Recommendations for Adults:
Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye (Nov 2015)
Former host of Bill Nye the Science Guy challenges common misunderstandings about global warming while outlining the scientific community's potential for solving key energy and environmental problems. Also check out his other book: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Nov 2014).
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky (Jul 2016)
A collection of artworks inspired by the lives and achievements of fifty famous women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, from the ancient world to the present, profiles each notable individual.
Star Talk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond by Neil deGrasse Tyson
A companion to the celebrated scientist's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel series combines the subjects of his favorite talks with comprehensive fun facts, thought-provoking sidebars, and vivid imagery.
Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery by Caren Cooper (Dec 2016)
Cites the essential contributions of millions of ordinary people who contribute to the scientific process by volunteering in cooperation with scientists to help collect and discover information, tracing the history of citizen scientists and how they are reshaping scientific awareness.
The Science Book (Jul 2014)
This book is a visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics with eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts.
Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science by Dave Levitan (Apr 2017)
A revelatory examination of the political tricks used to subvert scientific progress cites the notorious tactics and debates employed by government leaders to rationalize misconduct or promote non-scientific agendas.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore (Jul 2017)
A call to action, exposing the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and groundbreaking information on what you can do now.
Recommendations for Teens:
The Science of Science Fiction by Matthew Brenden Wood (Feb 2017)
Uncovers the real science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, exploring such topics as time travel, cloning, artificial intelligence, and life on other planets.
Other science related titles in the Inquire and Investigate series include: Genetics, Physics, Forensics, Chemistry and The Brain.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (Sep 2014)
The creator of the webcomic xkcd.com provides hilarious and scientifically informative answers to questions that can never by physically solved, but are fun to think about. Also check out Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words.
Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel by Nancy F. Castaldo (Feb 2017)
An introduction to how animals communicate, express feelings, use tools and work in social groups draws on scientific interviews and historical anecdotes to share related insights into the work of famous animal researchers and how modern understandings are revolutionizing old theories.
Eureka!: 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History by John Grant (Aug 2016)
From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, this book explains how fifty scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding - and how they spent their free time.
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman (Sep 2014)
A summary of today's environmental challenges also counsels teens on how to decode conflicting information, explaining the role of vested interests while identifying the sources behind different opinions and sharing suggested online resources to help teens make informed consumer choices.
50 Things You Should Know About Wild Weather by Anna Claybourne (Mar 2016)
Discusses mundane and extreme forms of weather including sandstorms, blizzards, and ball lightning. Other science related titles in the 50 Things You Should Know About series include: Space, Inventions, the Environment, and the Human Body.
Recommendations for Children:
At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye (Apr 2017)
Traveling to Antarctica for a science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist. This is the first book in Jack and the Geniuses series.
Science Year by Year (Mar 2017)
A visual encyclopedia for children combines engaging facts and more than 1,200 images to chronicle key developments in the history of science and technology, from stone tools and simple machines to rockets and robots.
Unmasking the Science of Superpowers! by Jordan D. Brown (Sep 2016)
Did you know that advancements in robotics could soon make super-powered suits a reality? Or that some people have a rare gene that gives them superstrong bones? Hold onto your cape, you're about to become an expert on the high-flying science behind superpowers!
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects by Jack Challoner (Jul 2016)
Presents over two dozen simple science activities using food, common household objects, water and the outdoors.
Gravity by Jason Chin (Apr 2014)
Introduces the scientific principles of gravity using researched, simple, explanations of its essential role in the universe.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty (Sep 2016)
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
Baby Loves Quarks! by Ruth Spiro (Oct 2016)
Offers a simplified explanation of quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms, and molecules. Also check out Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
I Am Jane Goodall by Brad Meltzer (Sep 2016)
Presents an illustrated biography of the conservationist and scientist known for her world with chimpanzees and her championing of animal rights. Also check out I Am Albert Einstein.
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson (Oct 2014)
A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record.
Full Steam Ahead! by Paul A. Reynolds (Sep 2014)
Twins Sydney and Simon learn about the water cycle and use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to solve the problem of their stuck window and thirsty flowers.
Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith (Nov 2013)
This story of tech-savvy siblings Nick and Tesla finds them constructing outrageous scientific devices to assist their brilliant government engineer uncle and rescue their missing parents. First in a series.