Nourish your curiosity with books about science, discovery, and a couple of real mad scientists.

  • Oh no! (or, How my science project destroyed the world)
    Barnett, Mac

    After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.

  • Oh no! Not again! (Or how I built a time machine to save history) (or at least my history grade)
    Barnett, Mac

    When she does not get a perfect score on her history test, a young girl builds a time machine to remedy the situation.

  • Ada Twist, scientist
    Beaty, Andrea

    Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

  • Rosie Revere, engineer
    Beaty, Andrea

    A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

  • Iggy Peck, architect
    Beaty, Andrea

    Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

  • How many seeds in a pumpkin?
    McNamara, Margaret

    Charlie, the smallest child in his first grade class, is amazed to discover that of the three pumpkins his teacher brings to school, the tiniest one has the most seeds.

  • How tall, how short, how far away
    Adler, David A.

    Introduces several measuring systems such as the Egyptian system, the inch-pound system, and the metric system.

  • The experiments of Doctor Vermin
    Egan, Tim

    Sheldon, a pig who works as a short-order cook, encounters a mad scientist one stormy Halloween night and must face all of his biggest fears.

  • The Magic School Bus and the science fair expedition
    Cole, Joanna

    Ms. Frizzle takes the gang on a tour through the history of science so they can get ideas for their science expedition.

  • What do you do with an idea?
    Yamada, Kobi

    A boy has an idea which makes him uncomfortable at first but he discovers it is magical and that, no matter what other people say, he should give it his attention.

  • The most magnificent thing
    Spires, Ashley

    A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

  • What floats in a moat?
    Berry, Lynne

    While trying to cross a moat, Archimedes the Goat and Skinny the Hen learn why objects sink or float.

  • 11 experiments that failed
    Offil, Jenny

    Teaches readers how to conduct science experiments through step-by-step instructions for eleven failed inquiries designed to test such hypotheses as whether it is possible to wash dishes in a washing machine, and if it is possible to live through the winter eating nothing but ketchup-covered snowballs.

  • Hazel Nutt, mad scientist
    Elliott, David

    When the mad scientist Dr. Hazel Nutt begins creating monsters again, the angry villagers of Hamburg-with-Ketchup storm her laboratory but are in for a pleasant surprise.

  • The dinosaur disaster
    McElligott, Matthew

    Dr. Cosmic's class of clever monsters at the Mad Scientist Academy solve the greatest challenges in science, in this perfect blend of adventure and exploration.

  • The weather disaster
    McElligott, Matthew

    In the second book of the series, Dr. Cosmic's class of clever monsters must face down blizzards, thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes, in this perfect blend of adventure and exploration

  • The space disaster
    McElligott, Matthew

    When Dr. Cosmic's class meets Commander Nova, the school astronomer, they know their next lesson will be out of this world! With the help of Dr. Cosmic's latest invention--a planetarium--the class mu st complete four challenges. Each time the planetarium shifts and the atmosphere changes, the students find themselves floating from planet to planet. They put their new magnetic antigravity belts and trusted handbooks to the test to figure out where in the solar system Dr. Cosmic's invention has 'sent' them--and how to land safely back on Earth.

  • Me... Jane
    McDonnell, Patrick

    Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

  • Odd boy out: Young Albert Einstein
    Brown, Don

    When he was born, Albert was a peculiar, fat baby with an unusually big and misshaped head. When he was older, he hit his sister, bothered his teachers, and didn’t have many friends. But in the midst of all of this, Albert was fascinated with solving puzzles and fixing scientific problems. The ideas Albert Einstein came up with during his childhood as an odd boy out were destined to change the way we know and understand the world around us . . .

  • The boy who invented TV: The story of Philo Farnsworth
    Krull, Kathleen

    This picture-book biography explains how Farnsworth held on to his dream to develop television and the scientific concepts behind it.