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How Things Work And Are Made: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about how things work and are made?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to how things work and are made. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about how things work and are made.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about how things work and are made can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Written & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark.

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Architecture for Babies
Written by Jonathan Litton & illustrated by Thomas Elliott
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

It’s never too early to get an A+ in architecture! Here’s a fun new board book series that introduces a wide array of nonfiction subjects to babies and toddlers. Welcome to Baby 101, where big subjects are tailored for little babies. Featuring simple words and bright and engaging illustrations, this introduction to architecture includes information about how buildings are made, featuring famous sites like the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and the pyramids. So don’t be late, because this is one class that babies won’t want to miss. Look for the surprise lift-the-flap ending!

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With My Hands: Poems About Making Things
Written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater & illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Building, baking, folding, drawing, shaping . . . making something with your own hands is a special, personal experience. Taking an idea from your imagination and turning it into something real is satisfying and makes the maker proud. With My Hands is an inspiring invitation to tap into creativity and enjoy the hands-on energy that comes from making things.

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City
Written by David Macaulay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay brings readers into a beautiful exploration of Roman buildings and construction. With black and white illustrations and detailed explanations, this comprehensive and visual resource is perfect for young readers interested in history, architecture, and Roman civilization.

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Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us
Written by & illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One tiny act of kindness can have a huge impact. And in this heartwarming, hopeful, absolutely true story, a simple letter does just that.A true story that quickly went viral, this is now a timely, extraordinary picture book. Sincerely, Emerson follows eleven-year-old Emerson Weber as she writes a letter of thanks to her postal carrier, Doug, and creates a nationwide outpouring of love.This is a story of gratitude, hope, and recognition: for all the essential helpers we see everyday, and all those who go unseen. Perfect for sharing alongside such favorites as Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill’s Be Kind and Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s Love.There are lots of ways to help the world go round: Some people collect the trash. Some stock grocery shelves. Some drive buses and trains. Some help people who are sick. Some deliver our mail. And some people write letters.

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  • How to Swallow a Pig: Step-By-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom - In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page reveal the skills animals use to survive in the wild in an imaginative and humorous how-to format. With step-by-step instructions, readers learn about specific behaviors; how to catch thousands of fish like a humpback whale or how to sew up a nest like a tailorbird. This fascinating and fun illustrated nonfiction melds science, art, biology, and the environment together in a detailed and well-researched book about animals who live and survive in our world today.

  • Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge? - Young readers will connect with the story of this National Historic Landmark–the Brooklyn Bridge! Building the Brooklyn Bridge was no simple feat. Despite a brilliant plan from a father-son team of engineers, the process was a dangerous and grueling one. Construction workers developed a mysterious illness (now known as the bends), several died, and the project had devastating effects on the engineers’ lives. Still, after fourteen years, the Brooklyn Bridge was finished and became the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time and is still widely admired today. Megan Stine tells the fascinating story behind one of the city’s best-loved landmarks. Includes black-and-white illustrations and a foldout color map!

  • Under Water, Under Earth - Discover the amazing world that lies just beneath the surface! Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the best-selling Maps. Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth and under sea–from early submarines and deep-sea life to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels. You will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again.

  • Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin - What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you’d set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight savings time, and invented bifocals-all inspired by his common sense and intelligence. In this informative book, Gene Barretta brings Benjamin Franklin’s genius to life, deepening our appreciation for one of the most influential figures in American history.

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Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
Written by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins & illustrated by Steve Jenkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head? Axolotl: They aren’t feathers–they’re gills! They let me breathe underwater. Let’s face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person’s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it’s hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn’t true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous–and very true–explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.

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The Construction Crew
Written by Finn Coyle & illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are countless machines that help out on a construction site. Everything from a bulldozer to a crane has a very special job. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn about what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

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Unbuilding
Written & illustrated by David Macaulay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

This fictional account of the dismantling and removal of the Empire State Building describes the structure of a skyscraper and explains how such an edifice would be demolished.

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Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them
Written by Christy Mihaly & illustrated by Joe Cepeda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every bale of hay has a little bit of summer sun stored in the heart of it— learn from a mother-daughter team how hay is made!

Feeding her horses one cold and wintry day, a girl thinks about all the hard work that went into the fresh-smelling bales she’s using. The rhyming text and brilliant full-page paintings follow the girl and her mother through the summer as they cut, spread, dry and bale in the fields.

Mower blades slice through the grass./A new row falls with every pass./Next we spread the grass to dry./The tedder makes those grasses fly!

This celebration of summer, farming, and family, illustrated by Pura Belpré honor artist Joe Cepeda, includes a glossary of haymaking words, and a recipe for making your own switchel— a traditional farm drink, to cool you down in the summer heat.

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci
Written & illustrated by Gene Barretta
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cleverly shows how Leonardo’s ideas foreshadowed modern inventions. At once an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more.

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  • Whose Tools? - An ode to building a house from the ground up profiles six kinds of craftsmen and the 24 tools they use, with the answer to each question about “whose tools” being revealed under seven gatefolds designed to promote curiosity and learning. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of One Cool Friend. 30,000 first printing.

  • Rapid Responders - Community helpers keep us all safe and they have special machines that help as well. Police cars, coast guard cutters, ambulances, rescue helicopters, and fire trucks each serve our community in their own way. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

  • Space Squad - A diverse range of space scientists introduce the machines they use to explore and study space. Children will discover the spectacular space fleet, including a carrier rocket, spaceplane, space exploration vehicle, satellite, and the International Space Station. As children are asked if they know what each machine does, the answer is revealed under a sturdy full-page flap. About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by 11-year-old truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers. Each spread has a full page lift-the-flap feature providing a wealth of learning and discovery in each book.

  • Oscar and the Bird: A Book about Electricity - Start with Science books introduce kids to core science concepts through engaging stories, fresh illustrations, and supplemental activities. When Oscar the kitten finds a tractor in a field and accidentally turns on the windshield wipers, he is full of questions about electricity. Luckily, Bird knows the answers! With the help of his friend, Oscar finds out how electricity is made and stored, which machines need electricity to work, and why we always need to be careful around wires, batteries, plugs, and sockets. Back matter includes an index and supplemental activities.

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Lucy the Diamond Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Seven jewels have been stolen from the Fairy Queen’s crown! Without them, the Jewel Fairies’ magical powers are fading. Read all seven books to find the jewels and save the fairies! Jack Frost is causing trouble in Fairyland again! This time, he’s stolen the seven jewels from Queen Titania’s crown. Without them, all the fairy magic in Fairyland is fading fast! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Lucy the Diamond Fairy find the final jewel? Or will Fairyland’s special magic be lost forever?

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My Doctor's Visit
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The bestselling scientific series is expanding! New topics covered using whimsical artwork and humorous text, from leading medical expert Cara Florance!It’s time for your checkup… Let’s visit the doctor’s office! Every year, you go to the doctor’s office to make sure your body is working like it should. A nurse and doctor will check almost every part of you. They want to make sure you stay happy and healthy.Ever wonder what a stethoscope does, or what a doctor is searching for when they look in your ear? The doctor will check your heart and lungs and see how much you’ve grown. But how? And why? Let’s find out!Written by leading medical experts, Cara and Jon Florance, My Doctor’s Visit will take the fear out of visiting the doctor by breaking down what and why a doctor does what he or she does. Empower children with knowledge so they can visit the doctor with courage and curiosity!

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Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper
Written by Anastasia Suen & illustrated by Ryan O Rourke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snappy rhymes invite young readers to watch workers dig, pour, pound, and bolt a skyscraper into existence. Simple yet satis-fying sidebars provide further information about each step in the construction process. Perfect for preschoolers and all those who dig diggers.

Quirky, colorful art enhance the appeal of a construction site with all the equipment and sounds of building.

The 2017 Summer Reading Theme: Build a Better World!

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Construction Alphabet
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Rob Bolster and Jerry Pallotta
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

For fans of all things that go this noisy alphabet book explores construction equipment from A to Z. Find out about these construction machines and more, from a huge saw that cuts through roads to a massive vacuum that sucks up boulders. You’ll even learn a quick and easy recipe for concrete. Rock crushers, jackhammers, and wrecking balls will delight the youngest of readers learning their ABCs. Jerry Pallotta’s trademark humor punctuates the informative text. Vibrant oil paintings bring to life a busy construction site.

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Baby Loves Structural Engineering!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the basics of building–from foundation to rooftop–and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

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  • Ice Cream: The Full Scoop - Cool and smooth and sweet, ice cream has long been a favourite treat. It cools you off when it’s hot and is too delicious to resist even in cold weather. How did it get to be so scrumptious? Best-selling author/illustrator Gail Gibbons dishes out the latest scoop on ice cream production. Ice cream has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mixture of snow, milk, and rice. Gail Gibbons details the many firsts in ice cream history, from the earliest ice cream crank to the original waffle cone. Children’s mouths will be watering as they follow ice cream’s journey from farm to factory to freezer.

  • Let's Make a Rainbow!: Seeing the Science of Light Refraction with Optical Physics - Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids! Rainbows are beautiful! As Red Kangaroo admires one arching across the sky, she wonders where rainbows come from―luckily, Dr. Chris has the answer! With just two ingredients and three simple steps, Red Kangaroo learns all about the science behind these wonderful, colorful sights! Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to light refraction and optical physics in this installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. Written by an expert, with real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their “why” questions. Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.

  • Bridges: Engineering Masterpieces - Suspend your disbelief with Science Comics: Bridges, a new volume of First Second’s STEM graphic novel series! Follow Bea, Archie, Trudy, and Spencer (otherwise known as the BATS!) as they crisscross the globe using every type of bridge: beam, arch, truss, and suspension. From ancient low-slung rope bridges to modern hi-tech towers of steel, they’ll traverse ‘em all. Their journey will take them through history and connect them with new ideas and different cultures. Along the way they’ll identify the dangerous forces trying to bring bridges crashing down, and how to defeat them…through engineering!

  • Until I Met Dudley: How Everyday Things Really Work - Explores the fundamentals of everyday instruments and appliances and teaches children how they work, such as how a vacuum cleaner is able to suck up dirt and what makes the bread “pop” from the toaster.

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Friendly Fliers
Written by Finn Coyle & illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A diverse range of pilot characters introduce the vehicles that they fly. Children will discover an assortment of vehicles, including a jumbo jet, seaplane, glider, helicopter, and space plane. As children are asked if they know what each vehicle does, the answer is revealed under a sturdy full-page flap.

About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by 11-year-old truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers. Each spread has a full page lift-the-flap feature providing a wealth of learning and discovery in each book.

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Construction Site
Written by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Learn from home and explore the world with these fun and easy board books!Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site will love this vehicle-filled adventure in the hit Hello, World! board book series. Toddlers can learn all about the busy world of a construction site, with easy-to-understand facts about all the huge, noisy machines that captivate little ones’ imaginations. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms (Clank! A crane is used to lift heavy things and move them to the right spot.) and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: -Solar System-Weather-Backyard Bugs-Birds-Dinosaurs-My Body-How Do Apples Grow?-Ocean Life-Moon Landing-Pets-Arctic Animals-Construction Site-Rainforest Animals-Planet Earth -Reptiles-Cars and Trucks -Music-Baby Animals-On the Farm

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Blockchain for Babies
Written by Chris Ferrie
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Fans of Chris Ferrie’s Organic Chemistry for Babies, Rocket Science for Babies, and Quantum Physics for Babies will love this introduction to the technology behind Bitcoin for cryptologists of all ages!Help your future genius become the smartest baby in the room! It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.Full of scientific information from notable experts, this is the perfect book to teach complex concepts in a simple, engaging way. Blockchain for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the technology behind Bitcoin for cryptologists of all ages. After all, it’s never too early to become a scientist!If you’re looking for computer science baby books, computers for babies, or baby computers, look no further! Blockchain for Babies offers fun early learning for your little scientist!

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How Do You Stop a Moving Train?
Written by Madeline J. Hayes & illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Have you ever wondered how astronauts float in space, or how your pizza gets from your plate to your mouth? In the How Do series, readers are invited to guess and then explore the science behind the right answers. Basic principles of physics, including learning about distance, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, forces, friction, gravity, and Newton’s laws of motion, are explored through informative and engaging text in this newest addition to the How Do series.About the How Do series: These visually appealing STEM titles for inquisitive readers and young science enthusiasts, are fully illustrated nonfiction picture books that are a great introduction to various STEM topics. Each title includes facts and figures, simple diagrams and hilarious illustrations and is written in a question-and-answer format to encourage readers to ask questions and guess the answers before exploring the science behind the correct answers.

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Let's Ride a Wave!: Diving into the Science of Light and Sound Waves with Physics
Written by Chris Ferrie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids!

Waves are all around us! And what starts out as a fun day at the beach leads to even more fun for Red Kangaroo, as she learns that waves exist beyond the ocean. There are waves our eyes cannot see and waves only our ears can hear! Dive into this fascinating study of light and sound waves with Dr. Chris and Red Kangaroo!

Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to wave physics in this installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. Written by an expert, with real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their “why” questions.

Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.

Backmatter includes a glossary, comprehension questions aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy and experiments kids can easily do at school or at home!

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  • Construction People - Fourteen poems compiled by award-winning poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins introduce readers to the various construction people who collaborate to create a high-rise hotel building, from architect to crane operator to glaziers and more. This anthology begins with a busy construction site and an architect’s (and her daughter’s) dreams drawn on blueprint paper. Next, workers with huge machines–backhoes, dump trucks, cement mixers, etc.–roll in. Poems full of noise and action describe every step of the construction process. From welders and carpenters building the skeleton of the building to plumbers and electricians making its insides work, this book celebrates people and equipment working together to build something magnificent.

  • I Love Engineering - Spin the wheel, lift flaps, and push sliders in this colorful and shiny board book designed to introduce engineering to very young readers with simple text and bold artwork. For fans of Quantum Physics for Babies and other board books in the Baby University series. Calling all engineers! Ever wonder, _How do you build a bridge? _Or _What makes an airplane fly? _Then you’ve thought like an engineer! This colorful novelty board book with simple text and bold, fun artwork is designed to introduce scientific concepts to the youngest of explorers. Fun novelty elements—such as lift-the-flaps, a spinning wheel, glitter, foil, gatefolds, and more—combine to create an interactive and educational experience.

  • Skyscrapers: The Heights of Engineering - Leave no brick unturned in John Kerschbaum’s Science Comics: Skyscrapers, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic–dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you’re a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you! In this volume, join a pair of superheroes as they uncover the secrets of skyscrapers, from the great Egyptians pyramids to the world’s tallest building. Read along and learn how skyscrapers are a bold combination of applied physics, ingenuity, and a lot of hard work!

  • Let's Clean Up!: Unpacking the Science of Messy Rooms with Statistical Physics - Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids! Why is it so hard for Red Kangaroo to keep her room clean? According to Dr. Chris, the answer is as easy as counting! Come along with Red Kangaroo to learn about entropy, thermodynamics, and the statistical physics at play in her messy room! Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to statistical physics in this installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. With real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their “why” questions. Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Backmatter includes a glossary, comprehension questions aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy, and experiments kids can easily do at school or at home!

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One World Trade Center
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This title is all about the powerful skyscraper, One World Trade Center, which is also known as the Freedom Tower. Readers will learn all about its construction, why it was constructed, the materials and security that went into building it, and it uses. This title is written at a Level 3, specifically for transitional readers. Aligned to Common Core standards & correlated to state standards. Dash! is an imprint of Abdo Zoom, a division of ABDO.

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Green Machine: The Slightly Gross Truth about Turning Your Food Scraps into Green Energy
Written by Rebecca Donnelly & illustrated by Christophe Jacques
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Composting is cool! Celebrate the innovation and science that helps turn your food waste into green energy. See how food scraps are composted, collected, and processed, transforming trash into biogas and electricity. It’s a green machine! It’s a celebration of sustainability and the important role we humans play in the energy cycle. Call it Peels on Wheels/ Or a truck full of yuck:/ It’s a food scraps collection machine!/ It takes all the waste/ (And some slime, and some muck)/ To a place where the garbage goes green.

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I Can Code: And/Or
Written by Vicky Fang & illustrated by Jade Orlando
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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Ice Cream Cones for Sale!
Written & illustrated by Elaine Greenstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

Colorful etchings and kid-friendly text reveal who really invented the ice-cream cone, even before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where five people claim they did so.

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Building Machines
Written by Ian Graham & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Building Machines explores the powerful mechanics of construction vehicles and includes everything needed to build nine machines with working parts! The construction vehicles introduced are a forklift, bulldozer, front loader, giant digger, dump truck, road roller, crane, and tractor. Each spread describes the vehicle in detail, including its parts and function. The spreads also include instructions for constructing the machine described using the included die-cut pieces. Children can follow the steps to make each vehicle, then use the pieces to invent their own. It’s the perfect introduction to simple mechanics for budding engineers everywhere.

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  • Oscar and the Snail - Start with Science books introduce kids to core science concepts through engaging stories, fresh illustrations, and supplemental activities. One day Oscar comes across a nest made of twigs and leaves, perfect for sheltering eggs. It makes him wonder about all the things we use – like glass, paper, plastic, and cloth. With the help of his friend Snail, the curious kitten learns why we choose specific materials to do different jobs, where the materials come from, and what useful qualities they have.Back matter includes an index and supplemental activities.

  • I Know Sports - I Know Sports invites kids to the amazing world of various kinds of sports. Kids will love lifting the flaps while learning about baseball, soccer, rodeo and many more - young readers will become real sports fans! The book has 70 sturdy flaps to lift featuring colorful kid-friendly illustrations that introduce new concepts and vocabulary in a simple way. Clever Questions is an innovative non-fiction series that includes 4 titles about the most popular subjects; vehicles; weather and climate; sports and the world around us. The handy square size and the high quality board pages with round corners make this series a perfect way to discover the world and how it works.

  • The Ups and Downs of Gravity - Explore the ups and downs of gravity in this introduction to physical science by a trusted nonfiction team. What happens to a ball when it rolls off a table? It falls to the floor. Why doesn’t the ball keep rolling straight ahead or fly up off the table? The answer is gravity. From density to inertia to free fall, David A. Adler skillfully explains how this invisible, but all too real force operates and what it means for our daily lives. Notable science experiments by Sir Isaac Newton and astronaut David R. Scott are covered. Also included are activities for kids to test at home and in the classroom. Anna Raff’s bright and humorous artwork helps breakdown the concepts in a kid-friendly way. A glossary concludes the work.

  • Farm Fleet - Sandy the farmer introduces the machines that help him on the farm. Children will discover an assortment of machines, including a tractor, baler, spreader, harvester and plow. As children are asked if they know what each machine does, the answer is revealed under a sturdy full-page flap. About the Finn’s Fun Trucks series: Written by teen truck enthusiast Finn Coyle, the Finn’s Fun Trucks series provides a vocabulary-rich introduction to transportation for truck-loving children with the help of a diverse range of vehicle operators and community helpers. Each spread has a full page lift-the-flap feature providing a wealth of learning and discovery in each book.

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Let's Fly a Plane!: Launching into the Science of Flight with Aerospace Engineering
Written by Chris Ferrie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids!

How do airplanes stay up in the sky? That’s the question Red Kangaroo needs answered and she knows exactly who can help her―Dr. Chris! Explore the four forces of flight―drag, lift, thrust and weight―and get ready to take off with this introduction to aerospace engineering.

Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to the science of flight in this first installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. With real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their “why” questions.

Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.

Backmatter includes a glossary, comprehension questions aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy and experiments kids can easily do at school or at home!

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Bicycles
Written by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Pedal away with this board book introduction to bicycles!

For the toddler that loves anything that moves, this sturdy nonfiction board book is a perfect fit! Award-winning author Gail Gibbons depicts nearly 40 bicycles, with simple text about the history of bicycles and riding. Notes about safety and always wearing a helmet are included.

Don’t miss Gail Gibbons’ other exciting board book transportation titles, including Trucks, Planes, and Boat Book!

Acclaimed nonfiction author Gail Gibbons “has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children’s writer-illustrator” according to The Washington Post. These accessible, kid-friendly introductions to the world around us are now available in board-book form, simplified and formatted for the youngest readers and designed to spark their curiosity.

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Robot
Written & illustrated by DK Publishing
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

“From automata created by Leonardo Da Vinci to modern-day androids and animal robots, this book covers artificial intelligence (AI) throughout history. Discover the latest at the cutting edge of robotics, where science, technology, mechanical engineering, and computing meet as [the book] explains how robots work, how they are made, and how they help and sometimes hinder in modern society”–Publisher marketing.

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PB&J Hooray!: Your Sandwich's Amazing Journey from Farm to Table
Written by Janet Nolan & illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From peanut, grape, and wheat seeds to sandwich, PB & J Hooray! is all about how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made. The story begins with the kitchen and works backward to the shopping, delivery, production, harvesting, farming, and planting processes! In fun, rhythmic language, readers discover how peanuts become peanut butter, grapes are made into jelly, and wheat turns into bread.

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How to Build a Car
Written by Martin Sodomka and Saskia Lacey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Learn about car mechanics and teamwork as three unlikely friends work to build a miniature racer. In How to Build a Car, three unlikely friends–Eli, a mouse; Phoebe, a sparrow; and Hank, a frog–decide to build a small motorcar together. The story follows the friendly trio as they learn all about how a car works and how it is constructed. Detailed illustrations show the inner workings of the car, teaching children the basics of how each part works together to get the car moving. Through hard work and perseverance, Eli, Phoebe, and Hank learn about both car mechanics and teamwork as they build a miniature racer. With the help of this sweet story, children will learn the different parts and functions of a car.

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