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Episode 54 — Lizard Love


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 15:05
Original Air Date Published March 11, 2013

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National Geographic Kids Lizards by Laura Marsh (National Geographic, 2012)

This nonfiction book about lizards is perfect for younger readers. First and second graders who are just getting their feet wet in reading will be able to read this on their own or with a little help. The layout makes this book outstanding. There are plenty of captivating, up-close photographs of these varied and strange creatures, and the text is just the right size for beginning readers.

Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley; photographs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Press, 2005)

This book is perfect for the youngest scientists. The author who is most famous for her Miss Wishy-Washy series for beginning readers does not disappoint with her foray into nonfiction. The text is simple yet informative. The writing, paired with Nic Bishopís outstanding photography, makes this book a standout among the lizard literature available. The photograph of the chameleon catching a caterpillar is amazing!

Lizards by Nic Bishop (Scholastic, 2010)

This book offers plenty of information about different kinds of lizards, but it is the photography that really sets this book apart. Nic Bishop is a master of capturing photos of animals that will awe and intrigue kids. This is the kind of nonfiction book where kids will start with the photographs, begin asking questions, and then move to the text to start learning.

The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman (Kids Can Press, 2009)

Willy and Wally, two chameleons, are friends willing to share most of the time, but when they catch a bumblebug at the exact same time, two tongues meeting on either side of the bumblebug, neither one wants to give up this delicious treat. They begin fighting a most terrible fight, and in their scramble they donít realize that there are two hungry crocodiles down below them, just waiting for them to fall. Will Willy and Wally stop their bickering in time to save themselves? Read to find out!

Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck; pictures by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012)

A treat for kids who enjoy animal fantasy novels Ė either read aloud or read on their own. At the heart of this book is a mous-er, I mean-rat named Malcolm. He is a new class pet and quickly discovers that at McKenna Elementary there is a band of classroom pets that meet each night at midnight; hence the name the Midnight Academy. The Midnight Academyís mission is to keep the nutters (the kids) and the lankies (the adults) safe. Unbeknownst to all the humans, it is really the work of the Midnight Academy that keeps things running smoothly at McKenna. The leader of the Midnight Academy is Aggy, an old but wise iguana. When she disappears, trouble ensues. In order for Malcolm to prove that he is a rat of valor and merit, he must discover what happened to Aggy. Along the way he makes some unlikely friends and learns a lot about what it means to be true to oneself.

Sneed B. Collard IIIís Most Fun Book Ever About Lizards by Sneed B. Collard III (Charlesbridge, 2012)

This book is filled with interesting facts about lizards, and it is in no way a dry and boring read. †The voice that Sneed brings to his nonfiction--filled with puns and parenthesized asides--will hit a growing scientistís funny bone. Sneedís humorous take on lizards will be fun for kids as well as informative. Itís also full of photographs, many of which were taken by Sneed.

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Listen in as Sneed B. Collard III and Emily discuss his newest book Sneed B. Collard IIIís Most Fun Book Ever About Lizards. He talks about his favorite kind of lizard and how he got many of his cool close-up photographs. He even reads one of his favorite parts aloud!