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Number Properties, Pairs, Dozens, Odd/Even, Natural Groups, Zero and Negative Numbers

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3 Pandas Planting: Counting Down to Help the Earthby Megan Halsey

Albert Einstein : Young Thinker (Childhood Of Famous Americans)

Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick (author of Archimedes and the Door to Science)

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Apple Fractions F Jerry Pallotta, better than average book on fractions

Archimedes and the Door of Science F Bendick, Jeanne/Berquist 1962 Math History. A Classic.

Ask Albert Einstein by Lynne Barasch, really nice book

Benjamin Franklin: Genius Inventor and Electricity Pioneer (Giants of Science

Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians (ages 10 – 14) by Ann Kajander

Cartoon Guide to Physics

Charles Babbage: And the Engines of Perfection (Biography)

Cheetah Math: Learning About Division from Baby Cheetahs

Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee

City Math: Look Both Ways Time Life I Love Math Series 1992 Math in Life

Clocks and More Clocks

DaWild, DaCrazy, DaVinci - Easy Time Warp Trio chapter book by Jon Scieszka, author of Math Curse

Dead Famous, Sir Isaac Newton by Kjartan Poskitt (author of Murderous Maths, irreverent in tone)

Digging for Dinosaurs (Math Adventures)

Extreme Math - Math situations and Activities based on “extreme” sports

Famous Experiments You Can Do (Experimental Science Series) by Gardner, Robert

Five Equations That Changed the World z by Guillen, Michael (told in story-like text) accessible to upper middle school / HS, I really liked this one

Galileo Galilei, Inventor, Astronomer & Rebel by Michael White. "Giants of Science" are written for the 9 to 12 y/old age range.

Galileo Galilei: First Physicist James MacLauchlan (Oxford Portraits in Science)

Giants of Science, "Nicolaus Copernicus, Father of Modern Astronomy" by Scott Ingram – deeper biographical source

Girls Think of Everything, Stories of Ingenious inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh

Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz by Patricia Murphy

Great Moments in Science by Kendall Haven

Historical Connections in Mathematics Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Wilbert Reimer and Luetta Reimer, published by AIMS Education

How Do You Lift A Lion? Robert E. Wells, simple machines picture book, science and math

How Far is Far? by Alvin Tresselt, very nice book for younger children, out of print

How Tall, How Short, How Faraway, David Adler

How to Take a Penalty: The Hidden Mathematics of Sport

I Love Math Series: Play Ball - Sports Math - Sports theme, many math concepts explored in one book.

I Love Math: The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math

I Love Math: Right In Your Backyard, Nature Math Time Life series

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing Ever? zRobert Wells, Excellent intro to comparative sizes and *why* we have large numbers

Isaac Newton and His Apple (Dead Famous Series, a fairly hefty and enjoyable bio)

Isaac Newton and His Apple (Dead Famous Series, a fairly hefty and enjoyable bio) The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton McPherson, Joyce/Crisp, Tad1997 Biography, Christian perspective. You may get it faster at

Isaac Newton: Discovering Laws That Govern the Universe (Giants of Science) by Michael White

Johannes Kepler: Discovering the Laws of Planetary Motion (Great Minds of...

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner – Christian viewpoint

Kingdom of the Sun by Jacqueline Mitton – there is a series very beautiful picture books on astronomy by this author, try also Zoo in the Sky, A Book of Animal Constellations, and Once Upon a Starry Night, A book of Constellations

Leonardo and the Flying Boy, by Laurence Anholt

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids : His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Life By the Numbers zz Devlin, Kevin   1998   Math in Life

Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China (Dragon Bks)

Math for Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns – this one is for approximately 4rd grade on up. TONS of different math ideas in this.

Math Wizardry for Kids by Margaret Kenda and Phyllis S. Williams

Mathematics (The World of Science) F Irene Fekete 1984 Very readable math history, oversize, great pics

Mathematics F by Irving Adler, nice tie in to basic programming, clean, uncluttered book

Mr. Archimedes' Bath by Allen, Pamela

Next Stop Neptune, Experiencing the Solar System by Alvin Jenkins

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet by Dennis B. Fradin

Odd Boy Out : Young Albert Einstein (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))

Panda Math : Learning About Subtraction from Hua Mei and Mei Sheng

Real Life Math Mysteries by Mary Ford Washington – series of real life math problems in a variety of occupations

Science in Action (The World of Numbers) by Sue Lyon

Science Magic Tricks

Science of the Past this is a series of books that feature math as well as science history. Some are better than others, but all have value. Titles include: Ancient RomeAncient GreeceAncient China   Egypt   Mesopatamia   Early Islamic Culture 

Sea Clocks: The Story Of Longitude by Louise Borden, really nice book, middle to upper elementary level

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards))

The Einstein Paradox: And Other Science Mysteries Solved By Sherlock Holmes

The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places

The Joy of Mathematics F Pappas, Theoni 1989 Math in nature/science/art,music,history,literature - classic

The Kid Who Named Pluto: And the Stories of Other Extraordinary Young People in Science by Marc McCutcheon

The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

The Man Who Made Time Travel (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for

The Number Devil F Enzensberger, Hans Magnus/Berner, Rotraut Susanne1997 Multi-concepts, cute illustrations. Fun classic, very wide appeal, can be read aloud to even very young kids

The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS: Solving Crime with Mathematics

The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics z by Wells, Entertaining book of anecdotes about scientists and mathematicians

The Planiverse z Dewdney, A.K.   1984Computer contact with a 2D world (modern version of Flatland)  computer sci/fi theme, for upper middle school on up sci fi theme

The Search for the Mystery Planet Space Math, I Love Math Series, Math and astronomy topics

The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls by Catherine Thimmesh

The Story of Science Book 1: Archimedes by Joy Hakim

The Story of Science, Book Two: Newton at the Center and The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

The Ten Things All Future Mathematiciansproblem sets included and Scientists Must Know But Are Rarely Taught (great resource book) by Ed Zaccaro -

The Warlord's Alarm by Virginia Walton Pilegard (water clocks)

This Book Is About Time (A Brown Paper School Book) by Burns, Marilyn; Weston

Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger F by Ann Whitehead Nagda, Nice book!

Turning Point Inventions Clock (Turning Point Inventions) [Hardcover] by Duffy and other Turning Point Inventions: The Lightbulb (Turning Point Inventions) by Wallace

Uh – Oh, Leonardo! Adventures of Providence Traveler by Robert Sabuda

Using Math on a Space Mission (Mathworks!)

Warlord's Fish

What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? By Robert E. Wells, living science book as well

What's Older Than A Giant Turtle? Robert Wells

What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew F By Robert E. Wells, living science book as well

Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar)

Women at the Edge of Discovery : 40 True Science Adventures

Wooden Books: Essential Elements: Atoms, Quarks, and the Periodic Table, Tweed, Matt Atoms, Quarks, and the Periodic Table

Wooden Books: Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae, by Matthew Watkins

Zookeeper for a Day (Math Adventures)