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Here are a couple books I read last week.
Have Jacobs Saves the Planet
by Barbara Dee
Expected Publication Sept. 2022
Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Advanced Reader Copy Provided by Publisher
Goodreads (partial) SummaryThe book stars Haven, a girl combatting eco-anxiety and an obsession with climate change by fighting against the company whose factory is polluting the river running through her town.
I LOVE Barbara Dee's books! She develops relatable characters and tackles real problems young kids face head-on in a way that informs the reader, but keeps the focus on the story.
Haven has been increasingly more worried about the future of our planet, but a video in class about global warming seems to increase her anxiety and her desire to "do something" to help. I know many students will be able to relate to Haven's feelings and will enjoy this book. I would recommend it for grade 4+.
Is There Life on Your Nose?
by Christian Borstlap
Nonfiction Picture Book
Review copy provided by publisher
Goodreads SummaryFrom cheese to poo, recycling to evolution, this playful, informative picture book helps kids get acquainted with the microbes that make up every part of our daily life.
Germs, microbes, bacteria--these days those words are fraught with fear and uncertainty. But they're not all bad. In fact, most of them make life and nature possible. Christian Borstlap's playful, boldly colored illustrations and cheerful text will help kids understand that microbes are everywhere--in our noses and tummies, in the food we eat, in the air we breathe. From the world's largest organism in Oregon's Blue Mountains, to the bacteria that started life on earth; from microbes that help recycle plastic, to yeast that makes bread taste good--this book shows the incredible diversity of these tiny beings and how they affect every aspect of our lives. Borstlap uses both science and humor to demystify a potentially scary subject, and closes with double-page spreads that are packed with information to satisfy the most curious readers.
I liked how this topic was approached in this book for young kids. This topic could be a bit scary, but the whimsical illustrations and positive language makes it much less scary and more fun!
Recommended for grades 1-5.