Mad Science

I created this reading list in August 2010 to accompany a Jefferson-Madison Regional Library program, designed for children Pre-K through Grade 5.

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Learn About Science!

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein by Don Brown
Even though many people thought he was weird and different, Albert Einstein grew up to become one of the world’s most brilliant and important scientists.

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
The story of the famous kite experiment that helped Benjamin Franklin understand electricity.

The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole
Join Mrs. Frizzle and her students on all their crazy adventures to learn about how our world works.

Shocking Science: 5000 Years of Mishaps and Misunderstandings by Steve Parker
The stories in this book share the humorous side of the science and all the wrong answers that came before the right ones.

Do Science!

Science Play: Beginning Discoveries for 2-6 Year Olds by Jill F. Hauser
Cool experiments for young scientists and their parents to learn about the earth, weather, sound, and more!

Lotions, Potions, and Slime: Mudpies and More! by Nancy Blakey
Learn how to make oobleck, slime, homemade tie-dye, and other cool and icky creations.

Smash it! Crash it! Launch it! : 50 Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Science Experiments by Rain Newcomb and Bobby Mercer
Experience rocket science and explosions by doing simple experiments with everyday, household items.

Flash! Bang! Pop! Fizz! : Exciting Science for Curious Minds by Janet Parks Chahrour
Use the scientific method to design and carry out cool experiments in your own home.  Discover new and exciting things about the laws of physics.



Science Fair Day by Lynn Plourde
Mrs. Shepherd’s class has put together a bunch of cool science projects, but Ima’s curiosity leads to a few disasters.

The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
When a third grader opens a box of Professor Swami’s Super Slime she gets more than she bargained for.

Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia gets into trouble when she helps Miss Edwards with the school science fair.

Pearl and Wagner, Two Good Friends by Kate McMullan
When Pearl and Wagner team up to build a robot, they learn that friendship is more important than winning a prize.

Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner
Everyone says it’s a bad idea, but Allen is determined to do his science project on human photosynthesis.

From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire by Frances O’Roarke Dowell
Book #1: Phineas L. MacGuire . . . erupts!
Book #2:  . . . gets slimed!
Book #3:  . . . blasts off!
Whether dealing with volcanoes, slime, or just breakfast, Phineas “Mac” MacGuire is always conducting an experiment—and well on his way to being the best fourth grade scientist ever! At the end of each book, he tells his readers how to do the experiments, too!

Jake Drake, Know-It-All by Andrew Clements
Jake learns all about electromagnets when he enters the school science fair.

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
Lily must defend Decentville from the attack of an evil scientist and his army of land whales.

Scientific Progress Goes “Boink” by Bill Watterson
Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes experiment with time, space, and disaster in their scientific adventures.

The Franny K. Stein Series by Jim Benton
Book #1: Lunch Walks Among  Us
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.

Owen Foote, Mighty Scientist by Stephanie Greene
Owen experiments with lizards and frogs as he tries to win the second grade science fair.

The Golden Hamster Saga: Freddy in Peril by Dietlof Reiche
After learning to read and write, and escaping captivity, Freddy finds himself hiding from a evil scientist who wants to dissect his brain.  Freddy in Peril is the second book in the “Golden Hamster Saga,” and is preceded by I, Freddy.

The Case of the Stinky Science Project by James Preller
When a volcano erupts in science class, Jigsaw Jones is on the case.

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