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K-12 Educational Materials on Science and the Environment-Children's Books

Available (on loan) from GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University 105 Dillman Hall  or   Phone: (906)487-3341, Fax: (906)487-1620,  or  Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

Children’s Books:

Animals That Change:  Metamorphosis by Luise Woelflien (pop-up, lift-the flap)
Grades 2-6

Berenstein Bears:  Don’t Pollute (Anymore)  by Stan and Jan Berenstein (When bear country's cubs learn pollution's a fact, they help grownups clean up their act)
Grades K-4

                             

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema (An African tale about drought and bringing rain to the plain)
Grades K-4
 

                                              

Call of the River—Writing and Photographs  selected & edited by Page Stegner (Essays, adventure stories, &reflections about the power of rivers; includes breathtaking photography
Grades 7-
12

 

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.  Historical account of Nathanial Bowditch’s discovery of the principles of longitude and marine navigation.
Grades 5-9

 

Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent. (Book and video that describe metamorphosis of caterpillars and frogs)
Grades K-3
 

                                      

Come Back, Salmon by Molly Cone (How a group of dedicated kids adopted Pidgeon Creek and brought it back to life in Oregon)
Grades 1-6
 

Crocodile Smile by Sarah Weeks (10 songs of the Earth as the animals see it, includes audiocassette tape)
Grades Pre-3
 

                                                          

Dipper of Copper Creek by Jean Craighead George (Story of a boy who raises a water ouzel after an avalanche)
Grades K-4  
 

                                              

Flashy, Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (Life cycles of frogs)              
Grades Pre-4  

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean  by Authur Dorros (Explores water's journey, how it shapes the earth, and why it is important to keep it clean)
Grades K-4

                                             

Forest Animals: Questions and Answers About by Michael Chinery  (Describe animals and their natural habitats, colorful illustrations) 
Grades 2-6
 

The Fresh Water Alphabet Book  by Jerry Pallotta (Highlights a different freshwater creature for every letter of the alphabet)
Grades K-2
   

                                            

Frogs by Robin Dexter (Story of the stages of a frog)
Grades Pre-1
 

Frogs: A First Discovery Book  by Gallimard Jeunesse & Daniel Moignot (Life Cycle of a frog)   
Grades Pre-3

                              

From Tree to Paper  by Wendy Davis  (Describes how paper is made.)
Grades 1-4
 

Henry Goes Underground  by Patricia Chilton-Stringham (Understanding groundwater)        
Grades K-3  

I Can Read About Weather by Robyn Supraner (Explains basics about weather)
Grades K-4  

The Island  by Gary Paulsen (A 15-yr old boy escapes tension at home by exploring nature on a nearby island)
Grades 8-12
       

                                                                          

Lake Superior by Ann Armbruster (History of Lake Superior)
Grades 2-5
 

Letting Swift River Go  by Jane Yolen (Discusses the destruction of homes to create a reservoir for a large city)
Grades K-4
     

                                                                          

A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer (Story of organisms living near a tree)
Grades K-3  

The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks  by Joanna Cole  (Water treatment)
Grades K-4
 

The Magic School Bus:  Gets Eaten by Joanna Cole  (Food chains)
Grades K-4  

The Magic School Bus: Hops Home by Joanna Cole  (Wetland habitats)
Grades K-4
 

The Magic School Bus:  Wet All Over  by Joanna Cole  (Water cycle)
Grades K-4

McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss  (A child patiently waits to catch a fish despite all of the reasons why fish might not be there...)
Grades K-3
 

My Life As A Dragonfly: Swimmer to Flyer by William Cruscial  (Traces metamorphosis of a dragonfly)
Grades Pre-2
 

A New True Book: Water Pollution  by Darlene R. Stille (How we use water and how pollution affects lakes and oceans) 
Grades 4-6
                                  

A New True Book: Wetlands by Emilie U. Lepthien and Joan Kalbacken (Defines different types of wetlands, where they're found, wildlife uses, pollution, and laws)
Grades 4-6

 

Oil Spill! by Melvin Berger (Discusses how oil spills occur, how they are cleaned up, and how they can be prevented; specifically the Exxon-Valdez spill)
Grades K-4
   

On the River ABC by Caroline Stutson (ABC's of plant and animal life along a river)          
Grades Pre-3  

One Small Square: Pond  by Donald M. Silver (Visiting a pond from a child’s perspective)
Grades K-4
 

Paddle-To-The-Sea  by Holling C. Holling  (A toy wooden canoe’s journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean)
Grades K-4
 

Paper Hat Tricks II  by Patt Newbald and Anne Diebel  (Contains patterns for making ocean and farm animals, and insects) 
Grades K-3
  

                                                  

Paper Hat Tricks III  by Patt Newbald and Anne Diebel (Contains patterns for making dinosaurs, zoo and forest animals)
Grades K-3
 

Peter's Place by Sally Grindley (Peter tries to help animals in an oil spill)                                         
Grades K-3  

Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky (Describes habitats; seasonal changes; and pond life)                    
Grades Pre-4  

Rain Drop Splash by Alvin Tresselt (Traces path of a rain drop from mountain to sea)          
Grades Pre-3
    

The Rainstick: A Fable  by Sandra Chisholm Robinson (A fable about a West African boy’s quest for rain; includes instructions for making rainsticks)
Grades 2-6
 

A River Ran Wild  by Lynne Cherry  (True story of how a polluted river is   restored)            
Grades 2-6
 

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer (Describes a salamander's habitat in a fun way)         
Grades Pre-4  

Sea Watch: A Book of Poetry  by Jane Yolen (Poetry about sea creatures)                       
Grades K-12  

The Star Maiden by Barbara Esbensen and Helen Davie (Ojibway tale about water)               
Grades K-3  

Step by Step: 50 Recycled Crafts for Kids by Marion Elliot (A step-by-step guide to making crafts out of old stuff and "garbage")
Grades K-6
 

Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace  (Follows the life of a frog)                                                  
Grades Pre-2  

Thunder Cake  by Patricia Polacco  (A grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunderstorms by baking a "thunder cake")
Grades K-2
 

                

Tree Life:  A close up look at the natural world of a tree by Theresa Greenaway (colorful photos and information on bugs, frogs, lizards, etc.)
Grades K-6
 

Water by Frank Asch (A fun, colorful beginning book about water)
Grades K-3  

Water by Francois Michel (An amazing pop-up, pull-tab, lift-the-flap guide to all aspects Water--groundwater, streams, floods, drinking water, and more)
Grades K-6
 

Water Dance by Thomas Locker (Poems and Pictures about water)
Grades K-4
 

The Water’s Journey  by Eleonore Schmid (Descriptive text/pictures describe the water cycle in our everyday lives)
Grades K-3
 

Watermarks: Poems from the Coast of Keweenaw  by Barbara Simila (A poem collection celebrating Lake Superior and the Keweenaw- great history lessons)
Grades 6-12

             

Water, Water Everywhere by Mark J. Rauzon & Cynthia Overbeck Bix (Introduces the forms and properties of water and the vital role water plays in the life of the planet)
Grades K-4

The Way of the Willow Branch by Emery & Durga Bernhard (Travels of a willow branch) 
Grades 1-3  

Where Does the Garbage Go?  by Paul Showers (Solid waste disposal & recycling)
Grades K-4  

Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker  (Two boys follow a river to its beginning)            
Grades K-4