Even before we were all encouraged with promote and read more nonfiction, I handed the Scientists in the Field series to anyone (usually an intermediate or middle school boy or a social studies or science teacher) who requested interesting nonfiction. I used to call this “readable nonfiction” which is kind of insulting (sorry, nonfiction writers), but we know it now, thanks to new curriculum standards, as literary nonfiction. The Scientists in the Field books include animal books that are not the typical animal books (this is what the panda eats, this is where he lives, etc.). These animal books are about the scientists’ work and details about how they learn what a panda eats, where she lives, etc. One of my favorites in the series is about forensic science. An elk is killed, illegally, in a national park, and the “wildlife detective” scientists trace the clues to the poacher. There are also books about astronomers, oceanographers, and geologists. Many of the books have discussion guides online. See more about the series here. Some titles are in the JSHS media center and some are in the elementary media center. Check the catalog and ask for the titles you need!
Elaine Fultz, SLMS/mls
I love being a school librarian. My profession is a perfect blend of encouraging curiosity and learning with both educators and students.