by Seymour Simon


Subjects – Kepler space telescope, SETI institute, Frank Drake, Breakthrough Listen – Stephen Hawking

Award – 2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books


Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet by Curtis Manley, Jessica Lanan (Illustrator) – Horn Book, SLJ Reviews


Exoplanets – BrainPop

Exoplanets – Classroom check out  Teacher’s  Resource

Seymour Simon Book Talk: EXOPLANETS


Author – Seymour Simon

Beginner’s Guide to exoplanets | Explore | physics.org

Breakthrough Initiatives – Listen 

Exoplanets – National Geographic

Exoplanets – The Planetary Society Founded by Carl Segan and others

Frank Drake – Famous Scientists

SETI – Exoplanets

Stephen Hawking – Home

What is an Exoplanet – NASA for Kids

Woot! 4,001 exoplanets and counting | Space | EarthSky

Mae Among the Stars

Written by Roda Ahmed, Illustrated by Stasia Burrington


Summary– A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

Crossword Puzzle

Astronaut Mae Jemison by Allison Lassieur
Mae Jemison by Janey Levy
Mae Jemison by Elizabeth Raum
Mae Jemison by Jodi Shepherd (Rookie Biographies)
You should meet Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven, ill. by Monique Dong

Mae C. Jemison – Astronaut | Mini Bio | Bio – YouTube

Mae Among the Stars – Roda Shmed (Author)
Mae Among the Stars – Harper Collins (Publisher)
20 Books That Inspire Black Girls to Strive Toward Greatness
Changing the Face of Medicine | Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jamison | Daring Makes a Difference  Biography
Dreaming with Confident
Jamison, Mae – National Women’s Hall of Fame
Mae Jemison – Biographical Data – NASA
MaiStoryBook Library: Mae Among the StarsVocabulary, Main Idea, Craft Activity
Meet Mae Jemison, a Super Scientisit| NASA: Challenging the Space Frotniter| Scholastic.com
Former Astronaut Mae Jemison Brings her Message Down to Earth : Shooting Star
Space Mini Unit – THE SILVAN REVERIEBook List, Projects and Activities
Women in Science Reading List For Kids and Tweens
Women in STEM  New children’s books about Women in Science and Technology

A House in the Sky and other Uncommon Animal Homes

by Steve Jenkins, illustrated by Robbin Gourley


Summary – This book provides a look at different ways that animals shelter themselves with simple text and watercolor illustrations.

Animals  – Tree-kangaroo (599.22), badger (599.76), reed warbler , Siamese fighting fish, Red ovenbirds, Beavers (599.37), rock-boring urchin, burrowing owl, common box turtle (597.92), common swift, veined octopus (594.56), caddis fly larva, hermit crabs, termites (595.7), satin bowerbird, Venus comb, whale barnacles, house mouse, Mexican book beetle and raccoons (599.76).

Award – NSTA 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book

Books about Animal Homes
Animal Homes by Angela Wilkes Teacher’s Guide
A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
Mama Dug a Little Den by Jennifer Ward
A Place to Start a Family by David Harrison
Welcome Home Bear by Il Sung Na

Books about the Animals in this book
Badgers by Lynn Stone
Badgers by Derek Zobel  (Blastoff! Readers. Backyard Wildlife)
A Beaver’s Busy Year by Mary Holland
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (E CAR)
Raccoons by Chris Bowman (Blastoff! Readers. North American animals)
Octopus Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Quest for the Tree- Kangaroosby Sy Montgomery
Termites by Kari Schuetz
Turtles by Debbie Freeman
Wabler Wave by April Pulley Sayre

Coconut Carrying Octopus
Female Satin Bowerbird Visiting Bower
Habitat: Animal Homes  includes Support Materials

Animal Homes Print-outs – Enchanted Learning(subscription required to print)
Awesome Animal Homes– Readworks
Betta Splendens– Siamese Fighting Fish
Bizarre Octopus Carrying Coconut Shells as Instant Shelter
Burrowing Owl– All About Birds
A House in the Sky– Charlesbridge (Publisher)
Learn About Animal HomesPrintable Matching Animals to their homes
Male Bowerbirds must master many skills– Birdwatching
Reed Warbler– Wildlife Trusts
Rock Boring sea urchins– Susan Scott
Ovenbirds– All About Birds
Venus Comb Murex– Object Lessons
Where Animals Live– Reading A-Z (subscription required to print)

Grumpy Monkey

By Suzanne Lang, Illustrated by Max Lang


Feeling Puppets
Grumpy Monkey Activities – National Braille Press

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayby Judith Viorst
Grumpy Bird  by Jeremy Tankard
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Mrs. Biddlebox by Linda Smith, Author, Marla Frazee, Illustrator
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah  Diesen

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne and Max Lang – Read Aloud Story

Grumpy Monkey – Celebrate Picture Books   Emotions Storytelling Bear Activities
Grumpy Monkey Literacy Companion Activities– TpT
Random House– Discussion Guide

Mama Dug a Little Den

by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins


Subjects– Animal Homes, Red Fox, Land Toads, Beavers, Red and Gray Squirrels, Platypus, Polar Bears, Gila monster, Prairie Dogs, Tarantula, Skunks, Bobcats, Armadillos,  Eastern Cottontail rabbits, Sea Turtles


Award 2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book



Animal Homes Printouts (requires subscription)

Search for Animal Homes – NWF | Ranger Rick   Printables

Underground and Burrowing Animal Printouts (requires subscription)


Books about Animals in this book and their homes

Amazing Animal Homes by Chris Packham

Animals at Home by David Lock (DK readers – Level 1)

Animal Homes   by Ann Squire (True Book series)

Armadillo’s Burrow by Dee Phillips

Baby Animals in Dens by Martha E. H. Rustad

Baby Sea Turtles by Aubrey Lang and Wayne Lynch

Bobcats by Megan Borgert-Spaniel

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer by Mary Holland

Gila Monster’s Burrow by Dee Phillipps

A House in the Sky and Other Uncommon Animal Homes by Steve Jenkins

How Animals Build by Lonely Planet Kids

Magic School Bus Hops Home by Pat Reif

Prairie Dog’s  Hideaway by Dee Phillips

Rabbits and Their Burrows by Linda Tagliaferro

Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons

Skunks by Sandra Markle

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated y Steve Jenkins

Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop (Scientist in the Field series)

Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky



Artist – Steve Jenkins

Author – Jennifer Ward

How to identify animal holes – Discover Wildlife (BBC)

National Geographic Kids – Animals

Marie Curie

by Demi


Award –  2019 NSTA  Outstanding Science Trade Book


Books about Marie Curie

Marie Curie by Liz Gogerly (Scientist who made history series)

Marie Curie by Kathleen Krull (Giants of Science series)

Marie Curie: A brilliant life by Elizabeth MacLeod

Marie Curie for Kids By Amy O’Quinn

Marie Curie  Prize-Winning Scientist by Lori Mortensen

Marie Curie: pioneering physicist by Elizabeth Cregan (Compass Point Books)

Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries by Mike Venezia

Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science  by Philip  Sttele (National Geographic World History Biography series)

Something out of nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla McClafferty

Who was Marie Curie by Megan Stine (Who was… series)



Biography of Marie Curie for Kids: Famous Scientists for Children

Marie Curie – Animated Heros Classics(Preview )



Facts about Marie Curie

Madame Cure Facts for Kids

Marie Curie – Animated Hero Classics – Resources and Activity Book

Marie Curie -Duckster

Marie Curie Facts, Worksheets, Childhood & Life for Kids

Marie Curie – Growing With Science Blog  Suggestions for Related Activities

Marie Curie Printables, Classroom Activities, Teacher Resources | RIF.org  Word Search

Fur, Feather, Fin: All of Us are Kin

written by Diane Lang, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis


Award2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

Summary – A fact-filled rhyming exploration of the diversity of the animal kingdom celebrates mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and more! Great for learning about animal classifications.

Subject Headings– Vertebrates – Amphibians, Animals , Birds, , Fish, Mammals, Reptiles; Invertebrates – Sponges, Echinoderm (Sea Stars, Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers), Annelids( Tubeworms, Earthworms, Feather duster worms), Mollusks (Squid, Clams, Oysters, Mussels), Cephalopods ( Octopuses, Squids), Coelenterates (Jellyfish, Sea Anemones, Coral), Arthropods (Insects, Arachnids -Spiders, scorpions, Ticks; Myriapods – Centiped, Millipedes; Crustaceans – Crabs, Crayfishes, lobsters)

Call # – 590 -599

Kids Corner – Animal Classification game
Let’s Talk About Insects

Books by Diane Lang
Daytime Nighttime: All throughout the year
Long and Short of Color and Ruff
Vulture Verses: Love poems for the unloved

Books – Nonfiction
590 ALO Many Kinds of Animals/ Aloian/Kalman
590 HEW All Kinds of Animals/ Sally Hewitt
590 KAL What is the Animal Kingdom? / Kalman
590.1 ROY Animal Classification / Angela Royston
592 MAC Wonderful World of Animals: Insects& other Invertebrates/ MacLeod
592 ROY Invertebrates/ Royston
597 MAC Wonderful world of Animals: Fish/MacLeod
597 ROY Fish / Angela Royston
597 SNE What is a fish? / Robert Snedden
597.8 KAL What is an amphibian/ Bobbie Kalman
597.8 MAC Wonderful World of Animals: Amphibians/ MacLeod
597.8 SNE What is an amphibian? /Robert Snedden
597.9 KAL What is a Reptile/ Kalman
597.9 MAC Wonderful World of Animals: Reptile/ MacLeod
597.9 SNE What is a reptile? / Robert Snedden
598 MAC Wonderful World of Animals: Birds/ MacLeod
598 ROY Birds/ Angela Royston
598 SNE What is a bird? / Robert Snedden
599 MAC Wonderful World of Animals: Mammals/ MacLeod
599 SNE What is a mammal? / Robert Snedden

VID 598 All About Birds
VID 595.7 All about Bugs
VID 595.7 Eyewitness Insect
VID 597.6 Eyewitness Amphibian
VID 597.9 All about Reptiles
VID 597.9 Eyewitness Reptile
VID  598 Eyewitness Bird
VID 599 All about Mammals
VID 599 Eyewitness Mammal

Videos – Online
Classifying Animals – Brainpopjr
Animal Classification for Children – FreeSchool

Animal Classification – Sheppard Software
Enchanted Learning – Vertebrates
Enchanted Learning – Invertebrates

Eavesdropping on Elephants

by Patricia Newman


Award2019 NTSA Outstanding Science Trade Book



Elephant Word Search

Enchanted Learning – Elephants  Coloring Sheet (Subscription required)


Books about Elephants

Elephants by Seymour Simon

Elephants of Africa by Gail Gibbons

The Elephant Scientist  by Caitlin O’Connell, Donna M. Jackson, Timothy Rodwell

Face to Face with Elephants by Dereck Joubert

How to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy

Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

A Passion for Elephants by Toni Buzzeo and Holly Berry

Tarra and Bella by Carol Buckley


Books by Patricia Newman

Neema’s Reason to Smile

Plastic, Ahoy

Sea Otter Heroes

Zoo Scientist to the Rescue



Eavesdropping on Elephants trailer 

Eavesdrop on Elephants – National Geographic

Listening to Elephants

9 Weird Ways Animals Communicate – YouTube



Author -Patricia Newman

Eavesdropping on Elephants – Bird Sleuth – Teaching Guide as well as supplemental videos to go with it

Eavesdropping on Elephants – Unleashing Readers – Discussion Questions

Eavesdropping on Elephants -Lerner Books – Preview from the publisher

Elephants – Pinterest – Patrica Newman’s Pinterest board full of resources

Elephant Listening Project (ELP)

Elephant Sanctuary – Tarra

Elephants – Cincinnati Zoo

National Geographic Kids – Africa Elephant


Flying Deep

by Michelle Cusolito, illustrated by Nicole Wong


Experience a day in the life of an Alvin pilot, diving two miles down to explore the seafloor, collect samples, and conduct research. Along the way, discover what one wears, eats, and talks about during a typical eight-hour trip in a underwater craft, and find out more about the animals that live deep in our oceans.

Subjects – Deep Ocean, Dumbo octopus, Eelpout, Giant tube worms, Ghost crab, Oceanography,  Pompeii Worms,  Submarine, Underwater Exploration,  Underwater volcano

 Award – 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books 

Books about submarines/underwater exploration

Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean by Bradley Hague

Deep-Sea Floor by Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated by Gregory Wenzel

Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano (Scientists in the Field series) by Kenneth Mallory

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the bottom of the sea by Steve Jenkins

Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

Into the Deep : The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe by David Sheldon

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire Nivola

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming

Sea Creatures by Seymour Simon

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh



Alvin Submarine – WIRED

Alvin Takes You There

Volcanos of the Deep Sea



Alvin – Ages of Exploration

ALVIN – US Navy Submersible

Enchanted Learning – Ocean Animals

Flying Deep – Charlesbridge

Human Occupied Vehicle  Alvin: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  Check out History and Ocean Observatories

Pinterest – Michelle Cusolito  Check out the authors resources

Sea Vent Viewer

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science

by Joyce Sidman


Biography of Maria Sibylla Merian, the first naturalist to observe live insects directly,  and  also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.  In this visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, the Newbery Honor–winning author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects.

Subjects- Biography, butterflies, Entomologists, Ecologist, insects, life cycle, metamorphosis, Maria Merian, Scientific Illustrator

Award – 2019 Sibert Award

Books about Maria Merian

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins

Maria Merian’s Butterflies by Kate Heard

Marian Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer by Sarah B. Pomeroy,  Jeyaraney Kathirithamby

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, Julie Paschkis (illustrator)



Enchanted Learning – Butterfly Life Cycle

From  caterpillar to butterfly: the metamorphosis by Merian

History Girls: Maria Merian’s Butterflies & Flowers

Joyce Sidman – Classroom Guide

Joyce Sidman – Useful Links for Further Study

Maria Merian Biography   Check out the Videos

Maria Sibylla Merian – Botanical Art & Artists

Maria Merian Butterflies  Check out the Contents of this Exhibit