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Becoming a Know-It-All one funny byte at a time. This Comic blog is a resource for Librarians, Teachers, Booksellers and other Reading Facilitators to help get Middle Grade students hooked on Knowledge Exploration through Children's Literature. Books for grades 4 through 7 are highlighted each week.
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1. Three-Toed Survival Tips

If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask your librarian or bookseller for other suggestions:

Anteaters, Sloths, and Armadillos (Animals in Order Series) by Ann O. Squire
Sloths (Nature Watch Series) by Melissa Stewart
How Animals Live: Amazing World of Animals in the Wild
by E. Betram, B. Stonehouse, John Francis

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3. Varmint Video – The Venus Flytrap

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5. Holiday Mini Bytes – The Second Batch

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If you are interested in subjects from these Bytes you might try these books or ask for recommendations from your librarian, teacher or bookseller:

Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford
The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
Horrible Christmas (Horrible Histories) by Terry Deary

To Get the printable version of the Byte click here.

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6. Holiday Mini Bytes

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If you are interested in subjects from these Bytes you might try these books or ask for recommendations from your librarian, teacher or bookseller:

Christmas Customs Around the World by Hector Wernecke
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Oliver Cromwell and His Warts by Alan McDonald

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7. Wicked Weeds and Fiendish Flowers

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If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask your librarian or bookseller for other suggestions:

Carnivorous Plants (Nature Watch) by  Rebecca L. Johnson
Savage Garden by Peter D’Amato
Skunk Cabbage, Sundew Plants and Strangler Figs: And 18 More of the Strangest Plants on Earth by Sally Kneidel

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8. The Sneaky Rat and the Dumb Ox

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If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask your librarian or bookseller for other suggestions:
The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by  Dawn Casey
The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin
Ancient Chinese (Ancient Civilizations) by Tristan Boyer Binns
The Dragon New Year: A Chinese Legend by David Bouchard

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9. BugWorld Intro

This isn’t a traditional, printable Byte. Instead it is the Introduction to our film BugWorld. It was recently nominated for a Best Film Award by Kids First Film Festival - the biggest film festival organization for kids in the world. BugWorld’s category is Educational film for ages 8-12. We’ll be posting segments from the film as time goes by. The awards will be announced in December.

If you are looking for a normal example of a Varmint Byte with book recommendations try some of the earlier entries.

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10. Civil War Celebrity – Wilmer McLean

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If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books aor ask your librarian or bookseller for other suggestions:
Willie McLean and the Civil War Surrender by Candice F. Ransom
The Silent Witness by Robin Friedman
The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert
Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run by Sam Riddleburger and Michael Hemphill

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11. The Varmints are Award Nominees!

Whoopee!

Not a real Byte here but we are proud to announce that our film BugWorld has been nominated as a Best Film by the Kids First Film Festival - the largest film festival for kids in the world.

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BugWorld is a 30 minute educational film that gives an accurate yet hilarious look at the most misunderstood creatures on Earth. Using animation, puppetry, music and lots of humor we,the Varmints, get to take kids deep inside the world of bugs.  We’ll try to post sections of it here periodically. In the mean time you can check out a trailer at our Youtube Channel.

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The winners will be announced in December at the Santa Fe Film Festival. We’ll let you know what happens.

Award-winning film makers… hmmm that’s got a nice ring to it.

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12. The World’s Toughest Creature Can Fit Up Your Nose.

The American Grizzly, The Tasmanian Devil, The African Elephant. Which of these would win the World’s Toughest Creature Contest? None. Didn’t you read the title? Would any of these fit up your nose? Of course not! The Toughest Creature on Earth has to be the Tardigrade. These eight-legged animals can withstand extreme temperatures as hot as 300 degrees Fahrenheit and as cold as 450 degrees below zero.

They can survive the crushing pressure of the deepest ocean and the airless vacuum of outer space. They can even endure radiation exposure 100 times too deadly to humans.

Unfortunately for them though, they are only about 1 millimeter tall.

If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask your librarian or bookseller for other suggestions:

Microscopic Life (Kingfisher Knowledge) by Richard Walker and Peter C. Doherty

Guide to Microlife by Kenneth G. Rainis and Bruce J. Russell

Extremely Weird Micro Monsters by Sarah Lovett

Deep Space Extremes by James Bow

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13. The Gardener Army

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If you are interested in subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask a
librarian or bookseller for suggestions:
The Ottoman Empire: 1450 -1700 (Access to History) by Andrina Stiles
Life During the Great Civilizations: The Ottoman Empire by Lucille Davis
The Land and People of Turkey by William Spencer
The Ottoman Empire by Adriane Ruggiero

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14. Varmint Video – Beehive Boogie

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To find out more on subjects from this Byte ask your librarian or bookseller for suggestions or you might try these books:
Bees Dance and Whales Sing: The Mysteries of Animal Communication by Margery Facklam
The Honey Bee’s Hive: A Thriving city (Spectacular Animal Towns) by Joyce Markovics
Bees (World of Insects) by Sophie Lockwood

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15. The Belly Button of the World!

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If you are interested in subjects from this Byte ask your librarian or bookseller for suggestions or you might try these books:
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
It’s All Greek To Me: Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
Alexander the Great Rocks the World by Vicky Alvear Shecter

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16. Famous Founding Father and his Frowningly Frustrating False Teeth

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To find out more on subjects from this Byte you might try these books or ask a librarian or bookseller for suggestions:

George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora
Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller

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17. Name That Planet!

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18. Rome Is Conquered! by Half-Naked Snowboarders?

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