When a series has been running as long as the Scientists in the Field series has been, it is easy to get a bit jaded and ignore new releases. “Ho hum, another gorgeous science book for middle grades.” That would be a mistake, however, because pretty much every title in this series has been high quality and adds something new.
Take Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat by Sy Montgomery and with photographs by Nic Bishop, for example. It features the work of Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and passionate advocate for cheetahs. It is a real call to action to save the cheetah from extinction, as well as a blueprint for innovative thinking about how to pull it off. No wonder it has been nominated for a 2014 Cybils award in the children’s nonfiction category.
Happy Nonfiction Monday!