The list is divided into 3 groups:

Preschool-lower elementary (grades 2 and below)
Upper elementary-grade 6
Middle school and up

These levels are suggestions only. Many books are appropriate at more than one level.

Preschool-lower elementary

Adler, David. A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin. Holiday House, 1991.
Adler, David. A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison. Holiday House, 1999.
Beech, Linda. The Magic School Bus in the Haunted Museum: A Book about Sound.
Scholastic Paperbacks, 1995.
Berger, Melvin. Oil Spill! HarperTrophy, 1994.
Berger, Melvin and Carolyn Croll. Switch On, Switch Off. Harper Trophy, 2001.
Bickerstaff, Linda. Oil Power of the Future: New Ways of Turning Petroleum into
Energy. Rosen Publishing Group, 2002.
Bowden, Rob. Future Energy. Stargazer Books, 2006.
Bowden, Rob. Wind Energy. Stargazer Books, 2006.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Energy Makes Things Happen. HarperTrophy, 2003.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Forces Make Things Move. HarperTrophy, 2005.
Branley, Franklyn M. and True Kelley. What Makes a Magnet? HarperTrophy, 1996.
Brimner, Larry Dane. The Messy Lot. Children’s Press, 2002.
Brown, Don. Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Brown, Elizabeth Ferguson. Coal Country Christmas. Boyds Mill Press, 2003.
Cast, C. Vance. Where Does Electricity Come From? Barron’s Educational Series, 1992.
Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako. Putnam Juvenile, 1997.
Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip. Scholastic Paperbacks,
Cooper, Sharon Katz. Using Coal, Oil and Gas. Heinemann, 2007.
Dooling, Michael. Young Thomas Edison. Holiday House, 2005.
Fowler, Allan. Energy from the Sun. Children’s Press, 1998.
Fowler, Allan. Simple Machines. Children’s Press, 2001.
Giacobello, John. Nuclear Power of the Future: New Ways of Turning Atoms Into
Energy. Rosen Publishing Group, 2003.
Gibbons, Gail. Recycle: A Handbook for Kids. Little, Brown Young Readers, 1996.
Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. Scholastic Paperbacks, 2006.
Glover, David. Sound and Light. Kingfisher, 2002.
Green, Jen. Energy Crisis. Chrysalis Children’s Books, 2005.
Green, Jen. Why Should I Recycle? Barron’s Educational Series, 2005.
Green, Jen. Why Should I Save Energy? Barron’s Educational Series, 2005.
Green, Jen. Why Should I Save Water? Barron’s Educational Series, 2005.
Guillain, Charlotte. Reusing and Recycling. Heinemann, 2008.
Guillain, Charlotte. Saving Energy. Heinemann, 2008.
Harlow, Rosie. Energy and Power. Kingfisher, 2002.
Harlow, Rosie. Garbage and Recycling. Kingfisher, 2002.
Harness, Cheryl. The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin. National Geographic, 2005.
Hayhurst, Chris. Biofuel Power of the Future: New Ways of Turning Organic Matter into
Energy. Rosen Publishing, 2003.
Hendershot, Judith. In Coal Country. Dragonfly Books, 1992.
Hock, Peggy. Our Earth: Clean Energy. Children’s Press, 2008.
Hunter, Rebecca. Energy. Raintree, 2000.
Ishii, Takayuki. One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children’s
Peace Statue. Laurel Leaf, 2001.
Krensky, Stephen. Ben Franklin and His First Kite. Aladdin, 2002.
Lauber, Patricia. Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs. HarperTrophy, 1995.
Lilly, Melinda. Energy. Rourke Publishing, 2006.
Madden, Don. The Wartville Wizard. Aladdin, 1993.
Maruki, Toshi. Hiroshima No Pika. HarperCollins, 1982.
Mason, Adrienne. Move It!: Motion, Forces and You. Kids Can Press, 2005.
Moore, Suse and Andy Elkerton. Max Power and the Bagpipes. Jack Hook, 2006.
Morimoto, Junko. My Hiroshima. Puffin, 1992.
Mortensen, Lori. Thomas Edison: Inventor, Scientist, and Genius. Picture Window Books,
Murphy, Patricia J. Push and Pull. Children’s Press, 2002.
Nelson, Sara Elizabeth. Let’s Save Energy. Pebble Books, 2006.
Nelson, Sara Elizabeth. Let’s Save Water. Pebble Books, 2006.
Oxlade, Chris. Energy and Movement. Children’s Press, 1999.
Oxlade, Chris. Energy Supplies. Franklin Watts, 2004.
Parker, Lewis. John D. Rockefeller and the Oil Industry. PowerKids Press, 2003.
Pfeffer, Wendy. Sounds All Around. HarperTrophy, 1999.
Rand, Gloria. Prince William. Henry Holt and Co., 1994.
Rice, James. Gaston Lays an Offshore Pipeline. Pelican Publishing Company, 2007.
Riddle, John. Coal Power of the Future: New Ways of Turning Coal into Energy. Rosen
Publishing, 2003.
Rylant, Cynthia. When I Was Young in the Mountains. Puffin, 1993.
Sadler, Wendy. Energy: Get Moving! Raintree, 2005.
Stevens, Don. The Adventures of Bruce Trail Enviro P.I.: “It Just Takes a Hand to Put
the Trash in the Can”. Andrew Camp, 2004.
Stille, Darlene R. Energy: Heat, Light, and Fuel. Picture Window Books, 2002.
Stille, Darlene R. Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow. Picture Window Books, 2004.
Tgliaferro, Linda. Thomas Edison: Inventor of the Age of Electricity. Lerner Publications,
Trumbauer, Lisa. All About Heat. Children’s Press, 2004.
Trumbauer, Lisa. All About Light. Children’s Press, 2004.
Trumbauer, Lisa. What Is Electricity? Children’s Press, 2004.
Trumbauer, Lisa. What Is Gravity? Children’s Press, 2004.
Wallace, Ian. Boy of the Deeps. Groundwood Books, 2005.
Wallace, Nancy. Recycle Every Day! Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2006.
Weber, Rebecca. Feel the Power: Energy All Around. Compass Point Books, 2002.
White, Nancy. The Magic School Bus: Gets A Bright Idea, A Book About Light.
Scholastic Paperbacks, 1999.
Whitehouse, Patty. Energy Everywhere. Rourke Publishing, 2007.
Wheeler, Jill C. Earth Moves: Get There With Energy to Spare. ABDO & Daughters,
Wishinsky, Frieda. What’s the Matter with Albert?:A Story of Albert Einstein. Maple
Tree Press, 2004.

Upper elementary-grade 6

Armstrong, Jennifer. Theodore Roosevelt Letters from a Young Coal Miner. Winslowhouse International, 2001.
Barasch, Lynne. Ask Albert Einstein. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. A Coal Miner’s Bride: the Diary of Anetka Kaminska.
Scholastic, 2000.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Growing Up in Coal Country. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Bledsoe, Karen E. Energy Sources. Perfection Learning, 2004.
Bowden, Rob. Energy. KidHaven Press, 2003.
Brallier, Jess. Who Was Albert Einstein? Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.
Burton, Jane. The Nature and Science of Energy. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1998.
Carr, Terry. Spill! The Story of the Exxon Valdez. Franklin Watts, 1991.
Challoner, Jack. Energy (Eyewitness). DK Children, 2000.
Delano, Marfe Ferguson. Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein. National Geographic
Children’s Books, 2005.
Delano, Marfe Ferguson. Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison.
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.
Ditchfield, Christin. Coal. Children’s Press, 2002.
Ditchfield, Christin. Oil. Children’s Press, 2004.
Ditchfield, Christin. Water. Children’s Press, 2003.
Easton, Richard. A Real American. Clarion, 2002.
Edwards, Ron. Coal. Crabtree Publishing, 2004.
Ewing, Rex A. Got Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied
Home. PixyJack Press, 2005.
Featherstone, Jane. Energy. Steck-Vaughn, 1999.
Fradin, Dennis. Who Was Benjamin Franklin? Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.
Frith, Margaret. Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? Grosset & Dunlap, 2005.
Fritz, Jean. What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? Putnam Juvenile, 1996.
Hewitt, Sally. Energy. Chrysalis, 2005.
Hirschmann, Kris. Solar Energy. KidHaven Press, 2005.
Holland, Gini. Nuclear Energy. Benchmark Books, 1996.
Jefferis, David. Green Power: Eco-Energy Without Pollution. Crabtree Publishing, 2006.
Joinson, Carla. A Diamond in the Dust. Dial, 2001.
Juettner, Bonnie. Our Environment-Energy. KidHaven Press, 2004.
Karpelenia, Jenny. Atomic Energy. Perfection Learning, 2007.
Krull, Kathleen. Isaac Newton: Giants of Science. Viking Juvenile, 2006.
Lafferty, Peter. Forces & Motion (Eyewitness). DK Children, 1999.
Landau, Elaine. The History of Energy. 21st Century, 2005.
Laughlin, Rosemary. John D. Rockefeller: Oil Baron and Philanthropist. Morgan Reynolds
Publishing, 2004.
Markle, Sandra. After the Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Then and Now. Walker and
Co., 1999.
McLeish, Ewan. Energy Resources: Our Impact on the Planet. Steck-Vaughn, 2001.
Morris, Neil. Solar Power. Smart Apple Media, 2006.
Oxlade, Chris. Amazing Science Experiments.Southwater, 2008.
Oxlade, Chris. Energy. Smart Apple Media, 2004.
Oxlade, Chris. How We Use Coal. Raintree, 2005.
Parker, Steve. Coal. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Parker, Steve. Isaac Newton and Gravity. Chelsea House, 1994.
Parker, Steve. Nuclear Energy. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Parker, Steve. Oil and Gas. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Parker, Steve. Solar Power. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Parker, Steve. Water Power. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Parker, Steve. Wind Power. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004.
Petersen, Christine. Alternative Energy. Children’s Press, 2004.
Petersen, Christine. Water Power. Children’s Press, 2004.
Petersen, Christine. Wind Power. Children’s Press, 2004.
Royston, Angela. The Day the Sun Went Out:The Sun’s Energy. Raintree, 2005.
Schanzer, Roz. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning. HarperCollins, 2002.
Sherman, Josepha. Solar Power. Capstone Press, 2004.
Silverstein, Alvin. Energy. 21st Century, 1998.
Smith, Trevor. Renewable Energy Resources: Understanding Global Issues. Smart Apple
Media, 2003.
Smuskiewicz, Alfred J. Earth’s Resources. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2007.
Snedden. Robert. Energy Transfer. Heinemann, 2001.
Stille, Darlene R. Energy. Child’s World, 2004.
Stille, Darlene R. Waves: Energy on the Move. Compass Point Books, 2005.
Stringer, John. Energy. Smart Apple Media, 2006.
Van Allsburg, Chris. Just a Dream. Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
Walker, Niki. Biomass: Fueling Change. Crabtree Publishing, 2007.
Walker, Niki. Generating Wind Power. Crabtree Publishing, 2007.
Walker, Niki. Harnessing Power from the Sun. Crabtree Publishing, 2007.
Walker, Nike. Hydrogen: Running on Water. Crabtree Publishing, 2007.
Welch, Catherine. Danger at the Breaker. First Avenue Editions, 1992.
Whyman, Kathryn. Energy and Heat. Stargazer Books, 2004.
Woodford, Chris. Energy. DK Children, 2007.
Yep, Laurence. Hiroshima. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1996.
Zemlicka, Shannon. Thomas Edison. Lerner, 2003.
Zronik, John Paul. Oil and Gas. Crabtree Publishing, 2004.

Middle school and up

Aaseng, Nathan. Business Builders in Oil. Oliver Pr Inc., 2000.
Adair, Gene. Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age. Oxford University Press,
1997.Allman, Toney. Giants of Science-J. Robert Oppenheimer. Blackbirch Press, 2005.
Brown, Paul. Energy and Resources. Franklin Watts, 2000.
Cheshire, Gerard. Energy and Matter. Smart Apple Media, 2006.
Cooper, Dan. Enrico Fermi: And the Revolutions of Modern Physics. Oxford University
Press, 1998.
Cousins, Margaret. The Story of Thomas Alva Edison. Tandem Library, 1999.
Crudden, Gabriel. The Lucent Library of Science and Technology Energy Alternatives.
Lucent Books, 2004.
Draper, Allison Stark. Hydropower of the Future: New Ways of Turning Water into
Energy. Rosen Publishing, 2003.
Fredericks, Carrie. Natural Gas. Greenhaven Press, 2006.
Greenberger, Robert. How Do We Know the Nature of Energy? Rosen Publishing Group,
Lampton, Christopher. Wernher Von Braun. Franklin Watts, 1988.
Rummel, Jack. Robert Oppenheimer: Dark Prince. Facts on File, 1992.
Saunders, Nigel. Energy Transfers. Raintree, 2005.
Saunders, Nigel. Nuclear Energy. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2007.
Segall, Grant. John D. Rockefeller. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Sherman, Jill. Oil and Energy Alternatives. Essential, 2008.
Snedden, Robert. Energy Alternatives. Heinemann, 2006.
Society of Petroleum Engineers (ed). Oil and Natural Gas. DK Adult, 2007.
Taylor, Theodore. The Bomb. Avon Flare, 1997.
Viegas, Jennifer. Kinetic And Potential Energy: Understanding Changes Within Physical
Systems. Rosen Publishing, 2004.
Woodruff, John. Energy. Raintree, 1998.