Nonfiction Monday Round-Up and My End of Year Books

    

When I took December off, I forgot about my time for Nonfiction Monday. So I’m back! Welcome to SimplyScience. Put your information and link in the comments and I’ll update them throughout the day.   

From Abby (the) Librarian, The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson.

Robin at The Book Nosher has a new National Geographic book: live, laugh, celebrate.

Roberta at Wrapped in Foil has Dragonflies of North America by Kathy Biggs

In Need of Chocolate has Paleo Sharks

Wild About Nature reviews About Penguins: A Guide for Children

Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian reviews Zero is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco

Amanda at A Patchwork of Books has reviewed lots of picture book biographies 

Wendie’s Wanderings looked outside her window and decided that 20 inches of snow was the order of the day and so is offering Snowflake Bentley

Lost Between the Pages has Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids

Check It Out has Redwoods by Jason Chin

Bookends Blog has a fabulous pair of poetry/animal camouflage books: Where in the Wild and Where Else in the Wild

Tundras

Frosty Treeless Land

By Laura Purdie Salas

Illustrated by Jeff Yesh

Picture Window Books, 2009

This fact filled book explained tundras in detail with excellent, reader-friendly text and supplied additional, fun information in sidebar Fun Facts. One in the series of Amazing Science—Ecosystems, it’s fun to read. Carefully labeled illustrations highlight the digital art. Tundra facts appear in the back matter. It includes a glossary, index, and further reading section.

Activity

Create a food chain for the tundra.

National Science Standard: organisms and environments

Book sent by publisher

Box Jellyfish

Killer Tentacles

By Natalie Lunis

Bearport Publishing, 2010

The deadly difference between box jellyfish and regular jellyfish are detailed in this book. The book begins with a girl being stung and explains the treatment, then goes on to discuss these tropical invertebrates. One in the series Afraid of the Water, this book contains fascinating photos and one of the stings is sure to be remembered. It includes a glossary, index, and further reading section.

Activity

Create a chart comparing the differences in box jellyfish and regular jellyfish. Don’t forget to include habitat, eyes, swimming, tentacle placement, and lots of other differences.

National Science standard: organims and environment

Book donated by publisher

Let’s Look at Snails

By Laura Hamilton Waxman

Lerner Publications, 2010

Lightning Bolt Books

Bold, bright photos mix with big text to describe snails and how they live. Labels point out specific facts and the book has additional fun facts and a snail diagram in the back matter. It includes a glossary, index, and further reading section.

Activity

Look up snails to find out all of the places snails live. Make a chart to show these habitats.

 National Science standard: organisms and their environment, life cycle

Book donated by publisher

Out of This World

The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth

By Jacob Berkowitz

Kids Can Press, 2009

This text dense book about the hunt to find an alien Earth that supports life as we know it begins as fiction, but is filled with facts. Sidebars provide additional information. It will appeal to the budding astronomer who can distinguish fact from fiction. Some of the ideas provide food for thought and this could be a fun book for the right reader.

Activity

Find out more about exoplanets.

http://exoplanets.org/

National Science standard: objects in the sky

Book donated by publisher

Many thanks to the publishers who contributed their books. The blog has been a pleasure and I’ll be able to include my two new science books in the blog in the coming year!

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16 Responses to Nonfiction Monday Round-Up and My End of Year Books

  1. Shirley Duke says:

    Almi,
    I like books like this, but it isn’t what I blog about. Best of luck with the book.
    Shirley

  2. Tiiu Kleyn says:

    Hi, My book Almi a Refugee is coming out now. It’s a biography of a refugee. Being a refugee once is more than most people can consider but Almi and her family did it twice and if things hadn’t worked out it could have happened again. There are so many refugees world-wide and increasing daily. This book could perhaps be an inspiration and encouragement to those who find themselves in a refugee status. It could also perhaps inspire readers that no matter how bad their circumstances, with faith and courage, you can survive and win through against all odds in the end. small wooden box. Tiiu’s mother, Almi,

  3. Cindy Dobrez says:

    Thanks for taking a break from your break to host today! Bookends Blog has been busy baking up cookies and a late post about a fabulous pair of poetry/animal camouflage books called Where in the Wild and Where Else in the Wild. http://bookends.booklistonline.com.

  4. Anna Martino says:

    Hi! Thanks for all the round up links! I posted a review on Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids http://lostbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/2009/12/book-drops-nonfiction-mondays-post.html. Thank you!

  5. Wendie Old says:

    Wendie’s Wanderings looked outside her window and decided that snow was the order of the day. (20 inches of it) So, the book I’m touting is Snowflake Bentley.

    http://wendieold.blogspot.com/2009/12/nonfiction-monday-snowflake-bentley.html

    -wendie old

  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks for hosting! I have reviewed a whole bunch of picture book biographies for Non-Fiction Monday:

    http://apatchworkofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/non-fiction-monday-picture-book.html

    Amanda
    A Patchwork of Books

  7. Today Fegan reviewed “Zero is the Leaves on the Tree” by Betsy Franco.

    http://3tnar.blogspot.com/2009/12/nonfiction-monday-zero-is-leaves-on.html

    How about a Christmas version? Zero is the number of parking spaces anywhere near the mall…

  8. inneedofchocolate says:

    Thanks for coming back to do the round up at this busy time of year! I’ve reviewed Paleo Sharks: http://inneedofchocolate.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/non-fiction-monday-paleo-sharks/

  9. [...] This week’s Non-Fiction Monday Round Up is at Simply Science. [...]

  10. Roberta says:

    I’m sorry you had to come back from your break to host. Looks like it might be a quiet day, though. Thank you.

    I did a quick look at Dragonflies of North America by Kathy Biggs at Wrapped in Foil

    http://blog.wrappedinfoil.com/2009/12/dragonflies-of-north-america-for-children/

  11. Wild About Nature blog reviews About Penguins: A Guide for Children.

    http://wildaboutnaturewriters.blogspot.com/2009/12/nonfiction-monday-about-penguins.html

    Thanks for hosting this week!

  12. Abby says:

    Thanks for hosting!

    At Abby (the) Librarian, I have a review of The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson.

    http://abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/12/book-review-story-of-snow.html

  13. Robin Gaphni says:

    Thanks for hosting this week. At The Book Nosher, I posted about a new National Geographic book called: live, laugh, celebrate. Here’s the link: http://thebooknosher.blogspot.com/2009/12/live-laugh-celebrate.html

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