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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Careers? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team.

 

 

Trashy Town
by Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemesha
I dump it in. I smash it down. I drive around the trashy town. Meet Mr. Gilly. He cleans up Trashy Town. He does it with a big smile and a big truck -- which is sure to make him a hero with all the children in the neighborhood. David Clemesha and Andrea Zimmerman have created a rhythmic, repeatable refrain that will roll off the lips of every child. Dan Yaccarino's dynamic art puts the zip in Mr. Gilly's stride and adds style and charm to trash collection.


Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story
by Michael Collins
What does it take to become an astronaut? In this entrancing account, space traveler Michael Collins recalls his early days as an Air Force test pilot, his training at NASA, and his unparallelled experiences in orbit, including the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing. The final chapter to this autobiography, revised and updated for this edition, is an exciting and convincing argument in favor of mankind's continued exploration of our universe.

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Cool Careers for Girls in Computers
by Ceel Pasternak, Linda Thornburg
Beginning with a glossary of computer terms, this volume proceeds to introduce readers to 10 women of various ages and ethnic backgrounds who have been successful in the computer industry. The authors provide glimpses of the subjects' personal lives, their educational backgrounds, descriptions of the jobs they now hold, and how they got there. Each profile includes a photograph of the subject, her career path, a "Career Checklist" with attributes that potential candidates might need in order to be successful in that job, and salary ranges. The authors give a clear message that jobs can be challenging and enjoyable but that preparation and hard work are necessary. (School Library Journal) Part of the Cool Careers for Girls series.

 

See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be for You
by Diane Heiman, Liz Sun
From the American Girl Library, this book provides a glimpse of nearly fifty careers, from clothing designer and coach, to animator and aerospace engineer. Read over a dozen interviews with real career women from a wide range of professions. Then "try out" each career at home with fun activities. After filling out the quizzes, puzzles, and journal pages, this selection becomes a book about its reader -- who she is now and all that she could become.


Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art
by Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
In this remarkable and beautiful anthology featuring the likes of Maurice Sendak, Robert Sabuda, Rosemary Wells, and Eric Carle, twenty-three of the most honored and beloved artists in children's literature talk informally to children -- sharing secrets about their art and how they began their adventures into illustration. Fold-out pages featuring photographs of their early work, their studios and materials, as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children and adults.


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08/15/2011