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Earth Science


Elaine Landau, Children’s Press, 2008, ISBN: 0531147886
Children ages 9–12 may enjoy reading about Earth’s place in the solar system, what Earth is made of, how water and air make life possible, and what a kid can do to fight global warming. Colorful images and fun facts accompany the easy-to-read text.

National Geographic book of nature poetry: more than 200 poems with photographs that float, zoom, and bloom!
J. Patrick Lewis. 2015. National Geographic Society, ISBN-13: 9781426320941

Q & A About Earth
Nancy Dickmann

The Big Earth Book
Mark Brake

Destination: Planet Earth
Nelson, Jo, and Tom C. Cole. 2018. ISBN 9781786030610

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up
Walker, Sally M, and William Grill. 2018. ISBN 9780763675127

What Makes a Magnet?
Branley, F. M., Kelley, T., & DeCristofano, C. C. (2016). ISBN 9780062338020


Mike Goldsmith, Kingfisher, 2014, ISBN: 978-0753471326
Readers lift flaps to discover the answers to weather-related questions. Appropriate for ages 3-6.

The Everything Kids’ Weather Book: From Tornadoes to Snowstorms, Puzzles, Games, and Facts that Make Weather for Kids Fun!
Joe Snedeker, Adams Media, 2012, ISBN: 978-1440550362
Games, investigations, and engaging text bring aspects of weather and Earth’s atmosphere — including air, water, clouds, the jet stream, weather stations, rainbows, and more — to life. Appropriate for ages 7-12.

National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away
Kathy Furgang, National Geographic Society, 2012, ISBN: 1426310587
This book about weather – including wild weather – is appropriate for ages 8-12.

Weather: Whipping up a storm!
Simon Basher and Dan Green, Kingfisher Publications, 2012, ISBN: 9780753468258
This fun book, filled with cartoon personifications of science concepts, is kid-friendly and easy to understand. Children ages 8-12 will encounter entertaining definitions of seasons, hail, sleet, snow, and other weather terms.

Do You Know that Clouds Have Names?
Becca Hatheway, Kerry Zarlengo, and Peggy LeMone, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2006
Readers explore the different types of clouds and their names through photographs, kid-friendly illustrations, and clear text. The book includes an explanation for how contrails can become human-made cirrus clouds.  Appropriate for ages 8-12.

Shira Evans; National Geographic Society (U.S.)

Sunshine Makes the Seasons
Branley, Franklyn M, and Michael Rex. 2016. ISBN 9780606381260


The Air We Breathe
Irene Ladd; Wade Mickley; Langley Research Center.
This picture book is designed to introduce children to the Earth’s atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It also introduces how the addition of new gases (e.g., ozone) contributes to changing the quality of air we breathe. With an understanding of how our atmosphere works, we can begin to understand how our activities may be contributing to some of those changes in air quality.


Skies Above My Eyes. [S.I.] Words and Pictures
Gullain, Charlotte, 2018. ISBN 9781910277690


The wondrous workings of planet Earth : understanding our world and its ecosystems
Rachel Ignotofsky, Penguin Random House LLC, 2018

Gardening Projects for Kids
Jenny Hendy, Southwater, 2012, ISBN:  978-1780190198
Fun projects, like “grass head man” and painted pots, add a new twist to gardening for kids. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Warwick, K., & Morgan, P. (2018). ISBN 9781784939311


Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Paul, Miranda. 2015.  ISBN 9781596439849


Earth as Art
Lawrence Friedl and Karen Yuen, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012, ISBN 9780160913655, NP-2012-07-889-HQ
Children may enjoy the shapes, colors, and textures of Earth’s land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere captured by satellites. Appropriate for ages 10 and up; younger children may need assistance interpreting these images, which are viewed from the unique vantage point of space.

Finding Wild
Llyod, Megan Wagner. Knopf Publishing, 2016.  (ISBN-13: 978-1101932810) Grades K-2.


Erupt! : 100 fun facts about volcanoes
Joan Marie Galat

Volcanologist: The coolest jobs on the planet
Hugh Tuffen and Melanie Waldron. Capstone Press, 2015, ISBN: 978-1410966438
Color photographs and personal stories provide a glimpse into the amazing career of a volcanologist. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

Everything Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Kathy Furgang, National Geographic Children’s Books, 2013, ISBN: 978-1426313646
Engaging images, informative text, and fun facts will draw children into the science and impacts of volcanoes and earthquakes. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Stewardship of the Earth: Regional Information and Celebrations:

Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-minute Meals For Kids
Racheal Ray, Lake Isle Press, Inc. 2004, ISBN 1891105159

Salad People and More Real Recipes
Mollie Katzen, Tricycle Press, 2005, ISBN:  1582461414

The Mitsitam Café Cookbook
Richard Hetzler, Fulcrum Publishing, 2010, ISBN:  155591747X
While many of these recipes from Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian are complex, they often feature unique regional ingredients. Tweens ages 10-13 may find the recipes “Fiddlehead Fern Salad,” “Crabapple and Cranberry Relish,” and Cranberry Crumble” applicable to this activity.

Stewardship of the Earth: Resources for Children:

Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime
Ellen Kirk, 2011, National Geographic Kids, ISBN: 978-1426307676
Eye-popping facts about the average person’s impact on the planet accompany kid-friendly tips for being Green. Appropriate for ages 8-12.

Climate change: discover how it impacts spaceship earth with 25 projects
Sneideman, Joshua, Erin Twamley, and Mike Crosier. 2015. Nomad Press. ISBN-13:9781619302730

Stewardship of the Earth: Resources for Teens and Adults:

Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living: Expert Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Seth Shulman, Union of Concerned Scientists, et al, Island Press, 2012, ISBN:  161091192X
The Union of Concerned Scientists provides recommendations for how individual actions really can make a positive difference toward combatting global warming. Appropriate for ages 17 and up.


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