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
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
Price, Hugh and Bel Spiby. Pterosaur’s Long Flight. L. 1997.
A pterosaur has to find food to feed the newly-hatched baby pterosaurs, and must escape from triceratops, t-rexes, and crocodiles to find fish for his babies.
TAGS: fiction, dinosaurs, t rex, triceratops, adventure, L
INFO: Rathman, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. L. 1995.
DESC: Nobody pays attention to Officer Buckle’s safety speeches until his new police dog, Gloria, starts acting out his tips when he can’t see—until he finds out and thinks she’s stolen the spotlight. Kids like picking out the funny details in the drawings. Caldecott winner!
TAGS: fiction, Caldecott, school, safety, dog, police, funny, humorous details, L
INFO: Thorton Jones, Marcia and Dadey, Debbie. The Bailey City Monsters: Vampire Trouble. L. 1998.
DESC: The weird adult populace of Bailey City is rendered yet stranger with the arrival of Hauntly family of Hauntly Manor Inn, in particular Madame Hauntly, who cheers on the kids at soccer games but nevertheless sleeps in the dirt and bears fangs.
TAGS: Highland Park, Chapter book, Mystery, Monsters, Sports, Fantasy, l, level l, highland park-l, lima, fiction, chapter
INFO: Giles, Jenny. Luke’s Go-Cart. L. 1999.
DESC: Luke’s dad builds him his very own go-cart. When Luke wants to show it off at the school carnival, he can’t get the go-cart to start.
TAGS: go-cart, perseverance, L, Richard Avenue
INFO: McTrustry, Chris. George and the Whopper. L. 2000
DESC: George refuses to eat his vegetables at supper. This forces his father to get the President involved. The town where George lives is buzzing with the news that the President is coming to visit.
TAGS: vegetables, chapter book, President, L, Richard Avenue