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Summer Reading 2014

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FIZZ, Bubble & Flash! : Element Explorations and Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun!       by Anita Brandolini
Discover what you have in common with party balloons, footballs, computer chips, pizza dough, table salt and TV screens; ‘Break’ a water molecule, produce fluorescent light (without using a switch), enjoy a half-life snack, compare antiperspirants, and separate the iron from your breakfast cereal.

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Rumble, BOOM! : A Book About Thunderstorms by Rick Thomas
Describes the process of how thunderstorms can form. Also includes explanations of downdrafts, storm cells, supercells, electric energy, thunder, lightning, squall lines, hail, and wind bursts.

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Do you READ me?: Famous Cases Solved by Handwriting Analysis! by Diane Webber
Presents a collection of famous cases solved by handwriting analysis including the Lindbergh kidnapping and the Hitler diaries.

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Science Verse by Jon Scieszka
When the teacher tells his class that they can hear the poetry of science in everything, a student is struck with a curse and begins hearing nothing but science verses that sound very much like some well-known poems.

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The Sky’s the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
by Catherine Thimmesh

They study the night sky, watch chimpanzees in the wild, and dig up ancient clay treasures. They search the beach for rare fossils, photograph old rock carvings, explore the hazards of lead poisoning, and wander into dark caves. And in their watching, digging, and wandering they become discoverers.

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Just a Second by Steve Jenkins

What can happen in just a second, a minute, or an hour? How can we measure time? The flap of a vulture’s wing. A crocodile’s heartbeat. The weight of a baby blue whale. The life of a mayfly.
These increments of time may sound a bit strange, but they are all fascinating ways in which we can think about time. But what exactly is time? Jenkins’ has authored many great books on various topics in the natural sciences.

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Color by Ella Doran, David Goodman, Zoe Miller
Sumptuous and tactile color-saturated pages are scattered with fascinating facts about the history, traditions, and science of color.

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman
From the creators of the Caldecott honor book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems comes a celebration of ubiquitous life forms among us.

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Face to Face with Lions by Beverly & Dereck Joubert
Let National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert bring you closer to the power and majesty of the regal African lion. With fewer than 25,000 wild lions now left on Earth, the authors make a passionate plea to young readers to take an active role in securing a future for these magnificent creatures.

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Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold
4.Elephants live in Asia. They eat three hundred pounds of food a day. They spray water out of their trunks. Even so, they are a lot like you. They like to eat cookies and hang out with their friends. They even like to paint pictures.

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Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani
Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.

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The Extinct Alphabet Book
by Jerry Pallotta
Learn about the five-eyed Opabinia and the Four-toed Horse. Speculate about the life of the Jamaican Long-tongued Bat. Discover the fate of the beautiful Quagga. But don’t look for any dinosaurs in this book. There aren’t any! Pallotta’s alphabet books cover a wide array of topics in the natural sciences including beetles, butterflies, reptiles, and skulls.

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Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned To Swim Again
by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, & Craig Hatkoff

When Winter was a baby, she was rescued from a crab trap, her tail seriously damaged, and rushed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter survived, but eventually her tail fell off. Then Winter received a prosthetic tail. It was very challenging but now Winter is thriving and using her new tail with great command. The original story upon which the motion picture is based!

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10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
Even young children are eager to help the environment and here is a bright, inviting book that offers simple ways to make a difference.

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I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures
by Carlyn Beccia
It wasn’t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to helpsick people feel better. They tried wild thingslike drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one’s head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let’s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.

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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.

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Popcorn! by Elaine Landau
Pull up a chair and dig in! POPCORN is chock-full of tidbits about one of America’s favorite snack foods. Learn what makes popcorn pop, how Native Americans liked their popcorn, and how television almost wiped out popcorn’s future. Cooking tips, recipes, and resources included.

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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull
Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image.

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived.

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The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Jill McElmurry
Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

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Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World by Elizabeth Rusch
Move over, Thomas Edison! Nikola Tesla takes the spotlight in a biography of the man who pioneered modern electrical engineering — and changed the course of history.

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone
In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors. But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work.

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