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My Notebook of Questions : Inventions

by QA international Collectif Les Éditions Québec Amérique (September 18, 2012)

The objects that surround us are so much a part of our daily lives that we often forget they have not always been around.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

by Karen Blumenthal Square Fish (February 13, 2012)

A riveting biography of the groundbreaking innovator who was a giant in the worlds of computing, music, filmmaking, design, smart phones, and more. A finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award!


Albert Einstein

by Kathleen Krull & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (June 16, 2020)

Albert Einstein: his name has become a synonym for genius. His wild case of bedhead and playful sense of humor made him a media superstar--the first, maybe only, scientist-celebrity.

He wasn't much for lab work--in...

The Disappearing Spoon, Young Readers Edition

by Sam Kean & Robert Petkoff Hachette Book Group (April 03, 2018)

A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table.

Why did Gandhi...

Awesome Achievers in Science

by Alan Katz & Chris Judge Running Press Kids (August 05, 2019)

Part of a super fun middle grade series, Awesome Achievers in Science puts the spotlight on lesser-known heroes and their contributions in major scientific fields.

Everyone has heard the names Neil Armstrong...

Awesome Achievers in Technology

by Alan Katz & Chris Judge Running Press Kids (August 05, 2019)

Part of a super fun middle grade series, Awesome Achievers in Technology puts the spotlight on lesser-known heroes and their contributions in tech.

Everyone has heard the name Steve Jobs, but what about Nolan...

The Disappearing Spoon

by Sam Kean Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 02, 2018)

A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table.

Why did Gandhi...

Higher, Steeper, Faster

by Lawrence Goldstone Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2017)

Discover the daring aviation pioneers who made the dream of powered flight a reality, forever changing the course of history.

Aviator Lincoln Beachey broke countless records: he looped-the-loop, flew upside...

Pocket Bios: Isaac Newton

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (July 16, 2018)

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of mathematician and physicist Isaac Newton.

Best known for "discovering gravity" and formulating the laws of motion, Isaac Newton is often hailed...

From the Good Mountain

by James Rumford Flash Point (September 17, 2012)

What was made of rags and bones, soot and seeds? What took a mountain to make?

For the answer, travel back to the fifteenth century--to a time when books were made by hand and a man named Johannes Gutenberg...

Life in the Ocean

by Claire A. Nivola Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 12, 2012)

Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she's designing submersibles,...

Science Comics: Flying Machines

by Alison Wilgus & Molly Brooks First Second (May 22, 2017)

A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2017

Take to the skies with Flying Machines!

Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where...

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel

by Betsy Harvey Kraft & Steven Salerno Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 12, 2015)

The World's Fair in Chicago, 1893, was to be a spectacular event: architects, musicians, artists, and inventors worked on special exhibits to display the glories of their countries. But the Fair's planners wanted...

Neo Leo

by Gene Barretta Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 03, 2009)

An introduction to Leonardo da Vinci's genius focusing on his famous notebook sketches and the modern inventions they predicted.

In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf...

Spring After Spring

by Stephanie Roth Sisson Roaring Brook Press (August 13, 2018)

From Stephanie Roth Sisson, the creator of Star Stuff, comes a picture book biography of Rachel Carson, the iconic environmentalist who fought to keep the sounds of nature from going silent.

As a child, Rachel...

Pocket Bios: Marie Curie

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (July 16, 2018)

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of influential physicist and chemist Marie Curie.

Marie Curie, the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize and only person to win it in two different...

The Boy Who Loved Math

by Deborah Heiligman & Leuyen Pham Roaring Brook Press (June 24, 2013)

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born...

Who Did It First? 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized the World

by Julie Leung, Caitlin Kuhwald & Alex Hart Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 14, 2019)

A boldly illustrated and fascinating collection of profiles featuring the women and men who were pioneers of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

You likely know that Mae Jemison was the...

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

by Helaine Becker & Dow Phumiruk Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 18, 2018)

The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.

You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon...

John Deere, That's Who!

by Tracy Nelson Maurer & Tim Zeltner Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 27, 2017)

Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that's who!

Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick,...

Starry Messenger

by Peter Sís Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 14, 2014)

"If they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge." -- Galileo Galilei

In every age there are courageous people who break with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths. Galileo...

Imagine You Were There... Walking on the Moon

by Caryn Jenner Kingfisher (August 21, 2019)

It's 50 years since the first human set foot on the surface of the Moon! Walking on the Moon celebrates this 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing by helping readers imagine what it was like to actually...

A Dream of Flight

by Jef Polivka & Rob Polivka Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 29, 2019)

Debut nonfiction duo Rob and Jef Polivka offer an illustrated madcap adventure in A Dream of Flight, a dynamic biography of Alberto Santos-Dumont, an inventor who risked everything to reach the skies. And sure...

Samuel Morse, That's Who!

by Tracy Nelson Maurer & El Primo Ramón Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 24, 2019)

Writer Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrator El Primo Ramón present a lively picture book biography of Samuel Morse that highlights how he revolutionized modern technology.

Back in the 1800s, information traveled...

Pocket Bios: Albert Einstein

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (July 16, 2018)

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of famed physicist Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist, developed the theory of relativity and is popularly known today for his...

Star Stuff

by Stephanie Roth Sisson Roaring Brook Press (October 13, 2014)

For every child who has ever looked up at the stars and asked, "What are they?" comes the story of a curious boy who never stopped wondering: Carl Sagan.

When Carl Sagan was a young boy he went to the 1939 World's...

Marie Curie

by Demi Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 19, 2018)

Celebrated author and artist Demi beautifully portrays the life and story of Marie Curie, the revolutionary scientist and winner of two Nobel Prizes.

Maria Salomea Sklodowaska was born on November 7, 1867. Her...

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?

by Tanya Lee Stone & Marjorie Priceman Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 19, 2018)

A picture book biography of Ada Lovelace, the woman recognized today as history's first computer programmer--she imagined them 100 years before they existed!

In the early nineteenth century lived Ada Byron: a...

Pocket Bios: Neil Armstrong

by Al Berenger Roaring Brook Press (July 16, 2018)

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of the first man to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Neil Armstrong is an American astronaut most famous for being the first person to walk...

Timeless Thomas

by Gene Barretta Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 16, 2012)

What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent...

Papa's Mechanical Fish

by Candace Fleming & Boris Kulikov Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (June 03, 2013)

Candace Fleming and illustrator Boris Kulikov pair up to tell a fun story about a real submarine inventor in Papa's Mechanical Fish

Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr! That's the sound of Papa at work. Although...

Newton's Rainbow

by Kathryn Lasky & Kevin Hawkes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (April 17, 2017)

Famed for his supposed encounter with a falling apple that inspired his theory of gravity, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) grew from a quiet and curious boy into one of the most influential scientists of all time....

Sigmund Freud

by Kathleen Krull & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (April 14, 2020)

This book explores the world of Sigmund Freud, who, making it into the author's highly popular series due to his creation of a brand-new branch of medicine called psychoanalysis, introduced the world to such...

Ada Lovelace (The First Names Series)

by Ben Jeapes & Nick Ward Abrams Books for Young Readers (March 30, 2020)

Meet the woman who made coding cool--and possible!


Before she was a famous mathematician and the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of well-known poet Lord Byron. Byron died...

Leonardo Da Vinci

by Kathleen Krull & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (February 11, 2020)

Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks are mind-boggling evidence of a fifteenth-century scientific genius standing at the edge of the modern world, basing his ideas on observation and experimentation. This book will...

Lives of the Scientists

by Kathleen Krull & Charlie Thurston AudioBookShelf (July 09, 2013)

Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their work--and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that it's believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That...

Eddie Rickenbacker

by Kathryn Cleven Sisson & Patrick Lawlor Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker’s first attempt at flight was riding his bicycle off the roof while holding an umbrella! Growing up in the Midwest in the early 1900s, young Eddie, whose parents were...

A Computer Called Katherine

by Suzanne Slade, Veronica Miller Jamison & Jeanette Illidge Little, Brown Young Readers (November 19, 2019)

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!

Katherine knew it...

When Sue Found Sue

by Toni Buzzeo & Diana Sudyka Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2019)

From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would...

The Bluest of Blues

by Fiona Robinson Abrams Books for Young Readers (February 11, 2019)

A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins--the first person to ever publish a book of photography

After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was raised...

Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure

by Jennifer Thermes Abrams Books for Young Readers (October 03, 2016)

In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on his first voyage. Though he was a scientist by profession, he was an explorer at heart. While journeying around South America for the first time aboard a ninety-foot-long...

Ada's Ideas

by Fiona Robinson Abrams Books for Young Readers (August 01, 2016)

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education,...

Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World

by Anna Crowley Redding Feiwel & Friends (July 01, 2019)

A riveting and beautifully designed YA biography that shows how a once-bullied school boy became an iconic visionary who the New York Times described as "arguably the most important and successful entrepreneur...

Michael Collins

by James Buckley Aladdin (August 27, 2019)

Jeter Publishing presents the second nonfiction biography in a brand-new series that celebrates men and women who altered the course of history often without recognition.

On July 16, 1969, a Gemini rocket lifted...

The Incredible yet True Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt

by Volker Mehnert & Claudia Lieb The Experiment (September 03, 2019)

Before Darwin . . . before Lewis and Clark . . . there was Alexander von Humboldt.

Explorer. Naturalist. All-around genius. Lost hero of science. In his time, Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was world-famous....

Reaching for the Moon

by Katherine Johnson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 02, 2019)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

“This rich volume is a national treasure.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Captivating, informative, and inspiring…Easy to follow and hard to put down.”...

Awesome Minds: The Creators of the iPhone®

by Marne Ventura & Drew Feynman duopress (March 07, 2017)

The iPod, iPhone, and iPad changed the way we communicate, play, learn, and work.

This wouldn't have been possible without the amazing minds of Steve Jobs and his inventive team. With full-color illustrations...

The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)

by Ben Thompson, Erik Slader & Tim Foley Roaring Brook Press (July 09, 2018)

A hilarious nonfiction look at two of history's most epic "failures": the Wright brothers, whose countless crashes ultimately led to groundbreaking success.

Although Orville and Wilbur Wright are celebrated today...

Groundbreaking Guys

Breaking The Sickle

by Louie T. McClain II, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon Jr Melanin Origins LLC (March 20, 2017)

Have you ever wondered what your passion was? What you were put on this Earth to do? Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, a trail blazing woman of medicine, understood exactly what her purpose was in life. Her...