This week we are taking a look at the fantastic new middle grade nonfiction title Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Josh and Bethanie Hestermann.
For those of you who are familiar with Chicago Review Press, this book follows the tried-in-true format of informational text intermingled with appropriate hands-on activities, such as baking a model of an animal cell, playing a dolphin echolocation game, and eating a bat fruit salad.
Zoology for Kids also has some nice, unexpected extras. In addition to the exciting introduction by TV stars the Kratt Brothers, it also begins with timeline that reveals some of the significant advancements in zoology. The timeline starts with an entry for Aristotle, who is credited as the Father of Zoology and goes to the astonishing discovery of a new member of the raccoon family in 2013.
Although the book is definitely written for middle graders, it is also an invaluable resource for educators. Anyone teaching a unit on animals will want to have a copy of this book on the shelf for project ideas. Librarians will want to have it as a go-to resource for information on animals and career options for those interested in animals, as well.
Many of the projects could be easily adapted for younger children. For example, older kids can make their own bat fruit salad, but younger children would certainly enjoy eating one (dare I say while reading Stellaluna?) Zoology for Kids is one of those rare books that is really for almost all ages!
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