Suggested Books

On this page you will find books I have read and reviewed. Although I have read hundreds of books, these are books which have earned my recommendation either for student & family personal use, or for libraries to include in their own collection. I hope you enjoy spending time with these great reads!

Keep Reading,
Miss Williams 

Blast Off! Doodle Book

Author: Young, Karen Romano

Illustrator: Karen Romano Young

Grosset & Dunlap, 2015

ISBN: 9780448482101


Grades 3-6: This is a fantastic book! It is meant to be written in and will provide hours of educational entertainment. Each two page spread shares some tidbit of information inspired by The National Air and Space Museum and then provides an activity associated with it. The activities range from drawing a comic to coming up with your own quote and creating a medal. I love that this doodle book is both educational while also being entertaining. There are a variety of activities and great pictures to complement each topic.

Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricksters

Author: Johnson, Rebecca L.

Illustrator: NA

Millbrook Press, 2016

ISBN: 9781512400878


Grades 4 - 5, Grades 6 - 8: This is a fascinating non-fiction book. The layout is very structured with great pictures and detailed information.  Standing out from the rest of the writing is an orange box which contains a description of The Master, The Disguise and Where You Can Find It and sets the stage for what is to follow. A scenario plays out on the next two pages describing vividly how this creature uses its disguise. The following two pages do an excellent job of explaining “the science behind the story.” This book is very well done and follows a systematic format which helps the reader understand each creature. The pictures are enlightening and intriguing. This is a great STEM book!

Polar Bears Matter

Author: Gagne, Tammy

Illustrator: NA

ABDO Publishing, 2016

ISBN: 9781680780130


Grades 3-6: This book is an interesting look at polar bears, their future on our planet and why this is a concern. Their population is decreasing and global warming is cited as a source. The Arctic ice is melting earlier than normal and therefore the polar bears’ territory is decreasing. This has a direct impact on their food source.  One thing after another starts a domino effect and the polar bear is now on the endangered species list.  Pollution is another concern and one can start to see the effects on the food chain. This simple-to-read book is packed with information and is part of the Bioindicator Species series.