched the world’s top paleoartists—as defined by the paleontologists and paleoartists themselves. Then, from those artists, I selected the art I personally connected with and thought might mix well together in a book. I then contacted those artists to see if they would participate in the project. (One artist contacted declined.)

How do you ask them for information?

It’s pretty straightforward—just ask! Most of the time, I’m able to contact the artists initially through email. That’s helpful for a cold-contact. I am able to introduce myself and attach a link to my website to familiarize them with my work. Then, after some initial correspondence with email, I set up a telephone interview.

from Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled, image copyright Tyler Keillor

from Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled, copyright Tyler Keillor

What’s the process you went through for obtaining permission to use the art in this book? Where did you go to find the art?

Usually the artists own the copyrights to their artwork (or sometimes a museum has the copyright), so it’s just a matter of negotiating a usage fee and the terms with which to use the work. I scoured the internet, some books, and artists’ websites to find the art. Later in the process, after the artists were selected, I would email specific requests to see if anyone had, say, a Triceratops with the scale pattern fairly visible (or some such).

How do you write so that both children and adults are interested in your books?

Hmmm …. I choose topics that interest and excite me and that I feel will interest and excite kids. Both elements must be present or I won’t do the book. I’ve started several books and then somewhere along the way either I lost interest or I felt the interest level for kids wouldn’t be there and so I abandoned the projects. I don’t consciously write for any age. I do purposefully write with a fairly casual tone—which I think tends to make a book more kid-friendly. It surprises me, still, that so many adults tell me they enjoy my books and perhaps that’s because while I try to write in an accessible manner for kids, I also refuse to dumb anything down for them—which in turn, might make the material more appealing.

Were you interested in dinosaurs as a child?


What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing this book?

My initial thought—the thought that led to digging deeper into the topic (How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like?)—was: ‘Well, obviously the artists just make this stuff up. They’d have to; there’s no reference to draw upon.’ But that thought led me to this: ‘But how can they just make stuff up and present it in a scientific context (without an attached disclaimer: THIS IS COMPLETELY MADE UP)?’ This of course got me agitated; which, in turn, led to: ‘The scientific presentations of dinosaurs (as opposed to movie dinosaurs or picture book dinosaurs) MUST be based upon something. What could it be?’ So, it was enormously surprising and gratifying to learn that paleoartists base their art not just on “something”; not even just on a handful of fossils, but on a tremendous backbone of scientific evidence and scientifically based inference (with some artistic license taken when absolutely necessary—for instance with color).

Thank you, Catherine, for writing a book that addresses questions we didn’t even know to ask, but which intrigued you enough to research and write Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? And thank you for sharing some of your book-writing journey with our Bookology readers.



Bookstorm: Scaly Spotted …

In this Bookstorm™:

Scaly Spotted Feathered FrilledScaly Spotted
Feathered Frilled:
how do we know what dinosaurs really looked like?

written by Catherine Thimmesh
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013

No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierce T. rex have been born with spots?

In a first for young readers, Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.

In each Bookstorm™, we offer a bibliography of books that have close ties to the the featured book, Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled. You’ll find books for a variety of tastes, interests, and reading abilities.

Dinosaur Digs. There are some very cool dinosaur digs throughout the United States in which you and your children can take part.

Dinosaur Nonfiction. It’s difficult to assign a reader’s age to these books. High interest levels can raise proficiency and the graphics can be read even when the words can’t be. You may need to give these books a try to see if they’re within the skills of your reader. Enjoy Gilded Dinosaur to read about two competing paleontologists who tried to outwit each other. Prehistoric Life from DK Publishing looks at all elements of the earth at the time of the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs: a Concise Natural History manages to be funny and informative.

Drawing. From Audubon to Charles R. Knight on animal anatomy to step-by-step instructions for drawing dinosaurs, there are books here that will inspire artists-in-the-making to learn more about dinosaurs while they draw them as particularly as the paleoartists do.

Fiction. From picture books to novels, from the youngest children to adults, dinosaurs are favorite subjects for writers because they’re much loved by readers. You’ll enjoy books such as Danny and the Dinosaur, Jurassic Park, and Okay for Now.

Fossil Hunters. We recommend books that range from Mary Anning’s discovery of the first complete ichthyosaurus fossil to Bob Barner examining dinosaur bones to determine what they ate to Anita Silvey’s daring plant hunters.

Graphic Novels. Dinosaurs are a favorite topic for cartoonists. Some of their graphic novels, such as Barry Sonnenfeld’s Dinosaurs vs Aliens are epics.

Paleoartists. In addition to the work of the paleoartists featured in Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled, you’ll read about Charles R. Knight, Waterhouse Hawkins, Julius Csotonyi, and others. These scientist-artists are larger than life!

Paleontology. Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up! You’ll be amazed by the feats and discoveries of the paleontologists in these books. Whether it’s Mr. Bones, Barnum Brown, or The History of Life in 100 Fossils or Jessie Hartland’s How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum or Joyce Sidman’s Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors, there are books here that will enthrall you.

Techniques for using each book:



From the Editor

by Marsha Qualey

cover imageThe confluence of science and art is at the heart of this month’s Bookstorm™ book, Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled by Catherine Thimmesh.

In conversations about school curriculum, STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) turned into STEAM (+arts) quite some time ago. But why were science and art ever detached from each other?

I suspect the truth is that wherever learning has occurred, they never were detached.

As a veteran writer and writing teacher, I know the importance of asking “What If?” Most often the question is used to nudge or explode a plot (Dragons!). But the question has equal importance when applied to manipulating reader reaction: What if I add some white space here? What if I move that page turn? How will that affect the reader’s response? Why?

As for the visual arts and music, well what’s NOT about exploring the science of the tools?

Helen Frankenthaler on Life Magazine cover

Helen Frakenthaler, artist. Photo by Gordon Parks. Click to enlarge.

What sound will I get if I mute this horn?

What If I thin the paint and don’t prime the canvas?

As you peruse this month’s Bookology you’ll see science and art hand in hand many places, most obviously in the books included in the Bookstorm ™ and our fossil slide show. Later this month we’ll have more that embraces the confluence: interviews with Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Stewart (on teaching science through literature), and an article by Jenny Barlow on using picture books to connect with people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

All that and our regular columns and articles. And of course, we’ll be skinny dipping. Glad you could join us.





Lowriders in Space Companion Booktalks


To get you started on the Bookstorm™ books …

13 Planets13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System, by David A. Aguilar. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2011.  Grades 2-6

  • Report material galore, beautifully organized
  • Illustrated with a combination of photographs and digital art
  • Includes several hands-on activities

Car Science coverCar Science: an Under-the-Hood, Behind-the-Dash Look at How Cars Work, by Richard Hammond, DK Books, 2008. Grades 3 and up

  • Key physics concepts as they relate to how cars run
  • DK’s signature exploded diagrams, cutaways, and high-interest visuals
  • Material is divided into intriguing sections: Power, Speed, Handling, and Technology

Chato's Kitchen coverChato’s Kitchen, by Gary Soto, illustrations by Susan Guevara, Penguin, 1997. Preschool through Grade 3.

  • Mouse family vs Chato, a very cool cat
  • Good story for “prediction”
  • Spanish and English vocabulary

Draw 50 Cars coverDraw 50 Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Dragsters, Vintage Cars, Dune Buggies, Mini Choppers, and Much More, by Lee J. Ames, Watson-Guptill, 2012.  Grade 1 through Adult.

  • From a Disney studios artist
  • Variety of drawing projects suitable for range of experience
  • “Step-by-step” is really layer-by-layer, showing how a drawing is “built”

Girls Think of Everything coverGirls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002. Grades 3 and up.

  • Sibert-winning author, Caldecott-winning artist
  • Inventions from exotic to familiar
  • Inventors and inventions going back to 3000 BC

If I Built a CarIf I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2005.  Primary grades.

  • 2006 E.B. White Read Aloud Award
  • Classic Van Dusen illustrations: bold colors, cartoon-style (look for hidden references to a few other Van Dusen books)
  • Great discussion starter for all ages: What kind of car would YOU design?

Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush coverMr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush, by Luis Alberto Urrea, illustrated by Christopher Cardinale, Cinco Puntos Press, 2010. Grades 7 and up.

  • Graphic novel about a graffiti artist and Mexican village life, with some magic realism
  • Narrative is a non-linear reminiscence—bold flashes of story to match the art
  • Richly-colored woodblock-style art

My Little Car coverMy Little Car, by Gary Soto, illustrated by Pam Paparone, Putnam, 2006. Preschool and primary grades.

  • Child-grandparent story
  • English and Spanish vocabulary
  • Just how do you make a car dance?

NicoVisitsNico Visits the Moon, by Honorio Robledo, Cinco Puntos Press, 2001. Preschool and primary grades.

  • Vivid, imaginative, art
  • Crawling baby, balloons, the moon—each page turn delivers a fantasy surprise
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

Norther Lights coverNorthern Lights: The Science, Myth, and Wonder of the Aurora Borealis, by George Bryson, photographs by Calvin Hall and Daryl Pederson, Sasquatch Books, 2001. Grades 3 and up for looking at the photographs, grades 5 and up for the science.

  • Beautiful photographs that can be looked at again and again
  • Discusses the many myths and legends inspired by the lights
  • Concise explanation of geophysics behind the phenomenon

Remind coverRemind, by Jason Brubaker, Coffee Table Comics, 2011. Grades 5 and up.

  • Graphic novel with a great cast: Sonja, a young woman who is a mechanical genius; Victuals, her cat that may have received the brain of an exiled lizard man; an underwater colony of lizard people
  • Wonderful array of mechanical inventions (Discuss: what kind of gizmos would you like to invent?)
  • Crisp, uncluttered illustrations—at times suitably creepy

Shark King CoverShark King, by R. Kikuo Johnon, TOON Books, 2012. Grades 1 and up.

  • Child-friendly version of a Hawaiian myth
  • Clean, highly readable layout—no sensory overload from text or illustrations
  • Includes discussion material for teachers and parents


Zita coverZita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke, First Second, 2010.  Grades 3 and up.

  • Graphic novel with a Wizard of Oz storyline: young girl is transported to a strange world
  • Though Zita is trying to save an abducted friend, and though the planet is about to be destroyed, the text and art are more about fun than fear
  • How many weird creatures can you find?




Leroy Ninker Saddles Up! Companion Booktalks

Let these help you get started on the Bookstorm™ books:

Actual SizeActual Size, written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

  • Animal parts or whole animals shown in actual size (a squid’s eye!)
  • Try to guess the animal by looking at just one part
  • Ideal for comparing and contrasting

Bill PicketBill Picket: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy,
 written by Andrea Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

  • True story of an African-American rodeo star
  • You won’t believe his trick for quieting bulls and calves
  • Biography of a true-life action superhero

Black Cowboys, Wild HorsesBlack Cowboy, Wild Horses,
 written by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

  • True story about one of the many African-American cowboys
  • Find all the camouflaged critters!
  • Horses galore!

Cowboy UpCowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo
, written by Nancy Bo Flood, photographs by Jan Sonnemair

  • You’ve heard of buckin’ broncos—how about buckin’ sheep?
  • Photos of children and teens of the Navajo Nation participating in all the events
  • Poetry, photos, and prose make you feel part of the action

Cowgirl KateCowgirl Kate and Cocoa,
 written by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

  • Easy reader with four stand-alone chapters
  • A girl with her very own horse
  • Kate and her contrary horse get into all sorts of trouble

FriendsFriends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships,
written by Catherine Thimmesh

  • Friendships between animals of different species—some are very unusual animals
  • What happens to injured wild animals? Learn about animal rehabilitation centers
  • Enticing, immediate photographs

Horse SongHorse Song: the Naadam of Mongolia, written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin

  • Based on the authors’ own visit to Mongolia
  • Young readers will love riding into competition with 9 year-old jockey Tamir
  • Illustrations bring the Naadam festival to life

In the Days of the VaquerosIn the Days of the Vaqueros,
written by Russell Freedman

  • Who were the first cowboys in the Americas? How were they different from the cowboys in movies?
  • Find out why California Vaqueros would lasso and capture grizzly bears
  • Great material for a report

Just the Right SizeJust the Right Size,
written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton

  • Why can’t there be a real King Kong?
  • Why can geckoes climb on ceilings and humans can’t?
  • Have fun with math (and the cartoon illustrations) to find the answers

Leroy NinkerLeroy Ninker Saddles Up
, written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

  • A scary storm, a search for a lost friend, a celebration with friends—exciting action
  • Silly characters and their tongue-twisty, funny dialogue
  • First book in a companion series to the author’s Mercy Watson books—plenty more reading for eager readers

Name JarThe Name Jar
, written and illustrated by Yangsook Choi

  • Classroom story about young Korean immigrant Unhei’s dilemma: should she choose an American name?
  • Warm, simple illustrations that evoke all the emotions and humor
  • Topic of “Your name” makes a wonderful discussion and writing prompt

written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman.

  • What do you think about on a rainy day?
  • Mingles a boy’s real and imagined world in a story without words
  • Caldecott Honor author/illustrator


Ready Steady SpaghettiReady Steady Spaghetti, by Lucy Broadhurst

  • Cookbook with colorful and engaging photographs—wow factor
  • Uncomplicated recipes for a range of food–vegetarian, desserts, snacks, and more
  • “Swamp Mud” looks delicious!

Star of Wild Horse CanyonStar of Wild Horse Canyon,
written by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Grace Paull

  • Capturing and taming wild horses!
  • A mystery involving a lost horse—can you solve it before Danny does?
  • Why is the horse named Star?

, written by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by John Wallace

  • All the facts about this unseen weather element—in text just right for beginning readers
  • Part of a set of four, also including Rain, Snow, and Clouds—great for first science reports
  • And just where does the wind come from?



Monday Morning Roundup

Barbara O’Connor‘s book How to Steal a Dog is a real children’s favorite. This book about a homeless girl’s plan to save her family by stealing a dog has, to date, been nominated in twenty-one states for a children’s choice award. We’ve recently learned that the book is a winner in three states, receiving the […]


Monday morning roundup

Hey, Joyce Sidman, your new book, Ubiquitous, has done the Most Unusual … five starred reviews! In 2009, only 13 books received five starred reviews (if you’re curious, check out the Seeing Stars 2009 document, stored on Radar, the CLN members’ home page). Booklist, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal […]