February 15, 2005

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          Adamczyk, Peter, Paul-Francis Law. Electricity and Magnetism (Usborne Understanding Science) , Andy Burton Publisher: E.D.C. Publishing; (March 1, 1994)
ISBN: 0746009941, Young Adult.

          Asimov, Isaac. Illustrated by Matthew Kalmenoff. How did we find out about electricity? New York, Walker [1973] Series: How did we find out ...
Traces man's knowledge and use of electricity from early Greek experiments to the invention of the telegraph, telephone, and electric light.

          Bailey, Jacqu. Charged Up. Matthew Lilly Publisher: Picture Window Books; (March 1, 2004) ISBN: 1404805680 Age 9-12.
          Berger, Melvin. Illustrated by Carolyn Croll. Switch On, Switch Off ; Harper Trophy; Reissue edition (September 4, 2001) ISBN: 006445097X . Series: Let's-read-and-find-out science book.
Explains how electricity is produced and transmitted, how to create electricity using an electrical wire and a magnet, how generators supply electricity for cities, and how electricity works in homes.

          Birch,  Beverley  Robin Bell Corfield. Benjamin Franklin's Adventures With Electricity. (Science Stories Series) Barron's Educational Series; (August 1, 1996)
ISBN: 0812097904
This short and easy-to-read book (especially appropriate for 2nd thru 5th grade) provides a meaty and interesting story of Ben Franklin's experiments with electricity. Without getting too technical, the story explains things that Franklin discovered about which materials conduct electricity and which don't, the connections he made between static electricity and lightning and details of his famous experiment with a kite in a thunderstorm. Very interesting and nicely illustrated with full-color pictures throughout.


          Cast, C. Vance, Sue Wilkinson. Where Does Electricity Come From? (The Clever Calvin) : Barron's Educational Series; (May 1, 1992).
ISBN: 0812048350 Explains, in simple terms, what electricity is and how it is generated. Age 4-8.


          Cole, Joanna,illustrated by Bruce Degen. The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip. New York : Scholastic Press, 1997.
Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town's electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used.


          Cousins, Margaret. The Story of Thomas Alva Edison. (Landmark Books) Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (August 12, 1981).
ISBN: 0394848837.
Young readers will be enthralled by the amazing story of inventor Thomas Edison, a genius who forever changed life in the 20th century--and beyond. By the end of his career, Edison had invented the light bulb, motion pictures, and the phonograph and made improvements in almost every other means of communication in use today.
          Good, Keith.: Zap it! : exciting electricity activities. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, 1999. Series: Design it.
Introduces the basics behind the operation of various battery-powered electrical devices and provides instructions for making some simple devices that use different kinds of circuits and switches.
          Markle, Sandra. Power up : experiments, puzzles, and games exploring electricity . New York : Atheneum, c1989.
Presents activities to investigate the nature of electricity.
           Mayes Susan. Where Does Electricity Come From? (Usborne Starting Point Science Series) by E.D.C. Publishing; (June 1, 1989) ISBN: 0746003587. Age 4-8.

          Parker, Steve. Electricity, EYEWITNESS Dorling Kindersley Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2000).
ISBN: 0789467119
Discusses the properties of electricity and describes how it is made and used. Discover the story of electricity -- from the earliest discoveries to the technology that has transformed our lives. Here is a spectacular, thought-provoking and highly informative guide to the amazing power of electricity. Superb full-color photography of original equipment, 3-D models and scientific experiments gives a unique ""eyewitness"" view of how scientists have gradually begun to unravel the mysteries of this powerful natural force. Age: 8 to 12.

          Seuling, Barbara. Flick a Switch. Nancy Tobin Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (August 1, 2003) ISBN: 0823417298 Age: 4-8.
          Stille, Darlene R. Electricity. Minneapolis, Minn. : Compass Point Books, 2001. Series: Simply science.
          Tagliaferro, Linda. Thomas Edison. Lerner Publications; (April 1, 2003)
ISBN: 0822546892.
The life of this remarkable inventor and scientific genius is explored in lively and accessible detail. Grade 6-9.
          Whalley, Margaret. Electricity and Magnetism. Kate Graham Publisher: Two-Can Publishing LLC; Bk&CD Rom edition (May 1, 2000)
ISBN: 1587284510 Age 9-12.
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