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Books About Rocks

Have you checked to see if your local library has
a Website?  If not, here's a good place to start:
  < http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Libweb/ >
LIBWEB has a very complete list of Websites 
for just about every type of library in the USA!

bulletBooks Written for Younger Children
bulletBooks Written for Older Children and Adults

  We're still working on this page! 
   

Books Written for Younger Children

With these books, Ethan and Aaron can sit close
to Mom and Dad, listen, and enjoy the pictures as
we read them from cover to cover.

FIRST FACTS: Rocks, Rocks Big & Small / words by Joanne Barken and illustrations by Heidi Petach.  Edgewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Silver Press, 1990.  about 29 p.

     This book was one of five-year-old Ethan's favorites during the peak of his interest in rocks -- and his Mom and Dad liked it, too!  The text is simple and talks to kids on their own level -- it was easy and fun to read aloud to our kids.  The book introduces the names of many common rocks and talks about basic concepts of how rocks were formed, classified, and used, without using lots of scientific jargon.  The illustrations show kids finding, playing with rocks, and thinking about rocks.  Dad really appreciated the last page:  " Some of the rocks you find will be tiny and plain.  But just think of how long they've traveled and all the places they've been.  If rocks could talk, wouldn't they have wonderful stories to tell?"


     

Books Written for Older Children and Adults

Most of these are picture books.  Ethan often lays
on the floor with them, slowly turning the pages, 
studying the illustrations and photos, tracing his
favorite pictures, and calling Dad or Mom over to 
read about the things he doesn't recognize.

   

Reader's Digest Pathfinders: Rocks and Minerals / words by Tracy Staedter and illustrations by Andrew Beckett and others.  Pleasantville, New York: Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, 1999.  64 p.
 
     This book uses color illustrations, photos, and words to tell stories about rocks, minerals, and collecting.  Each set of facing pages is designed to tell the story of a separate topic.  Sample topics:  Rocks Around the Clock (ways we use rocks),  Wear and Tear (rock weathering), Layer upon Layer (sedimentary rocks), Rare Beauty (gems), Magic Minerals (minerals with special features), Be a Rock Hound (advice for collectors), and Name That Rock (tips for classifying and identifying rocks).  Many pages have project ideas, with pictures of children doing the projects.  
 

 


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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on July 27, 2002.