From the gray skies that are the first signs of rain to the moment when the sun dries the last drops, vivid photo-illustrations paired with poetic, often playful, descriptions demonstrate how Raindrops Roll ( Beach Lane, $17.99), cling, magnify, and reflect. Award-winning author, April Sayre invites young readers and budding scientists to wonder and investigate the nature of rain. Well-researched backmatter and sources for further reading complete this impressive “splash of science.” Ages 3-8. Mary Alice Garber

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By April Pulley Sayre, April Pulley Sayre (Photographs by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481420648
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 6th, 2015

What do the slides, flagpoles, and wheels in your life have in common? As David A. Adler explains, they’re all Simple Machines (Holiday House, $17.95). Adler relates these scientific concepts to objects and actions children see and do every day before expanding into more complex applications. The wedge is introduced via the use of teeth in chewing before Adler moves on to show the principle’s use in axes. Anna Raff’s illustrations, which emphasize the shape and movement of the different machines, tie Adler’s explanations into a wonderful package for the future tinkerer in your life. Ages 4-7. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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By David A. Adler, Anna Raff (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780823433094
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2015

As winter melts away and plants begin to grow, a young child describes what happens Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Chronicle, $16.99). Child and grandmother carefully tend the garden, preparing the seeds and nurturing the plants, as under the ground worms and insects do their work. Like Kate Messner’s earlier book, Over and Under the Snow, this picture book is crammed with facts as well as the fiction narrative. Readers learn, guided by Christopher Silas Neal’s clear and beautiful illustrations, about the different aspects of tending and growing a garden, all the way through to fall, when the garden must be readied for winter and put to rest. Ages 4-8. Courtney Burtraw

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781452119366
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2015

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