A Tour of the Planets. O.

Berger, Melvin. A Tour of the Planets. O. 1994.

Kids interested in the solar system will be interested in this book, although outside knowledge will have outstripped what’s in it.  This book predates the naming of Pluto as a dwarf planet and the discovery of the Oort cloud of dwarf planets and comets beyond it.

Outer space, nonfiction, planets, solar system, o

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Sticky and Slimy. L.

Ash Sullivan, Eric. Sticky and Slimy. L. 2007.

This nonfiction book tells all about animals (and a plant) that are sticky (sundews, spiders, geckos, squid) and slimy (hagfish and squid).  It explains in what way they’re sticky or slimy, how this adaptation works, and why it’s useful for them to have!  This is an entertaining nonfiction book about weird animals that will easily keep readers around L interested.

Nonfiction, bugs, geckos, lizards, squid, gross, wild animals, adaptation, evolution, l

Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L.

Berger, Melvin. Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L. 1999.

This book tells all about different shark species, a shark’s life-cycle, how sharks feed, and how sharks swim and live.  Popular above (and even below) its difficulty level, due to the great cover, exciting subject matter and cool photos of sharks.  Most of the vocabulary is straightforward and non-technical, so this can be a good introduction to more complex non-fiction writing as well.

TAGS: finland, finland-l, l, level L, non-fiction, sharks, animal facts, fish, oceans

Shipwrecked! R.

Pedersen, Frank. Shipwrecked! R. 2000.

A young sailor, William Wainwright, is shipwrecked and cast up on a desert isle in the Indian Ocean in this very brief take on Robinson Crusoe. William must solve the problems of how to get the basics for living—shelter, food, water, and fire—using only what he is able to find on his island (coconuts, leaves, rocks, and bits of shipwreck).  Kids like imagining how to build

TAGS: fiction, historical fiction, building, engineering, technology, sailors, ships

Tents. J.

Rollis, Charlemae. Tents. J. 1976.

Tents (Scott Foresman Reading Systems Level 3, Book B)

Like the other books in the odd-covered UNICEF English-language education series, this book is a combination of a short story and a brief nonfiction section. In this case, the short story is  one about two boys named Dan and Carl and their desire to sleep outside in their very own tent—even the rain can’t keep them from enjoying it.  The nonfiction section has instruction on how to make your own tent, whether you make it outside between some trees, off the edge of a porch, or indoors.  The book also has short built-in multiple-choice comprehension questions.

TAGS: J, fiction, chapter, camping, outdoors, tents, crafts, friendship, perseverance

Adventures of the Robber Pig. M.

Mahy, Margaret. Adventures of the Robber Pig. M. 2000.

The robber pig wants to drink the king’s bottle of milk, but hiding in the swamp might not be the best idea. Will he get away with it before trouble finds him? Then, the robber pig wants to steal Mrs. Lockett’s pies, but will her bumbling foil his plan? Finally, can the robber pig find true love and give up his thieving ways?

TAGS: funny, humorous details, fiction, chapter, moral lesson, stealing, fantasy, m

Amazing Crickets. M.

Jacobs, Daniel. Amazing Crickets. M. 1999.

This book has facts about crickets: their anatomy, their senses, how they sing, why they sing, and what their life-cycles are like.  The photographs may not be as richly colored as those in other insect books (neither is the subject), but for kids who want to know about the bugs they see around, this can be a good choice.

TAGS: Nonfiction, bugs, insects, crickets, wildlife, ecology, photographs, animal facts, m