• Fizz, Boom, READ -- Book Recommendations

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    • Off We Go!
      By Beverley Abramson
      Simple rhyming phrases, including "touch the ground, twirl around" and "hop and skip, take a trip," introduce pictures of children playing.
    • Ten, Nine, Eight
      By Molly Bang
      A father and his little girl count down objects from ten to one as she prepares herself to go to bed.
    • The Cutest Critter
      By Marion Dane Bauer
      Which is the cutest critter in the land? Real-life photographs of baby bears, wolves, raccoons, and other animals lead children to the answer.
    • Meeow and the Little Chairs
      By Sebastien Braun
      Meeow and his animal friends play with chairs of different colors.
    • The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse
      By Eric Carle
      Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of different hues. Includes biographical information about the German painter Franz Marc, who created unconventional animal paintings in the early 1900s.
    • The Black Book of Colors
      By Menena Cottin and Rosana Faría
      Illustrations with raised lines and descriptions of color based on imagery provide readers with an interactive experience to the concept of blindness, and includes a full Braille alphabet.
    • One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction
      By Michael Dahl
      A counting book that follows the construction of a building, from one plan to twelve stories. Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.
    • Boom Boom Go Away!
      By Laura Geringer
      A cumulative rhyme in which a young boy emphatically and noisily tells his parents to go away when they say it is time for bed.
    • Split! Splat!
      By Amy Gibson
      When a little girl ventures out into a spring rain with her dog, singing a simple, plain, pitter-patter rain song, her neighbors soon join her for some muddy-day fun.
    • Duck Sock Hop
      By Jane Kohuth
      Ducks dance their socks off at their weekly sock-hop.
    • Cloudette
      By Tom Lichtenheld
      Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do.
    • All the Water in the World
      By George Ella Lyon
      Introduces young children to the water cycle with simple text and illustrations.
    • I Spy Shapes in Art
      By Lucy Mickelwaite
      Presents objects with the shape of a heart, a triangle, a square and other shapes through paintings by such artists as Magritte, Escher, and Matisse.
    • A Book of Sleep
      By Il Sung Na
      While other animals sleep at night, some quietly and others noisily, some alone and others huddled together, a wide-eyed owl watches.
    • Be Quiet, Mike
      By Leslie Patricelli
      Monkey Mike is reprimanded for making noise when he taps pencils and clangs trash cans until he sees a drum set in the music store and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way.
    • A Penguin Story
      By Antoinette Portis
      Edna the penguin tries to find something in her surroundings that is not black, white, or blue.
    • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
      By Michael Rosen
      Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
    • Green
      By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
      Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.
    • The House in the Night
      By Susan Marie Swanson
      Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.
    • Big Smelly Bear
      By Britta Teckentrup
      Big Fluffy Bear insists that Big Smelly Bear visit the pond for a bath before she will scratch the itch he cannot reach.
    • Backseat A-B-See
      By Maria Van Lieshout
      In this alphabet book, a child sees road signs from A to Z from the backseat of a car.
    • You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses
      By Taeeun Yoo
      Children pretend to be many different animals as they do various yoga poses.


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    • Gobble it Up: A Fun Song About Eating!
      By Jim Arnosky
      Rhyming text invites the reader to imagine being a hungry raccoon, crocodile, shark, whale, or panda bear while learning what each creature enjoys eating.
    • Honey…Honey…Lion!: A Story From Africa
      By Jan Brett
      After working together to obtain honey, the African honey badger always shares it with his partner, the honeyguide bird, until one day when the honey badger becomes greedy and his feathered friend decides to teach him a lesson.
    • Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
      By John Burningham
      Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.
    • Hello! Hello!
      By Matthew Cordell
      A child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electronic devices.
    • The Popcorn Book
      By Tomie DePaola
      Presents a variety of facts about popcorn and includes two recipes.
    • Rrralph!
      By Lois Ehlert
      The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."
    • Roller Coaster
      By Marla Frazee
      Readers can take a trip aboard a zipping, zooming, peaking, and plummeting roller coaster, in a colorful book with simple text and vibrant illustrations.
    • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
      By Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Paula Kahumbu
      Details through text and photographs the special bond shared by Owen, an orphaned hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise.
    • Babymouse; Mad Scientist
      By Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
      Imaginative Babymouse's science partner, Felicia the cat, expects her to do all of the work for their report on microscopic creatures, but Babymouse gets help from a pizza-loving amoeba named Squish.
    • Snowflake Bentley
      By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
      A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
    • Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
      By Meghan McCarthy
      Full of fun historical facts, this book is the true story of how bubble gum was invented.
    • Me -- Jane
      By Patrick McDonnell
      Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.
    • Track That Scat!
      By Lisa Morlock
      When Finn and her dog Skeeter set out on a hike to cure their restlessness, they encounter some scat and tracks left by a variety of woodland creatures, in a rhyming nature guide.
    • What Do Wheels Do All Day?
      By April Jones Prince
      Presents the wide variety of wheels, including the many types of vehicles they are used on, what they do, the sounds they make, and who they transport.
    • Robot, Go Bot! A Comic Reader
      By Dana Meachen Rau
      A young girl makes so many demands on the robot she has constructed that he runs away.
    • Growing Like Me
      By Anne Rockwell
      Explains how plants and animals of the meadow, woods, and pond grow and evolve, such as caterpillars changing into butterflies, eggs hatching into robins, and acorns becoming oaks.
    • Bartholomew and the Oobleck
      By Dr. Seuss
      The King, tired of rain, snow, sun, and fog, commands his magicians to make something else come down from the sky, but when oobleck falls, in sticky greenish droplets, Bartholomew Cubbins shames the King and saves the kingdom.
    • Hop! Plop!
      By Corey Rosen Schwartz
      When Mouse and Elephant go to the playground together, it seems as if everything they try to play on together is broken, until they finally find the piece of equipment that is just right for them.
    • Robot Zot
      By Jon Scieszka
      On a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but fearless Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick leave a path of destruction as they battle kitchen appliances.
    • The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate School
      By Judy Sierra
      A boy sends off for "Professor Swami's Super Slime" to use as his science fair project and then has to cope with the funny disaster that follows.
    • It’s Disgusting--- and We Ate It!:True Food Facts From Around the World---and Throughout History
      By James Solheim
      A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.
    • We Are In a Book!
      By Mo Willems
      Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?


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    • The Wright 3
      By Blue Balliett
      In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.
    • Lunch Walks Among Us!, Franny K. Stein Book 1
      By Jim Benton
      Finding it hard to make friends due to her penchant for piranhas and poison ivy, eccentric mad scientist Franny K. Stein transforms herself into a much-adored popular girl, but when a monster erupts from the garbage, Franny must choose between her newfound fame or being herself.
    • Grossology
      By Sylvia Branzei
      Amusingly illustrated book explains the scientific facts of some of the more disgusting aspects of human physiology.
    • What’s Eating You?: Parasites---the Inside Story
      By Nicola Davies
      Mites and lice, fleas, ticks, and tapeworms -- most living creatures that have a habitat also are a habitat, including you (are you itchy yet?). Unwelcome guests -- parasites -- are everywhere, from the barnacles hitching a ride on a humpback whale's head to the tiny flies that control a bee's brain and make it literally dig its own grave.
    • Dude, Where’s My Spaceship?, Weird Planet Book 1
      By Dan Greenburg
      When their spaceship crash lands on Earth, Ploo is captured by the Army and taken to the mysterious Area 51. While her brothers, Lek and Klatu, try to rescue her, Ploo uses her ESP to make a new friend.
    • Perfect Square
      By Michael Hall
      A perfect square that's perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed, but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.
    • Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities
      By Janis Herbert
      Presents a biography of this prolific artist and inventor through projects in cartography, animal art, bird observation, and mask making.
    • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
      By Jacqueline Kelly
      In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
    • Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
      By J. Patrick Lewis
      Borrows themes from famous poems and flips them on their head to create humorous verses and riddles in a collection of math-based problem-solving parodies.
    • Nature’s Art Box: From T-Shirts to Twig Baskets, 65 Cool Projects for Crafty Kids to Make with Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere
      By Laura C. Martin
      Presents more than sixty projects made from natural materials that are available almost anywhere.
    • Viking Ships at Sunrise
      By Mary Pope Osborne
      Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to a monastery in medieval Ireland, where they try to retrieve a lost book while being menaced by Viking raiders.
    • Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis
      By Dav Pilkey
      Hally, the Tosis family dog, has such bad breath that Mr. and Mrs. Tosis plan to give her away, until she proves to be an invaluable watchdog.
    • It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles: Poems
      By Jack Prelutsky
      A collection of humorous poems includes "The Dancing Hippopotami," "You Can't Make Me Eat That," "My Father's Name is Sasquatch," and "Dear Wumbledeedumble."
    • Cool Chemistry Concoctions: 50 Formulas that Fizz, Foam, Splatter and Ooze
      By Joe Rhatigan
      Offers fifty experiments to explain the principles of chemistry, including soda slobber, fistful of slime, and clean green slime.
    • The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel
      By Rick Riordan
      After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
    • Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii
      By Graham Salisbury
      When a hurricane causes the river near his Hawaiian home to flood, a boy named Calvin Coconut makes a daring rescue.
    • The Telephone
      By Richard Spilsbury and Louise Spilsbury
      Learn the history of the invention of the telephone in this title that includes information on the key players, the setbacks along the way, and the moments of discovery.
    • Math Potatoes: Mind Stretching Math Riddles
      By Greg Tang
      By solving addition and subtraction challenges that encourage kids to "group" numbers rather than memorize formulas, even the most reluctant math learners are inspired to see math in a whole new way.


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    • Feed
      By M. T. Anderson
      In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
    • Go Ask Alice
      By Anonymous
      A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
    • Ship Breaker
      By Paolo Bacigalupi
      In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
    • Chemical Reactions
      By Carol Baldwin
      Uses photographs, charts, diagrams, sidebars, and cross-references to investigate different types of chemical reactions.
    • Stick It! 99 D.I.Y Duct Tape Projects
      By T. L. Bonaddio
      From whacked-out wallets to wild wearables (and more!), go from sticky to stylin' with these super-hip duct tape projects. Updated with lots of new ideas and colorful tapes to inspire, you can add extra pizzazz to your room and wicked creativity to your life!
    • Painless Chemistry
      By Loris Chen
      This book covers the subject of chemistry as taught to students in middle-school, including topics such as Matter, the Periodic Table of Elements, Phases of Matter, Gas Laws, Mixtures, Molecules and Compounds, Chemical Reactions, Acids, Bases, and Salts, Nuclear Reactions, and Environmental Science. There are short quizzes throughout the book.
    • Matched
      By Ally Condie
      Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.
    • The Chocolate War
      By Robert Cormier
      A high-school freshman who refuses to participate in the annual fund-raising chocolate sale is forced to defend his convictions.
    • After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
      By Ellen Datlow
      An anthology of nineteen tales by well-known authors of young adult and adult literature which explore the lives of teens raised after a catastrophe, either in the first few years after the change or in the distant future.
    • Firecrackers: The Art and History
      By Warren Dotz, Jack Mingo, and George Moyer
      Provides a history of firecrackers, offering information on the manufacturing process, cultural use, and brands of firecrackers both common and rare.
    • Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead
      By Rebecca L. Johnson
      Examines creatures that can take over the bodies and brains of other creatures and turns them into slaves, from a fly-enslaving fungus to a cockroach-taming wasp.
    • Rebel Fire
      By Andrew Lane
      In 1868, teenaged Sherlock Holmes discovers that his American tutor is hunting a notorious killer who was supposedly killed by the United States government, but who is apparently alive and well in Surrey, England.
    • Cut
      By Patricia McCormick
      While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
    • And Tango Makes Three
      By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
      At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
    • Under the Never Sky
      By Veronica Rossi
      Exiled from her safe home in the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria finds herself in the outer wastelands known as the Death Shop. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will. There she meets a savage, an Outsider named Perry - wild, dangerous - who is her only chance of survival. But Perry needs Aria, too, and they are forced into an unlikely alliance that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
    • The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Book 1
      By Carrie Ryan
      Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
    • Cool Clay Projects
      By Pam Scheunemann
      Introduces young readers to cool craft projects to stimulate individual creativity.
    • Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
      By Linda Siversten and Tosh Siversten
      This book lays out the inside scoop on the biggest issues affecting our planet, such as global warming and overflowing landfills; offers dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way; includes interviews with teens like you who are involved with fun, innovative green causes; shows that being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of your life -- and your generation's contribution to turning things around.
    • Ductigami: The Art of the Tape
      By Joe Wilson
      Shows how to use duct tape to create eighteen projects, including a wallet, a lunchbox, a barbecue apron, and a toilet roll cover.


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    • Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future
      By Climate Central
      Explains climate change, its implications for the future, and what we can, and cannot, do to avoid further change.
    • On The Origin of Species
      By Charles Darwin
      Darwin’s opus is considered the foundation of evolutionary biology.
    • A Brief History of Time
      By Stephen Hawking
      Stephen W. Hawking, widely regarded as the most brilliant physicist since Einstein, discusses in a friendly and self-deprecating manner age-old questions about the origin and fate of the universe. Difficult concepts are made simple by Hawking’s familiar, accessible prose.
    • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
      By Sam Kean
      The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history.
    • Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
      By Lauren Redniss
      Presents the professional and private lives of Marie and Pierre Curie, examining their personal struggles, the advancements they made in the world of science, and the issue of radiation in the modern world.
    • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
      By Mary Roach
      The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human.
    • The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning
      By Karyn Siegel-Maier
      Offers 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning everything in your home—from bathrooms to bedding, carpets to cabinetry. The formulas are so simple that anyone can make them, and they are as effective as the commercial options.
    • The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Edison Invented the Modern World
      By Randall Stross
      An in-depth portrait of America’s greatest inventor journeys inside the life and laboratory of Thomas Edison, documenting not only his revolutionary technological innovations but his ability to promote and market himself and his creations.
    • The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases
      By E.J. Wagner
      Wagner uses the legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a jumping-off point to discuss the growth of forensic science during the Victorian era. The book explores the emergence of science from superstition, how forensic autopsies evolved from anatomical dissection, the huge advances in blood chemistry and poison detection, and the early use of fingerprints, photography and trace evidence.
    • The World Without Us
      By Alan Weisman
      Journalist Weisman offers an original approach to questions of humanity’s impact on the planet. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders, and paleontologists, he illustrates what Earth might be like today if humans disappeared.


    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
      By Douglas Adams
      After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyper spatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.
    • Oryx and Crake
      By Margaret Atwood
      A novel of the future explores a world that has been devastated by ecological and scientific disasters.
    • The Andromeda Strain
      By Michael Crichton
      A military satellite launched to collect organisms in the upper atmosphere lands in Arizona. Within a few hours, almost everyone in a nearby town is dead. A team of scientists is assembled to investigate.
    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
      By Philip K. Dick
      In a postapocalyptic San Francisco, a bounty hunter sets out to “retire” six androids. The movie Blade Runner was based on this story.
    • The Host
      By Stephenie Meyer
      A woman refuses to relinquish her mind to her alien host.
    • The Sparrow
      By Mary Doria Russell
      A Jesuit leads an expedition to investigate singing emanating from a planet. So are discovered the Runa, intelligent beings, but undernourished. The explorers fix that, and a population explosion follows, attracting space-age cannibals who start eating them. The explorers are killed, except for the Jesuit who tells the tale.
    • Robopocalypse
      By Daniel H. Wilson
      Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful artificial intelligence computer goes rogue and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.
    • The Passage
      By Justin Cronin
      A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.
    • Ender’s Game
      By Orson Scott Card
      Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if humankind is to survive.
    • Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
      By Frank Herbert
      Paul Atreides moves with his family to the planet Dune and is forced into exile when his father’s government is overthrown. The first book in the series.




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