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Geographic Wonders
These books explore the roles that landforms and the unique features of our earth play in our lives. These books include mountains, oceans, mesas, rivers, deserts, islands, etc. that play a major part in the lives of the characters. Use this CurriConnects list to complement your study of landforms and geography in general.

Preschool and Picture Books

An Island Grows - Lola Schaefer, (978-0066239309), Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 300, ESL level: 2
An island forms in the ocean from volcanic flow.

Way up in the Arctic - Jennifer Ward, (978-0873589284), Fiction
Interest level: 0-1, ESL level: 1
Learn to count by looking at these pages of arctic wonders.

Early Elementary Books

Arctic Tundra - Michael Forman, (978-0516203720), Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 830, ESL level: 2-3
Find out how the seasons affect tide pools and what plants and animals can survive in the frozen arctic tundra.

Blast Off to Earth: A Look At Geography - Loreen Leedy, (395811422), Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 370, ESL level: 2
A class of aliens arrives on earth to learn all it can about the continents, their characteristics and their inhabitants.

Everglades - Jean Craighead George, (978-0064461948), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 2
Children hear the history of plants and people in the Everglades as they ride with a native American storyteller.

A Gift from the Sea - Kate Banks, (978-0374325664), Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 680, ESL level: 1

Josefina's Song - Valerie Tripp, (978-1584852728), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 530, ESL level: 2-3
Follow Josefina as she accompanies her father into the mountains; what effects do the terrain and quick weather changes have on their safety?

Maxwell's Mountain - Shari Becker, (978-1580892124), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 560, ESL level: 1
Maxwell achieves his goal of getting to the summit of the mountain in his new park.

River Story - Meredith Hooper, (978-0763607920), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 560, ESL level: 2

Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

An Island Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk on a Barrier Island - Virginia Wright-Frierson, (978-0689850561), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 1020, ESL level: 2-3
A mother and daughter share their experiences and memories of their island stay.

Hello Fish: Visiting the Coral Reef - Sylvia A. Earle, (439188164), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 930, ESL level: 2-3
Follow a professional diver as she examines a beautiful coral reef.

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest - Steve Jenkins, (395899990), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 920, ESL level: 1-2
Learn the extreme facts about some of nature's fascinating wonders.

Icebergs and Glaciers - Seymour Simon, (978-0688167059), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 3
Find out how glaciers form and pieces break away into icebergs. What happens when the ice melts?

Into the Volcano - Donna O'Meara, (978-1553376934), Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 960, ESL level: 4-5
Follow volcano researchers Donna and Steve O'Meara as they experience firsthand the heat, smells, and dangers of getting inside a volcano.

John Muir: Young Naturalist - Montrew Dunham, (978-1439508497), Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-7, Lexile: 890, ESL level: 4
John Muir led the conservation movement in the U.S. and increased awareness of the importance of preserving natural spaces by founding Yosemite National Park.

Minn of the Mississippi - Holling C. Holling, (978-0395273999), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 910, ESL level: 5

Ocean Tide Pool - Arthur John L'Hommedieu, (978-0516203737), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 2-3
Learn how tidepools form and what creatures and plant life live there.

Sees Behind Trees - Michael Dorris, (978-0786813575), Fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 840, ESL level: despite the boy's poor eyesight."
A gifted Native American boy uses his almost extra-sensory abilities to "travel"" to far lands to consult with an old warrior

The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest - Steve Jenkins, (395942187), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 890, ESL level: 2-3
What does it take to climb the world's highest and most treacherous mountain? Learn about weather conditions, mountain climbing equipment, and climbing techniques.

The Tree of Life - Peter Sis, (978-0374456283), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-12, Lexile: 890, ESL level: 4
Readers learn about Darwin's life and accomplishments, including being the originator of the theory of natural selection, by viewing Darwin's journals and other writings.

Middle School to Young Adult Books

Atlantic - G. Brian Karas, (399236325), Fiction
Interest level: 0-0, ESL level: 3
The Atlantic Ocean describes itself with simple but powerful poetry.

Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder - Wendell Minor, (978-0439192781), Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 1130, ESL level: 3
Readers learn about this famous canyon and its qualities by following an explorer who views the live scenes painted by Thomas Moran.

Running Loose - Chris Crutcher, (978-0060094911), Fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 870, ESL level: he quits the team
A high school senior has a rough year when his coach tells him to "hurt"" an opposing team member

Sweethearts - Sara Zarr, (978-0545107952), Fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 720, ESL level: she has to regroup."
Jennifer has lost weight and become a new person; when she runs into a former friend from her "fat"" days

Books for Mature Teens and Adults

Profiles in Courage - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, (978-0060854935), Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, ESL level: including being elected Senator with the largest n
John Kennedy was a lot of "firsts" through his life