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Science is full of secrets that we're just beginning to explore. In these recommended books for kids ages 0-9, you'll discover the clues of our past, experience the wonder of climbing the world's highest peak, feel the vastness of outer space, and learn the mysterious process by which corn becomes popcorn!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Archaeologists Dig for Clues

By: Kate Duke
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock, charred seed, or fossilized bone could be a clue to how people lived in the past. In this information-packed Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, Kate Duke explains what scientists are looking for, how they find it, and what their finds reveal.

Astronauts Today

By: Rosanna Hansen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Astronauts Today is a journey into space exploration. With fun facts like what astronauts eat and how they sleep, kids will learn about today's space adventures and how people from all over the world work to continue space exploration.

Floating in Space

By: Franklyn Branley, TRUE Kelley
Illustrated by: Franklyn Branley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Wondered what it might be like to see the sun set sixteen times in one day? Open this book and be transported on an information-packed voyage aboard the space shuttle.

Popcorn Book

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ever wonder why popcorn pops? When did it become a favorite food? With humor and verve in text and illustration, dePaola presents scientific and historical information about popcorn in this delectable book.

Snowflake Bentley

By: Jacqueline Martin, Mary Azarian
Illustrated by: Mary Azarian
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Strong line and narrative combine in this picture book biography of the Vermonter who figured out how to photograph real snowflakes. Dramatic illustrations won a Caldecott Medal.

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei

By: Peter Sís
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The complicated, sometimes disconcerting life of Galileo is presented in a multi-faceted, intricately illustrated, completely original biography. Differing typefaces combine with illustrations in various styles to create an informative, engaging, and unusual glimpse of the man and his genius.

The Best Book of Spaceships

By: Ian Graham
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Illustrations and text describe how humans have tried to learn more about space and some of the equipment and vehicles used to do this.

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

By: Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ms. Frizzle, an unflappable science teacher, drives the magical school bus into a cloud where the children shrink to the size of water droplets and follow the course of water through the city's waterworks system.

The Sky is Full of Stars

By: Franklyn Branley, Felicia Bond
Illustrated by: Felicia Bond, Franklyn Branley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young stargazers learn about different star colors and brightness, how to locate major constellations, and how to make mini-planetariums by using coffee cans and flashlights.

The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest

By: Steve Jenkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture, this unique book takes readers on the ultimate adventure of climbing Mount Everest.

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