Science & Nature

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Lovejoy, Sharon
A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria).

Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.

Item No. 9780761123866
$13.95
The Beetle Book
Jenkins, Steve

Beetles squeak and beetles glow. Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water. With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities--what's not to like about beetles? The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million. From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.

Item No. 9780547680842
$17.99
The Cloud Book
dePaola, Tomie

You see, clouds are fun, silly, and very interesting.

Tomie dePaola--best-selling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many others--knows a lot about clouds. He also knows a lot about what people think of them.

Some people see animals and pictures in clouds. The ancient Greeks believed that Hermes, the messenger of the gods, once stole the sun's cattle, which were clouds.

In this unique picture book, Tomie introduces some of the most common types of clouds, as well as the myths and legends inspired by their shapes. Simple, whimsical illustrations show the variations in shape and color that herald changes in the weather.

This book will tell you many things about clouds we bet you didn't know. Filled with his signature humor and gentle illustrations, Tomie dePaola's approach to nonfiction is like no other.

A Reading Rainbow book.

Item No. 9780823405312
$6.99
The Dinosaur Alphabet
Jerry Pallotta

The perfect way to introduce children to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Full of interesting facts--did you know some dinosaurs had sharp front teeth while others had no front teeth at all? This alphabet book explores both the known and the not-so-well known dinosaurs.

Meet the heterodontosaurus (one of the smallest known to exist), the megalosaurus (the first dinosaur ever discovered), the iguanodon, the ultrasaurus, and more!

Once again, Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello have combined their talents to create a unique children's book that will inform and entertain young readers.

Item No. 9780881064674
$16.95
The Extinct Alphabet Book (Papaerback)
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!

Millions of creatures other than dinosaurs are now extinct. In true alphabet book tradition, the author has found twenty-six of the most extraordinary past-inhabitants of the Earth.

Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello team up to provide exciting, accurate text and illustrations filled with unusual and amusing insight that will satisfy fans of all ages.
Item No. 9780881064704
$7.95
The Grouchy Ladybug (Hardcover)
Carle, Eric

From Eric Carle, New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Head to Toe, comes the classic story of one very grouchy ladybug. Eric Carle's bright artwork and signature style will charm both ardent fans and new readers alike.

As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. Readers will love how this testy ladybug introduces them to many new animals and learns that maybe being grouchy isn't always the best option.

Item No. 9780060270872
$17.99
The Grouchy Ladybug - Board Book
Carle, Eric

From Eric Carle, New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Head to Toe, comes the classic story of one very grouchy ladybug. Eric Carle's bright artwork and signature style will charm both ardent fans and new readers alike. This board book features sturdy pages and is the perfect size for little hands.

As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. Readers will love how this testy ladybug introduces them to many new animals and learns that maybe being grouchy isn't always the best option.

Item No. 9780694013203
$9.99
The Grouchy Ladybug - Softcover
Carle, Eric

From Eric Carle, New York Times bestselling author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Head to Toe, comes the classic story of one very grouchy ladybug. Eric Carle's bright artwork and signature style will charm both ardent fans and new readers alike.

As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

For generations, The Grouchy Ladybug has delighted readers of all ages with the story of a bad-tempered bug who won't say "please" or "thank you," won't share, and thinks she is bigger and better than anyone else. Readers will love how this testy ladybug introduces them to many new animals and learns that maybe being grouchy isn't always the best option.

Item No. 9780064434508
$7.99
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book - Softcover
Pallotta, Jerry
Learn your ABCs in this "icky" exploration of all the creepy crawly insects from A to Z. Best-selling author Jerry Pallotta delivers a fun first concepts book that helps children discover why farmers like pray mantis, why fireflies light up the sky, or how water spiders breathe underwater. Pallotta's signature witty yet scientific text paired with Masiello's vivid and detailed illustrations make this alphabetic exploration one that will keep curious readers intrigued and engaged as they learn about the natural world of bugs.
Item No. 9780881064506
$7.95
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 Climate Challenge (Hardcover)
Cole, Joanna


Trust the bestselling science series of all time to get down to the facts on global warming, so kids can understand the crisis - and how they can help solve it.

Like it or not, global warming is a hot topic, and it will affect the younger generation the most. So why not turn to the teacher kids like the most, Ms. Frizzle! Only the Friz can boil all the hoopla down to the scientific facts in a fun and informative way.
With trademark simplicity and wit, Joanna Cole explains why the earth is getting warmer, and Bruce Degen's bright, action-filled illustrations make the science easy to understand and fun to learn. This team brings a new, improved understanding to climate change, engaging kids and empowering all. Teachers will cheer!

Item No. 9780590108263
$16.99
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
Ball, Amy
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
    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.

    "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 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