Written in a conversational tone, this unique field guide teaches children where and how to look for birds. Cate details all aspects of bird watching including sounds, shapes, colors and classifications. The ink and watercolor illustrations of cartoon birds steal the show.
by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2013)
Albee weaves together history and science in this survey book about fashion fads from past centuries. The vivid descriptions, use of humor and interesting subject matter make this a popular title with middle grade readers.
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca Johnson (Millbrook Press, 2013)
The title of this book is just screaming to be picked up and read. In chapters alternating between narrative and expository, Johnson describes how creatures take over the bodies and brains of other animals. Parasites, worms and fungus, oh my!