Books by Theme
What to do on a summer day when there's no school, nothing on TV, no friends around, and it's too hot to play outside? Slow down, cool off, and chill out with a good book! Go on an armchair adventure, bring the outdoors in, create in the kitchen, explore some science that isn't usually found in school, tickle your funny bone with a bit of a math problem, and more.
1 2 3: I Can Make Prints!
Clearly organized instructions provide not only the know-how but ideas on how to make prints from easily found materials. As children craft their own artwork, they may just want to reread other books which use comparable techniques (such as Eric Carle). Also in the 1 2 3 series are the equally doable I Can Sculpt! and I Can Paint!
Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes
Each lively rhyme or riddle about everyday things actually asks a math question; some easy, some more difficult, all playfully involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Humorous spins on recognizable situations are enhanced by comical illustrations.
Danny's Drawing Book
Join Danny and his friend, Ettie, as they visit the zoo on a snowy afternoon — and then on a trip to a sunny place in Africa with the elephants and aardvarks…all with the help of Danny's yellow drawing book, of course! This imaginative, playful jaunt may inspire other armchair adventures.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss
Eat chocolate rocks? Or sizzling hot pebbles? Real — and edible — recipes inspired by green eggs and ham and other zany Seuss characters are presented in an easy-to-follow, clearly organized (from breakfast to dinner) cookbook illustrated with Seuss' own illustrations as well as an occasional food photo. This is an ideal book for young cooks and the adults in their lives — all while sharing or even creating their own Seussian recipes!
How to Be the Best at Everything: The Boys' Book
This book opens with a disclaimer and reminds readers to use common sense at all times — especially as boys consider doing things like skateboard "ollies," fighting off a crocodile, or escaping quicksand. The book is fun and full of suggestions for real and absolutely outrageously undoable activities. Not just for boys!
How to Be the Best at Everything: The Girls' Book
Dozens of how-to topics can be found in this browsable "instruction manual." Easy-to-follow directions and helpful illustrations show you how to do things as varied as make your own lip gloss, eat with chop sticks, and juggle one-handed. The book opens with a disclaimer and reminds readers to use common sense at all times!
Maisy's Nature Walk: A Maisy First Science Book
Take a walk outdoors with the popular mouse, Maisy. Help Maisy find a duckling, a bee inside a flower, and more as young hands pull sturdy tabs to reveal the hidden treasure, guided by short text which also encourages children to look for additional related things on each double-page spread.
Become the storyteller when examining the inventive illustrations that start with a boy who looks out the window on a rainy day. He finds a mysterious key, which leads to an imaginative adventure with other children on a sunny beach. Could it be real? Readers add the story that accompanies this lively book without words.
The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art
Full-color illustrations combine with clear instructions organized into four sections drawn from nature to present possible activities with generally easy-to-locate materials. Some activities are sophisticated, but children (with an adult) will find something to create in the great outdoors.
The Stunning Science of Everything: Science with the Squishy Bits Left In
Sophisticated young scientists will enjoy dipping in and out of this funny but edifying compendium of science. Topics range from paleontology to astronomy with lots of ways to get involved (some requiring adult help). The comic format and brief information are appealing and sure to amaze and engage.
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks
Can you be tricked into seeing something that’s not really there? Your eyes can be deceived more easily than you think. If you don’t agree, take a hard look at these full color photographs, then read how you were mislead! The creator of this tricky book is also the creator of the popular I Spy series.
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