At a time when literacy is finally getting the recognition long overdue it in science education, along comes one of the most classroom- and teacher-friendly books that this reviewer has found to date. No longer will the classroom teacher labor over many an Internet search to find that little snippet that will improve a lesson. Eddie Lunsford has done the groundwork for you. Packed with what I would term “five-minute reads,” this book has the potential to change the way teachers integrate literacy-based lessons in a world where doors are being opened through the Common Core. While the entire nation is in a state of flux regarding literacy and associated lessons, Little Facts of Life serves as a stepping-stone on what may prove to be a long trail ahead.

Through the organization of the book alone, Lunsford makes the leap of faith that biology is taught widely through a phylogenetic approach. While this may be true of the collegiate setting, it most certainly is not so in most high school settings. This reviewer would appreciate the book more in electronic and, therefore, searchable format. Although a paper copy seems more the norm in an educational setting, the ability to search/copy/paste/annotate functionality works much better from a pedagogical standpoint given the current electronic and paperless trend. This statement is not meant to discredit the author but rather give a pause for consideration for future editions. Another, minor, point of critique is the author’s use of the term “Monera,” which may cause confusion.

Each of the passages is clear, concise, and fuels discussion, inquiry, and imagination for students. Perhaps more importantly, the book has a wide array of readings so that a teacher could use several different passages in each class section and encourage an opportunity for students to “report out” what they have read and how it pertains to the current lesson. Likewise, many of the passages are little-known minutiae that readers will find intensely interesting and thought provoking. As I read it, I envisioned my students trying to “prove” each passage right or wrong, somewhat similar to a famous urban-legend website. However, to quote astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” Lunsford’s book gives us the fuel for thought that embodies this statement. Little Facts of Life will prove useful on a daily basis, regardless of how it is presented. Its potential to augment or introduce literature in the classroom is astounding.