Look Up! – Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

Bibliographic Information: Burleigh, Robert, and Raúl Colón. Look Up!: : Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2013. Print.

Brief AnnotationLook Up! tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt’s life. It begins by talking about Henrietta’s curiosity as a child and discusses how this curiosity inspired her to follow her dreams. The last few pages of the book are extremely informational and include a glossary, an afterword, meaningful quotes, etc.

Genre: Non Fiction

Grade Level: 2 – 6

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in learning about those who have influenced history would enjoy this story.

Rating/Response: 5 – This is an interesting story that allows readers to connect with Henrietta Leavitt. The illustrations and the text are captivating.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Does anyone know anything about Henrietta Leavitt? If so, what do you know? Regardless, what can we infer about who she was based on the cover?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice

Rationale for Strategy: I feel as though it is extremely important to have a selection of non fiction texts in the classroom. I categorized this as Free Choice for that very reason. That being said, this book could likely be categorized under Social Studies as well.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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