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Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists

Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard

Loree Griffin Burns; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Nook Kids ePIB


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Holt Books for Young Readers


ISBN: 9781466809154

80 Pages, Ages 8-12

Anyone can get involved in gathering data for ongoing, actual scientific studies such as the Audubon Bird Count and FrogWatch USA. Just get out into a field, urban park, or your own backyard. You can put your nose to a monarch pupa or listen for raucous frog calls. You can tally woodpeckers or sweep the grass for ladybugs. This book, full of engaging photos and useful tips, will show you how.

Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, Green Earth Book Award Winner, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Orbis Pictus Honor Book


Praise for Citizen Scientists

“Whether they live in a city, in the suburbs, or on a farm, children can feel the excitement of being involved in real science.” —Science

“…engaging…” —School Library Journal, starred

“...provides instruction for children interested in joining hands-on research efforts and highlights the contributions children have made in studying monarch butterflies, birds, ladybugs, and frogs.” —The Boston Globe

“Burns brings much-deserved attention to four remarkable scientific projects that enlist regular people in data collection.” —Horn Book

“For curious children and teachers alike, this is an ideal introduction to science activities that leave no child inside.” —Kirkus

“Throughout this handsome volume, exceptionally clear color photos illustrate the animals mentioned and the adults and children observing them.” —Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Loree Griffin Burns; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Loree Griffin Burns, PhD., is the author of The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, both ALA Notable books. She lives in Massachusetts.

Ellen Harasimowicz also lives in Massachusetts and is a freelance photojournalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Scientific American.

Loree Griffin Burns

Ellen Harasimowicz

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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