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Rolling Readers Space Coast, Inc. Commentary:

Everyday day of the week, many of our children wake up and go to bed without understanding the effort that’s needed to keep the basic amenities or modern life available. Kids are unaware of the sources of energy that powers their lights and electronics, the origin of the water they brush, rinse, and shower with, and what about the funky smelling stuff that fuels the heat and those gas stoves. We want to enlighten the younger kids on this knowledge, so we chose to highlight Chris Butterworth’s book, How Does My Home Work?, as March’s S.T.E.M. book of the month. In this book, the author describes the sources of electricity, water and gas for the house as well as how one can start saving energy. Good for Grades K-3rd and an educational and interesting book to read aloud to children in any grade.


From Booklist

“Gaggiotti’s lively, retro-style illustrations aptly complement Butterworth’s educational narrative. The book closes with examples of ways kids can actively do their part to save energy. An ideal book for inquisitive minds.”

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From School Library Journal

Butterworth packs a great deal of information into an inviting format…this work presents a great way to assist little ones in understanding the larger world. A recommended purchase for individual sharing that is also a great opener for group lessons on everyday technology.

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Additional books about energy:

Oscar and the Bird by Geoff Waring


“Another Oscar book that introduces simple scientific concepts to children. Some lovely visual representations of scientific concepts, and good models for asking questions to extend learning”

-PreK to 3rd-

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

“When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.”
– Grades 4 to 7 –

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