Nic Bishop Lizards

Text and Photographs by Nic Bishop

Scholastic ISBN 978-545-20634-1

“. . . written in a voice that draws readers into another world where geckos wriggle out of their skin and dragons glide from tree to tree.” School Library Journal Starred Review


“. . . absorbing and gasp-worthy.  The text is confiding and stylish, with a personal approach that's hard to resist.”  Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review


"Continuing a splendid series of photoessays, Bishop introduces lizards from around the world . . . reading aloud or reading alone, this is another gem.”  Kirkus, Starred Review


". . . spectacular photographic images . . .  The information is top rate . . ."  The Horn Book, Starred Review


“Bishop, who has a doctorate in biological sciences, writes clearly, presenting his subject without anthropomorphism but with empathy.  Captivating.”  Booklist, Starred Review


“. . . acclaimed oeuvre of photo-illustrated books.”  The Wall Street Journal


“. . . stunning photos . . .”  The Washington Post

Awards & Honors


2011  American Library Association Notable Book


2010  Booklist Editors’ Choice


2010  BCCB Blue Ribbon Book


2011  Finalist AAAS/Subaru Science Books Prize


2011  National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students


2010  Book Link Lasting Connections


2010  Junior Library Guild Selection

Photography Notes


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Research Bibliography


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The following books are some that were helpful in my research.  Most are academic and may require interloan from a University library.  None are written for children.


Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt.  2003.  Lizards - windows to the evolution of diversity. University of California Press.  Written by scientists who clearly love their subjects and have spent years studying them in the field, this was far an away the best book I read.


Eric Pianka and Denn King.  2004.  Varanoid Lizards of the World.  Indiana University Press .


Laurie J. Vitt and Janalee P. Caldwell.  2008.  Herpetology, Third Edition: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles.  Academic Press.


F. Harvey Pough, R. M.Andrews, J. E. Cadle, M. L. Crump, A. H. Savitzky, and K. D. Welk.  1998.  Herpetology.  Prentice Hall Inc.


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