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      Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner

      by Janice N. Harrington

      Apr 2020

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Charles Henry Turner’s mind itched with questions. Fascinated by animals, bugs, and crustaceans, Turner studied their lives. When books didn’t answer his questions, he researched, experimented, and looked for answers on his own, even when faced with racial prejudice. Author Janice Harrington and artist Theodore Taylor III capture the life of this scientist and educator, highlighting his unstoppable curiosity and his passion for insects and biology.

      Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

      by Tami Lewis Brown

      Mar 2020

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Click. Whir. Buzz.

      Not so long ago, math problems had to be solved with pencil and paper, mail delivered by postman, and files were stored in paper folders and metal cabinets. But three women, Betty Snyder, Jean Jennings, and Kay McNulty knew there could be a better way. During World War II, people hoped ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), one of the earliest computers, could help with the war effort. With little guidance, no instructions, and barely any access to the machine itself, Betty, Jean, and Kay used mathematics, electrical engineering, logic, and common sense to command a computer as large as a room and create the modern world.

      The machine was like Betty, requiring outside-the-box thinking, like Jean, persistent and consistent, and like Kay, no mistakes, every answer perfect. Today computers are all around us, performing every conceivable task, thanks, in large part, to Betty, Jean, and Kay’s pioneering work. Instructions Not Included is their story.

      Authors’ note, with photographs. Resources. Full-color illustrations.

      Nature's Ninja: Animals with Spectacular Skills

      by Rebecca L. Johnson

      Feb 2020

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Did you know that some animals have natural ninja-like talents? In this book, you’ll learn all about them, including geckos, sea urchins, bombardier beetles, and more. For example, geckos can grip almost any surface—including walls and ceilings—with their amazing toes. And when collector urchins are attacked, they release tiny, sharp objects that bear a striking resemblance to throwing stars. You will also meet the scientists who are studying these animals’ amazing abilities.

      “Meet the Scientists.” Author’s note. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Resources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      Can You Hear the Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest

      by Peter Wohllben

      Jan 2020

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Meet Peter Wohlleben—but you can call him Peter the Forester!

      With his groundbreaking, internationally bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben established himself as a global advocate for forests and our relationship with trees. Now, Peter shares his famous imagination and storytelling style with children, asking surprising questions about trees with exciting quizzes, photographs, and hands-on activities to help even the most reluctant learners discover the answers.

      Did you know that trees have parents, and tree grandparents with wrinkles? That tree kids go to school for hundreds of years? That there is such a thing as the forest internet? And that trees make us healthy and strong. Sometimes, even trees get sick, but we can help them heal.

      Author’s note. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      The Brain Is Kind of a Big Deal

      by Nick Seluk

      Dec 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Have you ever thought about everything your brain does for you? It is always working to keep you alive and safe. (Plus it lets you think about funny stuff, too.) So why is the brain such a big deal? Because it makes you YOU, of course!

      This funny and factual picture book from Heart and Brain creator Nick Seluk explains the science behind everything the brain helps you do: keeping your heart beating, telling you when you are sleepy, remembering stuff, and more. The brain is in charge of everything you do, every minute of every day for your entire life. That's kind of a big deal.

      Glossary. “Wild Facts About Animal Brains.” Full-color illustrations.

      The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks

      by Sandra Markle

      Nov 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Top-selling science author Sandra Markle presents the story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean.

      Author’s note. “Did You Know?” Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color maps, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

      All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

      by Lori Alexander

      Oct 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Microbes are everywhere: in the soil and oceans, in snow, and inside our bodies. But in Antony van Leeuwenhoek’s time, people believed that what they saw with their own eyes was all that existed in the world. How did a simple tradesman—who didn’t go to college or speak English or Latin like all the other scientists—change everyone’s minds?
      Proving that remarkable discoveries can come from the most unexpected people and places, this eye-opening chapter book, illustrated with lively full-color art, celebrates the power of curiosity, ingenuity, and persistence.

      Author’s note. Time line of events. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Full-color illustrations were created using pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.

      Cats: Nature and Nurture: Science Comics

      by Andy Hirsch

      Oct 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic— dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

      In this volume, we meet feline friends from the tiniest kodkod to the biggest tiger and find out what makes your neighborhood domestic cats so special. Equipped with teeth, claws, and camouflage to survive everywhere from deserts to mountaintops, how did these ferocious felines make the leap from predators to playmates and are they even done leaping?

      Glossary. Bibliography. Full-color digital illustrations.

      Moles: Superpower Field Guide

      by Rachel Poliquin

      Sep 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Meet Rosalie, a common mole.The first thing you need to know about Rosalie is that she is shaped like a potato. Not a new potato, all cute and round, but a plain old lumpy potato. She may be small. She may be spongy. But never underestimate a mole.
      I know what you’re thinking: moles are just squinty-eyed beasts that wreck your lawn.
      You’re right! Those squinty eyes and mounds of dirt are proof that moles have superpowers. There is absolutely nothing common about the common mole.

      Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Full-color illustrations were created using a mixture of black ink, pencil, and wax crayon and colored digitally.

      Finding the Speed of Light: The 1676 Discovery that Dazzled the World

      by Mark Weston

      Sep 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      More than two centuries before Einstein, using a crude telescope and a mechanical timepiece, Danish astronomer Ole Romer measured the speed of light with astounding accuracy. How was he able to do this when most scientists didn’t even believe that light traveled? Like many paradigm-shattering discoveries, Romer’s was accidental. Night after night he was timing the disappearance and reappearance of Jupiter’s moon Io behind the huge, distant planet. Eventually he realized that the discrepancies in his measurements could have only one explanation: Light had a speed, and it took longer to reach Earth when Earth was farther from Jupiter. All he needed then to calculate light’s speed was some fancy geometry.

      Afterword. Further information about Ole Romer. Time line. Full-color illustrations.

      The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

      by Alice B. McGinty

      Aug 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      When Venetia Burney’s grandfather reads aloud from the newspaper about a new discovery—a “ninth major planet” that has yet to be named—her eleven-year-old mind starts whirring. She is studying the planets in school and loves Roman mythology. “It might be called Pluto,” she says, thinking of the dark underworld. Grandfather loves the idea and contacts his friend at London’s Royal Astronomical Society, who writes to scientists at the Lowell Observatory in Massachusetts, where Pluto was discovered. After a vote, the scientists agree unanimously: Pluto is the perfect name for the dark, cold planet.

      Author’s note, with photograph of Venetia Burney as a child. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations were rendered in inks, in graphite powder, and digitally.

      Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

      by Mark Wilson

      Jul 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      From Hedwig, the Snowy Owl of Harry Potter fame, to Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved friend Owl, this wide-eyed bird of the night has found its way into young hearts and imaginations everywhere. Owling invites young readers into the world of real-life owls, to learn about their fascinating behaviors and abilities. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson presents a one-of-a-kind look into the mysterious lives of these distinctive birds. Dramatic images of the 19 owl species of North America nesting, flying, hunting, and catching prey are accompanied by information about the birds’ silent flight, remarkable eyes and ears, haunting calls, and fascinating night life.

      Glossary. List of places to see owls in captivity. Index. Metric conversion chart. Full-color illustrations, diagrams, and photographs.
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