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Secrets of Science

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!

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science

By: Dia Michels
Illustrated by: Nathan Levy
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Why do you see lightning before you hear thunder? What keeps the planets orbiting around the sun? What metal is a liquid at room temperature?  Using an accessible question-and-answer approach, key concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth and general science are explored and demystified. An engaging and fun way to understand how science surrounds us every day.

Archaeologists Dig for Clues

By: Kate Duke
Genre: Nonfiction
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
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

3...2...1...lift off! Take 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
Illustrated by: True Kelley
Genre: Nonfiction
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.

One Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

By: Eric Yoder, Natalie Yoder
Genre: Nonfiction, Mystery
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Each one-minute mystery (solutions included) exercises critical thinking skills while covering earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. See the second book in the series, One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science.

Popcorn Book

By: Tomie dePaola
Genre: Nonfiction
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
Illustrated by: Mary Azarian
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The story of one boy’s passion for snowflakes led to a lifetime’s study. Wilson Bentley, better known as Snowflake Bentley, is presented in a fascinating picture book biography. Read just the story portion or include the factual narration which is included on each page. Illustrations evoke Snowflake’s Vermont, just the thing for a warm day.

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei

By: Peter Sís
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
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
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Join the crew and find out how rockets, probes, telescopes, and space shuttles work! Illustrations and text introduces young readers to the amazing variety of spaceships past, present, and ready to blast off into the future.

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

By: Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Genre: Nonfiction
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
Illustrated by: Felicia Bond
Genre: Nonfiction
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
Genre: Nonfiction
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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