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Big hair.  Big brain.  Learn about the world's most famous scientist and his favorite subject.  Take a closer look at EINSTEIN & PHYSICS.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Albert Einstein by Kathleen Krull
  2. Albert Einstein by Struan Reid
  3. Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius by Elizabeth MacLeod
  4. Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments by Jerome Pohlen
  5. Albert Einstein: Genius of the Twentieth Century by Patricia Lakin
  6. Amusement Park Science by Dan Greenburg
  7. Ask Albert Einstein by Lynne Barasch
  8. Can You Feel the Force? by Richard Hammond
  9. Extreme Physics by Dan Green
  10. Fizzing Physics by Steve Parker
  11. Full Speed Ahead: The Science of Going Fast by Mari C. Schuh
  12. Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein by Marfé Ferguson Delano

These blogs can be so difficult.  I mean, I want to make sure that fans of The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan know about the newest book in the series.  And I want them to be as excited about it as I am.  But I don't want to spoil the series for people who are just-now-as-they-read-this-blog discovering it.  I'll do my best to find the perfect balance.  The first three books cover one story arc.  The fourth book, Slaves of Socorro (July 15, 2014), begins a new chapter in the lives of these young warriors.  The Heron crew will encounter old rivalries, make new friends, and test peace treaties in their pursuit of a notorious pirate and slave trader.  It's at the top of my to-read list for July.  Maybe you'll put it at the top of your list, too.

She blinded me with science.  He deafened me with science.  Yet I still feel the pull of science.  Take a closer look at LIGHT, SOUND & MAGNETISM.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Adventures in Sound with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Emily Sohn
  2. Attract and Repel: A Look at Magnets by Jennifer Boothroyd
  3. Bangs and Twangs: Science Fun with Sound by Vicki Cobb
  4. Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn M. Branley
  5. Easy Genius Science Projects with Light: Great Experiments and Ideas by Robert Gardner
  6. The Energy We See: A Look at Light by Jennifer Boothroyd
  7. Experiments with Sound and Hearing by Chris Woodford
  8. Feel the Noise!: Sound Energy by Anna Claybourne
  9. Glow-in-the-Dark Animals by Natalie Lunis
  10. Jazzy Science Projects with Sound and Music by Robert Gardner
  11. Light by Penelope Arlon
  12. Light by Mari Schuh
  13. Light: An Investigation by John Gorman
  14. Light and Sound by Mike Goldsmith
  15. Light and Sound: The Best Start in Science by Clint Twist
  16. Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows by Natalie M. Rosinsky
  17. Loud or Soft? High or Low?: A Look at Sound by Jennifer Boothroyd
  18. Magnet Power! by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone

Summer isn't over yet.  There's still plenty of Fizz and Boom left.  And plenty of time to add titles to your reading log.  Here's what we've been reading.  Maybe you'll find something on the list that Sparks your interest.
JULY 2014

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Foundry's Edge by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (#4)
Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully by Rachel Vail (#3)
Lucinda's Secret by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (#3)
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin

There is a wonderful nonfiction picture book series that goes along perfectly with this summer's science theme.  However, none of the titles fit in our Under the Microscope blog subjects.  So how were we going to make sure our patrons knew about the books?  It was a bit of a problem, but it was easily solved with this blog post!  The series is called How Do You Know the Difference by Melissa Stewart.  Each book focuses on a pair of similar creatures and explains how to tell them apart.  The series features great photographs and encourages careful observation.  I highly recommend them to all inquisitive children (and their teachers).