What's in Your Pocket? Collecting Nature's Treasures

by Heather L Montgomery (Author) Maribel Lechuga (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Charles Darwin, George Washington Carver, and Jane Goodall were once curious kids with pockets full of treasures! When you find something strange and wonderful, do you put it in your pocket? Meet nine scientists who, as kids, explored the great outdoors and collected treasures: seedpods, fossils, worms, and more. Observing, sorting, and classifying their finds taught these kids scientific skills--and sometimes led to groundbreaking discoveries. Author Heather Montgomery has all the science flair of a new Bill Nye. Book includes the Heather's tips for responsible collecting.
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Inspiration for nature-loving children.


In Lechuga's appealing illustrations, which vividly capture the wonder of childhood explorations and the beauty of the natural world, kids poke around in tide pools, spy on slugs, and stuff their pockets full of seeds. It's an altogether charming concept, convincingly demonstrating how childhood enthusiasms can be much more than passing fancies.
Heather L Montgomery

Heather L. Montgomery has taught for over 20 years (both inside and outside the classroom) as well as directed a school-based environmental center. She has written curriculum; trained hundreds of teachers, naturalists, and librarians; and, helped thousands of children to make friends with the natural world. Each year, she works directly with over ten thousand children at festivals, school visits, and at environmental centers. During a typical presentation, petrified body parts and tree guts encourage scientific thinking and inspire reluctant readers. Her professional development programs for teachers have won awards and rave reviews. She lives in Ardmore, Alabama.

Lindsey Leigh is an illustrator and designer in Boston. She grew up near Washington, D.C., fascinated by the Smithsonian Museums and the Baltimore Aquarium. Her passion for communicating scientific ideas eventually led her to become a scientific illustrator. Her books include The Deep! Wild Life at the Ocean's Darkest Depths.

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Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
September 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF007090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
JNF054030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Camping & Outdoor Activities
JNF051170 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Discoveries
Library of Congress categories
Life scientists

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