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  • Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
    David A. Adler, Illustrated by Anna Raff

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    Magnets Push, Magnets Pull

    Magnets may seem like little miracles, but as Magnets Push, Magnets Pull shows, there are scientific explanations for all of magnetism’s extraordinary attributes. David Adler walks readers through the basics of magnetism with a set of hands-on experiments easy to do at home with simple magnets and a few household items. The demonstrations are easy… Read More
  • Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code
    Amy Cherrix

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    Eye of the Storm

    Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma showed just how much destruction can arise when a category 4 or 5 storm makes landfall. But even a category 1 storm can be devastating, as hurricane Sandy showed us 5 years ago when the tropical storm combined with a winter storm, and the raging flood waters were exacerbated by… Read More
  • Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space
    Alexandra Siy

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    Voyager’s Greatest Hits

    The two Voyager spacecraft, each the size of a small car, were initially meant to explore the two largest planets in our solar system: Jupiter and Saturn. But their trajectories were later strategically arranged to take advantage of a rare alignment of the planets—not expected to occur for another 176 years—to use gravity to assist… Read More
  • My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
    Paul Meisel

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    My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis

    In Paul Meisel’s My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis, a praying mantis describes her life through a series of succinct journal entries. “I was born today!” she writes on 17 May. As P. Mantis grows from nymph to adult, she eats aphids, catches grasshoppers and bees with her speedy arms and sharp teeth, and uses… Read More
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
    Carlo Rovelli

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    The non-expert’s guide to modern physics

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 To the average person, physics is likely either a subject struggled through in school or an abstract set of theories behind mind-blowing hypotheses about the universe. Carlo Rovelli’s short book is designed to help the novice understand not just the basics of the primary physical theories but their… Read More
  • Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature
    Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Texeira do Rosario

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    Budding naturalists: head outdoors!

    Age Range: 8 – 12 years Grade Level: 3 – 6 Turn off your electronics and open the door. What’s out there? These authors want you to go outside and look for yourself. A few pages of the book are set aside for full-color paintings of plants and animals, but most pages offer muted but… Read More
  • Faster Higher Smarter: Bright Ideas that Transformed Sports
    Simon Shapiro

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    The new science of sports

    Age Range: 11 – 14 years Grade Level: 5 and up Most sports books for young readers put athletes on a pedestal. Given the unsavory off-field conduct of many of today’s players, however, that’s an increasingly problematic approach. A delightful new book on how science has improved athletic performance over the decades avoids that dilemma… Read More
  • Lab Girl
    Hope Jahren

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    A scientist finds her place

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9-12 Growing up in a Norwegian community in rural Minnesota, Hope Jahren discovered her love for scientific inquiry in her father’s laboratory at the local community college. Today, she lives with her family in Mauna Loa, where she runs her own laboratory at the University of Hawaii, studying how plants interact… Read More
  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe hares, Science and Survival
    Sneed B. Collard III

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    Shorter winters leave some creatures mismatched with their habitat

    Age Range: 7 – 10 years Grade Level: 3 – 7 Hopping Ahead of Climate Change is a picture book by award-winning author Sneed B. Collard III that uses photos and diagrams to convey the effects of global warming on animals that change coat color with the seasons. It is simple enough for elementary school… Read More
  • Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests
    Monica Russo

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    Hands-on science for tree huggers

    Age Range: 7 – 12 years Grade Level: 2 and up Trees are the stuff of childhood memories. They provide nature’s monkey bars, ample matter for leaf-pile fun, reprieve from the summer heat, and home for myriad creatures of the animal world. In Treecology, author Monica Russo and photographer Kevin Byron present almost everything a… Read More
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