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Episode 56 — Survival!


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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 15:06
Original Air Date Published June 24, 2013

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Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? An Interactive Survival Adventure by Allison Lassieur (Capstone Press, 2013)

If you have fond memories of Choose Your Own Adventure books, then youíll want to introduce this series to the young readers in your life. This book is part of the Can You Survive series published by Capstone. Each book imports you to a different disaster where you, the reader, have to make life-or-death decisions. Encapsulated within each adventure are real survival facts. For instance, in Can You Survive Being Lost at Sea? you must decide whether or not to drink ocean water, save a drowning person, or go back for your belongings. If you make the wrong choice, your character may not make it out of the disaster. This highly engaging series is perfect for kids who are beginning to read chapter books or who need something high-interest to motivate them to read.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-O-Pedia, Junior Edition by David Borgenicht, Molly Smith, Brendan Walsh, and Robin Epstein; illustrated by Chuck Gonzales (Chronicle Books, 2011)

This encyclopedia of survival how-tos is part of the best-selling Worst-Cast Scenario, Junior series. Readers can start at the Table of Contents to look through the alphabetized list of possible disasters and choose their starting place. Do you want to know how to survive an asteroid or would you rather find out about surviving a bungee jump? Whatever your interest is, you will learn the step-by-step procedures of how to get yourself out of a bad situation. In addition to the how-to part of each disaster, kids will also learn interesting facts. The book is well laid out and visually appealing.

The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do With a Stick by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield (Frances Lincoln Limited, 2012)

If you were stranded somewhere, it might be handy to know how to make things with sticks, and this book delivers. The first chapter, ďAdventure Sticks,Ē gives directions with plenty of photographs about how to cook over a fire, build a den, and make a bow and arrow. And thatís just to name a few! You can explore other chapters to learn how to make a sun clock, a fishing rod, and a stretcher. Now, if you are safe and in no need of survival skills, this book also offers plenty of activities for leisure. Learn how to make a bug habitat, play different games with sticks, and make mobiles or dream catchers. This book promises to make great uses of the natural materials around your house or campsite and offers plenty of ideas for kids who are willing to put down their video games and get creative with the simple but multi-use stick!

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis (Scholastic)

Read about brave kids who have survived some of historyís most devastating events. Each story is told from a kidís perspective about real events in history.

  • I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (2013)
  • I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 (2012)
  • I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (2012)
  • I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 (2011)
  • I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (2011)
  • I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (2010)
  • I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (2010)

Expert Chat

Listen in as Lauren Tarshis chats about what gave her the idea for her I Survived series, how she researches for the series, and whether or not she has any phobias after writing about all of these disastrous events!