Science Resources

Here are the Science books that were used in the “You’ve Gone Mad!  For Science, That Is!” seminar.  Mariella Walker taught this seminar at the VAECE Conference in Reston on February 15.                      (bb) = board book

Changes in Plants & Animals (Babies)

Babies (bb) by Missy Kavanaugh & Sarah Gurman — Great photos!

The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz — great for the youngest; act out the actions as the teacher reads

Baby Animals by Seymour Simon

Baby Animals at Night (bb) — Kingfisher books

The Baby Zoo by Bruce McMillan

Busy Bear Cubs by John Schindel — Great photos of bear cubs

Carrot Soup by John Segal — Explains the process of planting & tending a garden.  Cute book!

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent — explores the life cycle of a butterfly and frog

A Fawn in the Grass by Joanne Ryder — based on a real event in the author’s life

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children (bb) — Beautiful photos of children from around the world

Go Baby Go!  by Marilyn Janovitz

Hello, Baby!  by Jorge Uzon

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum — Love this book!  Told from the point-of-view of the baby chick; rhyming book; can act out text

Safari Babies  (bb) by Kristen McCurry & Aimee Jackson

Where is My Baby? (bb) by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback — cute book with repetition; teaches names for newborn animals (piglet, kid, calf…)

Boat Books

Boats by Byron Barton — bb — Discusses different types of boats

Boats Afloat by Shelley Rotner — informational book

Can You See What I See?:  Seymour and the Juice Box Boat by Walter Wick — shows how to make juice box boat

Paper Boats by Rabindranath Tagore

Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell

We’ll All Go Sailing by Maggee Spicer & Richard Thompson — rhyming book with lots of repetition; great for reinforcing color concepts

Fish Books

Big Al

The Biggest Fish by Sheila Keenan

Catfish, Cod, Salmon, and Scrod:  What is a Fish?  by Brian P. Cleary — cute, rhyming book

Dear Fish by Chris GallA unique story about a boy who invites sea creatures to visit him in his hometown.

Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale

Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway — Cute book about a fish that explores & runs into a bit of trouble

Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland — Fish wants to be another animal, but realizes that he’s happy, just the way he is. 🙂

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni — A classic book about the friendship between a frog and a fish. 

Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio — Cute story about Gilbert finding just the right friend!

How Many Fish? by Rachel Gosset & Margaret Ballinger — counting book

Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood — Cute rhyming book about counting fish

What Floats in a Moat? by Lynne Berry — Funny & informative book about 2 animals who need to get across a moat.  Explains sciences terms — displacement, volume & ballast —  in a unique way.

Leaf Books

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins (J581.4 R 1998) — very informative

Fall Leaves Change Colors by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld — Nonfiction text with great info about changes in leaves; includes a glossary & words in bold print.

Leaves!  Leaves!  Leaves!  by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace — informative book that explains chlorophyll and the process of photosynthesis!  Follows leaves through the seasons…

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Magnet Books

All About Magnets by Stephen Krensky

Pumpkin Books

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer (J635.6 P 2004) — informative book in plain language

Mystery Vine by Cathryn Falwell — rhyming book

Pumpkins by Ann L. Burckhardt (J635.6 B 1996) — Nonfiction text with great photos & info about pumpkins

Pumpkins by Ken Robbins — (J635.6 R 2006) — Great photos!

Ready For Pumpkins by Kate Duke — Funny story about a class guinea pig (Herky) who plants pumpkin seeds.

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree

Shadow Books

Bear Shadow by Frank Asch

Guess Whose Shadow? by Stephen R. Swinburne

Miscellaneous Science Books

The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald H. Pollack (?) — Resource book that was recommended by a preschool teacher in Loudoun County.  This book explains the 4th phase of water (think ‘Gak’ or jello).

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban — Great photos that you can use to highlight shapes!

Simple Science Fun:  Hands-on Science Made Easy by Evan Forbes, Janet Hale, and Cindy Christianson — great book & source for “Dancing Raisins” experiment

What Did You Put in Your Pocket? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers — Funny book that describes some slimy items that are found in a pocket (ice cream, pudding, ice-cold water, mashed potatoes…)


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