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The themes for this year’s Summer Reading program have focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related topics. While Summer Reading is winding down, there are still plenty of opportunities to learn more about these subjects. Below are some books available at UCCL or through the SCLENDS.

For Children

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss: This Dr. Seuss picture book tells the story of a king who commands his magicians to make something new fall from the sky and how Bartholomew Cubbins saves the day. This 1950 Caldecott Honor book is a fun introduction to science for preschoolers and is available to be place on hold through SCLENDS.

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull: This juvenile biography tells the story of Philo Farnsworth who was instrumental in developing television, as well as the scientific concepts behind the invention. Available at UCCL.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry: A picture book visiting the depths of the ocean and meeting a giant squid who realizes he is the biggest thing in the ocean — or so he thinks. Available at UCCL.

Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka: Robot Zot and his sidekick battle kitchen appliances on a mission to save the Earth. Available at UCCL.

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett: Follow three sixth graders as they work to keep the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House from demolishing. The second of three books (between Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game) by the same author which deal with art, science, and math. All available at UCCL.

For Teens

Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim: Readers are introduced to Aristotle and the discoveries he made for math and science. Available at UCCL. The first in a series, followed by Newton at the Center and Einstein Adds a New Dimension, available through SCLENDS.

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss by Danica McKellar: McKellar shares tips and tricks for solving pre-algebra problems. Available at UCCL.

An Ocean of Air: A Natural History of the Atmosphere by Gabrielle Walker: Walker explains earth’s atmosphere by telling the stories of those who discovered its secrets. Available at UCCL.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: A young boy is trained to lead the Earth in a war against the Buggers, a foe with whom the Earth has battled for 100 years. The first in a series which spawned several off-shoots. The first is available at UCCL, the remainder of the series is available through SCLENDS or at UCCL. Recently made into a major motion picture.

Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: A young girl participates in a yearly battle to the death of teenagers in a futuristic society. All three titles are available at UCCL or through SCLENDS — a popular series with film adaptations.

For Adults

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee: A history of cancer from its origins to attempts to control and cure it. Available at UCCL.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking: A history of the universe by the well-known scientist. Available at UCCL.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan: The companion book to the well-known astronomer’s 13-part television series. The series was recently updated for new viewers. Available at UCCL.

Math Power: How to Help Your Children Love Math, Even If You Don’t by Patricia Clark Kenschaft: For parents on how to help their children with math. Available at UCCL.

God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History by Stephen Hawking and Of Men and Mathematics: The Story of the Great Mathematicians by Jane Muir: Two histories of mathematicians and their discoveries. Both available at UCCL.

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