Ice Queen: Exploring Icebergs and Glaciers

Ice Queen

Title: Ice Queen

Author: Anna Prokos

Illustrator:  Jamie Meckel Tablason


Join Nora, a girl who loves cold things, as she imagines herself in Antarctica walking on glaciers, watching icebergs split, and enjoying penguins!  Another great book in the Imagine That! series, Ice Queen takes readers on an exploration of the coldest place on Earth.  Readers will delight in a fun fictional story that includes facts, key words, and further explanations on frosty topics like ice shelves, classification of icebergs, and the difference between a glacier and an iceberg.  A related books section and suggested web sites for further discovering is included at the end of the book.

Curriculum Connections:

Earth science- climate


Life science- habitats

No Bones About It! Discovering Dinosaurs

No Bones About it

Title:  No Bones About It!  Discovering Dinosaurs

Author: Anna Prokos

Illustrator:  Gideon Kendall


Go on an exciting journey into the land of dinosaurs!  Follow the main character Lee, as he finds himself in the middle of a lush forest filled with dinosaurs.  Along the way, readers will learn facts about dinosaurs and find out why dinosaur fossils are found all over the world-even on mountaintops! No Bones About It!  is part of the Imagine That series of informational texts paired with fictional stories that are perfect for meeting reading standards for 2nd and 3rd grade.  Other titles in the series explore backyard habitats, volcanoes, the solar system, and glaciers.

Curriculum Connections:

Life science


Geology and geological history

Understanding and comparing literature and informational texts

Experiments with Heating and Cooling

Experiments with heating and cooling

Title:  Experiments with Heating and Cooling

Author: Isabel Thomas


A fabulous book in the engaging Read and Experiment series, Experiments with Heating and Cooling will have children exploring the world as scientists.  Each book starts out with an explanation of why we experiment.  Children learn that in order to answer questions and solve problems, scientists carefully plan experiments.  Then, they use all of their senses to observe results and work out what those results mean.  The book gives step-by-step detailed instructions with illustrations for children to try four different experiments.  At the end of the experiment, conclusions and explanations are made, and a connection to the next experiment is introduced. When children finish the four experiments in the book, they are encouraged to plan their next experiment by posing a question they want to answer like, “Does a material weigh the same after it changes state?”  A glossary, related books, and a Fact Hound web search code is also included to expand understanding and continue exploration.

Curriculum Connections:

Scientific inquiry

Physical science- states of matter

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella

Title: Interstellar Cinderella

Author: Deborah Underwood

Illustrator:  Meg Hunt


A twist on a fairy tale classic! Cinderella repairs ships, but accidentally leaves her toolbox on the ship that her stepmom takes to the space parade. Her fairy godrobot appears with new tools, and Cinderella is able to fix her own rocket to take to the parade. The prince’s ship arrives, but breaks down during the parade. Cinderella fixes the ship and attends the ball with the prince. When it nears midnight, Cinderella flies away leaving just a socket wrench behind. The prince searches for the girl who can fix his ship and finds Cinderella. He asks her to be his bride, but instead she becomes his chief mechanic!

Curriculum Connections:

Rhyming text

Folklore retelling

Figurative language


Make it Change!

Make it Change cover

Title:  Make it Change!

Author: Anna Claybourne

Illustrator:  Kimberley Scott and Venetia Dean


Have you ever observed food change and turn moldy? If you like to experiment with making things change, then this book if for you!  Learn to make your own butter from cream, and then find out why the change happens.  Put on your science goggles and turn a penny green, explode a volcano, or tie a chicken bone in a knot!  Make it Change fully illustrates and explains how to conduct thirteen science experiments, explains what makes them happen, and suggests extensions for each experiment.  A glossary defines important words at the end of the book, and a page with suggestions for further reading and website exploration is also included.  Other titles in the series are Make it Boom!  Make it Zoom!  Make it Glow! Make it Grow! and Make it Splash!

Curriculum Connections:

Physical science

Properties of matter

Heating and cooling experiments

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

A Fine Dessert

Title:  A Fine Dessert:  Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

Author: Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall


Follow four different families throughout four different centuries making the same wonderful dessert.  With the holiday season approaching, it is a great time to share this sweet story with those you love.  A girl and her mother picked blackberries three hundred years ago.  The mother milked a cow and skimmed the cream off, whipping it with a bundle of twigs. After drawing water from a well, washing the berries and squashing them, they chill the mixture in the hillside that is packed with winter ice.  What are they making?  How do the tools and the process of making this special treat change throughout time?  Read A Fine Dessert, and find out.  Make your own dessert with the recipe included in the story.

Curriculum Connections:

History- comparing the past to the present


Cooking and following recipe directions

Sun Up, Sun Down

Sun Up Sun Down

Title: Sun Up, Sun Down

Author: Gail Gibbons


In this simple informational picture book, we follow the experiences of a little girl throughout the day as she notices the Sun.  She shares how she sees the Sun make shadows and patterns on her bedroom floor in the morning.  She tells about how her dad taught her that the Sun helps plants grow. Told from the perspective of a little girl, this book engages even the youngest of listeners to learn more about our closest star, and its impact on Earth.

Curriculum Connections:

The Sun and the solar system




Huff and Puff

Huff and Puff

Title: Huff and Puff

Author: Claudia Rueda


You know the story of the three little pigs, and surely your kids or students do too.  But, what about sharing a book with them where they can be the big bad wolf?  Rueda’s twist on the classic story of the three little pigs makes the book fun and interactive.  The surprise ending is also a refreshing spin on this often shared tale of the building piggies. Use the book as an introduction to folktales and fables, or to begin an engineering challenge.  Short, sweet, and fun, this book takes the cake!  (Hint, hint)

Curriculum Connections:

Folktales, fairytales, and fables

Science and engineering


1 Big Salad

1 Big Salad

Title:  1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

Author: Juana Medina


What do you get when you put together some romaine dogs, pepper monkeys, and other food friends?  1 Big Salad may seem like a simple counting book, but it’s really a recipe for the most delightful mixture ever!  Readers will never look at salad ingredients the same again after seeing the five tomato turtles and six cucumber alligators Ms. Medina so cleverly crafts by adding pen lines to actual vegetable photos.  Use the book as a recipe to make a treat to share with friends and family, or as an introduction to mixtures, a second grade academic standard. Any way you slice this salad, it’s sure to be a hit!

Curriculum Connections:

Numbers and counting



The Turnip

The Turnip

Title:  The Turnip

Author: Jan Brett


A sweet, classic story from Jan Brett, The Turnip is a tale of a giant turnip growing in a vegetable garden and the friends who try to pull it up.  Badger girl would love to make some turnip soup out of the giant turnip, and Mother Badger would love to make yummy turnip pancakes browned in butter.  One by one the badger family lines up to tug on the turnip.  As it begins to snow and the ground begins to harden, everyone worries that the turnip will be stuck in the ground, and their dreams of a yummy turnip treat will be no more.  Other friends come by and try to help, but they can’t get it to budge.  The last friend to come and attempt to pull it out is rooster.  He is very confident about being able to free the huge root vegetable.  Can he do it?

Curriculum Connections: