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Earth Science
This collection features books about oceans, weather, and geology. Share it in connection with science in general or specifically to complement earth science curriculum.

Preschool and Picture Books

And Still the Turtle Watched - Sheila MacGill-Callahan, (978-0140558364) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 400, ESL level: 2 to 3
A stone turtle, originally carved by a Native American, is lost and refound as the environment he was designed to watch over becomes polluted and gradually recovers.

The Berenstain Bears by the Sea - Stan Berenstain, (978-0679887195) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 160, ESL level: 1
The Berenstain Bear family must make many preparations before they can enjoy some time at the ocean.

Big Earth, Little Me - Thom Wiley, (978-0545092258) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 120, ESL level: 2
Ten easy steps are all it takes to save and improve the environment.

Each Living Thing - Joanne Ryder, (?978-0152018986) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 580, ESL level: 2 to 3
This rhyming book rejoices in all creatures of the earth who demand respect and caretaking.

The Earth and I - Frank Asch, (978-0152063955) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-1, Lexile: 50, ESL level: 1
A child's senses and sensitivity to the wonders of the earth awake during this book.

Go Easy on Energy - Lisa Bullard, (978-0761385134) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 470, ESL level: 2
Learn about types of energy and energy pollution and how to prevent the latter.

Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet - Deborah Lee Rose, (978-0439096966) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 30, ESL level: 2 - 3
Each letter of the alphabet introduces a different oceanic animal; told in rhyme, the pages go quickly as readers learn about the life in the sea.

Let's Look at Spring - Sarah Schuette, (978-0736867078) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2, Lexile: 180, ESL level: 1 - 2
Children learn how we know it is spring.

Look Out for Litter - Lisa Bullard, (978-0761385141) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
Find out how to reduce litter by reusing "trash"" items and recycling."

Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud - Donna Rathmell, (978-1607181170) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 2
Olivia the octopus is having trouble getting her protective ink cloud to come out purple!

Power Up to Fight Pollution - Lisa Bullard, (978-0761385158) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
Find out how to recognize, prevent, and solve the problem of pollution

Rally for Recycling - Lisa Bullard, (978-0761385165) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
Can you help solve the earth's trash problem by increasing your recycling; learn how by following Tyler and Tina.

The Seashore Book - Charlotte Zolotow, (978-0064433648) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-3, Lexile: 840, ESL level: 1 - 2
A small boy is able to visualize a day at the ocean by listening to his mother.

The Trouble with Dragons - Debi Gliori, (?978-0802797896) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, ESL level: 2
The dragon presence on earth is wreaking environmental havoc, heating up the air, raping the plants, etc, but other members of the animal kingdom try to help them to live within tighter boundaries so as to help conserve the available resources.

Watch Over Our Water - Lisa Bullard, (978-0761385172) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
Find out how humans can conserve the small amount of planetary water that is usable.

Welcome to the Green House - Jane Yolen, (978-0698114456) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-3, ESL level: 2 to 3
This book describes all the delights of the rainforest, from climate to plants to animals.

Early Elementary Books

Amazing Impossible Erie Canal - Cheryl Harness, (978-0689825842) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 1050, ESL level: 3 - 4

Animal Camouflage in the Ocean - Martha Rustad, (978-1429633253) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 410, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers view many animals that can camouflage themselves effectively in their ocean homes.

Atlantic - Brian Karas, (978-0142400272) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-2, ESL level: 2
This book examines the size and location of the Atlantic Ocean; also explored are characteristics of this great body of water.

The Big Storm - Bruce Hiscock, (978-0689317705) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 740, ESL level: 2
Readers learn about weather formations as they follow the history of a particular devastating storm in the U.S. from 1982.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett, (978-0689306471) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-5, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 2 - 3
In the fantasy land of Chewandswallow, weather means food, and the portions keep getting larger and larger.

The Day Ocean Came to Visit - Diane Wolkstein, (978-0152017743) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 370, ESL level: 1 - 2
This book is a retelling of a Nigerian folktale about a time the ocean came to visit the sun and moon.

Dory Story - Jerry Palotta, (978-0881060768) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 1 - 2
A young boy in his bathtub daydreams about sailing alone on the ocean and finding out how animals get their food.

The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - Laurence Yep, (978-0060275242) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-7, Lexile: 510, ESL level: 2 - 3
Henry and his friend Chin find some of the heroes they love reading about while in the midst of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

The Earth Has Caught a Cold - Roxane Marie Galliez, (841-671400) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, ESL level: 2 to 3
A very young man takes it upon himself to try and cure some of the Earth's ills, including pollution and misuse of resources.

Our Earth - Anne Rockwell, (978-0152023836) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 580, ESL level: 3
Readers learn how the earth and also its volcanoes formed; they also read about the effects of springs on rivers.

Earthdance - Joanne Ryder, (978-0805062311) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 820, ESL level: 3 to 4
People who read this book become the earth, turning, feeling, and experiencing different things that impact the environment.

The Environment - Louise Spilsbury, (978-1432934828) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-8, Lexile: 760, ESL level: 4
With a series of questions, this book provokes thoughtful enquiry into problems of environmental conservation and protection.

Every Day is Earth Day - Jane O'Connor, (978-0061873263) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 350, ESL level: 2
Nancy's overenthusiastic response to becoming "green"" causes problems with her family."

Flotsam - David Wiesner, (978-0618194575) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, ESL level: 2
When a young boy begins collecting items the great ocean has left on the beach, he finds a camera containing many secret photographs in this fascinating wordless picture book.

Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean - Arthur Dorros, (978-0064451154) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 600, ESL level: 2

Let's Recycle - Anne Mackenzie, (978-0736863230) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 530, ESL level: 2
This simple, well-illustrated book shows what recycling is and how everyone can take part in it.

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth - Joanna Cole, (978-0590407595) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 3
Mrs. Frizzles' class studies the formation of the earth from the inside out as they voyage there on a field trip.

Micro Life in Soil - Natalie Hyde, (978-0778754152) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-6, Lexile: 750, ESL level: 2 to 3
With plenty of examples and activities, this book illustrates the importance of soil to life on Earth.

Moray Eel: Dangerous Teeth - Meish Goldish, (978-1597169417) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 3 - 4
Learn about the dangerous moray eel in this exciting non-fiction description of its characteristics and habitats.

Ocean Hide and Seek - Jennifer Kramer, (978-1934359914) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 670, ESL level: 3
In verse, this book shows the many ocean animals that are able to hide from predators by mimicking their surroundings.

Ocean Seasons - Ron Hirschi, (978-0977742325) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 950, ESL level: 3 - 4
Beautiful illustrations help readers understand whale migrations and the food web in the ocean that varies from season to season

Oceanos Y Mares/Oceans and Seas - Cassie Mayer, (978-1432903862) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 380, ESL level: 2 - 3
This Spanish version of "Oceans and Seas" distinguishes between oceans and other bodies of water, describing their locations, life, and uses.

One Tiny Turtle - Nicola Davies, (978-0763623111) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 650, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers follow the endangered loggerhead turtle from birth out of a turtle egg to her trek to the water, her life in the ocean, and her return to the beach to start her own family.

Out of the Ocean - Debra Frasier, (978-0152163549) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 2 - 3
The ocean provides an almost mystical source of wonder for a family walking on the beach.

Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather - Jennifer Dussling, (978-0448418582) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 300, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers will enjoy hearing stories of strange but true "weird" weather happenings, including finding a turtle frozen in a hail stone.

A Planet Called Home - Lisa French, (978-1602706620) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-3, ESL level: 3
This rhyming book shows Eco-Pig and his discovery of friends whose homes had been destroyed because of man's influence.

Punxsutawney Phyllis - Susanna Leonard Hill, (978-0823418725) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 590, ESL level: 1 - 2
Will Punxsutawney Phil's niece be able to step into his role when and if he retires?

The Red Rock - Tomio Nitto, (978-0888996695) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-2, ESL level: 2 to 3
When Beaver's lovely valley is eyed by developers, the animals and a young human start a movement to retain the natural beauty of their surroundings.

River Friendly, River Wild - Jane Kurtz, (978-1416934875) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 400, ESL level: 3
A family must evacuate during a flood; their return home is more appreciated than ever before.

Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint - Femida Handy, (978-1897187692) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 610, ESL level: 3
As a result of Sandy's finding litter on a beautiful beach, she learns how to limit her own footprint on earth.

Snow - Marion Dane Bauer, (978-0689854378) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 440, ESL level: 1 - 2
Readers will revel in the delight of winter snow in this ready to read book.

Snowy Weather Days - Katie Marsico, (978-0531167731) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-3, Lexile: 540, ESL level: 1 - 2
This book provides an interesting look into what happens to snow after it arrives.

Somewhere in the Ocean - Jennifer Ward, (978-0873587488) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 470, ESL level: 2
Marine animals and their offspring are featured in this counting book.

Tornadoes - Mari Schuh, (978-1429634342) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 490, ESL level: 2
This book describes the formation and prediction of tornadoes for younger readers.

Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks - Sandra Markle, (978-0802795939) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-5, Lexile: 1050, ESL level: 3 - 4
Great photographs help readers follow baby sharks from pre-birth to survival stage.

Twisters! - Lucille Recht Penner, (978-0375862243) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-4, Lexile: 520, ESL level: 2
This book shows readers how storm chasers follow storms to learn about them; it also explores their formation.

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival - Kirby Larson, (978-0802797544) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 0-4, Lexile: 810, ESL level: 2-3
An enterprising pet dog escapes during a hurricane and comes to the aid of a blind cat.

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean - Gail Langer Karwoski, (978-1934359013) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-7, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 1 - 2
Learn about how marine animals sleep.

Water Dance - Thomas Locker, (978-0152163969) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 310, ESL level: 1 - 2
Told from water's point of view, this book explores all of water's manifestations and cycles of change.

Weather Words and What They Mean - Gail Gibbons, (978-0823408054) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-3, Lexile: 450, ESL level: 2
Readers learn words for many weather phenomenon, often in the context of complete sentences.

The Weather - Mike Goldsmith, (978-0778747246) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 630, ESL level: 2
Younger children will enjoy having their weather questions answered about how different weather phenomena form and what the different indicators of weather are (clouds, frost, storms, fog, etc.)

Whaleshark: The World's Biggest Fish - Meish Goldish, (978-1597163972) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 1-4, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 2
Learn about how whale sharks live, grow, and reproduce.

Wild Weather: Blizzards! - Lorraine Jean Hopping, (978-0590397308) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 610, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers learn about some of the fiercest blizzards ever experiences besides reading about how a blizzard forms and how meteorologists predict them.

Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Be a Storm Chaser - David Dreier, (978-0836889291) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 750, ESL level: 3
Learn how meterologists forecast severe storms and how storm chasers collect data about them.

Beyond the Sunrise - Ben Baglio, (978-0439446174) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 3
When Jody's new friend, a Bengali dolphin, disappears, she suspects poachers may have captured it.

Blizzards and Winter Storms - Mark Stewart, (978-0836891508) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 2 - 3
This book details the causes, characteristics, and effects of severe winter storms.

Can It Rain Cats and Dogs: Questions and Answers about the Weather - Melvin Berger, (978-0613169035) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 710, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers learn about the weather by finding answers to many of the most common weather questions.

Chasing the World's Most Dangerous Storms - Clive Gifford, (978-1429645645) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 860, ESL level: 3 - 4
Readers learn about the formation of severe storms, the excitement of being a storm chaser, and the effects of violent weather.

Columbus's Chart - Gerry Bailey, (978-0778737087) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 900, ESL level: 3 - 4
Read about the life and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus.

Cook: James Cook Charts the Pacific Ocean - Jean Kinney Williams, (978-0756511401) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 3
Read the biography of explorer James Cook who explored and mapped man Pacific Ocean sites.

Crystal the Snow Fairy - Daisy Meadows, (978-0439813877) , Fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 610, ESL level: 2 - 3
One of the weather fairies has lost her magic feather which helps bring weather to fairyland; Jack Frost has stolen it, and the weather is not normal

Dangerous Crossings - Carole Vogel, (978-0531166796) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1080, ESL level: 4-5
This book follows people who have faced massive challenges at the sea side including bad weather, pirates, terrrorism, and other accidents.

The Deep-Sea Floor - Sneed B. Collard, III, (978-1570914027) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-7, Lexile: 1070, ESL level: 3 - 4

Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano - Kenneth Mallory, (978-0618332052) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 1250, ESL level: 3 - 4

Dolphins - Seymour Simon, (978-0060283933) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 3 - 4
With great photos, this book explores the lives and personalities of fascinating dolphins.

Dolphins and Sharks: Magic Tree House Research Guide - Mary Pope Osborne, (978-0375823770) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 730, ESL level: 3 - 4
In this companion book to the fictional Dolphins at Daybreak by the same author, readers learn about dolphins, sharks, and their oceanic habitats.

Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming - Laurie David, (978-0439024945) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-7, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4
This book is a great introduction to the contributing factors and problems resulting from global warming for middle school kids.

The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - Laurence Yep, (978-0060008468) , Fiction
Interest level: 1-7, Lexile: 510, ESL level: but both also come to appreciate their fathers as
Friends Henry and Chin both love to read popular short novels called "penny dreadfuls

Earth Is Like a Giant Magnet: and Other Freaky Facts About Planets, Oceans, and Volcanoes - Barbara Seuling, (978-1404837577) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 980, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book presents a collection of unusual facts about the earth and other planets.

Earth's Weather and Climate - Jim Pipe, (978-0836889208) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 3
This book is an interesting examination of normal and extreme weather; it also gives insight into the jobs related to weather such as weather watchers.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes - Lin Sutherland, (978-0794402655) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 1000, ESL level: 3 - 4
Besides learning about the history and formation of these two disasters, readers have the opportunity to get hands on experience in various activities described in the book.

Escaping the Giant Wave - Peg Kehret, (978-0689852732) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 750, ESL level: 3 to 4
Kyle wants to save everyone he can after a post-tsunami earthquake hits his family's resort.

Everglades - Jean Craighead George, (978-0064461948) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-7, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 3
This book explains the natural history of the Florida Everglades including the impact people have made there.

Experiments with Weather - Salvatore Tocci, (978-0516227900) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-6, Lexile: 780, ESL level: 3 - 4
This is a helpful book which explains basic weather principles and offers ideas of experiments that help students understand, utilize, and prove the principles.

Explore the Ocean - Kay Jackson, (978-0736864060) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 3 - 4
Readers learn about the marine ecosystem with its plants, animals, and delicate balance.

Fossils - Rebecca Faulkner, (978-1410927606) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 570, ESL level: 2 - 3
Readers learn everything about fossils including their origins and formation, characteristics, and varieties; additionally, budding scientists will be delighted to find out fossils are clues to the animals they came from.

Geologists: From Pythias to Stock - William Rice, (978-0756539665) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 780, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book describes personalities and contributions of famous contributors to the field of geology including the early Greks, Friedrich Mohs, Alfred Wegener and Joann Stock.

Hands on Science Experiments: Earth - Chris Oxlade, (978-1844767120) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 370, ESL level: 2

How Many Fish in the Sea: A Book about Oceans - Linda Tagliaferro, (978-0736867863) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 2 - 3
This book contains multiple facts about oceans and their aspects including waves, currents, the ocean floor, etc.

Hurricane and Tornado - Jack Challoner, (978-0756606909) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4 - 5
Besides hurricanes and tornadoes, readers learn about other dangerous weather phenomena from all over the globe including lightning, hail, and drought; photographs, histories, and cultural beliefs add to the interest of this book.

Investigating Storms - Debra Housel, (978-0756543037) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 940, ESL level: 4 - 5
Readers learn about meteorologists and the severe storms they study all over the earth.

Jacques Cousteau: Conserving Underwater Worlds - John Zronik, (978-0778724551) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4
Read about the life and accomplishments of the famous Jacques Cousteau.

Judy Moody Saves the World - Megan McDonald, (978-0763648602) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-5, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 2 to 3
Judy inspires her class to try to save the environment with an award-winning project despite her brother's skepticism.

Just a Dream - Chris Van Allsburg, (978-0547520261) , Fiction
Interest level: 0-12, Lexile: 550, ESL level: 3
Walter's dream wakes him up to the necessity of conserving the environment.

The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane - Joanna Cole, (978-0590446877) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 2 - 3
The Magic School Bus students learn about a hurricane from being on the inside of one!

The Magic School Bus Kicks up a Storm: A Book About Weather - NA NA, (978-0439102759) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 290, ESL level: 2 - 3
The Magic School Bus transforms into a glider and rides out a storm.

The Man Who Named the Clouds - Julie Hannah, (978-0807549742) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 910, ESL level: 3 - 4
Luke Howard's youthful interest in weather and particularly clouds led him to creating a weather system people still use to today for classifying types of clouds.

My Season with Penguins: An Artarctic Journal - Sophie Webb, (978-0618432349) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 3 - 4
This journal details scientist Sophie Webb's visit to Antartica to draw and observe the Adelie penguins.

Natural Disasters: A Chapter Book - Madeline Boskey, (978-0516229188) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 2-5, Lexile: 570, ESL level: 2 - 3
In this book, readers will learn about how studying hurricanes, tornadoes, El Nino, and other natural disasters helps scientists learn about their formation and prediction.

Nightmare on the Titanic - William Caper, (978-1597163620) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 760, ESL level: 3
Find out about the events leading up to the crash of the Titanic in 1912 when it hit a fierce iceberg and sank, killing hundreds of people.

Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays - Molly Bang, (805-053964) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, ESL level: 3 to 4
A woman attempts to put a halt to a chemical company's dumping its waste into a Texas waterway.

Ocean Food Webs - Paul Fleisher, (978-0822567325) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 3 - 4
The interrelated food webs of ocean animals, particularly birds, provide the content of the book.

Ocean Life - Carolyn Franklin, (978-0531204511) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 940, ESL level: 2 - 3
Learn about a wonderful variety of strange and amazing creatures who inhabit the world's oceans.

Ocean Mammals - Elaine Landau, (978-0516261102) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 870, ESL level: 3 - 4
This book offers lots of interesting information about ocean animals: beloved dolphins, mysterious manatees and walruses, and awesome whales among others.

Ocean Monsters - Natalie Lunis, (978-1597167130) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 2 - 3
Learn about enormous sea monsters of the past.

Oceans: Underwater Worlds - Laura Purdie Salas, (978-1404830974) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 3
Complete with a glossary, this book gives information about the oceans' animal and plant life, the water cycle, and the dangers oceans face from human neglect.

Octopuses, Squids, and Cuttlefish - Trudi Trueit, (978-0531163771) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 990, ESL level: 3 - 4
With fantastic photographs and helpful illustrations, this book gives information about cuttlefish, squids, and octopuses.

Partners in the Sea - Mary Jo Rhodes, (978-0516254920) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 3
Marine plants and animals have all kinds of relationships with each other to help their partners.

Planet Earth/Inside Out - Gail Gibbons, (978-0688158491) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-7, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 3
This book describes the formation of the earth throughout history.

Planet Patrol - Marybeth Lorbiecki, (978-1587285141) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-7, ESL level: 3
In this book, children learn they have the power to improve problems of the earth including all kinds of pollution, species extinction, and overpopulation.

Recycle This Book - Dan Gutman, (978-0385737210) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-9, ESL level: 3 to 4
This collection of essays by children's authors stresses the importance of conservation and recycling.

Reefs - Sally Walker, (978-0822579977) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 680, ESL level: 3 - 4
Find out how different kinds of reefs develop and differ from each other.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach - Brenda Woods, (978-0142421864) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-12, Lexile: 660, ESL level: 3
Saint, a young boy, finds his dog Shadow and accompanies the pet and an older acquaintance to a hurricane shelter during Hurricane Katrina.

Sand Dollar Summer - Kimberly Jones, (978-1416958345) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-8, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 3
A summer in Maine along the shore turns out to be less than idyllic when Lise and her young, mute brother experience some challenges including a hurricane.

Shaping the Earth - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, (978-0395856918) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 550, ESL level: 3 - 4
In this book, readers learn about the internal forces that created the earth and how they continue to shape it.

Shipwreck - Gordon Korman, (978-0439164566) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 610, ESL level: 4
Several teens embark on a last-chance, imposed ocean journey mandated because of their various types of bad behavior, but the challenge of a deadly storm unifies them as they attempt to survive with few resources.

Storm Runners - Barbara Mitchelhill, (978-1842706404) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-8, Lexile: 630, ESL level: 3 - 4
A group of dangerously scheming meterologists in Scotland try to control the weather with evil intentions, but two young girls try to expose them.

Sylvia Earle: Guardian of the Sea - Beth Baker, (978-0822549611) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 3 - 4
This biography describes the adventurous life of deep sea diver, Sylvia Earle, who became a famous and groundbreaking marine biologist.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion - Loree Griffin Burns, (978-0618581313) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1200, ESL level: 5

Tsunamis - Lisa Bullard, (978-0822588290) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 530, ESL level: 2 - 3
Learn about characteristics and origins of tsunamis; also find out how to stay safe in you are near one.

Twisters! - Kate Hayden, (978-0756658809) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-5, Lexile: 490, ESL level: 2
Readers learn about the causes, formation, and short and long-term effects of tornadoes.

Waves: Energy on the Move - Darlene Stille, (978-0756512590) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 970, ESL level: 2 - 3
This book explores not only ocean waves, but also waves of sound and light.

What Will the Weather Be? - Lynda DeWitt, (?978-0064451130) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 500, ESL level: 3 - 4
Readers come to understand weather's basic components and how meteorologists use the information they collect with various instruments to make weather predictions.

Where Does Lightning Come From? - June Preszler, (978-0736867542) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 3-6, Lexile: 690, ESL level: 2
This book explores weather phenomena that arise with unsettled weather.

The Young Man and the Sea - Rodman Philbrick, (978-0439368308) , Fiction
Interest level: 3-12, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 3
Young Skiff needs to earn a living after his mother dies, so he goes off alone to catch a large tuna in the ocean.

Middle School to Young Adult Books

Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean - Sarah Stewart Taylor, (?978-1423113379) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1080, ESL level: 4 - 5
A young reporter sees Amelia Earhart off as she leaves Newfoundland and receives news of her arrival in Ireland after less than 24 hours; Earhart's goal was to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane.

The Ancient Ocean Blues - Jack Mitchell, (978-0887768323) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 800, ESL level: 4 - 5
A supporter of the classic Julius Caesar braves an oceanic journey fraught with perils in order to try and keep Cicero from preventing Caesar's rise to power.

Cave Sleuths - Laurie Lindop, (978-0761327028) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 1220, ESL level: 5
Readers learn about cave science (speleology), particularly how caves form, what natural life there is in them, and what some famous caves are like.

Dance of the Continents - Roy Gallant, (978-0761409625) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1120, ESL level: 5
The historical approach in this book add's to the reader's knowledge of ancient Greek views of geological formations to the present reliance on plate tectonic movements and earthquake predictions.

Dive: My Adventures in the Deep Frontier - Sylvia Earle, (978-0792271444) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1230, ESL level: 4 - 5
The author, a scientist, tells about her adventures collecting information while working in or near the oceans.

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea - Steve Jenkins, (978-0618966363) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-9, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 4 - 5
By going to the very bottom of the ocean floor, readers learn about plants, animals, birds, and other ocean phenomena.

The Down-To-Earth Guide to Global Warming - Laurie David, (978-0439024945) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4
This comprehensive look at the causes, effects, and solutions to global warming presents an eye-catching look at ways young people can help solve its problems.

Droughts - Judith Fradin, (978-1426303395) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 6-10, Lexile: 1060, ESL level: 3 - 4
This book describes droughts and the ways science recommends the government should deal with them; it also reviews famous droughts of history.

Ecology - Donna Latham, (978-1410933362) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 4
Plants and animals rely on a tenuous but complex system of interrelatedness; ecosystems can be affected by violent weather as well as other sources of cataclysmic change.

Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13 - Richard Farr, (978-0374319755) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1050, ESL level: 4 - 5
A younger member of Robert Scott's exploration in Antaractica describes his findings on penguins and the challenges of researching during unpredictable weather.

Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places - Donna Jackson, (978-0618777068) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 4-9, Lexile: 1130, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book follows the careers of three different "extreme" scientists whose jobs take them to dangerous places and situations.

Flash Point - Sneed Collard, (?978-1561453856) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-10, Lexile: 830, ESL level: 4
Luther's after-school work with a vet who helps birds of prey forces him to think about the impact of community land use despite alienating his friends, family, and community with his new beliefs.

Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming - Andrew Weaver, (978-1554698042) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1070, ESL level: 4
How does global warming occur and what are its solutions? This book presents a careful look at this all-encompassing problem.

Geysers: When Earth Roars - Roy Gallant, (978-0531158388) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1110, ESL level: 5
This book discusses the formation and location of geysers, their make-up, uses, and future.

Global Warming - , (978-1599053493) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1040, ESL level: 4
This book discusses global warming's effects on the environment and efforts to reduce its power.

Holding up the Earth - Dianne Gray, (978-0618007035) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-10, Lexile: 880, ESL level: 3 - 4
A fourteen-year-old foster daughter learns about the richness of farm life while visiting a Nebraska farmstead and reading her foster mother's family's dairies and old letters.

Hurricane Force: In the Path of America's Deadliest Storms - Joseph Treaster, (978-0753460863) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1170, ESL level: 4 - 5
Aided with vivid photographs and excerpts from real newspapers, this book describes the formation, scientific response, lasting effects, and personal reactions to strong hurricanes.

Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe - David Sheldon, (978-1580893428) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-8, Lexile: 940, ESL level: 4
William Beebe, a scientist who loved nature from the time he was a young boy, explored many aspects of nature including the ocean and the rain forest, and forwarded the practice of ecology.

Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer, (978-0152058265) , Fiction
Interest level: 6-12, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 4 - 5
A young teen relates the story of how a meteor strike affects her family and the world with its resulting earthquakes, tsunamis, and erupting volcanoes.

Nation - Terry Pratchett, (978-0061433016) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 790, ESL level: 4 - 5

Ocean - Miranda MacQuitty, (978-0756607104) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1160, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book shows the amazing diversity of life and phenomena in the ocean; plenty of graphics make it all easy to imagine.

Ocean, Tidal, and Wave Energy: Power from the Sea - Lynn Peppas, (978-0778729198) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 1090, ESL level: 4 - 5
Readers learn how power can be harnessed from a variety of water sources; advantages and also drawbacks discussed make this an up-to-date book.

Reducing Pollution - John Coad, (978-1432924904) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 1030, ESL level: 4
The modern way of life is at odds with protecting the environment, but responsible partners in industry and waste disposal can make a difference in conserving Earth's bounty.

Rocks, Gems, and Minerals - Trudi Strain Trueit, (978-0531121955) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1120, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book helps readers appreciate the wonder of the formation of rocks and minerals.

A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold, (978-0345345059) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, ESL level: 4 to 5
Aldo Leopold discusses his beautiful surroundings in central Wisconsin and introduces suggestions about how to preserve our natural environment.

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson, (978-0618249060) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, ESL level: 4
Rachel Carson's classic book admonishing the world to beware the use of pesticides and other chemicals and describing their effects on the natural world became a leading force in the enviromental movement and caused the banning of DDT.

The Talking Earth - Jean Craighead George, (978-0064402125) , Fiction
Interest level: 4-12, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 3 - 4

The Talking Earth - Jean Craighead George, (978-0064402125) , Fiction
Interest level: 7-12, Lexile: 770, ESL level: 4
Interested in the stories her ancestors told, Billie goes on a "pilgrimage"" to the Florida Everglades where she ""listens"" to the communications the earth gives her."

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth - Rochelle Strauss, (978-1553376699) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 5-9, Lexile: 910, ESL level: 4
An exploration of the five kingdoms of biology introduces readers to the ideas of biological classification of species and biodiversity.

Venturing the Deep Sea - Laurie Lindop, (978-0761327011) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1200, ESL level: 4 - 5
See the eyes of the ocean floor through the scientists who work there.

The Voyage of the Continental - Katherine Kirkpatrick, (978-0823415809) , Fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 670, ESL level: 3 - 4
A young orphan girl follows a call for settlers to go to the Washington Territories (modern-day Seattle); she not only makes the ocean trip to her new location but also grows as a person, makes friends, and survives when someone tries to kill her.

We are the Weather Makers - Tim Flannery, (?978-0763636562) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1280, ESL level: 4 - 5
Readers learn about the history of weather and how people are responsible for preventing climate catastrophes of the future.

Weather - Brian Cosgrove, (978-0756607371) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, Lexile: 1220, ESL level: 4 - 5
Photographs take readers on an amazing journey through different weather patterns and phenomena.

Wish Me Luck - James Heneghan, (978-0440227649) , Fiction
Interest level: 5-12, Lexile: 680, ESL level: 4
Jamie's father sends his son, along with other children, to Canada during WWII in order to escape the terrible London bombing, but (based on a true account of the bombing of a children's transport) the ship members face possible death when their ship come

Books for Mature Teens and Adults

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It - Al Gore, (978-1594865671) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, Lexile: 1070, ESL level: 4
This book summarizes all the arguments for trying to save the environment from global warming's effects and how to prevent its increase.

The Armchair Environmentalist - Karen Christensen, (978-1840728620) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, ESL level: 5
In this book, readers get specific suggestions of everyone can use small steps to help save the environment.

David Suzuki's Green Book - David Suzuki, (978-1553652939) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 9-12, ESL level: 4 to 5
Suzuki discusses the effort and benefits of green living.

Earth in the Balance - Al Gore, (159-4866376) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 8-12, ESL level: 4
This book trumpets the necessity of political involvement in global warming and mankind's responsibility towardpreventing more global warming and alleviating its effects.

El Nino: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife - Caroline Arnold, (978-0618551101) , Non-fiction
Interest level: 10-12, Lexile: 1250, ESL level: 4 - 5
This book goes into the effects the weather phenomenon El Nino has on the weather, the human populace, and the animal kingdom.