Thursday, May 3, 2018

32 Picture Books for Young Engineers in Grades K-3

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from Those Darn Squirrels
Grades K-1

  1. Belloni, Giulia. (2013). Anything is Possible. Illustrated by Marco Trevisan and Kite Edizioni. Toronto, ON: Owlkids Books, Inc.
  2. Calmenson, Stephanie. "The Engineer." from Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS (p. 130). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books. 
  3. Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. "The Crane Operator." from Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS (p. 132). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books. 
  4. Jeffers, Oliver. (2011). Stuck. New York: Philomel Books. (740L) 
  5. Hale, Christy. (2012). Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building. New York: Lee & Low Books.
  6. Kügler, Tina. (2015). In Mary’s Garden. Illustrated by Carson Kügler. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.  
  7. Lewis, J. Patrick. "The 'Black Leonardo." from Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS (p. 128). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  8. Maier, Brenda. (2018). The Little Red Fort. Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez. New York: Scholastic Press.
  9. Monroe, Chris. (2013). Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans.  Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
  10. Monroe, Chris. (2013). Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem.  Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
  11. Rubin, Adam. (2011). Those Darn Squirrels. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers. (600L)
  12. Spires, Ashley. (2014). The Most Magnificent Thing. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
  13. Spires, Ashley. (2018). La idea más maravillosa / The Most Magnificent Thing. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press.
  14. Van Dusen, Chris. (2007). If I Built a Car. New York: Puffin.
  15. Van Dusen, Chris. (2012). If I Built a House. New York: Puffin.
  16. from the Most Magnificent Thing.
  17. Zelvar, Patricia. (2005).  The Wonderful Towers of Watts. Illustrated by Frane Lessac. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press. (860L)



from Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking
Stream of Inventions.
 

Grades 2-3
  1. Barton, Chris. (2016). Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Illustrated by Don Tate. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (820L) 
  2. Beaty, Andrea.  (2013). Rosie Revere, Engineer. Illustrated by David Roberts. New York: Harry N. Abrams. (860L)
  3. Beaty, Andrea. (2018). Ada Magnífica, científica/Ada Twist, Scientist. Illustrated by David Roberts. New York: Harry N. Abrams.
  4. Beaty, Andrea.  (2017). Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold EngineersIllustrated by David Roberts. New York: Harry N. Abrams. (96 pp)
  5. Breen, Steve. (2008). Violet the Pilot. New York: Dial Books. (740L)
  6. Davis, Kathryn Gibbs. (2014). Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. Illustrated by Gilbert Ford. Boston, MA: HMH Books for Young Readers. (900L)
  7. Fleming, Candace. (2013).  Papa’s Mechanical FishIllustrated by Boris Kulikov. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (480L)
  8. Ford, Gilbert. (2016). The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation. New York: Atheneum. (880L)
  9. Ignotofsky, Rachel. (2016). "Edith Clarke," "Hertha Ayrton," "Tessy Thomas," and "Lilian Gilbreth." from Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World.  New York: Ten Speed Press. 
    from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  10. Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer. (2012). The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. New York: Dial. (910L)
  11.  McCully, Emily Arnold. (2006). Marvelous Mattie. New York:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (760L) Kathryn Gibbs Davis Kathryn Gibbs Davis
  12. Salas, Laura Purdie. "The Great Pyramid of Giza (Completed around 2570 BC." from Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS (p. 134). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books. 
  13. Shapiro, J.H. (2015). Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art. Illustrated by  Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (650L)
  14. van Reek, Wouter. (2008). Coppernickel,  The Invention. Brooklyn, NY: Enchanted Lion Books. .
  15. Waters, Charles. "Foundation (Don't Rush It!)." from Sylvia Vardell's The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for KIDS (p. 136). Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books. 
  16. Yamada, Kobi. (2016). What Do you Do With a Problem? Illustrated by Mae Besom. Compendium Inc. (500L)


Monday, April 30, 2018

Science Poetry: 80+ Children's Books

from The Honeybee (2018). Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault


  1. Atkins, Jeannie. (2017). Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
  2. Blackaby, Susan. (2010). Nest, Nook & Cranny. Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  3. Brown, Skila. (2016). Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks. Illustrated by Bob Kolar. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  4. Bruchac, Joseph. (1998). The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land. Paintings by Thomas Locker. New York: Puffin Books.
  5. Bruchac, Joseph. (1997). Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons. Paintings by Thomas Locker. New York: Puffin Books.
  6. Bulion, Leslie. (2016). At the Sea Floor Café; Odd Ocean Critter Poems. Illustrated by Leslie Evans. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers.
  7. Bulion, Leslie. (2008). Hey There, Stink Bug! Illustrated by Leslie Evans. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  8. Coombs, Kate. (2012). Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems.  Illustrated by Meilo So. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
  9. Dotlich, Rebecca. (2016). What is Science? Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. New York: Square Fish.
  10. Fleischman, Paul. (2004). Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. New York: HarperCollins.
  11. Flemming, Candace. (2016). Giant Squid. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. New York: Roaring Brook Press. 
  12. Florian, Douglas. (2012). Unbeelievables: Honeybee Poems and PaintingsNew York: Beach Lane Books.
  13. Florian, Douglas. (2009). Dinothesaurus. New York: Beach Lane Books.
  14. Florian, Douglas. (2007). Comets, stars, the moon, and mars. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  15. Florian, Douglas. (2005). lizards, frogs, and polliwogs. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  16. Florian, Douglas. (2004). mammalabilia. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  17. Florian, Douglas. (2002). insectlopedia. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  18. Florian, Douglas. (2001). in the swim. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  19. Florian, Douglas. (2000). on the wing. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  20. Franco, Betsy. (2008). Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails, Patterns and Shapes... Naturally. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  21. George, Kristine O'Connell. (2007). Old Elm Speaks: Tree PoemsIllustrated by Kate Kiesler. New York: Clarion Books.
  22. George, Kristine O'Connell. (2004). Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems. Illustrated by Barry Moser. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  23. Gerber, Carole. (2013). Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and More! Poems for Two Voices.  Illustrated by Eugene Telchin. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
  24. Graham, Joan Bransfield. (2003).  Flicker Flash.  Illustrated by Nancy Davis. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  25. Graham, Joan Bransfield. (2001). Splish Splash. Illustrated by Steven M. Scott. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  26. Hall, Kirsten. (2018). The Honeybee. Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers 
  27. Harley, Avis. (2006). Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems. Photographs by Margaret Butschler. 
  28. Harley, Avis. (2008). The Monarch’s Progress: Poems with Wings.Honesdale, PA: WordSong.
  29. Harrison, David. L. (2007).  Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things. Illustrated by Rob Shepperson. Honesdale, PA: Front Street.
  30. Havill, Juanita. (2006). I Heard It from Alice Zucchini: Poems About the Garden. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
  31. Hoberman, Mary Ann & Linda Winston. (2009). The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination (A Poetry Speaks Experience)Illustrated by Barbara Fortin.  Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
  32. Hopkins, Lee Bennet, Ed. (2002). Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems. Illustrated by Virginia Halstead. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  33. Hubbell, Patricia. (2000). Earthmates: Poems. Illustrated by Jean Cassels. Cavendish Square Publishing. 
  34. Katz, Bobbi. (2007). Trailblazers; Poems of Exploration.  Illustrated by Carin Berger. New York: Greenwillow Books.
  35. Larios, Julie. (2006). Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary.  Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  36. Latham, Irene. (2016). When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: And Other Poems about the Frozen Continent. Illustrated by Anna Wadham.  Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.
  37. Latham, Irene. (2014). Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole. Illustrated by Anna Wadham.  Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.
  38. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. (2015). National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!  Washington, DC: National Geographic.
  39. Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed.  (2012). The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Washington, DC: National Geographic.
  40. Lewis, J. Patrick. (2005). Galileo’s Universe. Illustrated by Tim Curry. Creative Editions.
  41. Lewis, J. Patrick. (2004). Scien-trickery: Riddles in Science. Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.
  42. Lin, Grace & Ranida T. McKneally (2016). Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems. Illustrated by Grave Zong. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  43. McAllister, Angela. (2018). Wild World. Illustrated by Hvass & Hannibal. Minneapolis, MN: Wide Eyed Editions.
  44. Mordhorst, Heidi. (2009). Pumpkin Butterfly; Poems from the Other Side of Nature. Illustrated by Jenny Reynish. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
  45. Rosen, Michael J. (2018). The Horse's Haiku. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  46. Rosen, Michael J. (2009).  The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems. Illustrated by Stan Fellows. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  47. Ruddell, Deborah. (2015). The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes Illustrated by Joan Rankin. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 
  48. Ruddell, Deborah. (2009). A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk. Illustrated by Joan Rankin. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 
  49. Ruddell, Deborah. (2007). Today at the Bluebird Cafe.  Illustrated by Joan Rankin. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  50. Salas, Laura Purdie. (2016). And Then There Were Eight: Poems About Space. Minneapolis, MN: Capstone Press.
  51. Salas, Laura Purdie. (2008). Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems About the Rain Forest. Minneapolis, MN: Capstone Press.
  52. Salas, Laura Purdie. (2008). Seed Sower, Hat Thrower: Poems About Weather. Minneapolis, MN: Capstone Press.
  53. Sayer, Alice Pulley. (2016). Best in Snow.  New York: Beach Lane Books.
  54. Sayer, Alice Pulley. (2016). Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. New York: Henry Holt.
  55. Sayer, Alice Pulley. (2015). Woodpecker Wham! Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. New York: Henry Holt.
  56. Scieszka, Jon. (2004). Science Verse. Illustrated by Lane Smith. New York: Viking Books for Young Readers.
  57. Sidman, Joyce. (2014). Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. Illustrated by Rick Allen. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  58. Sidman, Joyce. (2011). Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  59. Sidman, Joyce. (2010). Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. Illustrated by Rick Allen. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  60. Sidman, Joyce. (2010). Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s SurvivorsIllustrated by Beckie Prange. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  61. Sidman, Joyce. (2006). Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  62. Sidman, Joyce. (2005). Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems. Illustrated by Beckie Prange. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers.
  63. Sidman, Joyce. (2002). Eureka! Poems about Inventors. Illustrated by K. Bennet Chavez. 
  64. Singer, Marilyn. (2015). A Strange Place to Call Home: : The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home. Illustrated by Ed Young. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.
  65. Singer, Marilyn. (2003). How to Cross a Pond: Poems about Water. Illustrated by Meilo So. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  66. Singer, Marilyn. (2002), Footprints on the Roof: Poems about the Earth. Illustrated by Meilo So. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  67. Singer, Marilyn. (2001). On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weather. Illustrated by Frane Lessac. New York: HarperFestival.
  68. Spinelli, Eileen. (2004). Feathers: Poems About Birds.  Illustrated by Lisa McCue. New York: Henry Holt. 
  69. Spinelli, Eileen.(2004).  Polar Bear, Arctic Hare; Poems of the Frozen North. Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Honesdale, PA: WordSong.
  70. Vardell, Sylvia and Janet Wong. (2015). The Poetry of Science: The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science for Kids. Illustrated by Frank Ramspott & Bug Wang. Princeton, NJ: Pamelo Books.
  71. VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig. (2016). Every Day Birds. Illustrated by Dylan Metrano. New York: Orchard Books.
  72. VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig. (2013). Forest Has a Song: Poems. Illustrated by Robbin Gourley. New York: Clarion Books. 
  73. Walker, Sally M. (2018). Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up. Illustrated by William Grill. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  74. Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2007).  I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. New York: Walker Childrens.
  75. Winters, Kari-Lynn & Lori Sherritt. (2018). Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On. Illustrated by Peggy Collins. Toronto, ON: Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
  76. Wolf, Allan. (2008). The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems about Our Parts. Illustrated by Greg Clarke. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
  77. Wong, Janet. (2011) Once Upon A Tiger; New Beginnings for Endangered Animals. Illustrated by Sladjana Vasic. OnceUponATiger.com.
  78. Yolen, Jane & Heidi Stemple. (2018). Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories. Illustrated by Adam Stemple & Jason Stemple. Washington, DC:  National Geographic Children's Books.
  79. Yolen, Jane. (2017). Thunder Underground. Illustrated by Josée Masse. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
  80. Yolen, Jane. (2016). The Alligator's Smile: And Other Poems. Illustrated by Jason Stemple. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.
  81. Yolen, Jane. (2012). Bug Off! Creepy Crawly Poems.  Photographs by Jason Stemple. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
  82. Yolen, Jane. (2011). Birds of a Feather. Photographs by Jason Stemple. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
  83. Yolen, Jane.  (2005). Snow, Snow: Winter Poems for Children. Photographed by Jason Stemple. Honesdale, PA: Boyds MIlls Press. 
  84. Yolen, Jane. (2003). Least Things: Poems About Small Natures. Photographs by Jason Stemple. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.


#PoetryBreak: Dirt by Kwame Dawes

from my art journal (May 2016)

Dirt

I got one part of it. Sell them watermelons and get me another part. Get Bernice to sell that piano and I’ll have the third part.
—August Wilson
We who gave, owned nothing,
learned the value of dirt, how
a man or a woman can stand
among the unruly growth,
look far into its limits,
a place of stone and entanglements,
and suddenly understand
the meaning of a name, a deed,
a currency of personhood.
Here, where we have labored
for another man’s gain, if it is fine
to own dirt and stone, it is
fine to have a plot where
a body may be planted to rot.
We who have built only
that which others have owned
learn the ritual of trees,
the rites of fruit picked
and eaten, the pleasures
of ownership. We who
have fled with sword
at our backs know the things
they have stolen from us, and we
will walk naked and filthy
into the open field knowing
only that this piece of dirt,
this expanse of nothing,
is the earnest of our faith
in the idea of tomorrow.
We will sell our bones
for a piece of dirt,
we will build new tribes
and plant new seeds
and bury our bones in our dirt.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

#PoetryBreak: Bogland by Seamus Heaney

Fieldwork (M.A. Reilly)


As we come to the close of Poetry Month, this one feels right. 


Bogland

 - by Seamus Heaney


               For T.P. Flanagan


We have no prairies
To slice a big sun at evening--
Everywhere the eye concedes to
Encrouching horizon,

Is wooed into the cyclops' eye
Of a tarn. Our unfenced country
Is bog that keeps crusting
Between the sights of the sun.

They've taken the skeleton
Of the Great Irish Elk
Out of the peat, set it up
An astounding crate full of air.

Butter sunk under
More than a hundred years
Was recovered salty and white.
The ground itself is kind, black butter

Melting and opening underfoot,
Missing its last definition
By millions of years.
They'll never dig coal here,

Only the waterlogged trunks
Of great firs, soft as pulp.
Our pioneers keep striking
Inwards and downwards,

Every layer they strip
Seems camped on before.
The bogholes might be Atlantic seepage.
The wet centre is bottomless.

8 Recent Nonfiction Science Picture Books that Ask Questions

from The Deadliest Creature in the World. 

Guiberson, Brenda Z. (2016). The Deadliest Creature in the World. Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. New York: Henry Holt. Questions and first person responses.

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from Moon Bear

Guiberson, Brenda Z. (2016). Moon Bear. Illustrated by Ed Young. New York: Square Fish.
Questions and poetic answers.



Guiberson, Brenda Z. (2013). The Greatest Dinosaur Ever. Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. New York: Henry Holt. Questions and first person responses.
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from Fossil by Fossil

Levine, Sarah. (2018). Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones. Illustrated by T.S Spookytooth. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.
Rhetorical questions and direct address.
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from Bone by Bone
Levine, Sarah. (2016). Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons. Illustrated by T.S Spookytooth. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press.
Rhetorical questions and direct address.
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from Can an Aardvark Bark?  


Sweet, Melissa. (2017). Can an Aardvark Bark?  Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. NewYork: Beach Lane.
Question and Answer format with internal rhyme.


from If Polar Bears Disappeared

Williams, Lily. (2018 - Will be published in August). If Polar Bears Disappeared. New York: Roaring Brook Press
Poses a single question: What would happen if polar bears disappeared from the planet?


from If Sharks Disappeared

Williams, Lily. (2017). If Sharks Disappeared. New York: Roaring Brook Press
Poses a single question: What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?


Saturday, April 28, 2018

#PoetryBreak: Global Warming

Ocean III (M.A. Reilly)

Global Warming

When his ship first came to Australia,
Cook wrote, the natives
continued fishing, without looking up.
Unable, it seems, to fear what was too large to be comprehended.

Friday, April 27, 2018

#Poetry Break: Ask Me by William Stafford

Sky Breakage on 9/11 (M.A. Reilly)



Ask Me


by William Stafford
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.
I will listen to what you say. 
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.