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Robin. The Children's Space Atlas.
This book is ideal for all junior space
explorers and enthusiasts who have questions about our galaxy
and the worlds beyond it. The voyage begins with an explanation
of how, when, and why our solar system came into being. It ends
with an account of telescopes, probes and rockets which help
us learn about space with a look at what the future may bring.
Young Scientist Series. Stars and Planets.
This is a beginner's guide to the universe we live in. Its
clear text and detailed pictures take the reader on a journey
through familiar sights of the night sky and on to the frontiers
of the unknown.
An Usborne Guide. The Young
Designed for the beginning astronomer, this book introduces the
fascinating study of the night sky.
This book takes the crazy and
wonderful Ms. Frizzle and her class on a field trip to the center
of the earth.
Cottonwood, Joe. Quake! A Novel.
Description of the earthquake that struck the San Fransisco Bay
Area in 1989 as seen through three children who witness the quake and its aftermath.
An engrossing, fact-laden nonfiction
picture book; children are treated to a trip back in geological
time to trace a pebble's origin 480 million years ago in a volcanic
eruption and then traces its subsequent development.
Kehert, Peg. Earthquake Terror
Audience: Grades 4-7
A peaceful camping trip becomes an exercise in survival for 12-year-old
Jonathan. This gripping novel provides a companion to several
units including: survival, disasters, geology, and earthquakes.
Awe-inspring photographs and easy-to-read text tells the dramatic
story of volcanoes.
WEATHER AND SEASONS
Each month brings something
unique and exciting in this book with a classic rhyming text
and beautiful illustrations about the changing seasons.
Cosgrove, Brian. Eyewitness
How do clouds form? Why does it rain? What causes tornadoes?
Aspiring meteorlogists will enjoy these photos and the text desribing
different aspects of weather and how it is forecast.
This book tells the story of
how a young girl's fear of thunder is removed through her grandmother's help.
Usborne Science & Experiments:
Weather & Climate. Usborne. The Usborne Book of Weather
Allison, Linda. Blood and Guts.
Includes information and activities that explain how the human
The Animal Kingdom
This delightful book contains
five short stories about the amusing adventures of Frog and Toad.
A winner of the Caldecott Honor Award.
Insects and Spiders
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry
This is the classic story of a small and very hungry caterpillar
who eats and eats and eats and eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly through the process of metamorphosis.
Concepts: The life cycle of a butterfly and metamorphosis
Charlotte the Spider saves
the life of her friend Wilbur the pig by weaving words in her
web. When Charlotte dies and is replaced by her children, Wilbur's young
owner learns of the cyclical nature of life and death.
Heinz, Brian J. The Wolves.
Illustrated with somber moonlit oils; follow Pahtow and his pack
of wolves as they hunt down elk
London's tale of survival in
the Klondike. A German Shepard is stolen from his home and transported
north, having fell victim to the cruelty and greed incited by
gold fever. With the help of his new owner, he adapts to the
harsh life of a sled dog and overcomes the hazards posed by nature,
man, and beast to fulfill his ultimate destiny as the leader
of a wolf pack.
The tale of a ferocious wolf-dog's
transformation from a creature of the wild to tyhe faithful companion
of a caring and compassionate young man. Set amongst the Klondike
Gold Rush of 1897-1898 in Canada's Yukon Territory, the story
touches on the timeless themes of human-animal friendship and
Hesse, Karen. The Music of
the Dolphins. Scholastic, 1996.
Rescued from the sea, Mila, raised by dolphins after her family's
plane was lost at sea; she attempts to
being with humans yet longs to return to her dolphin past.
This beautifully illustrated
book pictures life in the sea through the eyes of one little
fish who devises a plan to survive in his undersea world.
Rainbow Fish learns that being
beautiful is not as important as the joy of giving and having
A wonderful, spooky story of
hope, healing, and spiritual renewal in a haunted house with
a withered garden.
Dazzling, colorful, collage
illustrations and a simple dramatic text tell the story of a
flowering plant's life cycle through the seasons. Concepts: Types
of seeds; growth cycle of plants
After her father coughs his
life away, 14-year old Mary Call Luther struggles to protect
her sisters and brothers from adults who would put then in an
orphanage. A Newbery-award winning book, this novel depicts how
Mary and her siblings try to keep their father's death a secret
while "wildcrafting"-gathering medicinal herbs to sell-in
North Carolina's Smoky Mountains.
This delightful story follows
Arnold through the year as he watches the seasons change his
favorite apple tree.
The touching story of a tree
who loves a boy so much that the boy's happiness is more important
than her own. Bring out the hankies-this one is quite moving!
Bender, Lionel. Eyewitness
This book will captivate and motivate children with creative
minds! Bender presents excellent illustrations to challenge the
scientists of the future. This volume of photos and text explores
such inventions as the wheel, gears, levers, clocks, telephones,
and rocket engines.
Caney, Steven. Invention.
Besides featuring projects to start now, plus 35 great American
invention stories, this book explains each step of the process
of being an inventor. It siscusses the fundamentals of setting
up a workshop, building models of invention, creating a name
for it, plus record keeping, planning, packaging, and marketing.
This book leads children ages 10 and up into the world of creativity.
Clements, Gillian. The Picture
History of Great Inventors.
Everything around us was invented by someone. Clements chose
60 inventors who met the challenge of solving problems and who
found new or better ways of doing things.
Macaulay, David. The Way Things
Also available on CD-ROM, the book comes to life, the CD helps
children comprehend the workings of machines, inventions, and
Audience: Grades 3-6
This book presents the priciples and workings of commonly used
machines and inventions. Carefully drawn illustrations aids in understanding the text.
Parker, Steve. The Random House
Book of How Things Work.
This comprehensive and highly visual guide takes the mystery
out of more tahn 300 everyday machines and mechanisms. Filled
with hundreds of cutaways, illustrations, and diagrams thattake
you right inside each machine and show you how the parts move
and what goes where.
SCIENCE IN GENERAL
I received this book from my husband John one Christmas but I
had a difficult time keeping it out of the hands of my own children!!
This is a 99-page hands-on-science museum designed for kids.
It's meant to be interacted with, since it's full of activities
and exhibits. It's not just a book-it's a tool; covers a wide-range
of science topics.
Headlam, Catherine. The Kingfisher
This encyclopedia brings today's science principles within the
grasp of children's knowledge. A wide-rang of topics is presented
in alphabetical order and cross-referenced, this single volume
provides an unbelievable reference source for home or school.
General Audience: Grades 4-6
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