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Outbreaks, Epidemics, & Pandemics

outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics kids book


Kids want, need, and deserve to know what just happened and what it means for their future.

Middle School Science Resource Book

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outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics kids book by carole marsh

Since what we don’t know can hurt us, let’s learn about germs! Germs can be scary, but the truth is that they are also fascinating! Let’s immunize ourselves with a few facts. There’s nothing like a dramatic current event right out our own back door to get our curiosity up. 


Just like after 9/11, Carole Marsh has crafted an extraordinary book for readers of a wide age range who want and need much more information on what just happened to them and the world.


With her trademark research that leaves no history, geography, biography, science stone unturned on a subject, the author compels us to keep reading and learning. So many teachable moments and so timely as students seek future careers.

In this resource book, Marsh shares how and why such things happen, how we can plan and protect ourselves - today and tomorrow. Perfect for libraries and middle school teachers and students!

outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics kids book by carole marsh
author carole marsh


 Carole Marsh 

CAROLE MARSH has been writing fiction, non-fiction, and curricula for children and adults for more than 40 years. Founder and CEO of Gallopade International, Marsh partners with schools, teachers, and parents to "make reading and learning fun."


"Teachers, librarians, parents and others constantly asked for more books, especially history, geography and biographies. I say I am a “fourth grader forever!” still eager to learn, share, be challenged, and challenge students to benefit from rigorous study toward a great job and future. I have visited schools all across the nation and learned so much from dedicated principals, teachers, librarians and others who have the same hopes and dreams for our children."

Marsh is the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year and has won countless awards for her best-selling series Real Kids! Real Places!. Her social studies curriculum can be found in K-8 classrooms across the nation.

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Outbreaks, Epidemics, & Pandemics: Including the Worldwide COVID- 19 Pandemic will reach ages 9 and older with a survey of germs and diseases that have changed the world. It is particularly recommended reading for its wide-ranging, inclusive approach that middle-schoolers will find absorbing and informational.


Carole Marsh blends science and history in a survey that reviews pandemics of the past, contrasting their environments, progression, and social and medical approaches to tackling their spread.


Kids receive definitions of diseases, information about germs and their transmission, and chapters that contrast plagues of the past with Covid-19's recent challenges.


In contrast with other approaches for this age group, Carole Marsh adds observations and notes designed to personalize and bring to life the social issues underlying pandemics and epidemics: "Long ago, people spent a lot of time arguing about what, or who, caused a disease. Blaming others did not help anything. Leaders have been weak and ineffective in past plagues, and today we see politics often seeming to be more important that scientific facts. That does not help either. As I did my research, I was very dismayed to see that some people in the past (even in America during the Spanish Flu epidemic) actually lied about the disease, the facts, the numbers of infected and dead. So, it is sad for me to have to say that adults do not always act very responsibly during a time when speed, smarts, wisdom, good decisions and more are VERY IMPORTANT in any disease outbreak. It is life or death, after all."


From therapies and medical approaches to notes about pets, infected people, transmission, and safety, Outbreaks, Epidemics, & Pandemics embraces a range of issues and concerns, from social environments to heroes, helpers, and career opportunities for jobs that battle disease.


Its broader scope than most, chatty tone, and fact-filled pages make Outbreaks, Epidemics, & Pandemics a multifaceted read that goes above and beyond more singular productions for this age group, making for a top recommendation for elementary and middle school collections alike.

- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review



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