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Cool Science: A Bibliography for Grades 3-8

A selection of slightly out of the ordinary science titles exemplified by accessible writing style, great photographs, unusual topics, and unique format. Appropriate for readers with (or without) a scientific bent.


Dingus, Lowell. The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs. written and illus. with photographs by Lowell Dingus and Luis Chiappe. Doubleday, 1999.

Giblin, James Cross. The Mystery of the Mammoth Bones: And How It Was Solved. HarperCollins, 1999.

Gower, Tim. This Book Bites!: Or, Why Your Mouth Is More Than Just a Hole in Your Head. Planet Dexter, 1999.

Guiberson, Brenda Z. Mummy Mysteries: Tales from North America. Holt, 1998.

Maestro, Betsy. The Story of Clocks and Calendars: Marking a Millennium; illus. by Giulio Maestro. Lothrop, 1999.

Ling, Mary. The Snake Book; by Mary Ling and Mary Atkinson; illus. with photographs by Frank Greenaway and Dave King. DK, 1997.

Montgomery, Sy. The Snake Scientist; illus. with photographs by Nic Bishop. Houghton, 1999.

Muller, Eric. While You're Waiting for the Food to Come: A Tabletop Science Activity Book: Experiments and Tricks that Can Be Done at a Restaurant or Wherever Food Is Served; illus. by Eldon Doty. Orchard, 1999.

Rowan, Pete. Big Head! illus. by John Temperton. Knopf, 1998.

Settel, Joanne. Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts about How Animals Adapt. Atheneum, 1999.

Simon, Seymour. Tornadoes. Morrow, 1999.

Solheim, James. It's Disgusting and We Ate It! Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Wick, Walter. Walter Wick's Optical Tricks; written and illus. with photographs by Walter Wick. Cartwheel/Scholastic, 1998.

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