They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon
Atkins, Jeannine 1999
Mary Anning knew how to remove fossils safely from their rocky bed and how to recognize something different about the row of teeth which led to her discovery of the first fossil skeleton. This was the knowledge gained through hand and eye and from patience and experience. (9-11yrs)

One Grain of Rice
Demi 1997
The knowledge of arithmetic enables the young girl to outwit the greedy raja who refuses to share his stored rice with his starving people. (8-10yrs)

My Great-Aunt Arizona
Houston, Gloria 1992
Knowledge of the world through travel was a dream that Arizona could never afford, but she gained knowledge the next best way - through her books. (7-11yrs)

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Lasky, Kathryn 1994
This is the story of the Ancient Greek mathematician, Eratosthenes. Over two thousand years ago he measured the Earth by calculation to within 200 miles of its current accurate measurement. (9-11yrs)

Why Explore?
Lendroth, Susan 2005
This is the ultimate statement in picture book form of humanitys thirst for knowledge. (9-11yrs) Inquirer

What You Know First
MacLachlan, Patricia 1995
The family is preparing to move away from their farm and the elder daughter is reflecting on all the things she knew and loved from her earliest days so that when her baby brother is older she can tell him all about the farm. (7-11yrs) Reflective

How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
McNulty, Faith 1979
Children marvel at this book not simply because of the amazing description and measurements (awesomely big numbers) of the interior of our planet, but because of how they must have calculated all this. (8-10yrs)

The Bee Tree
Polacco, Patricia 1993
To teach his granddaughter the value of books, a grandfather leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey. (6-11yrs.)

Officer Buckle and Gloria
Rathman, Peggy 1995
Officer Buckle knows all about safety, but when he tries to impart that knowledge to the students in school he bores them to sleep! No matter because his dog Gloria knows all this stuff too and she knows exactly how to make the children sit up and take note! (7-9yrs)

The Houdini Box
Selznick, Brian 1991
Houdini has promised to tell young Victor the secrets of all his famous escaping tricks, but he dies before he can share them. A.11 he leaves for the boy is a locked box with someone else's initials on it. Surely this cannot contain the knowledge Victor craves? (9-11yrs)

Ibn Sina (Avicenna) Prince of Physicians
Shah-Kazemi, Reza 1997
This is an exquisitely illustrated picture book biography about the scholar whose vast knowledge of the human body and medicine made him one of the greatest figures in the history of Medicine. (8-1 l yrs)

If the World Were a Village
Smith, David J. 2002 (updated 2003)
This book details the basic facts about the numbers, nationalities, and needs of humanity across the globe. You need a good map of the world in addition to the book. There's information here that will startle and provoke much thinking and discussion. It is a must for Global Education. (10+)

Tops and Bottoms
Stevens, Janet 1995
Hare and Bear negotiate over the kitchen garden. The deal is one takes the tops and the other takes the bottoms of the veggies. Hare knows his vegetables so he always knows which way to call it in order to stay on top of his game! (7-9yrs)

The Library
Stewart, Sarah 1995
Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life. (5-10yrs.)

Voices of Ancient Egypt
Winters, Kay 2003
If the workers of Ancient Egypt could speak to us, how much more we would know
about their lives. Writing in role, Winters has created a fascinating and compelling way to extend our knowledge. (9-11yrs)

Heckedy Peg
Wood, Audrey 1987
A mother is able to rescue her children from the witch because she knows them so well.

When Morning Comes.
Hirschi, Ron. Honesdale, Pa. : Caroline House, c2000
A look at what happens to various wild animals in the morning.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler.
Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
A wonderfully fresh and inventive story of a brother and sister who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and become caught up in a mystery. (years 4 – 6)

Insects are my Life. OUT of PRINT
McDonald, Megan. Orchard Books, 1995.
No one at home or school understands Amanda Frankenstein’s devotion to insects until she meets Maggie.

Starry Messenger
Sis, Peter. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1996.
Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe.

The day Gogo went to vote.
Sisulu, Elinor. 1st paperback ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1996. Thembi and her beloved great-grandmother, who has not left the house for many years, go together to vote on the momentous day when black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time

Ashley, Bernard.
Wishing he had something to be clever at like each of the other children in his class, Ling Sung unexpectedly and happily discovers the others admire his prowess with chopsticks.

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