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How many bones do you have? Do kids have less bones than adults? Are spiders insects? What is a mummy?...Let's find out!
  • Skeletons

    Lily Wood

    Paperback (Scholastic Paperback Nonfiction, Aug. 1, 2011)
    It's easy to bone up on Skeletons with the relaunch of thIs Scholastic Science Reader--now with a new cover, photographs, and interior design.With brand new covers, updated photographs, and new interior designs, this series brings simple and fun information to beginning readers. In Skeletons, readers will learn what bones are made of, and just how many there are in the body. They'll find out what each bone is called and why we just can't live without them!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/2011Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
  • Spiders

    Gail Gibbons

    Paperback (Holiday House, Jan. 1, 1993)
    Weaving webs, digging burrows, and floating on strands of silk—spiders are fascinating creatures! From tiny baby spiderlings to large tarantulas, nonfiction master Gail Gibbons' introduction to these intriguing arachnids reminds us that even when they look scary, most spiders are harmless—and even helpful! There are over thirty thousand kinds of spiders in the world—small and large, colorful or gray—and they live, hunt, and adapt in different ways. A number of different species and spider behaviors are highlighted in this book, accompanied by clear, labeled illustrations and important vocabulary. Filled with interesting trivia and information on the history of spiders, as well as an explanation of the difference between spiders and insects, this is a great introduction that takes the fear out of our eight-legged, web-spinning friends.
  • Skeleton Clues

    Sarah Fleming

    Paperback (Pacific Learning, June 1, 2017)
    Bones tell stories from long, long ago. Find out how bones give us clues about things such as animal food, animal families, the world then and now, and more. Text Type: Expository, ExplanationTheme/Topic: Life Science, Earth Science
  • A Book about Your Skeleton

    Ruth Belov Gross, Steve Bjorkman

    Paperback (Cartwheel Books, Oct. 1, 1994)
    Provides an understanding of the vital tasks performed by the skeleton, which range from protecting soft organs to manufacturing bloodcells
  • I Have a Skeleton

    Simone T. Ribke

    Paperback (Children's Press, Jan. 15, 2016)
    Fun facts about your bones- from head to toe!Are you floppy like a jellyfish? Of course not! You stand up straight-thanks to your skeleton, the collection of bones underneath your skin. Readers (Ages 6-7) will learn fun facts about their bones- from head to toe.
  • Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder

    Nicola Davies, Sarah Fox-Davies

    Paperback (Candlewick, Aug. 19, 2004)
    "A charming and informative story about a pipistrelle bat. . . . Offers vivid descriptions of the animal's flight, its navigational skills, and the hunt for food." — School Library JournalNight has fallen, and Bat awakens to find her evening meal. Follow her as she swoops into the shadows, shouting and flying, the echoes of her voice creating a sound picture of the world around her. When morning light creeps into the sky, Bat returns to the roost to feed her baby . . . and to rest until nighttime comes again. Bat loves the night!Back matter includes an index.A Common Core Text Exemplar
  • National Geographic Readers: Spiders

    Laura Marsh

    Paperback (National Geographic Children's Books, Aug. 23, 2011)
    You don’t have to look far to see a spider’s web—in the corner of the window, on a fence, or in a bush—spiders make their homes everywhere. And there are so many kinds of spiders! Some red, some blue, yellow, and more…all fascinating. Amazing photography and easy-to-understand text make Spiders a hit in this National Geographic Kids series.
  • National Geographic Readers: Bats

    Elizabeth Carney

    Paperback (National Geographic Children's Books, Sept. 14, 2010)
    They live in spooky caves, in forests, even in the dark reaches of ordinary attics and bridges. They flock by the hundreds, and they sleep while hanging upside down! In this beautifully photographed Level 2 Reader, kids learn about one of the most interesting creatures around—and discover the bat’s unique place in the wild and in the world. The high-interest topic, expertly written text, and bonus learning activity lay the groundwork for a successful and rewarding reading experience.National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit for more information.
  • National Geographic Readers: Mummies

    Elizabeth Carney

    eBook (National Geographic Children's Books, July 24, 2012)
    Why were mummies mummified? These mysterious corpses provide a fascinating window on the past of cultures worldwide. Mummies has plenty of ghoulish intrigue to keep young readers reading. This irresistible title provides the solid science behind the myths and guarantees a successful and rewarding reading experience for kids at level 2. Mummies is a compelling combination of fun, facts, jokes and captivating photography.National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit for more information.
  • Ghosts: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #14: A Good Night for Ghosts

    Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, July 28, 2009)
    The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Getting the facts behind the fiction has never looked better. Track the facts with Jack and Annie!! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #14: A Good Night for Ghosts, they had lots of questions. What are some of the most famous ghost stories? Why do people believe in ghosts? Do most cultures have ghost stories? What are ghost hunters? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at!
  • Bats

    Gail Gibbons

    Paperback (Holiday House, Jan. 1, 1999)
    Their amazing abilities and how they fit into the natural world.
  • Bats

    Kris Hirchmann

    Paperback (Scholastic Paperbacks, Oct. 1, 2002)
    The Magic School Bus Fact Finders are detailed research guides on fascinating subjects, and they include all kinds of the unexpected facts you'd expect from everyone's favorite science teacher.Take a page from Ms. Frizzle's book. Better yet, read all of her class notes and find out the incredible facts about the only flying mammals: BATS. The Magic School Bus Fact Finders are wonderful research tools. With photographs, illustrations, an index, and much more, they have all the information that makes learning fun. Each book is reviewed by an expert in the field and includes up-to-date information. Plus, you can count on the Ms. Frizzle's class to cover the zany aspects of science as well. Based on the original series written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen.
  • The Human Skeleton

    Jody S. Rake

    Library Binding (Capstone Press, July 1, 2009)
    Head, shoulders, knees, and toes you can feel your bones through your skin. But do you know what goes on inside them? Explore the wonders of the human skeleton to find out what you really stand for.
  • The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body

    David Macaulay

    Hardcover (Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, Oct. 7, 2008)
    Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/7/2008Pages: 336Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

    Jill Esbaum

    Paperback (National Geographic Children's Books, July 28, 2009)
    Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie follows Apples for Everyone in the Picture the Seasons series. This beautifully photographed picture book about everybody’s favorite fall treat is sure to please kids both young and old. The glossy, festive images and lively text are sure to get your family in the mood to celebrate the season.Pumpkins! Who can resist the sight of big, round, orange pumpkins ripening in a field? Children piling off school buses to pick one out. Carving out funny faces, smiles, or scary frowns to illuminate Halloween doorsteps. Making room for that last piece of pumpkin pie after a delicious Thanksgiving feast. In this book, pumpkins aren’t just a fruit, they’re a symbol, a scent, a flavor of the entire season.Celebrate the flavor of fall on every page of this beautifully photographed picture book. Follow along as National Geographic takes you from seed to sprout, pumpkin to pie. Envelope yourself, your family, or your class in the season by reading and learning all about pumpkins.
  • Inside Out Egyptian Mummy: Unwrap an Egyptian mummy layer by layer!

    Lorraine Jean Hopping

    Hardcover (becker&mayer! kids, Oct. 10, 2017)
    Calling all explorers and archaeologists! Inside Out: Egyptian Mummy comes with everything you need to start an Egyptian adventure, from discovering a tomb to unwrapping a mummy. Though the ancient civilization of Egypt may be long gone, its dead still have secrets to tell. From the myth of Isis and Osiris, to King Tut’s tomb, to the intricacies of preparing the body for its underworld journey, Inside Out: Egyptian Mummy takes you step by step into a tomb. Get a fascinating glimpse into how an ancient culture saw death and the afterlife beyond. That isn't all though! Alongside beautiful illustrations and photographs, an interactive die-cut model reveals the many rites of the Egyptian tomb. You will be amazed by everything from the iconic golden burial mask, to the lucky amulets the dead were buried with, protective linen wrappings, and even the mummified body and preserved sacred organs. And when it comes to hieroglyphics, hidden burial grounds, and missing treasure, there’s always more to uncover, so get your start now, who knows where your journeys will take you!
  • Anatomicum: Welcome to the Museum

    Jennifer Z. Paxton, Katy Wiedemann

    Hardcover (Big Picture Press, Sept. 29, 2020)
    Welcome to a museum that is always open to explore. Inside these pages you’ll get a peek at the workings of the major systems of the human body, from the minute muscles used to convey emotion to precise workings of the human brain. With stunning artwork by Katy Wiedemann and expert text by Dr. Jennifer Z. Paxton, this beautiful book makes anatomical knowledge both accessible and beautiful.