What is Ms. Daitch reading?


We have several different "scientists" books, some by the same author, some by different authors.   I've read and find these books fascinating.  If you are too young to read these on your own, read them with your family.  The titles include:  Wild Horse Scientists,  Elephant  Scientists, Polar Bear Scientists, Volcanoes, Eruptions and the Science of Saving Lives, Arctic thaw : the people of the whale in a changing climate, Gorilla Doctors,  Saving Endangered Great Apes,  Extreme Scientists, Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places, Planet hunter : Geoff Marcy and the search for other Earths, The manatee scientist : saving vulnerable species,   Whaling season : a year in the life of an arctic whale scientist

I've read several in the fairly new series, "What was "   Examples of the titles include:  What was the Battle of Gettysburg and What was Pearl Harbor.  These are, for the most part, straight forward histories, most of which can be read by 2-6 graders.


 Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery. 

This is for upper elementary +.  It is a wonderful biography of the animal scientists/inventor. 


Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Obed. 

This is a beautifully written book that describes how ice changes during the year and its relationship with the author's family.


Ain't Nothing But a Man by Scott Reynolds Nelson

This is an EXCELLENT example of how writing an information text evolves, by following leads  and carefully researching a topic.  There is much to learn from this book!


Found--The Missing Series, Book 1, by Margaret Haddix

I love this book.  A plane lands at the airport, no pilot is found, the witnessesd who saw it come in are discredited and babies are found, alone, on the plane.  What a wonderful set up to a fabulous science fiction series!


One Year In Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

Polly Horvath writes unexpected books.  She is truly a treasure!   In this story Primose's parents are possibly dead at sea, although Primrose does not believe this is their fate.  Primrose is sent to live with a neighbor until her uncle comes to town.  The story has all sorts of interesting twists and turns, recipes for each chapter, and a happy ending.  Delicious! Other books that we have by Polly include Everything On A Waffle and My One Hundred Adventures.

Noah Webster and His Words  Jeri Ferris

This is a very nicely written picture book biography about the dictionary giant, Noah Webster. 

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick 14 Amazing Authors Tell The Tales

In 1984, Chris Van Allsburg gave us The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a book with full page pictures with captions.  In 2011, 14 authors wrote stories that explain these weird pictures.  It's all very interesting!!


The Girl Who Owned A City by O. T. Nelson

In this dystopia, everyone over the age of  12 is dead.  Lisa organizes the children in her town, finds a place to live, and brings order to their chaotic lives.



Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart

 The book has a wonderful 1st chapter that just draws you in--taken from events that unfold in the plot.  You must read the book to find out how the main character comes to find himself in such a dire situation, turning into a werewolf.

Camo Girl by Magoon, Kekla

This is a story about three 6th graders, all of whom have had something happen to their dads.  Two are bound together in order to survive middle school.  The third comes in as a new student and then everything falls apart. I really can't say more about the book, except it is very sad and poignant.  Let's see who will read this.

The Dragon of Trillian by Michelle Knudsen

Although Michelle is mainly known for her picture books, most notably Library Lion, she also writes books for an older audience. This book has a feisty heroine, magic, and a dragon. It's a little lovey dovey, but a thoroughly enjoyable read.  And it's primed for a sequel.

The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

by Geraldine McCaughrean

This book is EXCEEDINGLY funny with lots of sly humor. A trio of 12 year old students go down the Mississippi to rendevous with their old school teacher who is now an actress on a paddleboard. I think that this is my newest favorite book.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

You know you have a winner when the cover is covered with award medals. Wow! This book has action, terror, clones, orphans,etc. Unfortunately, after reading it, I realized that it doesn't fit on the elementary shelves. I sent it on to the middle/high school. It happens.


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by  Jacqueline Kelly

Callie is surrounded by  6 brothers.  So she is expected to be the prim and proper girl of the family.  However, she begins spending time with her grandfather and realizes that her life can be more than she or her mother could ever imagine.  Callie learns to be a scientist and evolves into a  delightful character that you will want to read about. I highly recommend this book!


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