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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


2010 Award
Ready Set Grow!
(Sonia Whillock-Moore, et al, DK $12.99 Score:)

This is the kind of book we would bring home in anticipation of summer vacation and dreams of growing things filled our heads. Although we seldom got around to all the projects, this kind of outdoor project book is fun to pick and choose from or dream on. With 30 projects this handsome book is full of photographs and simple ways to recycle containers into planters and grow plants in a yard or on a terrace. Learn how to make a wick fed starter container with a soda bottle, small quantities of compost, grow a fairy circle or floral tepee, or if you are really ambitious make an enchanted path of concrete leaves for stepping stones. An inspiring book of ideas for kids and parents to share while planning and actively doing. 7 -12.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
3-D Explorer: Rain Forest
(by Joe Fullman, paper engineering Kieth Williams a, Silver Dolphin Books $17.95 Score:)

Striking 3D pop-ups invite young readers into the rain forests of the world. There are five transparent layered scenes with keys that identify the many animmals and plants found in each setting. The book is also laced with stunning photographs and factoids. It's not a book that kids will likely read from page one to the end. It's more of a book to browse through and get a sense of wonder about the amazing variety of species in the natural world. From the undergrowth to the canopy of the rain forest, this is a visually exciting introduction.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Journal of Inventions: Leonardo da Vinci
(by Jaspre Bark/illus. by David Lawrence , Silver Dolphin Books $24.95 Score:)

Adapted from the journals of Leonardo, readers get a sense of the artist’s thinking and his inventive original ideas for machines, buildings and even a robot of sorts, that he did not get to build but dreamed of as possibilities. Within the covers of this amazing book, Leonardo’s dreams take form in sturdy three-dimensional pop-ups that are engineered of paper. His Flying Ship, Mechanical Man, and all the others fairly float above the pages. A coffee table book that will inspire young science minded readers as well as adults

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Dinosaur
(by Stephanie Stansbie/ illus. by Robert Nicholls, Little, Brown $19.95 Score:)

If you have a dinosaur lover on your gift list, here is a coffee table dinosaur book that will be enthralling. Designed with flip open charts that show the dinosaurs through their many ages,  a world map showing where they were found, and may other lift up flaps, this is handsomely illustrated. It is full of small digestible factoids that kids like, and has a life size foot print tucked in at the end. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
The Wonders Inside: Bugs & Spiders
(by Jan Stradling et al, Silver Dolphin Books $19.95 Score:)

Kids are often fascinated by bugs and this oversized book has huge, larger than life size images about them on every page. It's like having a magnifying glass to get a view that's up close and amazing. The information is pretty basic and clearly introduced. Best of all there are see-through layers in each section that add to the visual charm of this book. 

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Life in the Boreal Forest
(by Brenda Z. Guiberson/ illus. by Gennady Spirin, Henry Holt $16.99 Score:) Each of the stunning paintings in this catalog of the Boreal Forest, the great northern forest, is breathtakingly beautiful. They are in the style of Audubon and other great naturalist painters. They breathe life into the creatures, give texture to their fur and feathers and capture a sense of place with snowy field, berry hedges, woody bark and leafy foliage. The text explains about the creatures that inhabit each of the scenes and does so in lyrical prose. Though each of the entries is long for the picture book crowd, this is a book to grow into. Share just parts of the text for the younger listener. Older children will return on their own if this is a subject that interests them...let's hope.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Eye-Popping 3-D Pets
(by Barry Rothstein and Betsy Rothstein, Chronicle $19.99 Score:)

These are no ordinary 3-D photos. Phantograms, as they call them do literally rise from the page when you look at them through the special 3-D glasses.There are 28 phantogram pets in this oversized book. Some look like they are sitting or standing and ready to jump off the pages of this novelty book. There is a text with interesting information, but this is a book about seeing 3-D. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Never Smile at a Monkey
(by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin $16 Score:)

A fascinating non-fiction book about things you might never expect about many wild animals. Although few kids would be likely to pet a platypus(it has venomous spurs on its hind legs) or pick up a cone shell(it has poisonous barbs) these are a collection of strange factoids kids like to read about. The handsome art adds to the pleasure, but it’s the weirdness of the hidden dangers that is more likely to interest young readers. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
How Whales Walked Into the Sea
(by Faith McNulty/illus. by Ted Rand, Scholastic $16.95 Score:) Whales fascinate kids generally, but this book shows how whales evolved over millions of years from four-footed creatures that walked on land to the whale, as we know it today. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
Big Head!
(by Dr. Pete Rowan/illus. by John Temperton, Knopf $20 Score:) Take a tour of the human brain with lift-up vinyl pages that show how the brain looks and functions, from the author of Some Body! This kind of visual close up helps to make otherwise abstract and unseeable things more understandable. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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