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About the Book

Earthquakes! by Editors of TIME for Kids with Barbara Collier

A small earthquake may just rattle some dishes. But a rare huge earthquake can bring down buildings. Why do they happen? Get the inside scoop in Earthquakes!


This book describes the formation of the earth and how the movement of the earth causes earthquakes. The book also tells how earthquakes are measured and why scientists study them. Readers learn the basic science terms related to earthquakes and tsunamis. Pictures of earthquakes and tsunamis show the devastation they cause. The last chapter gives guidelines on how to stay safe during an earthquake or tsunami. A “Did You Know?” page, a glossary and a fun fact conclude the book.

About the Author

The editors of TIME For Kids tell kids about the world and their place in it. They bring stories and pictures from around the world to books, classroom magazines, and a website. The editors of TIME For Kids visit classrooms all over the country. They also publish the TIME For Kids Science Scoops series. These give kids the inside scoop on many subjects.
Barbara Collier works as an editor for TIME magazine. She is also a freelance writer and editor for TIME for Kids. She has traveled along the fault line in California.

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Thinking and Reading Questions

  1. What causes earthquakes?
  2. Where do earthquakes occur the most? Why?
  3. How do scientists predict when an earthquake is going to happen?
  4. How can you keep yourself safe during an earthquake?
  5. How do tsunamis form? What events lead up to one?
  6. Why do scientists study natural disasters? What can we learn?

Issues to Consider

  • The use of a variety of formats such as text, text boxes, fun facts, and illustrated diagrams helps to engage readers. For some readers, though, these extras may be distracting. Multiple readings will be helpful for all readers.
  • The table of contents is helpful for locating information.
  • Brief chapters help the developing reader.
  • The glossary has a picture or illustration for each word to further explain its meaning.
  • Varied photographic treatments presents the information in a striking manner.


  • Pages: 32
  • Reading level: AR: 3.5
  • Special book features: features simple illustrated diagrams and a glossary.


Word: tsunami
Context: The tall tsunami wave raced to the shore.

Word: earthquake
Context: The ground shook during the earthquake.

Word: plates
Context: The earth’s top layer is broken into big pieces called plates.

Word: crust
Context: The top layer of the Earth is called the crust.

Word: damage
Context: The flood caused a lot of damage to the houses.

Word: evacuate
Content: The man needed to evacuate the house that was on fire.

Word: landslide
Content: The landslide pushed the house down the mountain.

Word: focus
Content: The focus is where an earthquake starts.

Word: avalanche
Context: An avalanche is a mass of snow that falls down a mountain.

Word: fault line
: Many earthquakes happen at the fault line.

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