Is It a Fruit?. I.

Pritchett, Jan. Is It a Fruit?. I. 2000

A nonfiction book about how to determine if something is a fruit or not.  A fruit must be part of a plant, grow from a flower, and hold seeds.  Throughout the book, the reader is asked to look at two items and determine which is a fruit.  Then, on the following pages they can check their answer.

TAGS: nonfiction, fruit, identification, garden, I, North Franklin

Sea Animals. I.

 Staman, Ann. Sea Animals. I. 2008.

A book about some of the animals that live in the sea.  It discusses the parts that are required for an animal to be a fish (fins, backbone, gills), as well as why some other creatures are not considered fish even though they have one or two of those parts (must have all three to be a fish). 

TAGS: sea, animals, fish, sharks, crabs, ocean, nonfiction, informational, I, North Franklin

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

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

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

Finding the Titanic. Q.

Ballard, Robert D. Finding the Titanic. Q. 1993.

A more complex book about the Titanic than others. The book alternates between a historical narrative following one twelve-year-old girl exploring and then escaping the ship and a discovery narrative closely following the archaeological team. Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books. Illustrated with detailed paintings as well as period photographs and photographs of the archaeological process. Chapters are 6-10 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, q

The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N.

Donnelly, Judy. The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N. 1987.

This is a nonfiction book about the size and details of the Titanic, the shipwreck, and, finally, the discovery of the wreck 75 years later.  The story of the wreck is a narrative but does not follow any one person in particular.  Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books.  With illustrations in marker. Chapters are 10-15 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, n