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On this page you'll find Energy Quest staffs' "PICKS" (our recommendations) on books about energy and science. We find these books to be top notch when it comes to helping children understand scientific concepts in the world around them.

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Title: 101 Things Every Kid Should Know About Science
Author: Samantha Beres
Publisher: Lowell House Juvenile, Los Angeles, CA
ISBN: 1-56565-916-3

Description: This 96-page, inexpensive paperback has everything from chemistry to zoology is explained in this easy to understand book. Fun facts, biographies of famous scientists and hands-on experiments add to the descriptions of 101 scientific ideas and theories.

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Title: Batteries, Bulbs and Wires: Science Facts and Experiments
Author: David Glover
Publisher: Kingfisher
ISBN: 1-85697-933-4

Description: this book is geared for grades 4 to 8. It includes projects ranging from building a basic battery-connected circuit to a do-it-yourself burglar alarm, children will have fun discovering the properties and principles of electricity.

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Title: Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books: Electricity
Author: Steve Parker
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, New York, NY
ISBN: 0-78945-577-3

Description: The story of electricity from its discovery to its uses today. It covers the entire big picture of how important electricity is in our daily lives.

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Title: Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books: Energy
Author: Jack Challoner
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, New York, NY
ISBN: 1-56458-232-9

Description: Another in the DK series. It is filled with wonderful pictures about energy from the past and today. It's a wonderful book to sit down and explore and just leaf through page by page.

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Title: Everyday Science Explained
Author: Curt Suplee
Publisher: National Geographic Society
ISBN: 0-79227-194-7

Description: A 272-page paperback looks at everything from curve balls to cell phones and even things about the human body. From "Booklist": "This reader-friendly picture book takes a cleverly lighthearted and unfailingly effective approach to science by explaining such diverse phenomena as gravity, halogens, evolution, cellular structure and perception in terms of everyday life. The illustrations, drawn from every imaginable source, including old movie stills (a scene featuring Laurel and Hardy helps dramatize inclined planes), sports photography, cartoons, and aerial views as well as original diagrams and drawings, set the tone."

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Title: Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works
Author: Marshall Brain
Publisher: Hungry Minds, Inc.
ISBN: 0-76456-518-4

Description: This huge 307 page book explains just about everything. from a toaster to a jet engine, there are clear easy-to-understand pictures and explanations of how things do what they do and why. They also have a great website at:

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Title: The New Way Things Work
Author: David Macaulay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
ISBN: 0-395-93847-3

Description: A very comprehensive reference book that anyone can enjoy. This award-winning book was expanded in 1998 and has sold over a million copies. Wonderful drawings and text cover the workings of hundreds of machines.

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Title: Pass the Energy, Please! (Sharing Nature With Children Book)
Author: Barbara Shaw McKinney
Publisher: Dawn Publications
ISBN: 1-58469-002-X

Description: Each of nature's creatures "passes the energy" in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story by poet Barbara McKinney, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players. All beings on Earth - from the anchovy to the zooplankton - depend upon the green plant, which is the hero of the story. Barbara McKinney's special talent shines again for being able to present the science curriculum so concisely, creatively, and cleverly.

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Title: Scientific American How Things Work Today
Editors: Michael Wright and Mukul Patel
Publisher: Scientific American
ISBN: 0-37541-023-6

Description: In this book, you'll find more than 100 topics explored in easy-to-understand text and made absolutely clear with the aid of more than 600 fully annotated, three-dimensional illustrations and color photographs. It's written in the Scientific American magazine style, which is straight, matter of fact, and has lots of details.

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Title: Stop Faking It! ENERGY
(Part of "Stop Faking It! - Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It" series by National Science Teachers Association)
Author: William C. Robertson
Publisher: NSTA Press, Arlington, VA
ISBN: 0-87355-214-8

Description: A super book for teachers that explains what you NEED to know about the science of energy. Each chapter ends with a summary and explains real-world examples of the concepts. Also some excellent hands-on experiments using household objects.

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Title: What to Do When Your Mom or Dad Says...'Turn Off the Water & Lights!'
(Part of "The Survival Series for Kids")
Author: Joy Wilt Berry
Publisher: Word, Inc., Waco, TX
ISBN: 0-941510-23-9

Description: A wonderful book for kids published in 1984, it is now out of print. If you can find a used copy, usually for $2.00 to $5.00, you should consider adding it to your library. This books explains in simple to understand words, with wonderful drawing by "Batholomew," the hows and whys of energy and water conservation.

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