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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Reid-Aloud Alert
This issue’s column features good read-aloud books that feature both boys and girls who have aptitudes in some aspects of science. The “10-Minute Selections” have been chosen to help promote the book to young readers or for an adult to share with kids if there isn’t enough time to read the entire book.
Superstar. By Mandy Davis. 2017. Harper, $16.99 (9780062377777). Gr. 4–6.
Ten-year-old Lester lost his astronaut father in a mission disaster. When his mother gets a job as a librarian, Lester, who has been homeschooled, must now attend fifth grade at a public school. School is hard for him to understand because he depends on his routines and often takes things very literally. But there is one subject he is especially good at: science.
Read the chapter titled “A Question.” Lester informs his teacher he has an idea for his science project on flying. He is upset when he learns that his mother must sign a permission form. Continue reading the next chapter, titled “Permission.” Mom, indeed, tells Lester he must choose another topic. The chapter ends with Lester punching his pillow over and over.
The Nora Notebooks: The Trouble with Ants. By Claudia Mills. Illus. by Katie Kath. 2015. Knopf, $14.99 (9780385391610). Gr. 3–5.
Nora’s goal is to become the youngest person to “have a research paper published in a peer-reviewed science journal.” She decides to work on her favorite topic: ants.
10-Minute Selection: Read the middle portion of chapter three, beginning with the sentence, “In the kitchen, she cut through the tape on the box with a pair of shears and opened the lid.” Nora has received a plastic ant farm and a supply of live ants. To appease her worried mother, Nora shakes the ant tube to prove they cannot get out. Of course, they do. End the reading with the following line: “The few remaining ants were never seen again, except for one that provoked a scream from her mother a day or two later and got itself squashed to death with a wadded paper towel.”
The Amazing Wilmer Dooley. By Fowler DeWitt. Illus. by Rodolfo Montalvo. 2014. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781442498549). Gr. 4–6.
This sequel follows Wilmer and several young scientists participating in the Forty-Fifth Annual State Science Fair and Consortium. Wilmer’s project centers around the plague and leeches. Standing in Wilmer’s way is his archnemesis, Claudius Dill.
10-Minute Selection: Read the second half of chapter three, beginning with the line, “Claudius seethed, steam practically rising from his ears like an overheated teapot.” Claudius is jealous of Wilmer and wants to put him in his place by winning first prize at the science fair. Claudius teams up with his cousin Vlad. The chapter ends with the sentence, “Vlad eyed Claudius, smiled, and then echoed Claudius’s cackle.”
Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea. By Anna Humphrey. Illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton. 2014. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9781442480278). Gr. 3–5.
The school science fair is 10-year-old Ruby’s “favorite thing of the year. This year, Ruby decides to make a type of contraption to help her grandfather, who has just lost his dog, Tomato. Ruby’s invention will help fetch the newspaper and slippers.
10-Minute Selection: Read the first section of chapter five. Ruby has not only taken her older sister’s shoelaces for her invention but she’s also “borrowed” hangers from her sister’s closet, her sister’s earrings, her mother’s binder clips, a rubber mat, her father’s ruler, and “the coiled-up cable from our yard.” Ruby is caught red-handed. The section ends with the sentence, “And, anyway, what was the big deal about borrowing some old shoelaces and a few wire hangers when it was all in the name of science?”
Rob Reid’s latest book is Reaching Reluctant Young Readers, published in spring 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield.
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