Fall 2023

Earth Basics

Series of 4 titles

Earth Basics presents a high-interest STEM introduction to the materials that make up our world. Each book covers one of Earth's four basic materials, including how it forms and changes, where it can be found, and how it is used in everyday life. Bright, full-color photographs and diagrams complement the carefully leveled text to make reading easy and fun. Each title includes reading tips for teachers and caregivers, a table of contents, a picture glossary, and an index to aid comprehension.

Format List Price Library Price Qty
$107.96 $75.80
$127.24 $95.80
Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Minerals Minerals
Cover: Rocks Rocks
Cover: Soil Soil
Cover: Water Water
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Category Beginning Readers, New!, STEM
Subject Science and Math
Copyright 2024
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Bullfrog Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-08-01
BISACS JNF037060, JNF051080, JNF051000
Dewey 549-631.4
Dimensions 7.75 x 7.75
Lexile 290-330
Guided Reading Level G
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Booklist Review of Earth Basics

The Earth’s Basics series, indeed, offers very basic introductions to important substances on Earth. To be readable for beginning readers, the books use very short sentences set in a large font, present-tense naration, and only a small amount of text on each page.

Although the text is simple, it includes proper science vocabulary for key substances and concepts, and many of these terms are included in the title’s picture glossary. In addition to defining their featured topics, the books cover how humans use these natural resources. Minerals discusses our need to eat food that contains minerals, such as calcium and iron. Rocks ex- plains that these formations are used as a building material. Soil focuses on the importance of this substance for growing food. Water presents the myriad uses of this liquid, whether for drinking, cooking, washing, or swimming.

A bright, appropriate stock photo-some of which are labeled covers almost every page, and simple diagrams are occasion- ally employed, as well. These books are clearly intended as models of educational nonfiction. The front matter includes ""Ideas for Parents and Teachers,"" and despite their brevity, the books feature standard nonfiction elements such as a table of contents and an index. Earth science at its simplest for the very young. —Miriam Aronin

SLJ Review of Earth Basics

These introductory earth science concepts foster in readers an understanding of the world around them and how they fit in it. Beginning with dialogic assistance and post-reading options, these titles provide a nice option to not only learn about important building blocks of our planet, but also what they mean to readers. The picture glossary is really useful as a visual cue for reviewing the concepts from the core text. While the subjects covered are familiar, like rocks and water, there are enriching conversations about how each exists and adds value to the world in its own way.

VERDICT: The rocks and minerals titles are particularly useful for libraries with geological interests past paleontology.