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Content Area Reading for Families

The Reading Educator staff highly recommends the following content area books for families reading together. Each of these books is supplemented with "at home" activities for parents and children.

  • A Dragon in the Sky:
    The Story of a Green Darner Dragonfly

    Written by Laurence Pringle
    Illustrated by Bob Marshall

    A scientific adventure that tells the story of Anax, a green darner dragonfly that hatches in a swamp in western New York and migrates to a pond in Florida. This thoroughly researched story shares observations into the dragonfly's life cycle, feeding habits, predators, and the skills it needs for survival. This great book also provides additional factual information, a list of recommended books and articles, and websites for further reading.

  • Turtle Bay
    Written by Saviour Pirotta
    Illustrated by Nilesh Mistry

    An intriguing story about Taro, a young boy in Japan, and his fascination with a wise old man who awaits the return of the loggerhead turtles, one of seven kinds of turtles living in the sea. Taro helps clean the beach for the annual arrival of the turtles ready to lay their eggs. Readers learn the characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the loggerhead turtle.

  • The Most Beautiful Roof in the World:
    Exploring the Rainforest Canopy

    Written by Kathryn Lasky
    Photographs by Christopher G. Knight

    This book features Meg Lowman's explorations of the rain forest canopy. Her two young sons, who joined her, share their own experiences and provide children's insights. This book contains photographs of several forms of animal life.

  • Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger
    Written and Illustrated by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel

    The authors cleverly describe the growth of T.J., an orphaned Siberian tiger cub, through the use of engaging text and various types of graphs. This book is a unique approach to integrating science and mathematics through a topic that is totally irresistible to the reader, a baby tiger cub's life.

  • Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work
    Written and Illustrated by Milton Meltzer

    This book provides an examination of detective work. It is divided into three sections: "What It's Like to Be a Detective," "Behind the Scenes in the Lab," and "Detective Work–Not on the Police Force." Each section is liberally illustrated with photographs and anecdotes from actual investigations to explain the work of detectives. Meltzer provides information about different types of detectives—police and private detectives, forensic scientists, and investigative reporters.


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