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BookList

Arnold,T.(2013).
FlyGuypresents:Space
.UnitedStates:Scholastic.
ThisisaneducationaladventureseriesfeaturingexplorersFlyGuyandBuzz.Ontheir
triptothespacemuseum,theylearnaboutplanets,space,andthehistoryofspace
exploration.TheA.R.booklevelforthisbookis3.3.

Baines,R.(2008).
Everyplanethasaplace:Abookaboutoursolarsystem
(p.32).
Washington,D.C.:NationalGeographic.
Thisbookisata3.3A.R.level.Ittakesanindepthlookateachoftheindividual
planets,explainingwhethertheyaregasplanetsorterrestrialplanets.Itexplainswhy
Plutoisnotconsideredoneofourplanetsanymore.Also,itexplainswhyearthisthe
perfectplanetforustoliveon.Thisbookisagreattooltofacilitatemanypossible
difficultieswhenateacherisexplainingtheseconcepts.

Gibbons,G.(1993).
Theplanets
(p.30).NewYork:HolidayHouse.
Thisisabasicbookthatdiscussestheplanetsofoursolarsystem.Itlooksindetailat
thesizeanddistancefromthesunofeachplanet.Itisa4.1A.R.booklevel.Italso
takesaboutthesurfaceandconditionsofeachknownplanetinoursolarsystem.

Harris,N.(2006).
Starsandplanets
(p.32).Detroit,Mich.:BlackbirchPress.
Thisisbookformoreprogressivereaders,atanA.R.readinglevelof5.4.Although
thisbookischallenging,ithasmanygreatfeaturesthatwillbegreatforstudentsto
explore.Thebooktakesyouonajourneythroughthesolarsystem,lookingatsize,
moons,orbit,andsurfaceofeachplanet.

Hughes,C.,&Aguilar,D.(2012).
Firstbigbookofspace
.Washington,D.C.:National
Geographic.
Thisbookhasbeautifulandcolorfulillustrationofeveryplanetalongwiththesun,
asteroids,meteors,andmore.Therearefivetotalchapters,eachbringingthereader
intothesolarsystemitself.Ithasfacts,classifications,andnecessarytopicsthat
correlatetothefourthgradeSOLonplanets.Itevenspecifiesgasgiantsvs.terrestrial
planets.Thisbookisata4.9A.R.level.

Landau,E.(2008).
BeyondPluto
.NewYork:Children'sPress.
Thisbookisextremelyinterestingbecauseittakesalookatthepossibilitiesbeyond
Pluto.Ittalksaboutwhatothersolarsystemsmightbelikeaswellaswhatisinthe
Kuiperbeltandbeyond.Thisbookwillgetstudentsengagedandinterestinginthe
possibilitiesandexplorationofspaceandthesolarsystem.ThisbookisanA.R.5.0
readinglevel,soitmaybechallengingforstudentsbutitwillbeworthit.

Loewen,N.,&Yesh,J.(2008).
Nearesttothesun:TheplanetMercury
.Minneapolis,Minn.:
PictureWindowBooks.
Thisbookisveryappealingbecauseitlooksindetailatonespecificplanet,giving
factsandideasaboutthesmallestplanetinoursolarsystem.Thisbooktalksabout
whythisplanetissounique,specificallytheextremecraters,temperatureswings,and
sunrises.ThisbookisanA.R.4.4readinglevel.

Olien,R.(2007).
ExploringthePlanetsinourSolarSystem
.NewYork:PowerKidsPress.
Thisbooktakesstudentsintoanindepthadventurethroughthesolarsystem.With
emphasismainlyfocusedontheplanets,theauthordescribestheatmosphere,
structure,landscapes,andtemperaturesofeachknownplanet.TheA.R.levelforthis
bookis4.1.

Rudy,L.(2005).
Planets!
NewYork:HarperCollins.
Thisbooktakesstudentsonatriparoundthesolarsystem!Studentswilllearnabout
howdifferentplanetswerenamed,whattheylooklike,andseerealsnapshotsofthe
planets.Studentswillalsolearnwheretheyarecomparedtothesunaswellaswhat
eachplanetismadeof!ThisbookisatanA.R.levelof3.3

Tuchman,G.(2014).
Planets
.NewYork,NY:Scholastic.
Thisbookisata2.5A.R.level.Althoughthisbookisatalowerreadinglevel,ithas
manyimportantcontributionstohowplanetsareformedandhowhumansexplore
space.Itisvisuallyandintellectuallystimulatingduetoitsuptodateandinteresting
facts.