Science: Life, Earth, Space

 

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A Seed is Sleepy [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Aston, Dianna Hutts. Illustrated by Long, Sylvia

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Average

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

This book that introduces children to an array of seeds and plants includes text on two levels. Short poetic phrases in large print, aimed at younger children, give seeds accessible, anthropomorphic qualities: “A seed is sleepy”; “A seed is adventurous.” Paragraphs in smaller print, which tackle science concepts and expand on the phrases, are geared to older readers.

Age Range: 4 – 10

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
A Seed is Sleepy

After the Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Then and Now [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Markle, Sandra

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITORING COMPREHENSION A photo-essay detailing the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and its impact on the surrounding environment.

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Challenging
After the Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Then and Now

Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Mallory, Kenneth

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE and SYNTHESIZE

“Scientists have mapped less than 10 percent of the ridge of underwater mountains in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. It is here that 95 percent of the volcanic activity on earth occurs. And it is also where the scientist Rich Lutz has tracked the remarkable evolution of bizarre creatures that spawn in hydrothermal vent fluids that are poisonous to most other forms of life. How can life exist in this world of utter darkness?”

Age Range: 90-012

Lexile: 1250L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano

Frozen Man [ASK QUESTIONS]

by Getz, David. Illustrated by McCarty, Peter

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

ASK QUESTIONS

“When an archaeologist examines a body found frozen in the Austrian Alps, he learns something extraordinary. The well-preserved body – and the tools and clothing found at the site – indicates that the man died more than 5,000 years ago.”

– ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers

– Hungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction

– NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children

Ages: 8 and up

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Frozen Man

Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Kramer, Stephen. Photos by Kunkel, Dennis

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“There are hidden worlds in nature – places you can visit only with a microscope. For more than twenty-five years, Dennis Kunkel has been exploring these worlds. Through the lenses of powerful microscopes, he has examined objects most people have never even thought about: a mosquito’s foot, a crystal of sugar, a grain of pollen, the delicate hairs on a blade of grass. Hidden Worlds takes you behind the scenes of Dennis’s work and explains how he captures his remarkable images of microscopic life and objects. You’ll learn how Dennis became interested in microscopes as a boy, how he prepares specimens for study, and how different kinds of microscopes work. You’ll also have the chance to follow Dennis as he collects in the field – from the ash-covered slopes of Mount St. Helens to the lava tubes, rainforests, and beaches of his home state of Hawaii.”

Age Range: 9 – 11

Lexile: 1040

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
Hidden Worlds

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Floca, Brian

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION

“Simply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.”

Age Range: 6 – 11

Lexile 990 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Challenging
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by Fleischman, John

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION

Science writer John Fleischman uses a clipped, engaging expository style to tell the incredible story of the railroad worker who, in 1848, survived the piercing blast of a 13-pound iron rod as it entered below his cheekbone and exited the front of his skull in Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science. What happened and what didn’t happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human. Photographs, glossary, a resource listing and index lend this textbook case the same sense of immediacy as do the words.

Age Range: 9 – 11

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Challenging
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science

Snake Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Montgomery, Sy. Photos by Bishop, Nic

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“Dr. Robert Mason, the current recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, has been studying a mysterious phenomenon for over fifteen years – one of the most extraordinary events of the natural world – the reemergence from a winter spent in a state of suspended animation in subterranean caverns of tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes – the world’s largest concentration of snakes. The work of scientists can often seem mysterious and intimidating to the nonscientist. No longer! Introducing an exciting perspective on the important work of scientists in all areas of research and study. Scientists in the Field show people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show first-hand adventures in the great outdoors – adventures with a purpose, from climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves.”

Age Range: 7 – 10

Lexile: 0930L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
The Snake Scientist

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium [MONITOR COMPREHENSION]

by McClafferty, Carla

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

MONITOR COMPREHENSION

Marie Curie s life and work are given a fresh telling, one that also explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in world culture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.

Age Range: 12 and up

Recommended by Joan Kindig

Challenging
Something Out of Nothing

Summer of Fire: Yellowstone 1988 [ASK QUESTIONS]

by Lauber, Patricia

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

ASK QUESTIONS

This “book on the Yellowstone fire of 1988 is an admirable updating of the environmental history of the area. Interesting, action-filled writing plus a very detailed description of the fire and how it spread make for exciting reading. There is a good explanation of the area’s attractions and the geologic forces of nature at work. The new, clear full-color photographs are outstanding. They are full page, well labeled, and include many of the wildlife species found in the park. A single map shows fire locations… A good glossary and useful bibliography are appended. Lauber raises all the important questions regarding regrowth, loss of species, fire damage, and change, but she doesn’t supply as many concrete, specific answers as serious young scientists will want.”

Ages: 8 – 12

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
The Summer of Fire

The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Collard, Sneed B.

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“Sneed B. Collard III profiles Pauline Drobney and her crew as they struggle to rebuild a tallgrass prairie in central Iowa. From setting fires to rejuvenate the landscape, to searching for native seeds, to tracking down the elusive Regal Fritillary with Dr. Diane Debinsky, the story of rebuilding and regenerating the prairie landscape is a compelling and inspiring one.”

Age Range: 9 – 12

Lexile: 1090

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
The Prairie Builders

The Truth about Poop [DETERMINE IMPORTANCE]

by Goodman, Susan. Illustrated by Smith, Elwood H.

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

DETERMINE IMPORTANCE

“We call it a waste product, but poop can also be bricks to build a house, fuel to power a trip to Mars, wipes for a baby’s bottom, buttons for your next sweater. Poop? YES! POOP! And that’s not all. Birds drop it as bombs. Mole-rats use it as a password. Sharks track their prey with it. People cook with it, sculpt with it, and even use it as a Frisbee! While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world. Kids (and adults too!) will be captivated by the astounding facts contained in this fascinating book, featuring hilarious illustrations.”

Age Range: 7 – 10

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
The Truth about Poop

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Movement [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Burus, Loree Griffin

Science: Life, Earth, Space


Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

“Aided by an army of beachcombers, oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The information he collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, Curt, along with a community of scientists, friends, and beachcombers alike, is using his data to understand and protect our ocean.”

Age Range: 10 – 12

Lexile: 1200L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed. D.

Challenging
Tracking Trash

Tsunami: Helping Each Other [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Morris, Ann and Larson, Heidi

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Average

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

“A profusely illustrated account of the experiences of two brothers, Chaiya and Chaipreak, ages 8 and 12, in their Thai village during and after the December 2004 tsunami. Less focused on an explanation of a tsunami than most other books, the authors present a more personalized description of the disaster and its effect on its victims by tracing the boys’ experiences as they survive disaster; reunite with their mother; learn of the loss of their father, home, and school; and eventually move into a temporary shelter and return to a makeshift school.”

Age Range: 8 – 11

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Average
Tsunami - Helping Each Other

Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Lourie, Peter

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE

Photo essay.

“Native Inuit Eskimos consider themselves the People of the Whale. The harvesting of whales is a significant part of their culture. This series book follows an Arctic whale scientist in Barrow, Alaska, throughout the year as he participates in the traditional harvesting of the bowhead or Greenland right whale by the Inuit. He takes samples, studies migration routes, and monitors the numbers and health of these whales. The traditional whalers and scientists cooperate to maintain both the culture and a sustainable population of the whales.”

– Scientists in the Field Series Series

Age Range: 12 and up, younger for photographs

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Whaling Season

Woods Scientist [SUMMARIZE & SYNTHESIZE]

by Swineburne, Stephen R. Photos by Morse, Susan C.

Science: Life, Earth, Space

Difficulty: Challenging

SUMMARIZE AND SYNTHESIZE

“Sue Morse is at home in the woods; she has read the woods ever since she could remember. She believes that by reading the forests she can help save them. So outside the door of her small cabin lies her laboratory: the rich and extensive forest and all of the creatures who live there. Revealing just how active and engaging science – and scientists – can be, this book also gives us a closer glimpse into the vulnerable homes of bear, lynx, deer, bobcat, and all the dwellers of the woods.”

Age Range: 9 – 12

Lexile: 1110L

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Challenging
Woods Scientist