CurriConnects Book List - Geographic Wonders
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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: K-3, Lexile: 300
An island forms in the ocean from volcanic flow.
Way up in the Arctic - Jennifer Ward, (978-0873589284), Fiction
Interest level: K-1
Learn to count by looking at these pages of arctic wonders.
Early Elementary Books
A Gift from the Sea - Kate Banks, (978-0374325664), Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 680
Maxwell's Mountain - Shari Becker, (978-1580892124), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 560
Maxwell achieves his goal of getting to the summit of the mountain in his new park.
Arctic Tundra - Michael Forman, (978-0516203720), Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 830
Find out how the seasons affect tide pools and what plants and animals can survive in the frozen arctic tundra.
Everglades - Jean Craighead George, (978-0064461948), Fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 660
Children hear the history of plants and people in the Everglades as they ride with a native American storyteller.
River Story - Meredith Hooper, (978-0763607920), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 560
Blast Off to Earth: A Look At Geography - Loreen Leedy, (395811422), Fiction
Interest level: K-2, Lexile: 370
A class of aliens arrives on earth to learn all it can about the continents, their characteristics and their inhabitants.
Josefina's Song - Valerie Tripp, (978-1584852728), Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 530
Follow Josefina as she accompanies her father into the mountains; what effects do the terrain and quick weather changes have on their safety?
Upper Elementary to Middle School Books
Sees Behind Trees - Michael Dorris, (978-0786813575), Fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 840
A gifted Native American boy uses his almost extra-sensory abilities to "travel"" to far lands to consult with an old warrior
John Muir: Young Naturalist - Montrew Dunham, (978-1439508497), Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-7, Lexile: 890
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.
Hello Fish: Visiting the Coral Reef - Sylvia A. Earle, (439188164), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 930
Follow a professional diver as she examines a beautiful coral reef.
Minn of the Mississippi - Holling C. Holling, (978-0395273999), Fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 910
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest - Steve Jenkins, (395899990), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 920
Learn the extreme facts about some of nature's fascinating wonders.
The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest - Steve Jenkins, (395942187), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 890
What does it take to climb the world's highest and most treacherous mountain? Learn about weather conditions, mountain climbing equipment, and climbing techniques.
Ocean Tide Pool - Arthur John L'Hommedieu, (978-0516203737), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 790
Learn how tidepools form and what creatures and plant life live there.
Into the Volcano - Donna O'Meara, (978-1553376934), Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 960
Follow volcano researchers Donna and Steve O'Meara as they experience firsthand the heat, smells, and dangers of getting inside a volcano.
Icebergs and Glaciers - Seymour Simon, (978-0688167059), Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 880
Find out how glaciers form and pieces break away into icebergs. What happens when the ice melts?
The Tree of Life - Peter Sis, (978-0374456283), Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-12, Lexile: 890
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.
An Island Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk on a Barrier Island - Virginia Wright-Frierson, (978-0689850561), Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 1020
A mother and daughter share their experiences and memories of their island stay.
Middle School to Young Adult Books
Running Loose - Chris Crutcher, (978-0060094911), Fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 870
A high school senior has a rough year when his coach tells him to "hurt"" an opposing team member
Atlantic - G. Brian Karas, (399236325), Fiction
Interest level: K
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
Readers learn about this famous canyon and its qualities by following an explorer who views the live scenes painted by Thomas Moran.
Sweethearts - Sara Zarr, (978-0545107952), Fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 720
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
John Kennedy was a lot of "firsts" through his life