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For some young readers, science can seem like a challenging subject. But it’s also truly fascinating on a lot of levels. We’ve put this collection together to help young readers develop an interest in the topic, and to show them there’s no reason to be intimidated!

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      Healing Plants

      by Latchana Kenney, Karen

      May 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades K-2

      Healing Plants introduces readers to plants around the world that we can use to help heal. From their flowers, fruits, and leaves all the way to their roots, readers will be fascinated with these plants' abilities to heal.

      A Seed is the Start

      by Melissa Stewart

      Feb 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades K-2

      Meet seeds that pop, hop, creep, and explode in this vividly illustrated introduction to the simplest concepts of botany. The story, which is perfect for elementary school Common Core learning, carefully highlights the many ways that seeds get from here to there, engaging children's curiosity with strong action verbs. Stunning photographs with fact-packed captions provide supporting details, explaining the role of seed features and functions in creating new generations of plants. Complete with an illustrated glossary and back matter featuring more resources, this book inspires wonder as it encourages budding botanists of all ages to look with new eyes at plants and their seeds.

      One Iguana, Two Iguanas : A Story of Accident, Natural Selection, and Evolution

      by Sneed B. Collard III

      Dec 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Natural selection and speciation are all but ignored in children’s nonfiction. To help address this glaring deficiency, award-winning children’s science writer Sneed Collard traveled to the Galapagos Islands to see for himself, where Charles Darwin saw, how new species form. The result is this fascinating story of two species of iguana, one land-based and one marine, both of which developed from a single ancestor that reached the islands millions of years ago. The animals evolved in different directions while living within sight of one another. How is that possible?
      Collard uses the iguanas to explore Charles Darwin’s great discovery.
      Glossary. Author’s note. Suggestions for further information. Full-color map, illustrations, and photographs.

      Who Invented the Radio?: Tesla vs. Marconi

      by Susan E. Hamen

      Dec 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      You may have heard the story of how Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio, but what if it isn't entirely true? What if the brilliant young inventor Nikola Tesla was working on advancing radio technology at exactly the same time? You'll be captivated by the tale of two invention powerhouses facing off in a race to create the first long-range radio. In a battle filled with successes and setbacks, see how Marconi and Tesla set out to take home the gold. You'll never look at the radio the same way again!

      Forest Fire Creates Inferno

      by Louise Spilsbury

      Dec 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Forest fires can happen naturally, but the truth is that people cause them, too, often to terrible consequences. Readers learn how they start in both cases as well as how these fires spread, the damage they cause the environment, and how firefighters fight them on the ground and in the air. Case studies of recent forest fires, including the 2016 fires in California, provide readers with real-life examples to encourage connections between the book's STEM content and social studies concepts of conservation, community engagement, and the huge project of cleaning up a natural disaster like a forest fire.

      Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by Kathleen Krull

      Nov 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Young Neil deGrasse Tyson was starstruck when he first visited the sky theater at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He couldn’t believe the crowded, glittering night sky at the planetarium was real—until a visit to the country years later revealed the impossible.
      That discovery was like rocket fuel for Neil’s passion about space. His quest for knowledge took him from the roof of his apartment building to a science expedition in northwest Africa, to a summer astronomy camp beneath a desert sky, and finally back home to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where it all began. Before long, Neil became America’s favorite guide to the cosmos.
      This story of how one boy’s quest for knowledge about space leads him to become a star scientist is perfect for young readers who are fascinated by the universe, aspiring scientists, and the dreamer in all of us. It will ignite your own sense of wonder.
      Authors’ note. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

      Breaking Down Tasks: Using Decomposition

      by Elizabeth Schmermund

      Nov 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      All pieces of hardware and software involve multiple systems and features working together to complete tasks. Therefore, innovations in computer science require breaking down large goals into small, manageable parts. This book shows readers how achieving programmatic goals is not so different from achieving personal goals, elaborating on the mechanics of computer programming in an easy-to-follow way.

      Virtual Reality and Medicine

      by James Roland

      Nov 2018

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Virtual reality creates three-dimensional environments that have been used to enhance video games for several years. Now this amazing techno surgeons plan complex operations, medical students learn anatomy without cadavers, and patients cope with physical pain and the emotional ch term hospital stays. These and other virtual reality developments are changing the way doctors deliver health care and teach medicine to studen remote corners of the world.

      Death Eaters: Meet Nature’s Scavengers

      by Kelly Milner Halls

      Oct 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      What happens to the bodies of animals and humans after death? Nature's army of death eaters steps in to take care of clean up. Without these masters of decomposition, our planet would be covered in rotting bodies. This high-interest science text dives into the science behind how bodies decompose.
      Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color diagram and photographs.

      Eavesdropping on Elephants: How Listening Helps Conversation

      by Patricia Newman

      Oct 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species? Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University's Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the scenes to see how scientists are making new discoveries about elephant communication and using what they learn to help these majestic animals.
      QR codes. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color map, diagrams, and photographs.

      The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos

      by Sandra Markle

      Sep 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Southern white rhinos are in trouble. For years, a rumor has been spreading that their horns can be used to cure cancer, and poachers have been targeting these gentle creatures. Sandra Markle takes readers behind the scenes to see how civilians, volunteer organizations, and African governments are working together to protect rhinos.
      Author’s note. Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color maps, chart, and photographs.

      Mason Jar Science: 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments

      by Jonathan Adolph

      Sep 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Metric conversion chart. Barometric pressure chart. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.
      Glossary.
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