Educational Books for Kids

Hi, I'm Avery and I write books for children to help them navigate the world they live in now, and create the world they want to live in in the future.

Thanks for dropping by my home on the web. I write mostly for middle graders and young adults, on topics as diverse as sharks, climate change science, the Declaration of Independence, women in politics, the Cold War, and how to cope with bullies and haters. Many of my books are designed to complement the standard curriculum for middle grades and high school. Some are designed to give kids a chance to explore topics that interest them, but aren’t covered extensively in school. And some, like the Weird But True series from National Geographic Kids Books, are just outrageous fun.

My blog, Dabchicks and Other Small Grebes, is intended to give parents, teachers, and homeschooling parents/teachers ideas and information for supplemental material and discussions related to the subjects of my books, as well as topics that come up in the news and everyday life. This is also where I share anything I come across that I think will be of interest or useful to parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. Most of the posts should be interesting to young readers as well.

I hope you enjoy exploring the site. And please drop me a note if you have a question or comment.

Avery Elizabeth Hurt's Newest Book, Dino Records!

Don’t miss my new book Dino Records! co-authored with Jen Agresta.

Dino Records by Avery Hurt

Dino Records – National Geographic Kids, by Avery Hurt

Do you love dinosaurs? If you want to learn which dino was biggest, smartest, deadliest, weirdest, then Dino Records is the book for you! You’ll find out all that and more. In addition to the record holders, you’ll read about feuding paleontologists, meet children who made great fossil discoveries, and learn the true story of the Velociraptors in the film Jurassic Park. You’ll learn why T. Rex had such tiny arms, why some dinosaurs got so enormous, how scientists decide what makes one animal “smarter” than another, and what some experts think the smartest dinosaurs would be like if they’d survived into our times—and plenty more.

Filled with great info, fast facts, puzzles, and even a few dino jokes, Dino Records will become your go-to dinosaur reference!

Order your copy today from Amazon, directly from National Geographic Books, or look for it in your favorite bookshop.

Dino Records (with Jen Agresta) Click to See on Amazon

Weird but True 8  Click to See on Amazon

Weird but True Christmas  Click to See on Amazon

Superpower Rivalries and Proxy Wars  Click to See on Amazon

The Great Depression  Click to See on Amazon

Arab Nationalism and Zionism  Click to See on Amazon

Elephants   Click to See on Amazon

Women in Politics  Click to See on Amazon

Working with Your School to Create a Safe Environment (the LGBTQ+ Guide to Beating Bullying)  Click to See on Amazon

Spiders Are Strange Enough  Click to See on Amazon

Sharks Are Strange Enough  Click to See on Amazon