Dianna Aston on An Egg Is Quiet:
An Egg Is Quiet was the break-out book in my career as a children’s author. It’s about eggs, all kinds of eggs—birds, insects, aquatic animals, reptiles.
I didn’t realize I was writing science books until it won the AAAS/Subaru award for picture books in 2007. I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m a science book writer!”Other recipients and I were onstage when scientist Eric Dinerstein, author of Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations, which won in the YA category, leaned over and whispered, “Why didn’t you include the platypus?” Gulp. I hung my head and laughed at the same time. Of all egg-laying creatures to leave out, the platypus—only one of two mammals to lay eggs—would likely have been the most interesting.
A Nest Is Noisy debuted this year, a book about all kinds of nests. This one includes the platypus nest.
Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many award-winning books that librarians and reviewers have referred to as “lyrical science,” including An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy. The series, illustrated by Sylvia Long, continues with A Butterfly Is Patient, A Rock Is Lively, and A Nest Is Noisy.
She lives in Port Aransas, Texas.
Along with illustrator Sylvia Long, she won the 2007 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Children's Science Picture Book category for An Egg Is Quiet.
Animals That Lay Eggs
- Animals, from National Geographic Kids, provides a lot of information about a variety of wildlife and habitats. It includes information on many types of animals, including the platypus.
- Learn All About Birds in this online guide to birds from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
- Insects.org provides a great deal of information about the world's most diverse organisms.
- In this video, learn about the periodical cicada, whose eggs lie under the ground for many years before hatching.
- Watch an interview with Dr. Michael Raupp, an entomologist, about the 2013 emergence of the Brood ii 17-year periodical cicadas.
- A Touch of Class is an interactive activity in which students classify various plants and animals, including organisms such as a frog, jellyfish, venus flytrap, bat, human, and seaweed.
- The Classify It! App is a more advanced game to test your knowledge of how various organisms can be sorted and grouped.
RELATED EDUCATOR RESOURCES
- An Egg Is Quiet is the Science NetLinks lesson that accompanies this book.
- Chronicle Books offers a Common Core-aligned teacher's guide (pdf) for this book and the other four books in the Aston-Long series.
- The 2007–08 Chickadee Award booklet (pdf) lists classroom activities to accompany An Egg Is Quiet and their other prize-winning titles.
- Reading Rockets shares a think-pair-share strategy video that focuses on An Egg Is Quiet.
- Your students may find portions of this Cynthia Leitich Smith interview with Dianna interesting.
- In the Hatching Chickens lesson, children carefully observe and care for eggs and chickens in the classroom.
- More advanced students may enjoy learning about the scientific process by exploring how a bird can sit on his/her eggs without breaking them in the Big Egg Mystery lesson.
- Through a series of activities, students will study the life cycle of a butterfly while noting its development as it metamorphoses from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
- In this lesson, students lay the foundation for understanding extinction by asking the question, Where are the dinosaurs?
- In the Dinosaurs 2 lesson, students learn more about dinosaurs by comparing them to animals that are alive today.
- In this lesson, students explore what can be learned from fossils, how they are formed, and the difference between fact and theory.
- This lesson is the second of a two-part series on how machines help people grow, package, transport, and store food.
- You'll find even more egg resources in this collection compiled to accompany the White House Easter Egg Roll.
- This lesson about animal diversity will help students understand the difference between actual physical attributes of animals and fictional ones.
- In the Investigating Local Ecosystems lesson, students explore the habitats of local plants and animals to learn about how living things depend on one another.