A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston


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A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long
Possible Topics: Rocks, Minerals, Geology, Earth Science, Fossils.
Books
Author
Title/Publisher
Grade Levels
Comments
ISBN/Publication Date
Gray, Susan Heinrichs
Geology: the Study of Rocks
Children’s Press
3-6
Discusses glaciers, oceans, volcanoes, rocks, minerals, earthquakes, and the history of the Earth.
978-0-531-28270-0
2012
Hurst, Carol Otis
Rocks in His Head
Greenwillow Books
2-4
A young man has a lifelong love of rock collecting that eventually leads him to work at a science museum.
978-0-06-029403-8
2001
Tomecek, Steve
Everything Rocks and Minerals
National Geographic
5-6
More complex text and amazing graphics and text features to entice potential rock hounds. Shows how rocks and minerals are transformed for common use.
978-1-42630-801-7
2010
Pellant, Chris
The Best Book of Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals
Kingfisher
5-6
Detailed illustrations and informative text allow readers to mine this fascinating subject. Includes an illustrated glossary and an index.
978-0-7534-5274-5 2000
Anholt, Laurence
Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning
Orchard Books
4-6
A brief biography of the English girl whose discovery of an ichthyosaur skeleton in 1811 when she was only 12 led to a lifelong interest in fossils and important discoveries.
0-531-30148-6
1998
Baylor, Byrd
Everybody Needs a Rock
Alladin Paperbacks
2-4
Engaging fiction story about choosing a perfect rock.
978-0-689-71051-3
1985

Fern, Tracey E.
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
Farrar Straus Giroux
2-5
As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.
978-0-374-30516-1
2012
Peters, Lisa Westberg
Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up
Greenwillow Books
2-6
Presents twenty-two poems about geology. End notes provide information about the earth's surface and interior, types of rocks, and how volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion modify the landscape.
978-0-06-029265-2
2003
Websites
Name of Site
Address
Grade Levels
Comments
Publisher
The Dynamic Earth
**http://www.mnh.si.edu/earth/text/3_0_0.html**
5-6
High reading level, but excellent introduction to gems, minerals, rocks, volcanoes, etc.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Science
Geology, Gems & Minerals
**http://www.mnh.si.edu/explore/earth/index.html**
5-6
Check out the online exhibit.
Museum of Natural History
GeoMysteries
**http://www.childrensmuseum.org/geomysteries/index2.html**
3-6
Super graphics, Geologic Timeline, more accessible.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Virtual Geology Museum
**http://skywalker.cochise.edu/wellerr/VGM/mineral-hall.htm**
5-6
Fabulous photos and drawings, but very little accessible text.
Cochise College