Kids

This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders in an entirely captivating way. If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them.

People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and class our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it. 

Simple text and color illustrations introduce young readers to proper etiquette, depicting various settings in which children often find themselves, and highlighting appropriate behaviors in these settings.

The truth about poop by Susan E. Goodman

A compendium of fascinating, weird, and gross facts about excrement.

Use these resources as inspiration to get outside, observe your own backyard, and complete challenges this summer.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of honeybees.

Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith

An exploration of the different ways seeds are dispersed into the environment.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of ladybugs.

 

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How does Raccoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course! But shhh! It's a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here. You didn't already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh...

Ever wonder how to handle a Hot Potato? or make a Fruit Salad?? Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Greg will have your child singing, laughing and grooving. Sing along to funny tunes about numbers, food and favorite animal friends. Also along for the yummy fun is Dorothy, Wags, Henry and Captain Feathersword. Get ready to Wiggle!.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa...oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble. The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack. This title has Read-Along subtitles.

Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Offers an illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, from her early creative fascination with mathematics and science and her devastating bout with measles, to the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine.

For kids or grown-ups who geek out about monsters and mythical creatures.

Monster trouble! by Lane Fredrickson

Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.

If I had a gryphon by Vikki VanSickle

A story about the perils of mythological pet ownership finds Sam, initially unimpressed by her humble pet hamster, considering an array of exciting, fantastical pets that would ultimately prove to be rather troublesome.

Julie welcomes all lost and homeless creatures into her house, whether they be cats or trolls, ghosts or dragons, but soon realizes that each must have a chore in order for the arrangement to work.

 

To earn eLectrified badges, follow the links to various media formats of each title, or read the print book to earn your bookworm badges. In the list of people below you will find that all of them have made history, but some are animal lovers, others creative types, and some explore the great outdoors.

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Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.

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Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
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A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.

Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold decides to take a walk in the moonlight, but first he must create a moon with his purple crayon..

Despite the admonitions of his friends, a straight line enjoys expressing himself by twirling in whirls, pointing his joints, and creeping in heaps.

Lines that wiggle by Candace Whitman

A variety of monsters and other creatures demonstrate some of the different things that lines can do, from curve and curl to zig-zag.

Andrew drew and drew by Barney Saltzberg

Andrew's creative adventure unfolds step-by-step through a sequence of flaps and gatefolds that follow his drawings as they evolve in unexpected ways, from a staircase that becomes a dinosaur to a squiggle that morphs into a giant chicken.

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Frankie liked to sing by John Seven

Introduces the story of Jelly Roll Morton, who overcame poverty and family strife to succeed in performing music, eventually crafting the style of music known as jazz.

Celebrates the 1936 debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in Chicago, considered to be the first widely seen integrated jazz performance.

Picture Books

A collection of poems that explore the life of Louis Fuertes and his sense of wonder when he painted living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Beatrix Potter by Margaret Speaker-Yuan

Traces the life of Harriet Powers, who was born a slave in Georgia but spent the years after the Civil War providing for her family by creating elaborate pictorial quilts, earning her recognition as an African-American folk artist.

 

In the midst of the 2016 presidential contest, learn more about the U.S. government, presidents, and candidates.

Introduces ten United States presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and JFK.

U.S. Presidents by Ken Jennings

A trivia book combines engaging facts about the American presidents with illustrations and skill-reinforcing quizzes.

What are elections? by Bobi Martin

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