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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


ultimate reptileopedia

Ultimate Reptileopedia by Christina Wilsdon 272 pages; ages 7-10 National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015

How can you resist opening a book with the face of a Tokay gecko plastered on the cover? Once you open the book you’re swept into the world of reptiles ~ what makes them different from amphibians, basic stuff like scutes and scales, what they eat, what eats them…

There are four groups of reptiles: lizards and snakes; turtles and tortoises; crocs and alligators; and a funny little group called tuataras. Each two-page spread includes a detailed photo of a featured creature, a description about their life and behavior, a “facts” box and additional cool things to know. For example: did you know that there really are dragons? And there are lizards that look like worms?

The book ends with an interview with a herpetologist – that’s a scientist who studies reptiles – and a discussion about what you can do to help save reptiles from extinction.

sea turtle rescue

Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue by Karen Romano Young 112 pages; ages 10 & up National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015

I lucked out because National Geographic sent me two reptile books. This is one of the Mission: Animal Rescue series that focuses on saving animals in danger.  Habitat loss, hunting, and other human activities are threatening many animals – but this book points to ways children can help turtles and other animals. The thing is, learning about sea turtles means getting wet …  so the author takes us into the ocean to show us how they live and grow.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook to read more of the review and leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a copy of Sea Turtle Rescue.


Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and nature for children and their families. Represented by Heather Cashman at Storm Literary Agency.

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