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The Young Scientist
Fandex Family Field Guides between a toy and a book, and lots of fun!
With topics from history to nature and more, shaped cards include pictures
and facts... My kids love these!
Size by Steve Jenkins
Compare the crocodile to the Goliath frog, the Atlas moth to the dwarf
goby... see how these real-life bugs, fish, and animals compare in size through
amazing paper collages...
Big Bug Search
by Kamini Khanduri (or visit Usborne Books
and search on "Great Search")
Search through the detailed illustrations of periods of history from the
cave man to the 20th century, showing cultures around the world. Great
entertainment for kids from pre-reading through adult!
by Christine Becker
The human body, from head to toe, for a younger group than
Anatomy Coloring Book...
by Caroline Young, Ian Jackson (or visit Usborne Books
and search on "Great Search")
Develop a sense of habitats around the world, and the animals that live
there; from the arctic to the equatorial rainforests, from mountains to deserts,
under the water and by the ocean...
by Rosie Heywood (or visit Usborne Books
and search on "Great Search")
Find the dinosaurs in our history, searching through detailed illustrations
of the periods of
by Kamini Khanduri, David Hancock (or visit Usborne Books
and search on "Great Search")
Fabulous illustrations and excellent text, lead children to learn about a
variety of watery habitats!
Dinosaurs by Joseph P. Kchodl
A fun picture introduction to dinosaur hunting, with PaleoJoe from the Field
Museum in Chicago!
Nature Smart by Gwen Diehn
Available used and worth it! Great hands-on science and nature
projects for elementary-age kids...
Space Child's Mother Goose by Fredrick Winsor
Out of print, but worth looking for. Rhymes for those from 6 to 60 and beyond...
Verse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud
celebration about predators and prey? A twinkle-twinkle little star transforms
into a twinkle-less, sunshine-eating-and rhyming Black Hole? What if amoebas,
combustion, metamorphosis, viruses, the creation of the universe are all
irresistible, laugh-out-loud poetry? Well, you're thinking in science verse,
that's what. And if you can't stop the rhymes . . . the atomic joke is on you.
By the authors of The Math Curse
Start Exploring Gray's Anatomy: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book by Freddy Stark
A fascinating voyage of discovery through the human body. Learn what makes the body work and how intricate human beings are - both inside and out
Anderson, Science Detective, by Seymour Simon and S. D. Schindler
(out of print, but available used)
The On-Line Spaceman: And Other Cases
Painters: Masters of Western Art,|
Mummies, Gods and Pharaohs|
The Mysterious Lights and Other Cases
The Invisible Man and Other Cases
The Halloween Horror and Other Cases
The Gigantic Ants and Other Cases
Wings of Darkness
Einstein Anderson Tells a Comet's Tale
The Wings of Darkness and Other Cases
The Time Machine: And Other Cases
Science by Shinta Cho (translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum)
Exploring subjects generally considered taboo, with light humor and simple
The Holes in Your Nose
The Gas We Pass
All About Scabs
Contemplating Your Bellybutton
Buck Wilder's Adventures, by Timothy R. Smith
Stole the Animal Poop?
Work Bees Go On Strike
Ants Dig to China
Owls Don't Give a Hoot
Buck Wilder, everyone's favorite outdoorsman, and his animal friends go on
grand adventures through the animal kingdom. Each story leads to an
important natural world message, plus a secret message in each book, and
flip-book animation on the edge of the pages...
Buck Wilder's Animal Wisdom
Buck Wilder and his animal friends show us the how nature and life are
interconnected - great lessons, and great fun! A picture book, but perfect
for older kids, too
Magic School Bus, by Joanna Cole
- Ms. Frizzle shepherds her reluctant students through many adventures in
books that are as fancifully conceived as they are educational. The
original full-color, horizontal format Magic School Bus books, listed below, are
the best for gifted kids, with lots of fascinating details on each subject!
Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body)
Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System)
Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth)
Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip)
Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor)
Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane)
Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs)
Magic School Bus Explores the Senses (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses)
Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive)
Magic School Bus at the Waterworks (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks)
Magic School Bus And The Science Fair Expedition (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Magic School Bus
And The Science Fair Expedition)
Science, by Nick Arnold. Visit Horribles! for
the whole collection!
Animals (or from Amazon.co.uk Angry
- Get to grips with gruesome grizzly bears, wolf
down some facts about, er, wolves and snap up some savage shark stories
Blood, Bones and Body Bits (or from Amazon.co.uk
Bones and Body Bits)
- Perfect for budding young doctors and scientists
Owner's Handbook (or from Amazon.co.uk
The Body Owner's Handbook), also
Human Body Teachers' Resources
- What you need to know about you...
- Bulging Brains
(or from Amazon.co.uk
- Discover how chopping your brain in half needn't be fatal, and whether girls or boys are the real masterminds in this book about grey matter
Chemical Chaos (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Delightful history of scientific development, while teaching basic chemistry
Deadly Diseases (or from Amazon.co.uk
- If you think you can stomach the sick side of Science, then read on to find
out about all kinds of illnesses from the common cold to cruel cholera
Disgusting Digestion (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Dishes up the dirt on your innards... Also
Digestion Sticker-Activity Book or Amazon.co.uk
Digestion Sticker-Activity Book
Evolve or Die (or from Amazon.co.uk
Evolve or Die)
- Weird and wonderful facts about survival and extinction
Grimgrave's Gruesome Guide to Poison (or from Amazon.co.uk
Grimgrave's Gruesome Guide to Poison)
Experiments (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Reveals how many mistakes scientists make on the road to discovery, while
giving readers the chance to try a few things out for themselves
Fatal Forces (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Why do your ears stop you falling off your bike? What can make your fillings
explode? Find out...
Fearsome Fight for Flight
(or from Amazon.co.uk
Fearsome Fight for Flight)
- Laugh at some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was
blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane
Light (or from Amazon.co.uk Frightening Light), also Light
- How eclipses turn day into night, why rattlesnakes can still find a person
in the dark and why legs seem to bend under water
Energy (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Find out how your body turns stodgy school dinners into energy, why steaming
manure can warm you up and how to build your own geothermal power station
Microscopic Monsters (or from Amazon.co.uk
Micro-organisms Teachers' Resources (due 3/20/06)
- facts about the tiny world of microbes - viruses, bacteria, amoebas
Nasty Nature (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Slither into the animal world to discover what kind of frog lives in the
toilet, and many other fantastic facts
Poison (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Painful Poison will dish up a deadly dose! Are you brave enough to discover:
how to turn your brother or sister into a zombie slave? why you are breathing in
poison right now?
Rotten Experiments (or from Amazon.co.uk
- packed with loud, noisy, wet and soggy experiments that are guaranteed to
make your friends and teachers squirm...
Shocking Electricity (or from Amazon.co.uk
- discover how an electric eel can give you a nasty shock?; why electricity
keeps your heart beating?
Sounds Dreadful (or from Amazon.co.uk
- The world of rumbling resonance, shocking sound waves and sonic boom gets a sound check
Stars and Slimy Aliens (or from Amazon.co.uk
Stars and Slimy Aliens), also
Earth and Beyond Teachers' Resources (due 3/20/06)
- Are you spaced-out to discover: which astronomers killed people? why space
makes the guts explode? what the moon smells like?
Suffering Scientists (or from Amazon.co.uk
- a potted history of scientists and their discoveries, from the first Greek
brainboxes to modern day geniuses
Science of Everything! (or from Amazon.co.uk
Science of Everything)
- Taking a journey from the very small, to the very big, explore the horrible
Truth About Time (or from Amazon.co.uk
Terrible Truth About Time)
- What happens if you go too close to a black hole? How do flies tell the
time? Why the years pass more quickly as you get older?
Vicious Veg (or from Amazon.co.uk
- Dig up the dirt on the world of plants
Ugly Bugs (or from Amazon.co.uk
Ugly Bugs), also
Mini-Beasts Teachers' Resources
- Itching to find our which bugs hide behind the wallpaper? What slugs do with
their slime? Also
Bugs Sticker-Activity Book or Amazon.co.uk
Ugly Bugs Sticker-Activity Book
As They Mold... um, Grow
The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements by P. W. Atkins
...a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of elements
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver W. Sacks
He discovered the wonders of the physical sciences early from his parents
and their flock of brilliant siblings, most notably "Uncle Tungsten" (real name,
Dave), who "manufactured lightbulbs with filaments of fine tungsten wire."
Secrets of the Senses by Donna M. Jackson
Our senses "help us navigate the world," Jackson explores how they affect
our lives and delves beyond the five familiar senses to include coverage of
topics such as dreaming, intuition and even the super senses of animals...
is for Quark: A Science Alphabet Book
by by David Schwartz
Really cool science alphabet book, for beginner to adult!
A Random Walk in Science by Robert L. Weber
More Random Walks in Science
Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Science Terms, Concepts, and
Strategies by Laurie E. Westphal
Explains often complex science terms and concepts in everyday language, uses
definitions, illustrations, and descriptions to create a comprehensive guide to
the world of science...
Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Originally published in 1870, Verne’s amazing undersea adventure is one of
the earliest science fiction novels ever written. Since that time, generations
of readers have plunged below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his
first-ever submarine, The Nautilus. It’s a voyage of exploration and the
- A Gebra Named Al: A Novel by Wendy Isdell
- Julie hates algebra--until she meets a gebra named Al, and the Periodic horses journey through the Land of Mathematics, where the Orders of Operations are real places and fruits that look like Bohr models grow on chemistrees... Also available, a teachers guide Using a Gebra Named Al in the Classroom
Head: A Book About Your Brain and Your Head by Peter Rowan
- The anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, with full-color
illustrations are clear and understandable, and include life-size images of
veins, glands, parts of the brain and spinal cord, muscles, and nerves.
Double-sided acetate overlays show external and internal views of the face and
the cerebral cortex...
The Chemy Called Al: A Novel by Wendy Isdell
- By the same author as A Gebra Named Al...
- Butter side up!: The delights of science by Magnus Pyke
- Out of print, but near if you can find an old copy...
Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick
- A collaboration between pre-eminent scientist Professor Craig Criddle of
Stanford University and cartoonist Larry Gonick, is a complete and up-to-date
course in college level chemistry...
- The Cartoon Guide to the Environment by Larry Gonick
- Covers the main topics of environmental science: chemical cycles, life communities, food webs, agriculture, human population growth, sources of energy and raw materials, waste disposal and recycling, cities, pollution, deforestation, ozone depletion, and global warming and puts them in the context of ecology...
The Alien Legends, Synapse by Stuart Montaldo
- A "science faction" book series. Exciting suspense/adventure stories
introduce Cogno and his investigative dream team, the Icari. They protect the
galaxy and solve mysteries using their wits and special abilities. Real science
ideas are woven into the stories... Don't miss the games with the same
Deep Worlds and
Cogno: Alien Adventure, in Smart
The Legends Book Two - Mindshifters by Stuart Montaldo
- Cogno's dream team of detectives is back! But even their abilities-time
travel, superior speed, and unparalleled wits-are dwarfed by what they are about
to face. While searching for Cogno's father around a massive black hole, the
team uncovers more than they bargained for...
Refrigerator and Other Stories from the Flip Side of History by Steve
Silverman (or from Amazon.uk
- Learn about Einstein's refrigerator, Nikola Tesla, Vaseline, the Baby Derby,
and lots more...
Lindbergh's Artificial Heart and More Fascinating True Stories from Einstein's
Refrigerator by Steve Silverman
- Learn about the great toilet paper shortage, Eveready batteries, the Flubber
fiasco, and more...
More than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds by
- The Exploratorium, the "museum of science, art and human perception" in San
Francisco, offers these great experiments for young scientists, all conducted
with easy-to-find materials. A child scientist's delight!
Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
- Two girls spend a year in Los Alamos as their parents work on the secret
gadget that will end World War II. Dewey is a mechanically minded 10-year-old
who gets along fine with the scientists at the site, but is teased by girls her
own age. When her mathematician father is called away, she moves in with Suze,
who initially detests her new roommate. The two draw closer, though, and their
growing friendship is neatly set against the tenseness of the Los Alamos
compound as the project nears completion. Clear prose brings readers right into
the unusual atmosphere of the secretive scientific community, seen through the
eyes of the kids and their families...
Little Book of Scientific Principles, Theories, & Things by Surendra Verma
- Serious science, presented in an easy-to-access way, in historical order...
great introduction to 200 topics and people, and a way to answer all their
science and math questions!
One Two Three...Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
- This book changed my life! I wore out one copy and the second copy is showing wear also. This book led me to a life in mathematics and computer science and a 30 year teaching career (Amazon review from my favorite college prof!)
PaleoJoe's Dinosaur Detective Club by Joseph P. Kchodl and Wendy Caszatt-Allen
- This new series brings Joe, a dinosaur expert from the Field Museum,
together with Shelly, a kid who loves dinosaurs, to solve mysteries surrounding
the dinosaurs of our past! Flip-page animation on the corner of each page,
and Geometry: Anything But Square! illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan
- Meet Polygon and Plane, Reflection and Rotation, Odd Number and his buddy
Even Number and the three amigos Sine, Cosine and Tangent. Discover the secrets
of their world and how they like to throw their numbers about...
Out of This World illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Astronomy gives every important celestial body and concept its own page,
where readers can learn its behaviors, likes, and dislikes up close and
personal. From the flashy stars to the shadowy and strange objects that hang out
like loners at the edges of the universe, no player goes unnoticed. Astronomy
poster in the back!
Science: Core Science Library illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
Life as We Know It!,
Why Matter Matters and
Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction, in a boxed set
Science: Earth Science Library illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
Planet Earth: What Planet Are You On?,
Oceans: Making Waves! and
Rocks & Minerals: A Gem of a Book, in a boxed set
Life as We Know It! illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- From cells to DNA, from viruses to mammals, from chlorophyll to flowers and
fruit, and including the human body’s parts and systems, Biology is a single
volume BIO101 course, illustrated for kids...
Biology: It's Life But Not As You Know It! illustrated by Simon Basher,
author Dan Green
- Learn about the amazing research that is revolutionizing biology, from
advances in medicine to genetic engineering. Meet the world’s toughest bacterium
and a biologically immortal flatworm whilst learning about epigenetics,
superbugs, nanomedicine and cloning. Extreme Biology is a compelling guide to
developments at the very forefront of science
Getting a Big Reaction illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Begins with a short overview of the discipline and information on Antoine
Lavoisier's 18th-century scientific findings. Concepts are grouped by
associations: “Basic States” (solid, liquid, etc.), “Nuts and Bolts” (atom, ion,
etc.), “Nasty Boys” (acid, base, etc.), and more...
Writing: The Plot Thickens illustrated by Simon Basher, author Mary Budzik
- A fresh take on creative writing as only Basher can do it. Meet Plot, one of
the many 'Schemers and Dreamers' who keeps a story running and its events moving
in the right order; Atmosphere, known as a 'Scene Setter' because her job
entails filling a scene with suspense, drama, or comedy; a cast of 'Heroes and
Villains' including Protagonist and Narrator; and chatty, talkative Wordsmiths
like Dialogue to name one in particular. Basher Basics: Creative Writing is a
persuasive guide that includes tons of detail on the building blocks of
narrative and what makes creative writing work...
The Bare Bones illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Everyone knows about the physical attributes of dinos, but what about
personalities to go with those prehistoric proportions? Welcome to this highly
memorable one-stop guide to the world of dinosaurs, courtesy of Basher. Join the
primeval party and meet terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex, huge Giganotosaurus and
tiny Compsognathus. Also includes lots of information from the Triassic,
Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods, including dinosaur dinners, habitats, and
The Bill of Writes illustrated by Simon Basher, author Mary Budzik
- Learning grammar used to be one of the most boring exercises ever, but not
anymore! Basher illustrates each grammar basic - from parts of speech to
sentence components to groupings and agreements - with its own character, who
explains exactly what makes them tick and how they are used. The perfect
reference for linguists of all ages who struggle to remember the difference
between a preposition and pronoun!
Body: A Book with Guts illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- From the basic building blocks like Cell, DNA, and Protein, to Bones,
Muscles, and all of the fun-loving Organs, readers will cozy up with the guys on
A Book You Can Count On illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Introduces basic mathematical terms such as zero, line, pi, quadrilaterals,
ratio, bar graph, and x (representing unknown quantities). Each one speaks for
itself. Subtract begins, “People often think I’m gloomy. Okay, I admit it, I’m
the exact opposite of Add, that bubbly ball of smirking positivity. Later
Subtract touches on subtracting negative numbers and offers a mental-math
puzzler with an alternate method of reaching the solution. The colorful, iconic
illustrations of the characters are appealing enough to disarm many mathphobic
students, while those who love the subject will be in their element.
Oh My! Gods and Godesses illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Gives a fresh look to some of the key characters from these famous myths and
legends – meet Zeus, father of the Greek Gods; Norse Freyja, goddess of love,
beauty, war and death; and Egyptian Bastet, goddess of cats. With Basher wit and
signature stye, these gods and goddesses, along with many many others, are
brought to life to tell you their stories...
Hit the Right Note illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Guide to the building blocks of music. Meet Rhythm and Pitch, who know how
to hold a tune; Time Signature, who loves to keep control; clever Chord, who
works patterns to great effect; Brass, the powerful loudmouth of the instrument
types; and Classical, Pop and Electronic from a crew of sweet characters...
Making Waves! illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Not content to stay on dry land, Basher takes to the high seas in this
friendly guide to everything above and below the oceans. Meet the members of the
Shoreline Gang, the Deep-down Dandies, and the characters in the Open-water
Crew. Encounter deep trenches, curious creatures, mountains taller than any you
will find on land, and the mixers and stirrers that keep the water flowing.
Throughout Basher’s bold, cheerful artwork pairs with solid scientific
information. Includes a must-have pull out poster of the oceanic characters...
Periodic Table: Elements with Style illustrated by Simon Basher, author Adrian Dingle
- Dingle shows all the elements of the periodic table on a chart with very
original graphics and spotlights 64 of the elements for closer examination...
Table Flashcards illustrated by Simon Basher, author Adrian Dingle and Dan
- Periodic Table: Elements with Style! is now available in a handy deck so
young chemists can take their favorite characters on the go. Each element
appears with all of its handy information including its symbol, atomic number,
atomic weight, color, standard state, and classification. Of course, each
character still has all its distinctive charm to help students remember the
basics. Perfect for studying, trivia, creating games and more...
Why Matter Matters illustrated by Simon Basher, author Adrian Dingle
- From gravity to the theory of relativity, imagine physics as a community
full of wacky characters--the building blocks of the universe each with a unique
Earth: What Planet Are You On? illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan
- A cast of endearing, goofy cartoon creatures embody the concepts. Each one
appears on its own spread and is grouped into categories, such as “Landlubbers”
(i.e., continents) and “The Insiders,” including the earth's crust. Authors
blend a surprising wealth of facts into the chatty, humorous text, which is
filled with analogies kids can relate to...
The Write Stuff illustrated by Simon Basher, author Mary Budzik
- One-stop guide to using punctuation marks correctly. Each mark is each
represented by its own character – from unassuming Semicolon to loud-mouthed
Exclamation Mark – who explain in their own words what makes them tick and how
they are used. “Do’s and “Don’t”s provide practical advice to help every child
unravel the rules and regulations of the English language...
& Minerals: A Gem of a Book illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- An in-depth look at the ground beneath our feet, through charming
illustrations paired with basic information told from a first person
perspective. Meet a community of characters based on the things that form the
foundations of our planet: rocks, gems, crystals, fossils and more...
& Minerals Flashcards: A Diamond of a Deck illustrated by Simon Basher,
author Dan Green
- Rocks and minerals are grouped into families, and each is presented with key
facts and metrics such as hardness, color, origin, and components. Basher's
iconic character-driven artwork gives each rock or mineral a friendly face to go
with all the scientific detail. These cards make a handy study aid, quiz tool,
or rock-hunting companion...
and Capitals: United We Stand illustrated by Simon Basher
- Unique, comprehensive guide to 50 states (plus DC and the six territories)
presents each state in the hip Basher fashion. Gives each state a face, voice,
and personality and gives kids a fun, unusual but really information-packed
gazetteer of their country. From Alabama to Wyoming, each state boasts about why
it is special, dishes fun facts not found elsewhere, and waxes poetics about its
motto, state bird, flag, state flower, and more! Find out how Connecticut got to
be called the Nutmeg State, why Louisiana, has a very different legal system,
and what made landlocked Utah choose the seagull as its state bird...
Book: Science That Sticks illustrated by Simon Basher
- Fun and funky poster and sticker book to introduce the youngest readers to
the wonderful world of Basher Science. Featuring some of the friendly and iconic
superstars of the best-selling titles in the series—Rocks
well as four pages of reusable stickers and gentle, child-friendly text, this
book is an appealing, interactive treat for the youngest science hounds...
A byte-sized world! illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Discover the secrets behind the devices we take for granted, and learn about
the amazing inventions that have transformed our lives. From the Movers and
Shakers who power our physical world, to the Gizmos, Home Bodies, and High
Rollers who power our vehicles, entertainment, and smartphones—and pretty much
everything else around us—a compelling guide to the big-bytes whiz-kids,
powerhouse motors, and other characters who drive our inventive, highly
Presidents: Oval Office All-Stars illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan
Green and Edward Widmer
- The nation's leaders as you've never seen them
before. Every president, from George Washington to Obama, has his own entry and speaks directly to the reader. These lively and
enlightening articles bring history to life. Meet James Monroe, known as the
"Last Cocked Hat" because he pranced around in an outdated wig, hat, and
breeches! Learn more about "Uncle Jumbo" (better known as Grover Cleveland): the
only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Find out how Ronald Reagan
helped end the Cold War. Quirky facts add interest. Did you know that John
Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? That Teddy Roosevelt (and his whole family)
could walk on stilts? Or that Lyndon B. Johnson had worked as an elevator
operator? You will be on first-name terms with every single one of America's
Whipping Up A Storm illustrated by Simon Basher, author Dan Green
- Welcome to the wild world of weather! Meet Hurricane, a violent blusterer;
Atmosphere, a many-layered character who keeps the planet cozy; hard-nut Hail
and sneezy Sleet; Drought, the dusty fellow who makes life hard for animals,
plants and people; and mischievous El Niño, who messes around with ocean
currents to chaotic effect. Includes plenty of detail on the forces that make
Science Coloring Books
Classic scientific coloring books, for pre-teens through college
Anatomy Coloring Book
by Christine Becker
- For younger kids, try
The Biology Coloring Book
by Robert Griffen
The Botany Coloring Book
by Paul Young
- Color the structure and function of plants and surveys the entire plant
The Geography Coloring Book
by Wynn Kapit
- Not science, but part of the series...
The Human Brain Coloring Book
The Human Evolution Coloring Book
- Scientific background for understanding the origins of humanity, explains
dating methods, includes evidence from living primates, fossils, and molecular
studies, clarifies the anatomical and behavioral similarities and differences
between ourselves and our closest living relatives...
The Marine Biology Coloring Book
by Thomas M. Niesen
The Microbiology Coloring Book by Richard
Alcamo & Lawrence Elson
Physics Coloring Book by Richard Stuart & Lawrence Elson
- For younger kids, try
Color Me Physics...
The Physiology Coloring Book
by Wynn Kapit, Robert Macey, and Esmail Meisami
- companion to
Anatomy Coloring Book...
The Zoology Coloring Book by Lawrence Elson
Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durrell
- A treasure trove for anyone interested in studying the world around them, no
matter the part of the world in which they might live. Although you needn't be
an actual collector in order to enjoy this book, there is also information on
how to begin collecting wild flora and fauna...
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
by Temple Grandin
- Speaks in the clear voice of a woman who emerged from the other side of
autism, bringing with her an extraordinary message about how animals think and
feel. Temple's professional training as an animal scientist and her
history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no
other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals,
she offers unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas about both...
Listen to Grandin's
interview on the Diane Rehm show
Temple Grandin: "Animals
on Chemistry by Isaac Asimov
- out of print but available used...
On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser
and Charles Wilson
- A real eye-opener for teen readers who regularly indulge at the Golden
Arches. An adaptation of Schlosser's
Fast Food Nation, Chew on This covers the history of the fast-food
industry and delves into the agribusiness and animal husbandry methods that
support it. Schlosser lays out the gruesome details behind the tasty burgers and
sandwiches. Equally disturbing is his revelation of the way that the fast-food
giants have studied childhood behavior and geared their commercials and free toy
inclusions to hook the youngest consumers...
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
- A beautifully written collection of essays. His observations, more than
conclusions, bring one very close to a belief that in some way, all life is
Curie by Eva Curie
- The remarkable life and astonishing mind of one of the greatest scientists
of the century, written by her daughter, it remains a landmark and an
inspiration for students, scientists, and young women everywhere...
Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle by Neal Thompson
- The discovery of penicillin in 1928 ushered in a new age in medicine. But it
took a team of Oxford scientists headed by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain four
more years to develop it as the first antibiotic...
Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey by Neal Thompson
- Explores the man whose walk on the moon is still compared to humankind's
progenitor's crawl out of the primordial ooze. And whose retreat back to a farm
in his native Ohio soon after the last ticker tape confetti fell, has left him
looked upon as a reclusive hermit ever since. This is the true story of a
national hero, whose life long quest to walk on the moon truly mirrors our best
Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of
Truly Intelligent Machines by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee
- Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other
handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands
ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new
understanding of intelligence itself. Hawkins develops a powerful theory
of how the human brain works, explaining why computers are not intelligent and
how, based on this new theory, we can finally build intelligent machines.
The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His
Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein
- In the summer of 1995, a teenager in a Detroit suburb, a mediocre student
with a relentless scientific curiosity, managed to build a rudimentary nuclear
breeder reactor in a shed behind his mother's house, using radioactive elements
obtained from items as ordinary as smoke detectors. He got so far along in his
efforts that when the Feds finally caught up with him...
Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff by
Annalee Newitz & Charlie Anders
- An anthology essays spotlights women who write comic books for a living, get
caught up in their favorite role-playing games and win "sexiest geek alive"
contests by sporting a corset made out of circuit boards. Editors Newitz
celebrate women's technical accomplishments and nerdy hobbies, while several
contributors also discuss their encounters with sexist discrimination... (young
Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
- From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly
Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. [Bryson's] aim
is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry
explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest
particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space...
Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
- Explores the brilliant and prescient mind of one of the twentieth century's
greatest scientists and inventors. Called a madman by his enemies, a genius by
others, and an enigma by nearly everyone, Nikola Tesla was, without a doubt, a
trailblazing inventor who created astonishing, sometimes world-transforming
devices that were virtually without theoretical precedent...
Velocity of Honey and More Science of Everyday Life by Jay Ingram
- Why does the journey to a new location always take longer than the trip
home? What is the science behind the theory of "six degrees of separation?" Why
doesn't honey flow out in all directions? Explore the extraordinary
science behind ordinary happenings...
The World's 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems by John R. Vacca
- Current debates in astronomy and cosmology, physics and astrophysics,
biology and paleontology, neuroscience, geology, chemistry, and energy
For All Ages!
Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
- recounts a year spent eating home-grown food and, if not that, local.
Accomplished gardeners, the Kingsolver clan grow a large garden in southern
Appalachia and spend summers "putting food by," as the classic kitchen title
goes. Nine-year-old Lily runs a heritage poultry business, selling eggs and
meat. What they don't raise (lamb, beef, apples) comes from local farms. Come
winter, they feast on root crops and canned goods, menus slouching toward
asparagus. Along the way, the Kingsolver family, having given up industrial meat
years before, abandons its vegetarian ways and discovers the pleasures of
The Big Wave
Pearl S. Buck
- The famous story of a Japanese boy who must face life after escaping the
tidal wave destruction of his family and village...
Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
- Distills everything you've forgotten from your high school science classes
and more into one enjoyable book, a guide for the scientifically perplexed adult
who wants to understand what those guys in lab coats on the news are babbling
about, in the realms of physics, chemistry, biology, geology or astronomy, or
the scientifically curious young adult who wants to understand everything...
Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
- A fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the
way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to
buy organic eggs. You'll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way
Powers of Ten
by Philip & Phylis Morrison
- Starting with a view of a billion light-years, the book moves inward, with
each page being 1/10th the scale of the previous one. In 25 steps,
you're looking at a picnic by the shores of Lake Michigan, then plunging into a
human hand, down through the cells inside it, the DNA inside the cells...
The Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows,
Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along by Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson
- What happens when a biologist and artist share an interest in life from
bacteria to humans, and collaborate on taking their knowledge public? The result
is a most magnificent science book, devoted to the wonder and unity of the
For The Younger Geneticist...
Came from DNA by Billy Aronson
- Begin to understand evolution and the key to the mysteries he is
investigating: the structure and function of DNA
For The Older Geneticist...
Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
- Drawing on decades of research in the "sciences of human nature," Pinker
attacks the notion that an infant's mind is a blank slate, arguing instead that
human beings have an inherited universal structure shaped by the demands made
upon the species for survival, albeit with plenty of room for cultural and
The Cartoon Guide to Genetics by Larry Gonick
- Illustrates, simplifies, and humor-coats the important principles of classical and modern genetics and their experimental bases, with amusing anecdotes about how the ancients tried to explain inheritance and sex determination
Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by
James D. Watson
- The real story behind the deceptively simple outcome was messy, intense, and
sometimes truly hilarious. James Watson attempted to record his first
impressions as soon after the events of 1951-1953 as possible, with all their
unpleasant realities and "spirit of adventure" intact...
The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
- Each chapter pries one gene out of its chromosome and focuses on its role in
our development and adult life, but also goes further, exploring the
implications of genetic research and our quickly changing social attitudes
toward this information; genes associated with cancer, intelligence, sex, and
The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture by Matt Ridley
- Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and
nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be
simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture...
Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine by Edmund Blair Bolles
- At the heart of this report of gene therapy and other regenerative medicine
techniques lies a simple, heartbreaking question: "What would you do to save
your brother's life?" When Stephen Heywood, a 29-year-old carpenter, was
diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), his older
brother, Jaime, launched his own research project to search for a cure...
Way Life Works: The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows,
Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along by Mahlon Hoagland and Bert Dodson
- This book is what happens when a biologist and artist share an interest in
life from bacteria to humans, and collaborate on taking their knowledge public.
Superbly written, delightfully illustrated, and supremely informative...
For the would-be Inventor...
that Worked by Charlotte Jones, illustrated by John Obrien
- For those
readers who feel as though they've yet to accomplish anything in life,
these discoveries will come as a great relief. None of the inventions
described in these pages were planned; in fact, some of the inventors
had no idea they'd stumbled on something useful until years later, when
their works became popular...
Accidents May Happen: 50 Inventions Discovered by Mistake
Charlotte Foltz Jones
For the future engineer...
Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test by Ted Williams
Historical and technical information on the design and construction,
plus hands-on experiments. From analysis of the arch, beam, and
suspension systems to the "care and feeding" of structures and
reflections on bridges of the future. Projects involve building,
measurement, and observation, testing the strength of varied paper
shapes or constructing a Popsicle-stick truss bridge or writing bridge
Building Big by David Macauley
- David Macaulay's hit PBS series
Building Big: Bridges/Domes/Skyscrapers/Dams/Tunnels cannot
take you as far as this book does into the wonders of the constructed
world: dams, domes, skyscrapers, tunnels, and bridges. It's also a trip
through time, transporting you, for instance, from Rome's Ponte Fabricio
(built in 62 B.C.) to the 1930s Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to
France's Ponte de Normandie across the Seine, which was the longest
bridge on earth when completed in 1994...
Super Structures to Design & Build by Ted Williams
- Learn about each stage of skyscraper-construction from
planning to "cladding," or exterior. Brief history of the
skyscraper precedes hands-on learning activities, including determining
the best foundation and constructing a frame. Includes about the Sears
Tower, Woolworth Building and Transamerica Pyramid... Note:
includes the World Trade Towers
Caney's Ultimate Building Book by Steven Caney
- Ever wonder how a
suspension bridge can cross a gap thousands of feet wide? Want to know
how to build a comfortable lounge chair out of cardboard boxes? Or what
keeps a massive cathedral dome from collapsing? Discover the answers to
these and many more questions in Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book,
a wonderfully comprehensive exploration of design, construction, and
For the ready-to-build engineer...
for the Evil Genius by Newton C. Braga
- Build your own mechanical race car, combat robot, ionic motor,
mechatronic head, light beam remote control, and 20 other entertaining
learning projects that take you to the heart of mechatronics. The
"evil genius" format adds intrigue...
The Youngest Physicist
- Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik
- For bewildered parents of relativity-involved children and for younger children, more history than science, but covers the basics of the theory of relativity
- It's All Relative: Einstein's Theory of Relativity by Necia H. Apfel
- Out of print; No math, but explains the concept in the clearest, most intuitive way. At the time, my 8 year old and I were thrilled reading it
Pre-teen and teen Physicists
Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics by Robert Gilmore
- Told in the same way as Alice in Wonderland and a hint of Flatland, Gilmore guides us through the principles of Quantum mechanics in a truly lively and fun way
- Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne, intro by Stephen Hawking
- It'll suck you right in! Thorne's book is fantastic! It progresses from Einstein's start to the fundamental concepts of the subject we know today
The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition by Stephen Hawking
- Helps nonscientists understand the questions being asked by scientists today. Among the topics gracefully covered are gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and more
Universe in a Nutshell
by Stephen Hawking
- It's no secret that many people who own
A Brief History of Time
have never finished it. Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell aims to remedy the
situation, with a plethora of friendly illustrations to help readers grok some
of the most brain-bending ideas ever conceived...
The Cartoon Guide to Physics by Larry Gonick
- "If you think a negative charge is something that shows up on your credit-card bill--if you imagine that Ohm's law dictates how long to meditate--if you believe that Newtonian mechanics will fix your car," here's the book for you
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the
by Brian Greene
- Greene gives the non-specialist at least an illusion of understanding--or the sense of knowing what it is that you don't know
Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life by Leonard Mlodinow
- Einstein's Dreams meets Tuesdays with Morrie in Leonard Mlodinow's touching
memoir about his mentor, the brilliant physicist Richard Feynman. As a young
physicist, Leonard Mlodinow looked for guidance from his mentor, the Nobel
Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman...
Physics Coloring Book by Richard Stuart & Lawrence Elson
- For younger kids, try
Color Me Physics...
Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
- Even those who have never watched an episode of Star Trek will be
entertained and enlightened by theoretical physicist Krauss's adventurous
investigation of interstellar flight, time travel, teleportation of objects and
the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Case Western Reserve professor Krauss
maintains that Star Trek's writers were sometimes far ahead of scientists and
famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking's foreword, endorsing the possibilities of
faster-than-light travel and journeying back in time, supports that notion. On
the other hand, Krauss also argues that the show is riddled with bloopers and
The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein
- How better to learn the Special Theory of Relativity and the General Theory
of Relativity than directly from their creator, Albert Einstein himself?
Einstein describes the theories that made him famous, illuminating his case with
numerous examples and a smattering of math (nothing more complex than
Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
by Dr. Richard Feynman
- The six easiest chapters from Feynman's celebrated Lectures on Physics...
Not-so-Easy Pieces: Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time by Dr.
- Six additional focused, revolutionary lectures on Einstein's Theory of
Relativity, which the legendary teacher and Nobel physicist Richard P. Feynman
gave in the early 1960s to freshman students at Caltech
- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Dr. Richard Feynman
- Mr. Tompkins in Paperback by George Gamow
- This classic work provides a clear explanation of the central concepts in modern physics--from atomic structure to relativity and quantum theory to fusion and fission--through the fantastic adventures of its bank clerk hero
Tour of the Subatomic Zoo: A Guide to Particle Physics by Cindy Schwarz
- This popular book introduces the ideas, terminology, and techniques of
high-energy physics. Views of matter from the atom down to the quark are
discussed historically, in language that is accessible to readers who have no
physics background. If every physics textbook were like this, physics classrooms
would be crowded
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