Math Picture Book-Science Picture Book- Science Title for high school

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth The Librarian Who Measured The Earth

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Publication information:

Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
Describes the life and work of Eratosthenes, the Greek geographer and astronomer who accurately measured the circumference of the Earth.
Lexile: AD840L
Analysis:  Eratosthenes was a Librarian who also well-known for his Math skills. The pictures combine with the text to give a clear explanation of how the man came to make his discovery about the Earth’s circumference. A combination of history, science, and biography.
Content Area: Math, History, Science, Earth Science
This book is perfect to use as a starting point for a discussion concerning measurement. How do we measure things. A great activity would be to make a perfect circle using a pencil ties to a string. Another discussion question might be, he difference between Eratosthenes’ measurement of the earth’s circumference and the modern scientific measurement is 200 miles. Do you think this is a big difference? Students could make a pro/con list in groups and present to the class.
Digital Content:
Author Website:
Eratosthenes information:
Calculating the Circumference of the Earth Project:
Library of Congress Notable Book and Parents’ Choice Honor Book:The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

What is Science?

Cover image for What is science? / Rebecca Kai Dotlich ; illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa.

Author: Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa

Publication Information:

New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006.

 This wonderfully colorful book takes the reader on a tour through the intriguing world of science. It helps to answer the question, What exactly is science?Science is everywhere. Just look around you and the trees and the rocks and the dirt and the weather and even the car you drive. Science is also about asking questions and exploring the possible answers. Through simple words and child-friendly illustrations, this  picture book introduces children to the exciting subject of science.

Lexile: AD350L

Analysis: I enjoyed this book because it provide so much information but in a really simple manner. The illustrations are bright and bold and really bring to life the world of science and the idea that science is everywhere. The rhyming throughout the book and the questions asked throughout keep the reader engaged and thinking about the content.

Content Area: Science

Curriculum: This book is so general that you could do a wide variety of activities to connect the book. Creating a flip book with the title of “What is Science” gives each individual student the chance to think about their world around them and decide what around them is Science. This would start a great conversation and generate a list of possible topics to focus on for a research project or group movie project.

2006 AAAS/Subaru SB&F (Science Books & Films) Prize finalist; Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year

Digital Content:

Author Website:

Author Interview:

What is Science? What is a Scientist?

Hidden Evidence : Forty True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped to Solve Them
Author: David OHidden Evidencewen
Publication Information: Scholastic Books: Firefly Books: 2000
Summary: This book aimed at high school students takes the reader to the scene of 40 crimes and discusses how forensic science helped to solve the crimes. These are crimes that are right out of the headlines and author David Owen shows the reader the steps taken to solve these crimes.
Lexile: 1390L
Analysis: Forensic Science is a very popular career choice for high school students. This book uses true life
crime and evidence to discuss how the crimes were solved and how a forensic science does their job.
The book is divided into 40 cases and the author discusses the procedures forensic scientist mush use to solve a case. Things such as gathering physical clues, examining weapons and bodies if needed and the use of sophisticated analysis. The book does have some challenging vocabulary and text so it is definitely for readers grades 9-12. The book also details
the history of forensic science and all of the technologies that forensic science can use to solve a crime.
Content Area: Science, Forensic Science
Curriculum: For this resource there is an abundance of information available to future forensic scientists. Students should read this book and begin to examine the many aspects of forensic scientists. Each student should choose an aspect of the science and do an extensive research project highlighting their area of choice. The project should be both written and visual and students would be encouraged to contact local forensic scientists for further information. We have a forensic scientist who has come to our school each year and he would be invited to view the visual presentations and offer his thoughts and ideas.
Digital Content:
Forensic Science website by Michael V. Martinez
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Television Show Modern Marvels- Forensic Science