Science Related Booklist
Pittsburgh Public Schools
The following titles are suggestions only. Please check with your teachers to see if the following topics are being studied in your grade this year. Click on the underlined titles to see if a copy of the book is available. If a copy is not available at your location, please ask your librarian to place a copy on hold for you.
Cats and Lions
- Tabby a Story
in Pictures by Aliki
This wordless picture book tells the story of a kitten’s first year in her
Lion by Suse MacDonald
Help Nanta find the elusive lion that she and her Masai family are
- Lazy Lion
by Mwenye Hadithi
Lion is so lazy he tries to get all the other animals to build him a
shelter before the big rains come.
- Mama Cat Has
Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
A mama cat shows two of her kittens what to do all day long. Her third
kitten, Boris, has his own ideas of what makes the day fun.
Horses and Zebras
Monkeys and Apes
- Are You a
Snail? by Judy Allen
Snails and their lives are described in simple text.
- The Big Fat
Worm by Nancy Van Laan
When a big fat worm escapes the big fat bird who tries to eat him, a
humorous series of events is set in motion.
- Tree of Life:
The World of the African Baobob by Barbara Bash
This impressive tree and the animals who make use of it are profiled in
this book about life in the African savanna.
Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky
Kindly old Crinkleroot takes readers on an illustrated journey through the
forest describing what different trees look like and how they are used by
- Be a Friend to
Trees by Patricia Lauber
Become a friend to the trees by learning all about them.
- Sky Tree
by Thomas Locker
Watch the seasons change and the effect that change has on a tall,
Tree by Dick Gackenbach
From three tiny seeds grow three great trees with vastly different
FIRST - SECOND GRADES
Forecasting by Gail Gibbons
Find out what happens behind the scenes at a weather forecasting
Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt
Learn about the basic characteristics of weather -- temperature,
humidity, and wind speed.
Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
From the first black cloud to a beautiful rainbow, find out about the
stages of a thunderstorm and ways of being safe if caught in one.
- Can it
Rain Cats and Dogs? Questions and Answers About Weather by
This book answers your burning weather questions.
Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
Basic introdution to weather-related terms.
with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
When it rains frankfurters, donuts, pancakes, and more, the
people of Chewandswallow aren't sure what to do.
to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry
find out what the people of Chewandswallow do with all of their
Plant by David Burnie
Hundreds of pictures illustrate the world of various plants.
Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Find out how tiny seeds become beautiful plants.
- How Do
Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
Read about apples; from a tiny bud on a tree to a ripe fruit ready
Berenstain Bears Grow-It: Mother Nature Has Such a Green
Thumb by Stan Berenstain
Brother and Sister Bear help Mama plant seeds in the garden and learn
about the importance of plants. Includes activities to try at home.
Garden by Henry Cole
This cumulative tale of the garden that Jack grows includes the
flowers and bugs that live and grow there.
Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, only he believes it will
- The Tiny
Seed by Eric Carle
Follow the journey of seeds as the wind blows them away from their flowers
in the Autumn.
THIRD - FOURTH GRADES
and Inventions and Geoff Endacott
This book contains interesting tales about discovery and invention.
by Lionel Bender
A visual introduction to inventions that impact our daily lives is
presented in this Eyewitness book.
Inventors by Patricia McKissack
Profiles African-Americans who have produced inventions despite
Graham Bell by Andrew Dunn
The life and accomplishments of the inventor of the
telephone are profiled in this book.
Da Vinci by Diane Stanley
This beautifully illustrated biography profiles the life of this
Renaissance artist and inventor.
Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
A kid who makes a million dollars after creating and marketing a
better toothpaste shines in this story book.
that Worked by Charlotte Jones
Aspirin, x-rays, velcro, and silly putty were all invented by
mistake. Find out how in this book.
Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
This inspiring book offers brief, engaging
profiles of a variety of female inventors accompanied by quirky
The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker
Inventing isn't just for adults. Learn about some kids who have
created great things in this book.
and Magnetism by Gregory Vogt
This brief introduction to magnetism and electricity includes easy to
by Steve Parker
Colorful pictures illustrate this look at electricity.
Bulbs, and Wires by David Glover
Filled with do-it-yourself experiments, this book will help anyone
gain a better understanding of electricity and magnetism.
- The Secret
Life of Dilly McBean by Dorothy Haas
Life in a small town becomes crazy when Dilly McBean discovers the
secret of his magnetic fingers.
Comparisonsby Russell Ash
What's bigger? What's smaller? What's heavier? Find out in this
by Sheila Cato
A group of spunky kids show readers how to measure weight, volume,
distance, size, and time.
and Music by Neil Ardley
The science of sound is explained and illustrated with simple
experiments to do with household objects.
- Make it
Work! Sound by Andrew Haslam
From simple musical instruments to a radio you can make yourself,
this book introduced basic concepts relating to the physics of sound.
- The Trip
of a Drip by Vicki Cobb
Find out how rain falling from the clouds ends up coming out of the
faucet in your kitchen.
Water Clean by Ewan McLeish
Learn about what threatens our water supply and how we can keep it
Drop of Water by Walter Wick
Besides providing an interesting look at the science of
water, this book showcases intriguing photographs of water in
- Rain to
Dams by Clint Twist
The text and simple experiments describe the major sources of water
and its uses.
Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan Roth
Based on an Australia folktale, this delightfully illustrated tale
tells of the time when frog drank up all of the water in Australia.
- The Old Woman
and the Wave by Shelley Jackson
An old woman refuses to allow her life to be disrupted when a large wave
comes to live above her house.
by Lowi Price
This book includes recipes for crystals, invisible ink, and other
Chemistry by Steven Moje
Find out how to do fun experiments with simple ingredients.
Visual Dictionary of Chemistry by Jack Challoner
Learn the basics of chemistry in this picture-filled book.