Africa: A Reading List

Conakry, Guinea, is the World Book Capital for 2017. What better way to celebrate World Book Day this Saturday than with a great list of books from and about Africa? Scroll down to get some recommendations from Nat Geo staff and our great group of educators!   I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, set in Nigeria during the Biafran War. She … Continue reading Africa: A Reading List

Summer Reading List!

Summer is fast approaching—in the Northern Hemisphere, ahem—and that means lots of great booklists to browse. What are Nat Geo staffers reading this summer? Let them tell you! Two books that I return to summer after summer for their almost poetic clarity and ability to transport me away to another time and place are Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles. You can’t go … Continue reading Summer Reading List!

Last Minute Summer Reading!

August is coming to a close, and with it comes the dawning of a new school year.  Hopefully, you spent the summer with your kids going on adventures near or far… or learning virtually by partaking in some of the activities we’ve blogged about!  But, how many of you brought your family into a library recently? Children who do not pick up a book over the summer  may … Continue reading Last Minute Summer Reading!

Five for Friday: Five Books About Freshwater

Reading.jpgCountdown to Geography Awareness Week: 17 days! Today’s favorite resource from the Geography Awareness Week website is the Freshwater Book-list. The book-list covers a wide range of freshwater topics for all age levels. Here is a small sample of books from the list. If you don’t see something that interests you here, check out the full list!

1.    Russell the Mussel (Grades K-2)
Adele Conover, Dick Biggins, Richard Neves
2002. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Blacksburg, VA.
Russell the Mussel is a children’s storybook geared toward young children to enhance their knowledge and awareness of aquatic ecosystems and the plight of freshwater mussels and other organisms in rivers of the U.S. In the story, a little girl named Jill stumbles upon Russell and his friends. Russell teaches Jill about the history of the creek, and how contamination of the water threatens the lives of its inhabitants.

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