The Space Adventurer’s Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe

By Peter McMahon. It’s not just astronauts who get to travel into space anymore. Forward-thinking entrepreneurs have now made space flight a reality for adventure-seekers of all kinds. And just in time, here’s a travel guide for kids to plan their own out-of-this-world journeys. Eight potential space vacations are described, one per chapter, complete with information about pre-trip preparations (like training to withstand extreme g-forces), accommodations and dining (hot dogs in zero gravity, anyone?), awesome activities (how about a real moon walk?) and so much more. The trips range from orbiting Earth (available now), to voyaging through Saturn’s rings, which may be possible within the next few decades. Featuring the coolest things to see and do in the universe, these space vacations are not to be missed! Award-winning science journalist Peter McMahon has come up with an intriguing concept sure to pique a young reader’s interest in all things outer space. Based on the latest science and featuring first-person accounts from experts in the field, this book is chock-full of opportunities for science and technology lessons. With kid-sized bursts of text (including loads of amazing, and sometimes icky, facts), fascinating photographs of everyday life on actual space flights, as well as fun-filled illustrations from Josh Holinaty, this hugely appealing book is also one that children will gladly pick up on their own — and devour. A glossary and index are included.

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Lost in the Jungle

By Bill Nye and Gregory Mone. When famed inventor Hank Witherspoon goes missing, Jack and his brilliant siblings discover clues in the inventor’s ransacked office and travel deep into the Amazon jungle, where they must overcome a series of dangerous obstacles to save their friend and protect his promising innovation.

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Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

By David Attenborough.

“In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime–to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo’s collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest. This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia, and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team contended with cannibal fish, aggressive treeporcupines, and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. Written with his trademark wit and charm, Adventures of a Young Naturalist is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world and taught us the importance of protecting it–and who is still doing so today”–

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

By Kirk Wallace Johnson. Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author’s years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.

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I Love the Earth

By Todd Parr.

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, bestselling author Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this board book.

This adaptation of The Earth Book includes child friendly reasons to love our planet–from appreciating a beautiful tree to taking care of animals all around the world. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

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The Meaning of Birds

By Simon Barnes. An illustrated examination of the lives of birds looks at how they achieve the miracle of flight, why they sing, what they tell us about the seasons of the year, the uses of feathers, and what the migration of birds can tell us about climate change.

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Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe

By Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke. In a book featuring full-color illustrations and infographics throughout, the authors take readers on an expansive journey to the limits of size, mass, distance time and temperature in our universe.

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Rocket

By Mike Vago.

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Reactions

By Theodore Gray. In a follow-up to The Elements and Molecules, a internationally best-selling author and app creator demonstrates how the focus of his first two books combine to create chemical reactions including combustion, photosynthesis, respiration and oxidation.

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Leonardo Da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson. Draws on da Vinci’s notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master’s art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci’s genius was based on ordinary qualities, including curiosity and imagination.

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