For Educators—Integrating Literature & Science

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is recommended by The National Science Teachers Association, Green Teacher, and The Hawaii Children’s Science Book Project. The book is also being used in Waldorf and Jesuit schools.

Click below for examples of the book’s use in the K-16 curriculum . . .


The Story of a Snail, a Writer, and a Scientist

A National Writing Project interview with Elisabeth Tova Bailey, author, and Tim Pearce, malacologist.

This natural history/literature trade book is being included in classroom curricula in many disciplines and at all levels from primary through higher education. With its blend of literature, natural history, and medical humanities, it is a model for interdisciplinary writing. It can be used to address Common Core (CC) standards for literacy and to illustrate many of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The medical humanities component is applicable for pre-med and medical school students. If you are already using the book in your classroom, we’d love to hear about your experience on the contact page.

The Hawaii Children’s Science Book Project
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating received a double AA rating for 9th-12th grade. Strongly recommended, excellent. Outstanding illustrations. Exhibits all the best qualities of the following eight evaluation factors: accuracy, currency, author’s qualifications, organization and format, illustrative matter, literary qualities, and balance and objectivity and promotion of scientific attitudes and skills.

terrarium picture by Stacey Cramp

 Photo credit: Stacey Cramp