They are just awesome! These new books take the most difficult scientific subjects and describe them in ways for youngsters, as well as for adults (who feel they don’t have scientific minds), to read and to understand and to enjoy. They make science and our world interesting.
Take Tiny Creatures: the world of microbes.
I’ve always known that, “there are living things so tiny that they could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.” Combining the clear writing by the author, Nicola Davies, with the awesome illustrations, by Emily Sutton, and you really get a sense of the tininess of these animals. Take this example, “A single drop of seawater can hold twenty million microbes. That’s about the same as the number of people in New York State.” Then we learn even more about how well fed microbes like E. coli simply split and start to fill up space. By the end of this 36 page picture book you are thankful for microbes on our earth and appreciate how, “the tiniest lives do some of the biggest jobs.”
Then we get the answers on the following page and we see that if our bone configuration was different we might just be a snake or horse, zebra or donkey. I can't imagine a more clever and fun way to learn about vertebrates and bones.
My students call me "Lori the Librarian." For the past 25 years I have had the best job as School Librarian in the Aaron Kushner Library for grades K-3 at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.