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Ice and Water

A Drop Of Water
Walter Wick, Scholastic Press, 1997, ISBN: 0590221973
Wick shows the world of water to children ages 4-8 using photographs of water in various states. A description of each image and what is happening is provided. Also included are instructions for children to make observations and do experiments at home.

Water and Ice
Melinda Lilly, Rourke Publishing, 2006, ISBN: 159515406X
This book will inspire enthusiasm in children ages 4-8 for the wonder of science. Children will learn about water and ice and have the opportunity to undertake hands-on activities.

The Snowflake : A Water Cycle Story
Neil Waldman, Millbrook Press, 2003, ISBN: 0761323473
Children ages 4–8 discover the water cycle by following the path of a single drop of water throughout the year. The water drop starts and ends its journey as a snowflake with lots of changes in between.

A Drop of Water
Gordon Morrison, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2006, ISBN: 0618585575
Morrison takes children ages 4–8 on a journey as he imagines what happens to a drop of water as it goes through the water cycle. Wonderful images and details are included in this book.

Emily Neye, Grosset & Dunlap, 2002, ISBN: 0448428474
This is a great introductory book to water and its forms for children ages 4-8. The text is large print and easy-to-ready and accompanied by wonderful illustrations.

Explore Water!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments
Anita Yasuda, Nomad Press, 2011, ISBN 1936313421
Children ages 7–9 can use this guide to undertake activities and projects about water. Fun facts and text discuss topics such as states of matter, glaciers, salt and fresh water, pollution, and more!

Ice on Earth

Sandy Sepehri, Rourke Publishing, 2008, ISBN 1600445446
Children ages 4–8 will enjoy this exploration of what glaciers are and where they are found.

Icebergs, Ice Caps, and Glaciers
Allan Fowler, Children's Press, 1998, ISBN 0516262572
Fowler explores diverse topics including ice on our Earth in this book for children ages 4–8.

Glaciers and Ice Caps
Martyn Bramwell, Franklin Watts, 1994, ISBN 0531143023
Investigate the formation, movement, and location of glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets, and how they sculpt the Earth in this book for ages 9–12.

Larry Dane Brimner, Children's Press, 2000, ISBN 0516271911
Brimner explores what glaciers are, how they are formed and how they move and shape the Earth for children ages 9–12.

Margaret W. Carruthers, Children's Press, 2005, ISBN: 0531122859
Children ages 9-12 will enjoy reading this book to learn about glaciers on our Earth.

Glaciers (Science Matters Water Science)
Christine Webster, Weigl Publishers, 2005, ISBN: 1590363035
Children ages 9–12 explore how glaciers form and where they exist.

Roy A. Gallant, Franklin Watts, 1999, ISBN: 0531203905
This introduction to glaciers, for children ages 9–12, explores how glaciers form, move, and shape the Earth, and what scientists are learning from glaciers about past climates on Earth.

Sally M. Walker, Lerner Publications, 2007, ISBN: 0822567377
What glaciers are, where they exist, how they form and move, how they sculpt Earth's surface, and how they influence life, for children ages 9–12.

Earth's Poles

Living in the Arctic (Rookie Read-About Geography)
Allan Fowler, Children's Press (CT), 2000, ISBN 0516270842
Living in the Arctic provides children ages 4–8 with great information about the Arctic such as who and what lives there. The pictures that accompany the text are excellent.

Welcome to the Ice House
Jane Yolen, Putnam Juvenile, 1998, ISBN: 0399230114
Yolen explores the Arctic landscape and ocean and its inhabitants in this beautifully illustrated book for 4–8 year olds.

Antarctic Ice
Jim Mastro, Henry Holt and Company, 2003, ISBN: 0805065172
Stunningly illustrated with underwater photographs, this book introduces children, ages 4–8, to the Antarctic sea ice and ocean inhabitants.

White Bear, Ice Bear
Joanne Ryder, Mulberry Books, 1994, ISBN: 0688131115
In this scientifically accurate an beautifully illustrated book for children ages 5–8, a young boy is transformed into a polar bear and learns about the Arctic environment.

Islands of Ice: The Story of a Harp Seal
Kathleen M. Hollenbeck, Soundprints, 2001 ISBN: 1568999658
Children ages 4–8 will be enamored this story of a seal pup as they learn about its life and home. A read-along cassette accompanies the book.

Ice Bear: Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear
Nicola Davies, Candlewick, 2008, ISBN: 0763641499
Beautifully illustrated and worded, children ages 4–8 will be enthralled by the story of the polar bear in its frozen arctic environment.

Animal Faces on Snow and Ice
Hannah Kate Sackett, Peter Bedrick, 2002, ISBN: 1577684184
Sackett explores how animal faces are uniquely designed to help them survive in their icy habitats in this unique book for children ages 4–8.

Explore Antarctica (Explore the Continents)
Bobbie Kalman and Rebecca Sjonger, Crabtree Children's Books, 2007, ISBN 0778730859
Children ages 4–8 will discover the wonders of Antarctica from its geography to the plants and animals that make Antarctica home.

Polar Lands (Kingfisher Young Knowledge)
Margaret Hyne, Kingfisher, 2005, ISBN 0753458683
Children, ages 4–8, meet researchers investigating the north and south poles and learn about the geography, environment, and animals of Earth's polar realms. The book explores the delicate ecosystems and the importance of conserving these environments.

Antarctic Adventure: Exploring the Frozen South (DK Eyewitness Readers)
Meredith Hooper, Tandem Library, 2001, ISBN 0613322789
Children ages 6–12 accompany Hooper as she travels the Antarctic. A rich vocabulary accompanies the beautiful photographs.

Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World (Hardcover)
Jennifer Owings Dewey, HarperCollins, 2000, ISBN: 0060285869
A delightful recount of an author's adventure at a research station in Antarctica. Dewey shares her experiences of living in this remote location, intermixed with an exploration of the animals and environment of Antarctica.

The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World
Andrew Revkin, Kingfisher, 2006, ISBN 0753459930
Travel with reporter Revkin as the journeys to the North Pole with scientists studying climate changes. Children ages 9–12 will receive an introduction to the work of climatologists and oceanographers. Also introduced are the effects of climate change.

Arctic and Antarctic (Eyewitness Books)
Barbara Taylor, DK Children, 2000, ISBN 0789458500
Populated with numerous photographs, this book examines the north and south pole regions — climate, plants, animals, cultures, and exploration — in an engaging beautifully illustrated manner for children ages 9–12.

Antarctica (Exploring Continents)
Tristan Boyer Binns, Heinemann Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1403482500
Children ages 9–12 have their questions answered regarding several topics related to Antarctica. Also included are a suite of maps.

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal
Sophie Webb, Sandpiper, 2004, ISBN: 0618432345
Biologist and artist Webb shares her two month Antarctic adventure through her journal, capturing her research of penguins, the environment of Antarctica, and her personal experience.

The Secrets of the Polar Regions: Life on Icebergs and Glaciers at the Poles and Around the World
Barbara Wilson, London Town Press, 2008, ISBN: 0979975905
Children ages 9–12 will enjoy this exploration of the geology, environment, and ecosystems of the north and south polar regions. Wilson also shares implications of global warming on these delicate systems.

Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Houghton Mifflin, 2001, ISBN: 0395915244
Kimmel shares the exciting and inspirational survival story of the 1914 Antarctic expedition with children ages 9–12. Trapped on sea ice after their ship became held fast by sea ice and eventually sank, the crew faced numerous challenges over grueling months before all were rescued by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Poles Apart: Why Penguins and Polar Bears Will Never Be Neighbors
Elaine Scott, Viking Juvenile, 2004, ISBN 0670059250
Poles Apart shares the challenges of polar exploration and examines ongoing scientific research, while helping children ages 10-13 learn about the environment and organisms found in Earth's polar regions.

Summer Ice: Life Along the Antarctic Peninsula
Bruce McMillan, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 1995, ISBN 0395665612
Discover Antarctica and its inhabitants through beautiful images and their accompanying text. This is appropriate for ages 11 and up.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
Jennifer Armstrong, Random House USA Children's Books, 1999, ISBN: 0517800136
Written for older children, ages 12–14, this riveting non-fiction book presents the story of the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica, and their ability to survive being trapped on ice.

Our Changing Planet and Poles

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
Lynne Cherry, Dawn Publications, 2008, ISBN 1584691034
Cherry shares with children 8–12 what global warming is all about and how it is evidenced by the little things around them such as butterflies. Children will learn what scientists have discovered about global warming and how children can make a difference.

What If the Polar Ice Caps Melted?
Katherine Friedman, Franklin Watts, 2002, ISBN 0516234773
This book offers children ages 8–12 an introduction to the Earth's changing atmosphere and environmental problems related to that change. Children learn about the hole in the ozone layer and ways to help improve our fragile ecosystem.

Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming
Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, Orchard Books, 2007, ISBN 0439024943
This book contains great information about global warming, its effect on the Earth and how children ages 9–12 (and adults!) can help to make the Earth a cleaner place.

Who Says Kids Can't Fight Global Warming
Patrick GB Harrison, Pats Top Products, 2007, ISBN 1605300403
Children ages 9–12 share in an experience the author had during his childhood. They discover that they too can make a difference in the fight against global warming.

Weird Weather: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change But Probably Should Find Out
Kate Evans, Groundwood Books, 2007, ISBN 0888998384
Children discover the science behind global warming as well as the changes in the Earth over time. The author shares what is and is not being done to stop global warming. Though a serious topic, the information is presented with a comedic tone for children ages 9–13.

National Geographic Investigates: Extreme Weather: Science Tackles Global Warming and Climate Change
Kathleen Simpson, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008, ISBN 1426302819
National Geographic provides children ages 10–13 with a closer look into forecasting extreme weather and the use of modern technology such as satellites and supercomputers.

Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth: For Earthlings Ages 12 to 120
Art Sussman Ph.D., West Ed, 2000, ISBN 189013273X
Children ages 12 and up discover what makes the world work and the effect of an unbalance in nature.

Ice on Other Planets

What the Moon is Like
Franklyn M. Branley, HarperTrophy, 2000, ISBN 0064451852
The lunar environment — including the possibility of water on the Moon — is explored for children ages 4-8. Hands-on activities allow the children to learn more about cratering and other lunar features.

Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog
Jeffrey Bennett, Big Kid Science, 2003, ISBN 0972181903
In this engaging read for children ages 4 to 8 Max the dog and his human buddy explore the Moon and what it takes to build a Moon colony. A hands-on activity family activity is included.

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier
Marianne J. Dyson, National Geographic Children's Books, 2003, ISBN 0792271939
Readers ages 9 to 11 will learn about the lunar environment, history, and resources as they imagine a future human colony. What should colonists take? What will they do? Where will they live? Activities engage children further.

Darlene R. Stille. Child's World. 2003. ISBN: 1592960502
Mars simply introduces the planet Mars, its size, location, climate, characteristics, and satellites. This is a great beginners book for ages 4–8.

Mission to Mars
Franklyn M. Branley. HarperTrophy. 2002. ISBN: 0064452336
Children ages 4 to 8 will enjoy this exploration of what it would be like to live on Mars, from the challenges of the environment to the practicalities of supporting a colony. Imaginations are invited!

Mars (DK Eyewitness Books)
DK Publishing. 2004. ISBN: 0756607655
Children ages 9–12 learn about the Red Planet, from its importance in early cultures, to past, present, and future exploration.

Exploring Mars
David Ward. Lerner Publications. 2006. ISBN: 0822559366
Children ages 9–12 will learn all about Mars with this exciting book. The topics include an introduction to Mars and it's moons, past missions to Mars, future missions to Mars, the possibility of water on Mars and the possibility of people living on Mars! It also includes additional reading suggestions and websites.

Mars: The Mystery Unfolds
Peter John Cattermole. Oxford University Press, USA. 2001. ISBN: 0195217268
Scientific evidence from Mars indicates a very different planet from the one we know today. Rather than a cold, dry planet, Mars-of-the-past had rivers, lakes, glaciers, and huge active volcanoes. Children ages 9–12 will enjoy learning about Mars and its history — including the history of exploration.

Steven L. Kipp. Capstone Press. 2006. ISBN: 073688887X
NASA photographs help readers, ages 9–12, see the beauty of each planet and Sun. Solar System diagrams help readers visualize the planet's place in space. Kipp examines surface features, atmosphere, exploration, and other aspects of the planet Mars.

Samantha Bonar, Franklin Watts, 1998, ISBN 0531159078
Young astronomers ages 9–12 will enjoy this book which discusses comets and their ancient status. Lots of photographs are provided as well as a book and web list.

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
Douglas Florian, Harcourt Children's Books, 2007, ISBN 0152053727
Discover the universe through poetry. Each poem is about a different object in our universe. The author offers "A Galactic Glossary" with a paragraph at the top of each poem. Also included is a list of books and websites. This is a great book for young readers.

Comets and Asteroids: Ice and Rocks in Space
Michael D. Cole, Enslow Publishers, 2003, ISBN 0766019543
This book explores what comets and asteroids are, how scientists have studied them throughout history, and the effects of space debris on the Earth when it enters our atmosphere. Appropriate for ages 9–12.

Last updated
August 8, 2013


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