Science & Nature

The Librarian Who Measured Earth - Autographed
Kathryn Lasky & Kevin Hawkes

Autographed by illustrator Kevin Hawkes

A colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe's circumference.

Item No. 9780316515269
$17.99
The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition - Hardcover
Cole, Joanna


It's the 20th Anniversary of The Magic School Bus! Celebrate this groundbreaking series with the Friz's class as they meet some of history's greatest minds and learn what it takes to be a scientist.

What do Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein have in common? They've all ridden on the Magic School Bus, of course!

Ms. Frizzle is back in action and she has a mission: her students need science fair projects - and fast. What better way to get ideas than to learn from some of the all-time greats? The class heads to the Walkerville Science Museum to see the exhibit on GREAT SCIENTISTS THROUGH THE AGES, where, suddenly, Galileo comes to life! He is about to make a great discovery, but he needs a ride home. Thank goodness Ms. Frizzle knows the way! (cont.)

Item No. 9780590108249
$16.99
The Popcorn Book (Hardcover)
dePaola, Tomie
Tony likes to cook. Tiny likes to read. But both twins like to eat . . . POPCORN! So while Tony cooks it, Tiny reads about what popcorn is, how it's stored, how it's cooked, how different Native American people made it, how much popcorn Americans eat, popcorn stories and legends, and popcorn recipes. Tomie de Paola, who eats a lot of popcorn, shares what he knows about it with humor and imagination.
Item No. 9780823403141
$17.95
The Rocking Book of Rocks
Bullough, Florence
From "What is a rock?" to dinosaur fossils and meteorites, this stunning book explores everything you ever wanted to know about rocks and minerals. With its sparkling cover, out-of-this-world artwork from Anna Alanko, and expert content written by two geologists, this is the book all rock-crazy kids need.

Rocks are all around us, from explosive volcanoes, magnificent mountains, and sandy deserts, to muddy sea floors, winding river valleys, and even asteroids in outer space! They are also in our computers, smartphones, medicines, buildings, airplanes, and space shuttles. Understanding how rocks form helps us to understand how the Earth and the solar system work, and how the Earth has changed over millions of years and how it might look in the future. This dazzlingly illustrated guide covers every aspect of this important topic:
  • Igneous rocks
  • Sedimentary rocks
  • Fossils
  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Space rocks
  • Gemstones
  • Did you know that there is a bus-sized potassium crystal feldspar in Russia? Or that most of the gold, silver and platinum found at the Earth's surface is thought to have arrived on meteorites from outer space? Complete with fascinating side notes, an illustrated explanation of the rock cycle, a geological timeline, beautiful images of a vast array of rocks and gems, and a helpful glossary at the back, The Rocking Book of Rocks will captivate and astound rock-lovers of all ages.
    Item No. 9781786038739
    $19.99
    The Tree of Life (Paperback)
    Sis, Peter

    In this brilliant presentation of a revolutionary thinker's life, the picture book becomes an art form

    As far as I can judge, I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men . . .

    Charles Darwin was, above all else, an independent thinker who continues even now to influence the way we look at the natural world. His endless curiosity and passion for detail resulted in a wealth of notebooks, diaries, correspondence, and published writings that Peter Sis transforms into a visual treasure trove. A multilayered journey through Darwin's world, The Tree of Life begins with his childhood and traces the arc of his life through university and career, following him around the globe on the voyage of the Beagle, and home to a quiet but momentous life devoted to science and family. Sis uses his own singular vision to create a gloriously detailed panorama of a genius scientist's trajectory through investigating and understanding the mysteries of nature and evolution. In pictures executed in fine pen and ink and lush watercolors - cameo portraits, illustrated pages of diary, cutaway views of the Beagle, as well as charts, maps, and a gatefold spread - Peter Sis, the author of The Wall, Starry Messenger, Tibet, Madlenka, and The Pilot and the Little Prince, has shaped a wondrous introduction to Charles Darwin. This title has Common Core connections.

    An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    An ALA Notable Children's Book
    A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
    A New York Times Notable Children's Book
    A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
    A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
    A Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year


    "Sweeping in scope, lavish in detail, this is a book to launch many a reader's personal voyage of discovery." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Beautifully conceived and executed, the presentation is a humorous and informative tour de force that will absorb and challenge readers. . . . A fabulous, visually exciting introduction to the man, his ideas and the science of the natural world." --School Library Journal, starred review

    "An extraordinary book that explores Darwin's life, work, and sources of inspiration . . . The detailed illustrations and narrative complexities demand of readers the same process Darwin set for himself: observe carefully, make connections, and learn." --The Horn Book, starred review

    Item No. 9781250073488
    $8.99
    The Very Busy Spider (Hardcover)
    Carle, Eric
    A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

    This multi-sensory book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them. And with its rhythmic text, The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear.

    Praise for The Very Busy Spider

    * "A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity."--The Horn Book, starred review

    * "Both sighted and blind children will follow the action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner."--Booklist, starred review

    Item No. 9780399211669
    $21.99
    The Very Busy Spider - Board Book
    Carle, Eric
    From bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes another classic tale about one very busy spider. A perfect gift to share with the child or grandchild in your life.

    Early one morning a little spider spins her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to distract her, yet the busy little spider keeps diligently at her work. When she is done, she is able to show everyone that not only is her creation quite beautiful, it is also quite useful!

    This multi-sensory board book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them, and is the perfect size for little hands. With its rhythmic text, The Very Busy Spider becomes an experience to touch, to see, and to hear.

    A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity.
    --The Horn Book, starred review

    Both sighted and blind children will follow the action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner.
    --Booklist, starred review.

    Item No. 9780399229190
    $11.99
    The Very Quiet Cricket - Board Book
    Carle, Eric

    A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .

    As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!

    Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

    Batteries are replaceable. Please use two 1.5 volt L1131 button cell batteries.

    Item No. 9780399226847
    $13.99
    The Very Quiet Cricket - Hardcover
    Carle, Eric

    A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .

    As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!

    Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

    Batteries are replaceable. Please use two 1.5 volt L1131 button cell batteries.

    Praise for The Very Quiet Cricket

    Typical of Carle's style, the language is simple, with rhythm, repetition, and alliteration to delight young listeners. Painted collage illustrations are lavish and expressive.--School Library Journal

    The text is skillfully shaped; the illustrations convey energy and immediacy.--Horn Book

    As usual, Carle's art is lovely and his story is simple and satisfying.--Publishers Weekly

    Carle's signature style ensures that this is a visual standout, and storywise it's appealing, too....The spare text is structured by repetitive phrasing that will lend itself to read-aloud responses.--Booklist

    Item No. 9780399218859
    $23.99
    The Way Things Work Now
    Macaulay, David
    A New York Times Bestseller

    Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

    An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.

    Item No. 9780544824386
    $35.00
    The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
    Ignotofsky, Rachel
    An illustrated tour of the planet exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water--from the New York Times bestselling author of Women in Science.

    Making earth science accessible and entertaining through art, maps, and infographics, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works--and how we can protect it--from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more. Science- and nature-loving readers of all ages will delight in this utterly charming guide to our amazing home.

    Item No. 9780399580413
    $19.99
    The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
    Winter, Jeanette
    A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017
    Parents' Choice Recommended

    Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect's life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.

    Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals--and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.

    Item No. 9781481446693
    $17.99
    This Book is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
    Anderson, Kelli
    Never has humble paper had such radical ambitions.

    Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools. Artist Kelli Anderson contributes enlightening text alongside each pop-up, explaining the scientific principles at play in her constructions and creating an interactive experience that's as educational as it is extraordinary. Inspiring awe that lasts long after the initial pop, This Book Is a Planetarium leaves readers of all ages with a renewed appreciation for the way things work--and for the enduring magic of books.

    This Book is a Planetarium is an interactive book for adults and kids that turns into:

  • A working planetarium book projecting constellations on the ceilings and walls
  • A musical instrument with strings to strum
  • A geometric drawing generator
  • An infinite calendar
  • A message decoder
  • A speaker that amplifies sound
  • If you've enjoyed Matthew Reinhart's A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes and Robert Sabuda's Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up, then you'll love This Book is a Planetarium.

    This collection of cool popup fun makes for the perfect roommate gifts for girls and guys and falls under the following book categories:

  • Adult Popup Books
  • Pop Up Science Books
  • Paper Toys Books
  • Item No. 9781452136219
    $40.00
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    Messner, Kate
    Deep in the forest, in the warm-wet green, 1 almendro tree grows, stretching its branches toward the sun. Who makes their homes here?

    2 great green macaws,
    4 keel-billed toucans,
    8 howler monkeys,
    16 fruit bats,
    32 fer-de-lance vipers,
    64 agoutis,
    128 blue morpho butterflies,
    256 poison dart frogs,
    512 rusty wandering spiders,
    1,024 leafcutter ants.

    Count each and every one as life multiplies again and again in this lush and fascinating book about the rainforest.

    Item No. 9781452112480
    $16.99
    Two Crickets Limited Edition Print

    From Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket

    Signed limited edition of 500 prints
    18" x 24" 100 lb text weight paper
    Pond Ekberg Company, Chicopee, MA

    Actual print not watermarked with "ECMPBA"

    Item No. X7777
    $250.00
    Ubiquitous
    Sidman, Joyce

    Poems Celebrating Nature's Survivors

    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. Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science illustrated in exquisite hand-colored linocuts by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange.

    Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.

    Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (By becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?

    Item No. 9780618717194
    $17.00
    Unbuilding - Softcover
    Macaulay, David
    "It is not a work of nonfiction but a work of fantasy, and not the story of the making of the skyscraper but the story of the unmaking of a very particular one, the Empire State Building . . . The exquisite drawing style that marked Mr. Macaulay's earlier works on architecture remains as whimsical as ever." -- New York Times Book Review
    Item No. 9780395454251
    $11.99
    Very Hungry Caterpillar & Butterfly Reversible Plush Toy

    Now you can play along with Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar! This 16" soft plush Caterpillar toy unzips and flips inside out to reveal a beautiful butterfly. Perfect for playtime and storytime. Ages 0 and up.

    Item No. 96309
    $27.95
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    Ehlert, Lois
    Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how?
    With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.
    Item No. 9780152026080
    $17.99
    Water is Water
    Paul, Miranda

    Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless...it heats up.
    Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless...it cools high.

    This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

    Item No. 9781596439849
    $18.99
    What a Waste: Trash, Recycling and Protecting our Planet
    French, Jess
    In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

    This educational book will teach young budding ecologists about how our actions affect planet Earth and the big impact we can make by the little things we do.

    Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there is a floating mass of trash larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

    It is not all bad news though. While this is a knowledge book that explains where we are going wrong, What a Waste also shows what we are getting right! Discover plans to save our seas. How countries are implementing green projects worldwide, and how to turn waste into something useful. The tiniest everyday changes can make all the difference to ensure our beautiful planet stays lush and teeming with life.

    It is a lively kid's educational book with fabulous illustrations and fun facts about the world broken into easy to digest bite-sized bits. Each page can be looked at in short bursts or longer reads for more detail, making it a great children's book for a range of age groups.

    Get Involved - Make A Difference!

    Almost everything we do creates waste, from litter and leftovers to factory gases and old gadgets. Find out where it goes, how it affects our planet and what we can do to reduce the problem.

    From how to make your home more energy and water efficient, to which items can be recycled and tips for grocery shopping, this book is packed full of ideas on how you can get involved to make our planet a better place to live.

    This environment book for children has a wealth of ideas for becoming a planet-defending hero:
    - Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes
    - Learn where about our Earth's limited resources and how to take some pressure off
    - Your trash is another man's treasure
    - Small changes to take your home from wasteful to super resource efficient
    - Dive into saving our oceans and super recycling
    - And much, much more

    What a Waste is one of several nature books for kids written by Jess French, a passionate conservationist and veterinarian committed to protecting the beautiful world we live in.

    Item No. 9781465481412
    $16.99
    What Do You Know? Science Bingo

    Learn Natural History and Earth Science Facts as you play! Includes 6 game boards, 48 tiles and real cloth bag. Each playing piece features a different species. Beautifully illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

    Item No. BOWHA2
    $19.95
    What We See in the Stars
    Oseid, Kelsey
    A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

    Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features--such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets--as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

    Item No. 9780399579530
    $16.99
    Where Did My Clothes Come From?
    Butterworth, Chris
    Fun retro illustrations entice kids to follow the thread and learn where their clothes had their start--and how they were put together.

    Did you know that the cotton for your jeans was picked from a bush? How did the colorful wool in your sweater get from a sheep's back to a ball of yarn? Where did your soccer uniform, your rain boots, and your fleece jacket come from? And what does recycling plastic bottles have to do with anything? Visit farms, forests, and factories all over the world to find out how everything you wear has a story behind it. Back matter includes an author's note, an illustrator's note, a bibliography, and an index.

    Item No. 9780763677503
    $12.99
    Whoosh!
    Barton, Chris
    A cool idea with a big splash

    You know the Super Soaker. It's one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.

    A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson's life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

    Item No. 9781580892971
    $16.95