Force, Motion and Gravity

These great books support the National Science Standards for Physical Science and Science as Inquiry.

And Everyone Shouted, “Pull!” A First Look at Forces and Motion.  Claire Llewellyn.  Picture Window Books, 2004.
The laws of physics present problems for the farmer and his animals as they try to take their goods to market.  A fun introduction.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Forces Make Things Move.  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  HarperCollins, 2005.
Bradley makes abstract concepts relatable to everyday experiences: forces, reactions, inertia, friction and gravity.  Way too much for one sitting, but useful to pick and choose topics from.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Gravity is a Mystery.  Franklyn M. Branley.  HarperCollins, 2007.
Simple, child friendly terminology explain force, weight and gravity.  A scientist and his dog guide us through the clear, bright illustrations.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

I Fall Down.  Vicki Cobb.  HarperCollins, 2004.
Simple experiments for introducing gravity.  Helpful tips for teachers and parents.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Meet Einstein. Mariels Kleiner.  Meet Books, 2011.
Delightful introduction to what scientists do and how kids can be scientists.  The concepts of light and gravity are explored.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow.  Darlene R. Stille.  Picture Window Books, 2004.
A simple introduction to what makes things move and stop.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Move It! : Motion, Forces and You.  Adrienne Mason.  Kids Can Press, 2005.
Very basic information presented in a conversational format with hands-on activities throughout.  Includes a page by page guide for teachers and parents.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

Newton and Me.  Lynne Mayer, Sylvan Dell, 2010.
A young boy learns about Newton’s Laws of Motion while riding his bike, pulling a wagon and playing with his dog, Newton.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

Roller Coaster.  Marla Frazee.  Harcourt, 2003.
A delightfully simple story about a girl who rides a roller coaster for the first time with eleven other people, all of whom set their fears aside.  Picture Book.

Waking Upside Down.  Philip Heckman.  Atheneum, 1996.
A boy is upset when he has to trade bedrooms with his sisters.  On the first night in his new room, he wakes up on the ceiling.  Defying the laws of gravity, he explores the house from a different perspective.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Zoom! Diane Adams.  Peachtree, 2005.
A boy is finally tall enough for his first roller coaster ride.  Dad ends up being the one who is scared.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-1st grade

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