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Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice?

Real Science Questions from Real Kids

by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Suharu Ogawa
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: discoveries, chemistry, curiosities & wonders

Curious kids ask the best questions!

What keeps the stars from falling from the sky? Why do metal boats float? And more importantly, why don’t cars run on apple juice?! All these questions and more are found in the pages of this science Q & A book with questions from the most inquisitive of science center visitors—kids.

With help from a slew of s …

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A Forest in the City

by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Pierre Pratt
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: trees & forests, biology, environmental conservation & protection

This beautiful book of narrative non-fiction looks at the urban forest and dives into the question of how we can live in harmony with city trees.

“Imagine a city draped in a blanket of green … Is this the city you know?”

A Forest in the City looks at the urban forest, starting with a bird’s-eye view of the tree canopy, then swooping down to s …

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Watch It Grow: Backyard Life Cycles

Backyard Life Cycles

illustrated by Barbara Reid
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: biology, butterflies, moths & caterpillars, flowers & plants

Barbara Reid’s one-of-a kind art brings an engaging exploration of nature to life!

 

Readers young and old will enjoy this introduction to the marvels of the natural world: watching a tadpole hatch from an egg, a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, an acorn become a mighty oak and a glorious sunflower grow from a tiny seed!

Barbara Reid's love of …

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Cells

An Owner's Handbook

illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: body, biology, anatomy & physiology

Join Ellie, a skin cell who lives on the derrière of a Boston Terrier, as she tells readers all about the amazing cells that make up every living thing on Earth.

Did you know that every human is the proud owner of 37 trillion cells? (Give or take a few trillion.) They’re the itty-bitty building blocks that stack together to make you, you! Join a …

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Acting Wild

How We Behave Like Birds, Bugs, and Beasts

by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Dave Whamond
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 6
tagged: zoology, biology, daily activities

How are humans different from other animals? This is a question scientists have long tried to answer. As it turns out, some of the very things researchers once though distinguished humans—our creativity, our problem-solving ability, our capacity for planning or abstract thought—actually make us very similar to other animals! This nonfiction boo …

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I Am Josephine

(And I Am a Living Thing)

by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Jacqui Lee
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: biology, environmental science & ecosystems

Meet Josephine: a spirited and curious girl, a big sister, and a human being. She’s also a mammal, an animal, and a living thing—all identities she explores with readers in this simple informational picture book.

Josephine presents her family (and herself) as examples of human beings, and then familiar creatures like her dog and her mom (and he …

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Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?

How Animals Keep Warm

by Etta Kaner, illustrated by John Martz
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: biology, seasons, zoology

A fun, factual, interactive exploration of how animals keep warm in cold weather, for ages 4 to 8
When winter arrives, animals living in cold environments need to cope to survive. Do polar bears build homes? Do penguins snuggle with a friend? Yes! But their homes aren’t made of wood, and they don’t cuddle on a couch. Instead, these animals an …

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