Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Bibliography for Middle Schoolers

We just shared the following bibliography with a local middle school teacher who is having WATER as his classroom theme all this year. If you are looking for something for your middle schooler, this is a good place to start. If you need a different book recommendation, send an email to askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.

Happy reading!

Easy Readers

Cole, Joanna, and Bruce Degen. The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1986.

Cole, Joanna, and Bruce Degen. The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor. New York: Scholastic, 1992.

Locker, Thomas. Water Dance. Orlando: Harcourt, 1997.

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Wreck of the Zephyr. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

Chapter Books

Hamilton, Virginia, and Jerry Pinkney. Drylongso. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

Henkes, Kevin. Bird Lake Moon. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Hiaasen, Carl. Flush. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water: a Novel. New York: Clarion Books, 2010.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Revenge of the Whale: the True Story of the Whaleship Essex.New York: G.P. Putnam, 2002.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ninth Ward. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2010.

Richards, James. Three Rivers Rising: a Novel of the Johnstown Flood.


Bang, Molly. Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2000.

Berne, Jennifer and Eric Puybaret. Manfish: a Story of Jacques Cousteau. San Francisco [CA]: Chronicle Books, 2008.

Cohen, Sheila. Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2010.

Lawlor, Laurie, and Laura Beingessner. Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World. New York: Holiday House, 2012.

Nivola, Claire A. Life in the Ocean: the Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. New York: Frances Foster Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.


Ballard, Robert D. Exploring the Titanic. New York: Scholastic, 1988.

Jenkins, Steve. Down, Down, Down: a Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

McKinney, Barbara Shaw, and Michael S Maydak. A Drop around the World. Nevada City, Calif.: Dawn Publications, 1998.

Pringle, Laurence. Ice! The Amazing History of the Ice Business. Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, 2012.

Wargin, Kathy-Jo, and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. Chelsea, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2003.

Wick, Walter. A Drop of Water: a Book of Science and Wonder. New York: Scholastic, 1997.