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Animals 2 x 2

Air and Weather
Balance and Motion
New Plants

Earth Materials
Ideas and Inventions
Magnetism and Electricity
Physics of Sound

Levers and Pulleys
Mixtures and Solutions

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.


Animals 2 x 2

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 new home.

  • Nanta’s Lion by Suse MacDonald
    Help Nanta find the elusive lion that she and her Masai family are hunting.

  • 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.

  • Crinkleroot’s 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 animals.

  • 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, graceful tree.

  • Mighty Tree by Dick Gackenbach
    From three tiny seeds grow three great trees with vastly different futures.

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Air and Weather

Balance and Motion


New Plants

  • Eyewitness: Plant by David Burnie
    Hundreds of pictures illustrate the world of various plants.

  • From 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 for picking.

  • The 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.

  • Jack's Garden by Henry Cole
    This cumulative tale of the garden that Jack grows includes the flowers and bugs that live and grow there.

  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
    When a little boy plants a carrot seed, only he believes it will grow.

  • The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
    Follow the journey of seeds as the wind blows them away from their flowers in the Autumn.

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Earth Materials

Ideas and Inventions

  • Discovery and Inventions and Geoff Endacott
    This book contains interesting tales about discovery and invention.

  • Invention by Lionel Bender
    A visual introduction to inventions that impact our daily lives is presented in this Eyewitness book.

  • African-American Inventors by Patricia McKissack
    Profiles African-Americans who have produced inventions despite enormous obstacles.

  • Alexander Graham Bell by Andrew Dunn
    The life and accomplishments of the inventor of the telephone are profiled in this book.

  • Leonard Da Vinci by Diane Stanley
    This beautifully illustrated biography profiles the life of this Renaissance artist and inventor.

  • The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
    A kid who makes a million dollars after creating and marketing a better toothpaste shines in this story book.

  • Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones
    Aspirin, x-rays, velcro, and silly putty were all invented by mistake. Find out how in this book.

  • Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
    This inspiring book offers brief, engaging profiles of a variety of female inventors accompanied by quirky collage illustrations.

  • Brainstorm! 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.

Magnetism and Electricity

  • Electricity and Magnetism by Gregory Vogt
    This brief introduction to magnetism and electricity includes easy to do experiments.

  • Electricity by Steve Parker
    Colorful pictures illustrate this look at electricity.

  • Batteries, 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.


  • Incredible Comparisonsby Russell Ash
    What's bigger? What's smaller? What's heavier? Find out in this fun volume.

  • Measuring by Sheila Cato
    A group of spunky kids show readers how to measure weight, volume, distance, size, and time.

Physics of Sound

  • Sound 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.

  • Keeping Water Clean by Ewan McLeish
    Learn about what threatens our water supply and how we can keep it clean.

  • A Drop of Water by Walter Wick
    Besides providing an interesting look at the science of water, this book showcases intriguing photographs of water in motion.

  • Rain to Dams by Clint Twist
    The text and simple experiments describe the major sources of water and its uses.

  • The 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.

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Levers and Pulleys

Mixtures and Solutions

  • Concoctions by Lowi Price
    This book includes recipes for crystals, invisible ink, and other crazy combinations.

  • Cool Chemistry by Steven Moje
    Find out how to do fun experiments with simple ingredients.

  • The Visual Dictionary of Chemistry by Jack Challoner
    Learn the basics of chemistry in this picture-filled book.

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