Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

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Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

The Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series, originally published by Crowell, now HarperCollins, is an American children's book series designed to educate preschoolers and young elementary school students about basic science concepts.

Many Let's Read and Find Out titles have either been reillustrated (sometimes more than once) or reissued under different titles. Some of these titles may be duplicates because of the renaming.

Early editions of the series included the following boilerplate:

A MESSAGE FROM ROMA GANS
Professor Emeritus of Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Children want to be up-to-date.
As a child reads or is read to, he feels himself stretch in importance. This is a feeling that each child should have in growing up. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books are designed to help him acquire this feeling. They are planned for the child who is eager to know.
LET'S-READ-AND-FIND-OUT SCIENCE BOOKS
  1. present basic science information
  2. are written with an understanding of how children think
  3. are brief enough for the young child to cope with
  4. are long enough to challenge him.

Since the 1990s, the series has been divided into two levels. Stage 1 books "explain simple and easily observable science concepts for preschool- and kindergarten-age children." Stage 2 books "explore more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and include hands-on activities that children can do themselves."

Let's Read and Find Out Science book list[edit]

Title Author Illustrator(s) Year Pubd. Summary Topic Stage
A Baby Starts to Grow Paul Showers Rosalind Fry 1969
A Drop of Blood Paul Showers Robert Galster 1967

1989

Human body Stage 2
A Jellyfish Is Not a Fish John E. Waters Kazue Mizumura 1979
A Map Is a Picture Barbara Rinkoff Robert Galster 1965
A Nest Full of Eggs Priscilla Belz Jenkins Lizzy Rockwell 1995
A Tree Is a Plant Clyde Bulla Lois Lignell 1960

2001

Plants and animals
Air Is All Around You Franklyn Branley Robert Galster 1962 World around us Stage 1
All Kinds of Feet Ron and Nancy Goor 1984
Almost Gone: The World's Rarest Animals Steve Jenkins 2006
An Octopus Is Amazing Patricia Lauber Holly Keller 1990
Animals in Winter Henrietta Bancroft and Richard Van Gelder Gaetano di Palma 1963
Ant Cities Arthur Dorros 1987 Plants and animals Stage 2
Archaeologists Dig for Clues Kate Duke 1996
Baby Whales Drink Milk Barbara Juster Esbensen Lambert Davis 1994 Plants and animals Stage 1
Bats in the Dark John Kaufmann 1972
Be a Friend to Trees Patricia Lauber Holly Keller 1994
Bees and Beelines Judy Hawes Aliki 1972
Before You Were a Baby Paul Showers and Kay Showers Ingrid Fetz 1968
Big Tracks, Little Tracks Millicent E. Selsam Marlene Hill Donnelly 1998 Stage 1
Birds at Night Roma Gans Aliki 1968
Birds Eat and Eat and Eat Roma Gans Ed Emberley 1963
Birds Are Flying John Kaufmann 1979
Bird Talk Roma Gans Jo Polseno 1961
Bits and Bytes: A Computer Dictionary for Beginners Seymour Simon 1985
Bugs Are Insects Anne Rockwell Steve Jenkins 2001
Cactus in the Desert Phyllis S. Busch Harriet Barton 1979 Explains how cactus survive in the deserts where there is very little water.
Camels: Ships of the Desert John E. Waters Reynold Ruffins 1974 Describes the physical characteristics of camels that enable them to withstand the heat of the desert for days at a time without water. Plants and animals
Caves Roma Gans Giulio Maestro 1976
Chirping Crickets Melvin Berger Megan Lloyd 1998 Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of crickets while giving particular emphasis to how they chirp. Plants and animals Stage 2
Comets Franklyn M. Branley Giulio Maestro 1984 Outer space Stage 2
Corals Lili Ronai Arabelle Wheatley 1976
Clouds Anne Rockwell Frane Lessac 2008
Cockroaches: Here, There and Everywhere Laurence P. Pringle James and Ruth McCrea 1971
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians Aliki 1986 Plants and animals Stage 2
Danger--Icebergs! Roma Gans Richard Rosenblum 1964

1987

Explains how icebergs are formed from glaciers, move into the ocean, create hazards to ships, and melt away. Earth science Stage 2
Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From Franklyn M. Branley Stacey Schuett 1975 Discusses the properties of light, particularly its source in heat.
Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Digging Up Dinosaurs Aliki Dinosaurs Stage 2
Dinosaur Babies Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Lucia Washburn 1999
Dinosaur Bones Aliki Dinosaurs Stage 2
Dinosaur Tracks Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Dinosaurs Big and Small Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Dinosaurs Are Different Aliki 1986 Dinosaurs Stage 2
Dolphin Talk: Whistles, Clicks and Clapping Jaws Wendy Pfeffer Helen Davie 2003
Down Come the Leaves Henrietta Bancroft Nonny Hogrogian 1961
Down Comes the Rain Franklyn M. Branley James Graham Hale 1963, 1983 Rain, rainfall, clouds
Ducks Don't Get Wet Augusta Goldin Leonard Kessler

helen K. Davie

1965, 1999 Describes the behavior or different kinds of ducks and, in particular, discusses how all ducks use preening to keep their feathers dry. Plants and animals Stage 2
Ears Are for Hearing Paul Showers Holly Keller 1990 Human body Stage 2
Earthquakes Franklyn M. Branley Richard Rosenblum 1990 Earth science Stage 2
Eclipse Franklyn M. Branley Donald Crews 1973

1988

Outer space Stage 2
Elephant Families Arthur Dorros 1994 Describes the unique qualities, status as an endangered species, and familial behavior of elephants. Plants and animals Stage 2
Energy from the Sun Melvin Berger Giulio Maestro 1976
Energy Makes Things Happen Kimberly Bradley Paul Meisel 2002
Evolution: The Story of How Life Developed on Earth Joanna Cole Aliki 1987 Earth science Stage 2
Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers Priscilla Belz Jenkins Meagan Lloyd 1996
Fat and Skinny Philip Balestrino Pam Makie 1975
Feel the Wind Arthur Dorros 1989 Weather and the seasons Stage 2
Find Out by Touching Paul Showers Robert Galster 1961
Fireflies in the Night Judy Hawes Ellen Alexander 1963

1991

Plants and animals Stage 1
Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll Franklyn Branley Ed Emberley 1964

1985

Weather and the seasons Stage 2
Floating and Sinking Franklyn M. Branley Robert Galster 1967
Floating in Space Franklyn M. Branley True Kelley 1998 Stage 2
Flying Giants of Long Ago John Kaufmann 1984 An introduction to prehistoric insects, birds and reptiles that flew.
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean Arthur Dorros 1993 Earth science Stage 2
Follow Your Nose Paul Showers Paul Galdone 1963 Stage 2
Forces Make Things Move Kimberly Bradley Paul Meisel 2005 Simple language and humorous illustrations show how forces make things move, prevent them from starting to move, and stop them from moving Stage 2
Fossils Tell of Long Ago Aliki 1972

1990

From Caterpillar to Butterfly Deborah Heiligman Bari Wrissman 1996 Stage 1
From Seed to Pumpkin Wendy Pfeffer James Graham 2004 Stage 1
From Tadpole to Frog Wendy Pfeffer Holly Keller 1994 Stage 1
Germs Make Me Sick! Melvin Berger Marylin Hafner 1985 Human body Stage 2
Get Ready for Robots Patricia Lauber True Kelley 1989
Giraffes at Home Ann Cooke Robert Quackenbush 1972
Glaciers Wendell V. Tangborn Marc Simont 1965

1988

Earth science Stage 2
Gravity Is a Mystery Franklyn M. Branley Don Madden 1970

1986

Green Grass and White Milk Aliki 1974 Briefly describes how a cow produces milk, how milk is processed in a dairy, and how various other dairy products are made from milk. [Retitled Milk from Cow to Carton?] Plants and animals Stage 2
Green Turtle Mysteries John F. Waters Mamoru Funai 1972
Hear Your Heart Paul Showers Joseph Low

Holly Keller

1968

2001

High Sounds, Low Sounds Franklyn Branley Paul Galdone 1967
Honey In a Hive Anne Rockwell S.D. Schindler 2005 An introduction to the behavior and life cycle of honeybees, with particular emphasis on the production of honey. Plants and animals Stage 2
Hot As an Ice Cube Philip Balestrino Tomie dePaula 1971
How a Seed Grows Helene Jordan Joseph Low

Loretta Krupinski

1960

1992

Plants and animals Stage 1
How Animal Babies Stay Safe Mary Ann Fraser 2001
How Do Apples Grow? Betsy Maestro Giulio Maestro 2000 Plants and animals Stage 2
How Do Birds Find Their Way? Roma Gans Paul Mirocha 1996
How Many Teeth? Paul Showers True Kelley 1962

1991

Human body Stage 1
How Mountains Are Made Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld James Graham Hale 2003
How People Learned to Fly Fran Hodgkins True Kelley 2007
How To Be a Nature Detective Millicent E. Selsam Marlene Hill Donnelly 1958

1963

1995

How To Talk to Your Computer Seymour Simon 1985
How We Learned the Earth Is Round Patricia Lauber Megan Lloyd 1990 Explains various changes in humanity's beliefs about the shape of the earth, from the flat earth theories of the ancients to the round earth theories that were proven true by the voyages of Columbus and Magellan. Earth science Stage 2
How You Talk Paul Showers Robert Galster 1966 Human body Stage 2
Hummingbirds in the Garden Roma Gans 1969
Hungry Sharks John F. Waters Ann Dalton 1973 A brief introduction to the physical characteristics and habits of the shark.
Hurricane Watch Franklyn M. Branley Giulio Maestro 1985 Weather and the seasons Stage 2
I Can Tell by Touching Carolyn Otto Nadine Wescott 1994
I'm Growing Aliki 1992 Human body Stage 1
Icebergs Roma Gans Bobri 1964
In the Night Paul Showers Ezra Jack Keats 1961
Is There Life in Outer Space? Franklyn M. Branley Don Madden 1984
It's Nesting Time Roma Gans Kazue Mizumura 1964
Journey Into a Black Hole Franklyn M. Branley Marc Simont 1988 Outer space Stage 2
Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home Judy Hawes Ed Emberley 1967
Life In a Coral Reef Wendy Pfeffer Steve Jenkins 2009 Stage 2
Light Is All Around Us Wendy Pfeffer Paul Meisel 2014 Stage 2
Little Dinosaurs and Early Birds John Kaufmann 1977
Look at Your Eyes Paul Showers Paul Galdone 1962 Human body Stage 1
Look Out for Turtles Melvin Berger Megan Lloyd 1992

2000

Describes the remarkable turtle that can live almost anywhere, eat almost anything, range in size from tiny to gigantic, and live longer than any other animal.
Me and My Family Tree Paul Showers Don Madden 1978
Meet the Computer Seymour Simon Barbara Emberley 1985
Millions and Millions of Crystals Roma Gans Giulio Maestro 1973
Mission to Mars Franklyn M. Branley True Kelley 2002
Mushrooms and Molds Robert Froman Grambs Miller 1972
My Daddy Longlegs Judy Hawes Walter Lorraine 1972
My Feet Aliki 2001 Human body Stage 1
My Five Senses Aliki 1962 Human body Stage 1
My Hands Aliki 1960

1992

Human body Stage 1
My Pet Hamster Anne Rockwell Bernice Lum 2002 Stage 1
My Visit to the Dinosaurs Aliki 1969

1995

Dinosaurs Stage 2
No Measles, No Mumps for Me Paul Showers Harriett Barton 1980
North, South, East and West Franklyn M. Branley 1966
Oil: The Buried Treasure Roma Gans Giulio Maestro 1975 Briefly discusses how oil is formed, how it is recovered from the ground, and its many uses.
Oil Spill! Melvin Berger Paul Mirocha 1994
On the Move! Deborah Heiligman Lizzy Rockwell 1996 Human body Stage 1
Opossum Kazue Mizumura 1974
Oxygen Keeps You Alive Franklyn M. Branley Don Madden 1971
Penguin Chick Betty Tatham Helen K. Davie 2002 Stage 2
Plants in Winter Joanna Cole Kazue Mizumura 1973
Pop! A Book About Bubbles Kimberly Bradley Margaret Miller 2001 Stage 1
Rain and Hail Franklyn M. Branley Harriet Barton 1963

1983

Redwoods Are the Tallest Trees in the World David A. Adler Kazue Mizumura 1978 Describes the characteristics of the redwood trees.
Rock Collecting Roma Gans Holly Keller 1984

1997

Earth science Stage 2
Rockets and Satellites Franklyn M. Branley Al Nagy 1961

1970

Outer space Stage 2
Roots Are Food Finders Franklyn M. Branley Joseph Low 1975 Explains in simple terms the function and importance of roots and root hairs on a plant Plants and animals
A Safe Home for Manatees Priscilla Belz Jenkins Martin Classen 1997

2002

Salt Augusta Goldin Robert Galster 1965
Sandpipers Edith Hurd Lucienne Bloch 1961
Seeds by Wind and Water Helene Jordan Niles Hogner 1962
Shells Are Skeletons Joan Berg Victor 1977 Describes how mollusks, such as clams, oysters, limpets, and snails, build their shells and use them.
Shooting Stars Franklyn M. Branley Holly Keller 1989 The world around us Stage 1
Shrimps Judy Hawes Joseph Low 1967
Sleep Is for Everyone Paul Showers Wendy Watson 1974
Snakes Are Hunters Patricia Lauber Holly Keller 1988 Plants and animals Stage 2
Snow Is Falling Franklyn M. Branley Helen Stone, Holly Keller 1963, 1986 The world around us Stage 1
Sounds All Around Wendy Pfeffer Holly Keller 1999 Explains how sounds are made and the purposes they serve for both humans and other animals. Stage 1
Spider Silk Augusta Goldin Joseph Low 1964
Spinning Spiders Melvin Berger S.D. Schindler 2003
Sponges Are Skeletons Barbara Juster Esbensen Holly Keller 1993 Stage 2
Spring Peepers Judy Hawes Graham Booth Plants and animals
Starfish Edith Hurd Lucienne Bloch 1962
Straight Hair, Curly Hair Augusta Goldin Ed Emberley 1966
Streamlined John Kaufmann 1974
Sunshine Makes the Seasons Franklyn M. Branley Michael Rex 1974

1985

Weather and the seasons Stage 2
Switch On, Switch Off Melvin Berger Carolyn Croll 1989 Explains how electricity is produced and transmitted, how to create electricity using a wire and a magnet, how generators supply electricity for cities, and how electricity works in homes. Earth science Stage 2
Terrible Tyrannosaurs Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Lucia Washburn 2000 Dinosaurs
The BASIC Book Seymour Simon Barbara Emberley 1985
The Beginning of the Earth Franklyn M. Branley Giulio Maestro 1972 Describes what may have happened when the Earth began billions of years ago. Earth science Stage 2
The Big Dipper Franklyn Branley Molly Coxe 1968

1991

The world around us Stage 1
The Blue Whale Kazue Mizumura 1971
The Bottom of the Sea Augusta Goldin Ed Emberley 1968
The Clean Brook Margaret Barlett 1960
The Eel's Strange Journey Judi Friedman Gail Owens 1976
The Emperor Penguins Kazue Mizumura 1969
The International Space Station Franklyn M. Branley True Kelley 2000 Stage 2
The Listening Walk Paul Showers Aliki 1961
The Long-Lost Coelacanth And Other Living Fossils Aliki 1973 Describes the coelacanth, a fish thought to have been extinct for seventy million years until one was discovered in 1938, and other examples of plants and animals known as "living fossils."
The March of the Lemmings James R. Newton Charles Robinson 1976 Discusses the physical characteristics and habits of those rodents of the far north whose periodic massive marches to the sea continue to baffle scientists looking for a reason.
The Moon Seems to Change Franklyn M. Branley Helen Borten 1965 Outer space Stage 2
The Planets in Our Solar System Franklyn M. Branley Don Madden 1981 Outer space Stage 2
The Skeleton Inside You Philip Balestrino True Kelley 1971

1989

Human body Stage 2
The Sky Is Full of Stars Franklyn Branley Felecia Bond 1983 Outer space Stage 2
The Sun: Our Nearest Star Franklyn Branley Helen Borten

Don Madden

1961

1988

Outer space Stage 2
The Sunlit Sea Augusta Goldin Paul Galdone 1968
The Wonder of Stones Roma Gans Joan Berg 1963
Tornado Alert Franklyn M. Branley Giulio Maestro 1988 Weather and the seasons Stage 2
Turtle Talk: A Beginner's Book of LOGO Seymour Simon Barbara & Ed Emberley 1986
Twist, Wiggle and Squirm: A Book About Earthworms Laurence P. Pringle Peter Parnall 1973
Upstairs and Downstairs Ryerson Johnson Lisl Weil 1962
Use Your Brain Paul Showers Rosalind Fry 1971
Volcanoes Franklyn M. Branley Marc Simont 1985 Earth science Stage 2
Watch Honeybees with Me Judy Hawes Helen Stone 1964
Water for Dinosaurs and You Roma Gans Richard Gulfari 1972
Water Plants Laurence P. Pringle Kazue Mizumura 1975
Weight and Weightlessness Franklyn M. Branley Graham Booth 1972
What Color Is Camouflage? Carolyn Otto Megan Lloyd 1996
What Happened to the Dinosaurs? Franklyn M. Branley 2000 Dinosaurs Stage 2
What Happens to a Hamburger? Paul Showers Anne Rockwell 1970 Human body Stage 2
What Happens to Our Trash? D.J. Ward Paul Meisel 2012
What I Like About Toads Judy Hawes Ruth McCrea 1969
What Is the World Made of? All About Solids, Liquids and Gases Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Paul Meisel 1998 Stage 2
What Lives In a Shell? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Helen Davie 1994 Stage 1
What Makes a Magnet? Franklyn M. Branley True Kelley 1996 Stage 2
What Makes a Shadow? Clyde Bulla Adrienne Adams 1962 The world around us Stage 1
What Makes Day and Night? Franklyn Branley Helen Borten

Arthur Dorres

1961

1986

Outer space Stage 2
What the Moon Is Like Franklyn M. Branley True Kelley 1963, 1986 Imagines sights and experiences on a moon visit. Outer space Stage 2
What Will the Weather Be? Lynda DeWitt Carolyn Croll 1991

2002

Weather and the seasons Stage 2
What's Alive? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Dadine Bernard Wescott 1995 Stage 1
What's It Like To Be a Fish? Wendy Pfeffer Holly Keller 2015 Stage 1
What's So Bad About Gasoline? Fossil Fuels and What They Do Anne Rockwell Paul Meisel 2009 Stage 2
When Birds Change Their Feathers Roma Gans Felicia Bond 1986
Where Are the Night Animals? Mary Ann Fraser 1998 Stage 1
Where Did Dinosaurs Come from? Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Lucia Washburn 2010 Stage 2
Where Do Chicks Come From? Amy E. Sklansky Pam Paparone 2005 Stage 1
Where Do Polar Bears Live? Sarah L. Thomson Jason Chin 2009 Stage 2
Where Does Your Garden Grow? Augusta Goldin Helen Borten 1967
Where Does the Garbage Go? Paul Showers Loretta Lustig 1974 Earth science Stage 2
Where the Brook Begins Margaret Farrington Bartlett Aldren Watson 1961
Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs Patricia Lauber Holly Keller 1995

2000

Stage 2
Who Lives In an Alligator Hole? Anne Rockwell Lizzy Rockwell 2006 Stage 2
Why Are the Icecaps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming Anne Rockwell Paul Meisel 2006 Stage 2
Why Do Leaves Change Color? Betsy Maestro Loretta Krupinski 1994 stage 2
Why Frogs Are Wet Judy Hawes Don Madden 1968

2000

Stage 2
Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup and Yawn Melvin Berger Paul Meisel 1983, 2000 An introduction to the reflex acts that explain why we sneeze, shiver, hiccup and yawn.
Wild and Woolly Mammoths Aliki 1998 Dinosaurs Stage 2
Wiggling Worms at Work Wendy Pfeffer Steve Jenkins 2003
You Can't Make a Move Without Your Muscles Paul Showers Harriett Barton 1982
You're Aboard Spaceship Earth Patricia Lauber Holly Keller 1996
Your Skin and Mine Paul Showers Kathleen Kuchera 1965

1991

Human body Stage 2
Zipping, Zooming, Zapping Bats Ann Earle Henry Cole 1995 Stage 2