"Afraid of the Water" (Series):
Natalie Lunis.
Blue-Ringed Octopus: Small But Deadly. (Bearport, 2010)
Natalie Lunis.
Boxed Jellyfish: Killer Tentacles. (Bearport, 2010)
Meish Goldish.
Moray Eel: Dangerous Teeth. (Bearport, 2010)
Snakes. Snakes underwater. Huge snakes underwater, with big teeth that curve in so no prey can
escape. They blend into their surroundings so you don't know they are there, until it's too late! Moray
eels are just one of the nightmare creatures lurking in the deep in the series "Afraid of the Water"!
Natalie Lunis. Portugese Man-of-War: Floating Misery. (Bearport, 2010)
Meish Goldish.
Shark: The Shredder. (Bearport, 2010)
Meish Goldish.
Stonefish: Needles of Pain. (Bearport, 2010)

Steve Bloom.
Big Cats: In Search of Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Tigers. (Thames & Hudson, 2012)
The pictures in this book on the world’s great cats are just stunning. There are words, too, with facts
about the animals, but the pictures… Oh, and there is much to inspire young photographers, but still,
the pictures… wow.

Sylvia Branzei. Animal Grossology. (Price Stern Sloan, 2004)

Sylvia Branzei. Grossology. (Price Stern Sloan, 2002)

Sylvia Branzei. Grossology and You. (Price Stern Sloan, 2002)

Sylvia Branzei.
Hands-On Grossology. (Price Stern Sloan, 2003)

Karen Chin and Thom Holmes.
Dino Dung: The Scoop on Fossil Feces. (Random House, 2004)   

Marty Crump. Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon: The Biggest, Deadliest Lizard Gives Up His Secrets.
(Boyds Mills Press, 2010)

Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton.
Deadly!: The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on
Earth. (Candlewick, 2013)
The spider that has killed the most people is much less famous - it's the Brazilian wandering spider.
It's as big as a person's palm, has the biggest poison glands of any spider, and likes to hide in shoes.
What could possibly go wrong?

"Disaster Survivors" (Series)
Stephen Person. Struck By Lightning! (Bearport, 2010)
Person manages to give a great deal of very real information without losing the wonder, the awe, the
raw power of nature unleashed in bolts of pure energy that can travel more than 20 miles in the blink
of an eye. This is the perfect setting for the big five questions: who does lightning strike? Where?
When? How often? And most importantly, why? It's all here in a slim volume with some spectacular
photography and easily accessible text. Give a kid twenty minutes with this book and he will be
running to the computer to find more, diving for another book in the series, or looking for a kite and a
Joyce L. Markovics. Blitzed By a Blizzard! (Bearport, 2010)
Stephen Person.
Devastated By a Volcano! (Bearport, 2010)
Jessica Rudolph.
Erased By a Tornado! (Bearport, 2010)
Laura DeLallo.
Hammered By a Heat Wave! (Bearport, 2010)
Adam Reingold.
Leveled By an Earthquake! (Bearport, 2010)
Miriam Aronin.
Slammed By a Tsunami! (Bearport, 2010)

"Even More Super Sized!" (Series) (Bearport Press)
Leon Gray. C
ane Toad: The World's Biggest Toad.  (Bearport, 2013)
Bigger isn't always better, sometimes it's just... bigger. Toads are cool, but when it is big enough to
eat a opossum? And how big does a toad have to be before it can kill a dog. Holy poisonous warts,
English Mastiff:The World's Heaviest Dog.
Flemish Giant Rabbit: The World's Biggest Bunny.
Giant Pacific Octopus: The World's Largest Octopus.
Giant Wetas: The World's Biggest Grasshopper.
ing Cobra: The World's Longest Venomous Snake.
Trumpeter Swan: The World's Largest Waterbird.
Walking Sticks: The World's Longest Insect.

Nancy Bo Flood. Sand to Stone and Back Again. (Fulcrum, 2009)
For those young explorers who are obsessed with the question "How?", here is a stunning look at the
natural wonders of the desert. The words seem to gladly sink into the background as pictures of rock
formations and minerals just dance across the page. It looks like fantasy, and reads like nonfiction.
How can you go wrong?

"Gross-Out Defenses" (Series):
Lori Haskins Houran.
Bloody Horned Lizards. (Bearport, 2009)
A tiny lizard that scares off coyotes by shooting blood out of their eyes at them? If it wasn't for the
disgusting pictures I wouldn't have believed it myself!
Jennifer Dussling. Deadly Poison Dart Frogs. (Bearport, 2009)
Meish Goldish.
Disgusting Hagfish. (Bearport, 2009)
Catherine Nichols.
Prickly Porcupines. (Bearport, 2009)
Catherine Nichols.
Smelly Skunks. (Bearport, 2009)
Catherine Nichols.
Tricky Opossums. (Bearport, 2009)

Kelly Milner Halls and William Grahasm Sumper.
Saving the Baghdad Zoo. (Greenwillow Books, 2009)
War destroys lives, and not just human lives. A handful of brave people, led by an American Army
officer, took on the challenge of saving the animals in zoos all over Baghdad during the Iraq War. With
bullets flying around them, they wrangled lions, alligators and many more animals. Heroes come in
some surprising shapes.

Anders Hanson and Elissa Mann. Biggest, Baddest Book of Beasts. (ABDO, 2013)
Big, fast, fanged, venomous, and armed. Right up close. Come face to face with nothing but the
beastliest of the beasts.

Kathleen Kudlinski. Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs. (Dutton, 2005)

Kenneth Mallory.
Adventure Beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station. (Boyds Mill
Press, 2010)
Dreaming of exploring another world? You don't have to wait until you can fly to Mars, there are
unexplored worlds here on Earth. Forget being an astronaut, why not try being an aquanaut?

Sandra Markle. The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery. (Millbrook Press, 2012)
Tracking killers doesn’t just happen on TV shows or police stations. Scientists had to find the culprit
who was killing the Panamanian golden frog before the species was wiped out entirely. See how
dedicated detectives tracked down the killer in the jungles of Central America. Spoiler alert! The killer
is still at large, but he’s been identified and the frogs have been saved from extinction. For the budding
scientist who doesn’t want to be trapped in a lab.

Sandra Markle, illustrations by Mia Posada. The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing
(Milbrook Press, 2013)
How long can you flap your arms? Go ahead, try it. I'll wait... What's that? A few minutes? Well these
birds don't stop flapping for eight straight days! Find out how (and why).

Jennifer Morse. Guiness Book of World Records 2009. (Scholastic Reference, 2008)

"Nightmare Plagues" series:
Miriam Aronin.
Tuberculosis: The White Plague! (Bearport, 2011)
William Caper.
Typhoid Fever: Dirty Food, Dirty Water! (Bearport, 2011)
Stephen Person.
Bubonic Plague: The Black Death! (Bearport, 2011)
Stephen Person.
Malaria: Super Killer! (Bearport, 2011)
Adam Reingold.
Smallpox: Is it Over? (Bearport, 2011)
Jessica Rudolph.
The Flu of 1918: Millions Dead Worldwide! (Bearport, 2011)

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Special Edition 2009. (Scholastic, 2008)

Marilyn Singer.
What Stinks? (Darby Creek, 2006)   

Christopher Sloan.
Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the
21st Century
. (National Geographic, 2011)
Look inside a real mammoth with space age technology and across the ancient mammoth steppes.
Starting from the discovery of a perfectly preserved baby woolly mammoth and working backwards
to the last ice age, National Geographic does what it does best: opens new worlds with amazing

Michael Worek. Weird Insects. (Firefly Books, 2013)
The amazing photos make this look like a fantasy beastiary (a book of imaginary creatures), but these
are real bugs. Real close-up pictures of real bugs in their six-legged, spiny, mandibled, poison-spiked
glory. How could these have not come out of someone's twisted imagination? Or at least outer space?
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Steve Jenkins. Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World. (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
The endless variations on how animals see, and just enough general information to see how it all fits
together. For those kids who can name EVERY animal at the zoo, Jenkins consistently finds new and
fascinating corners of the natural world.

David Macaulay, with Sheila Keenan. Toilet: How It Works. (MacMillan, 2013)
It's such a simple thing. a toilet... or os it? Inquiring little minds want to know. And for those visual
learners, nobody is better than David Macaulay. Follow this picture journey down the... well, you

Sandra Markle. The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery. (Millbrook Press, 2014)
Sandra Markle has produced another natural world mystery (see  The Case of the Vanishing Golden
Frogs), this oone about the common and humble honey bee. Markle's genius is to show us how
un-common and un-humble the bee is, then show us why the fate of bees could spell disaster for
humans and the rest of the planet.