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You don't have to have a green thumb to appreciate this week's ode to nonfiction.  But I predict you'll be inspired to get your hands dirty after reading just one book.  Click on the blue to see if the book you want is available.  Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.
1. 101 Kid-Friendly Plants: Fun Plants and Projects for the Family by Cindy Krezel
2. A Backyard Flower Garden for Kids by Amie Jane Leavitt
3. A Backyard Vegetable Garden for Kids by Amie Jane Leavitt
4. From Bulb to Daffodil by Ellen Weiss
5. Garden Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Reasons to Get Your Hands Dirty by Diane Rhoades
6. Garden Fun!: Indoors & Out, In Pots & Small Spots by Vicky Congdon
7. The Gardening Book by Jane Bull
8. Green and Growing: A Book About Plants by Susan Blackaby
9. Grow Your Own Monsters by Nicola Davies & Simon Hickmott

I feel the earth move under my feet.  I'm all shook up.  No, I'm not just quoting old Carole King and Elvis Presley songs.  I'm referring to this week's nonfiction list.  It's devoted to earthquakes and volcanoes.  Prepare to be in awe of their destructive power.  Click on the blue title to see if the book you want to read is available.  Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.
1. Anatomy of an Earthquake by Renée C. Rebman
2. Anatomy of a Volcano by Mary Lindeen
3. Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano by Kenneth Mallory
4. Earthquakes by Franklyn M. Branley
5. Earthquakes by S. L. Hamilton
6. Earthquakes by Ker Than
7. Earthquakes: Earth's Mightiest Moments by David L. Harrison
8. Earthquakes: Witness to Disaster by Judy & Dennis Fradin
9. I Didn't Know That Mountains Gush Lava and Ash by Clare Oliver
10. Inside Earthquakes by Melissa Stewart
11. Investigating Volcanic Eruptions by Ellen René
12. Look Inside Volcano by Fleur Star
13. A Project Guide to Volcanoes by Claire O'Neal
14. Visiting Volcanoes with a Scientist by Catherine McGlone
15. Volcanoes by Helen Dwyer
16. Volcanoes! by Anne Schreiber

Wendy Mass is one of our favorite authors . . . ever!  Her books, regardless of length or theme, are amazing.  Plus, she uses her local library!  Read this excerpt from an interview: "Once I find the topic that I want to write about, I go to the library and find every book or magazine on the subject.  I start in the children's room with the simplest books . . . . Then once I understand the basics, I'll dive deeper into the subject."  Her newest book, Pi in the Sky, came out today, June 11, 2013.  I wonder what library books she read before she came up with such an out-of-this-world plot?

Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe.  This means that his older brothers took all the really cool jobs before he was born.  All Joss gets to do is deliver pies.  That's right: pies.  Of course these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but they're still pies.  Joss is happy to let his older brothers shine.  He has plenty to keep his hands full: trying to improve his bowling score, listening to his best friend Kal try (and fail) to play the drums, and exploring his ever-changing home: The Realms.  But when Earth suddenly disappears, Joss is tasked with the seemingly impossible job of bringing it back.  With the help of an outspoken Earth girl named Annika, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime and learns that the universe is an even stranger place than he'd imagined.

Explore more Wendy Mass worlds.

Get ready for some heavy duty nonfiction reading this week.  All the books on this list focus on the machines that help us little humans get BIG construction jobs done.  Click on the blue title to see if the book you want is available.  Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.
1. 5 Steps to Drawing Machines at Work by Susan Kesselring
2. Bulldozers in Action by Peter Brady
3. Construction Countdown by K. C. Olson
4. Cool Construction Vehicles by Kelley MacAulay
5. Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo
6. Diggers by Amanda Askew
7. Diggers by David & Penny Glover
8. Earth Movers by M. T. Martin
9. Heavy Equipment Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson
10. How Machines Work: Construction Vehicles by Terry Jennings
11. I Drive a Backhoe by Sarah Bridges
12. Machines Go to Work in the City by William Low
13. Mega Trucks: The Biggest, Toughest Trucks in the World! by Deborah Jane Murrell
14. Tonka Trucks by Val Staples
15. What Does It Do?: Dump Truck by Jennifer Zeiger
16. A Year at a Construction Site by Nicholas Harris

This week's nonfiction series unearths facts about dinosaurs and fossils.  These books are a perfect fit for future paleontologists.  Click on the blue title to see if the book you want is available.  Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.
1. Barnum's Bones by Tracey Fern
2. The Big Dinosaur Dig by Esther Ripley
3. Digging for Bird Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar by Nic Bishop
4. Digging Up Dinosaurs with Jack Horner
5. Dinosaur Digs by Mary Quigley
6. Dinosaur Discovery: Everything You Need to Be a Paleontologist by Christopher McGowan
7. Dinosaur Mountain: Digging into the Jurassic Age by Deborah Kogan Ray
8. Dinosaur Mummies: Beyond Bare-Bone Fossils by Kelly Milner Halls
9. A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Collossal Fossil by Patricia Relf
10. Dinosaurs Eye to Eye: Zoom in on the World's Most Incredible Dinosaurs by John Woodward
11. Fossil Feud: The Rivalry of the First American Dinosaur Hunters by Thom Holmes
12. Fossils by Chris & Helen Pellant
13. How Does a Bone Become a Fossil? by Melissa Stewart
14. Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro
15. Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz
16. Monster Bones: The Story of a Dinosaur Fossil by Jaqui Bailey
17. Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life by Susan H. Gray
18. Rock and Fossil Hunter by Ben Morgan