Fun With Science

 

The Children’s Department invites children of all ages through those entering sixth grade to experience "Fizz, Boom, READ!" by joining the Summer Reading Program and exploring the fascinating world of science! 

Visit our Summer Reading Club pages for more information.

 

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Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science
by Claire Eamer ISBN: 9781554515363

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Eight fascinating tales of scientists and inventors ahead of their time.

Earth revolves around the sun. Washing hands helps stop the spread of disease. Poisons in the environment affect the entire ecosystem. Today these ideas are common knowledge, but at one time they were all rejected. In this thought-provoking book, find out what happened when people weren't ready to listen to innovators who came up with revolutionary ideas.

Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving "Mad scientist" Nikola Tesla's futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s Copernicus proposed a sun-centered model of the universe Ignaz Semmelweis tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods Aviation pioneer George Cayley's ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work Rachel Carson sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife.

Nowadays, we think of these scientists as heroes, but they all endured great personal hardships for daring to think differently.

 

 

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Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself
by Bob Pflugfelder  ISBN: 9781594746482

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Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they're sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It's not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own--engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.

 

 

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Weird Science Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone
by Felicia Lowenstein Niven ISBN: 9780766035430

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Jokes, limericks, knock-knock jokes, tongue twisters, and fun facts about animals, plants, weather, outer space, recycling, and more, including how to create your own funny board game.

 

 

 

 

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Bathtub Science
by Shar Levine  ISBN: 9780806971858

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Children ages 6-8 will agree that the tub is a cool "laboratory" for carrying out experiments that are gallons of fun. Every page bursts with brilliant drawings, and loads of photographs display the entire process and capture delighted-looking kids carrying out the experiments. 

 

 

 

 

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The Earth Book 
by Todd Parr ISBN: 9780316042659

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"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

 

 

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The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School
by Judy Sierra ISBN: 9781416911753

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A boy sends away for "Professor Swami's Super Slime" to use as his science fair project and then has to cope with the funny disaster that follows.

 

 

 

 

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Maisy's World of Animals: A Maisy First Science Book
by Lucy Cousins ISBN: 9780763669898

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Take an interactive journey from the North Pole to the South Pole with Maisy -- and visit animals who live in various habitats along the way.

From the Arctic to the desert to the jungle and beyond, Maisy is curious to learn about animals in their own environments. Pull a tab to see meerkats popping up in the sand, a monkey playing in a tree, two goats butting heads in the mountains, penguins and their babies, and plenty more.

Learning about nature is always more fun with Maisy!

 

 

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Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art
by Thomas Locker   ISBN: 9780064437509

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In spring, a snapping turtle lays her eggs on the hillside beneath the tree. In autumn, leaves fall as squirrels scamper up the trunk carrying nuts. And on a winter night, a backdrop of twinkling stars shines through the branches. Each day, the tree changes with the purple and pink of a sunset or a nip of cold air. But the tree is more than a thing of beauty--its changes represent the passage of time in nature.

In this stunning book by Thomas Locker, who was seven years old when he won his first award for a painting of a tree that still stands in the National Zoo, exquisite paintings and wondrous text are paired with questions about nature, and science comes alive through art.