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BISAC Subject JNF051190

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / History of Science

Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day

Series

What would you do without deodorant, Band-Aids, or flushable toilets? Can you imagine living in a world with no television, and no microwave popcorn to eat while you watch it? We might take… Read More →

Brilliant Beauty Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Can you believe that the paint used on cars inspired the invention of nail polish in the 1920s? Or that people have been making hair dyes for thousands of years, using everything from boiled… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Dewey: 646.7'2

Exciting Entertainment Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Can you believe that the first tennis balls didn't bounce? Or that the world's first basketball hoop was a peach crate? Get ready to learn the amazing stories behind inventions you use every… Read More →

  • Lexile: 720
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 688.7'6

Fabulous Fashion Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Did you realize that swimming suits used to weigh 22 pounds (about 10 kilograms)? Or that the first people to wear high heels were French royalty (even the king!) in the 1500s? Get ready to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 746.9'2

Fun Food Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Do you know what happened when a kid forgot his glass of soda with a stir stick in it outside on a freezing cold night? Popsicles were invented! And did you know ancient people loved to chew… Read More →

  • Lexile: 680
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Dewey: 641.309

Let's Make Some Gold!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about Geology and Ecology

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Is planet Earth flat? Is California an island? Can you mix other metals to make gold? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies proved these ideas were… Read More →

  • Lexile: 860
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Dewey: 001.9'6

Marvelous Medical Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Did you know that a scientist discovered X-rays by accident? Or that people have been taking pain medicine for more than 5,000 years? Get ready to learn the strange stories behind inventions… Read More →

  • Lexile: 670
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: 610

Science Gets It Wrong

Series

Check out some of science's biggest mistakes and most glaringly incorrect assumptions. With spreads devoted to the most surprising stories, these books reveal how scientific thought has… Read More →

STEM Smackdown (Alternator Books ® )

Series

This myth-busting series highlights the most hotly contested invention credits in history. With the high-energy tone of color commentary, each book presents the race to claim first in… Read More →

Stinky Sanitation Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Did you know that people with rakes used to do the work of garbage trucks? Or that porta-potties were put on ships to keep workers from running to shore for bathroom breaks? Get ready to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 950
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Dewey: 363.72

Terrific Transportation Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Did you know that the world's first submarine traveled the Thames River in England way back in 1615? Or that early cars had three wheels instead of four? Get ready to learn the fascinating… Read More →

  • Lexile: 730
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: 629.04'6

That Bull Is Seeing Red!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about Animals and Plants

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Do bulls get angry when they see the color red? Do plants grow by snacking on soil? Are bats blind? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies proved these… Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Dewey: 500

Tremendous Technology Inventions

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Did you know that President Thomas Jefferson used a copier? Or that one of the world's fastest computers is the size of a two-story house? Get ready to learn the strange stories behind… Read More →

  • Lexile: 730
  • ATOS: 4.9
  • Dewey: 600

We're the Center of the Universe!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about Astronomy and Physics

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Does the universe circle around Earth? Do creatures live on the sun? Can you tell the future by looking at the stars? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But later studies… Read More →

  • Lexile: 800
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 520

Who Invented the Airplane?: Wright Brothers vs. Whitehead

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Do you know who invented the airplane? Most Americans believe it was Wilbur and Orville Wright. But what if that's not true? What if a German immigrant named Gustave Whitehead beat the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 860
  • ATOS: 5.3
  • Dewey: 629.130092/2

Who Invented the Light Bulb?: Edison vs. Swan

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Do you know who invented the light bulb? Most Americans will tell you it was Thomas Edison. But what if they're wrong? What if a British scientist named Joseph Swan was filing for the rights… Read More →

  • Lexile: 950
  • ATOS: 5.7
  • Dewey: 621.32/60922

Who Invented the Movie Camera?: Edison vs. Friese-Greene

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Most people believe Thomas Edison was the mastermind of motion pictures. But what if another budding inventor filed a patent for a movie camera just before Edison? Photographer William… Read More →

  • Lexile: 980
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Dewey: 777

Who Invented the Radio?: Tesla vs. Marconi

Grade 3 - Grade 6

You may have heard the story of how Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio, but what if it isn't entirely true? What if the brilliant young inventor Nikola Tesla was working on advancing radio… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1040
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Dewey: 621.384092/2

Who Invented the Telephone?: Bell vs. Meucci

Grade 3 - Grade 6

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, right? That's what most people will tell you. But what if they're wrong? What if Scottish-born inventor Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci was working… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1010
  • ATOS: 6.1
  • Dewey: 621.386092/2

Who Invented the Television?: Sarnoff vs. Farnsworth

Grade 3 - Grade 6

It's something many people use every day, but do you know who invented the television? David Sarnoff, the powerful radio executive, is often thought of as the Father of Television. But the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 940
  • ATOS: 5.6
  • Dewey: 621.3880092/2

Your Head Shape Reveals Your Personality!: Science's Biggest Mistakes about the Human Body

Grade 4 - Grade 6

Do your eyes send out light like headlights? Does your liver create blood? Do bumps on your head tell what's inside your brain? At one time, science supported wild notions like these! But… Read More →

  • Lexile: 880
  • ATOS: 5.9
  • Dewey: 610.9