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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Volcanoes? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Volcanoes.



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by Judith Stamper
"Hi, I'm Dorothy Ann, one of the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class. When we started learning about volcanoes, I thought we'd just be studying them in books -- but Ms. Frizzle had other ideas. She took us all the way to Hawaii, where we waded through lava and saw a real volcano blow its top. We had a great time -- even though the trip was sometimes almost too hot to handle! One thing's for sure: This was one explosive adventure that none of us will ever forget!" Part of the Magic School Bus series of chapter books.

by James M. Deem
In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city of Pompeii and many of its citizens had been utterly annihilated. It was not until hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations began to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic images in volcanic ash.

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by Sneed B. Collard
Collard takes readers a mile below the sea's surface to look at the geography and animal life of the ocean floor and gives a brief history of its formation and exploration. Large, color illustrations show creatures usually found only in total darkness. There are diagrams of the Earth's crust and how oceanic ridges are created from hot magma rising out of the earth. Brief mention is made of deep-sea submersibles. A pronunciation guide to unfamiliar scientific words and names is a worthwhile addition to this informative introduction. (School Library Journal)

by Neil Morris
This fascinating book looks at one of the earth's most spectacular wonders: volcanoes. First the important principles are introduced, answering basic questions such as: What is a volcano? Where are they located in the world? What different kinds are there? With the aid of dramatic full-color photos and illustrations, young readers learn about different kinds of volcanoes, where they are located, and what causes volcanoes to erupt. These and other exciting aspects of volcanoes make this a thrilling adventure children will love. Part of the Wonders of Our World series.

by Patricia Lauber
After the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, a number of fine books for young readers appeared. They discussed at length this catastrophe, the devastation it created, and the geologic forces which caused it. Lauber brings the other titles up-to-date by describing the biological succession and geological changes which have since occurred at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. This provides an excellent example of the interdependence of all plant and animal life. How the Earth itself creates new environments for living things, which in turn reshape the Earth, is demonstrated visually as well as verbally. (School Library Journal)

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