Books that Take You Places

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jul 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM


What are your travel plans this summer? Are you trying to fit one last trip before back to school? Here's an idea: learn about your mode of transportation before you go. This is just one way to get engage readers during the summer. Topics that students can relate to or that they find interesting are a great "starters" for independent research.

Planes-  When I searched for planes, I found books from airplanes to bomber planes, drawing books to skydivng dogs. How cool is that? A skydiving Dog? I had never heard of such a thing.

From the publisher, " On a crystal clear day, a large green parachute descends from the sky. As the chute gets closer to the ground, four furry legs come into view. The creature attached to the parachute is a dog! The canine has been trained by the military to skydive from planes flying high above Earth. Once on the ground, the dog uses its keen sense of smell to seek out hidden bombs and hunt down dangerous terrorists. In this book, young readers will meet a variety of amazing skydiving dogs from Austrian military dogs that plunge from a height of 10,000 feet (3,048 m) to dogs like Otis, a 12-year-old pug in California that likes to accompany his owner, Will DaSilvia, on skydiving expeditions. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere." 

When I first learned about Amelia Earhart, I was captivated. Celebrate Amelia Earhart day, on July 24th!  You could read biographies and nonfiction books about the Bermuda Triangle.

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Trains- Again, I was shocked to see a variety of books dealing with trains.  Besides passenger trains, I found information on Bullet Trains and Orphan Trains.

From the publisher, "This title examines an important historic event - the orphan train movement. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of the Children's Aid Society and the development of the Brace School, lodging houses, and industrial schools, the conditions that led to child abandonment in the 1800s, problems with institutional care and child labor laws, the roles the Civil War, the Great Depression, and people like Charles Loring Brace played, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts."

Automobiles- Depending if you search for cars or automobiles, you are sure to find some fast moving machines.


From the publisher, "During the 19th century, the first cars could barely go 10 miles per hour. Today, cars can go even faster than some planes. How? These cars use the same engines as airplanes jet engines. In Jet-Powered Speed, kids will read about the fastest jet-powered cars in the world from the Thrust SSC, that can reach speeds of over 700 miles per hour, to the Bloodhound SSC, which is currently in production with hopes that it will be able to go 1,000 miles per hour. With incredible, full-color photographs, thrill-seekers will learn all about the history of jet-powered vehicles and the people who create and drive them. So fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a jet-powered ride!"

Ships-Cruise on over to find resources that can help you learn more about ships or pirates.

From the publisher, "The word pirate means one who plunders on the sea, and piracy has been around for as long as men and women have longed for adventure and lusted for riches. But it wasn't all fun and pillaging! Being a pirate was not an easy life. Written by award-winning author Eve Bunting, poetry and expository text are used in this alphabetical examination of the history of piracy. Topics include legendary ships, fabled hideouts, and notorious villains like Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. Includes the pirate code of conduct as well as the different occupations aboard ship."

Whether you are traveling or staying home, finding topics that are interesting to you or your students can take you places. Enjoy your Summer Vacation!

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Reviews, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Reading Lists

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