Earthquake Monitoring

Reading List for Kids and Adults

For Young Readers

Fossils Tell of Long Ago, by Aliki
Grades K–3. Paperback: ISBN 0064450937, Hardcover: ISBN 0690048297
Tells about the formation of fossils and clues they give us in interpreting past environments.

Geology Crafts for Kids: 50 Nifty Projects to Explore the Marvels of Planet Earth, by Alan Anderson, Gwen Diehn, Terry Krautwurst
Grades 4–7. Paperback: ISBN 0806981571, Hardcover: ISBN 0806981563
General earth science activities explore subjects such as volcanoes, fossils, rocks & minerals, and erosion.

Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall
Grades K–3. Paperback: ISBN 0689710518, Hardcopy: ISBN 0684138999
A neat book full of earnest advice about picking out the perfect "pet" rock.

Magic School Bus inside the Earth, by Joanna Cole
Grade 22-Sep-2006 0:08 AM ives excellent details beyond the central story line that fills in more of the geology.

Planet Earth, Inside Out , by Gail Gibbons
Grades K–3. Paperback: ISBN 0688158498, Hardcover: ISBN 0688096808
A simple, clear introduction to earth science, covering Earth's genesis, composition, and continuing morphology. Good descriptions of complex processes.

Earth (Connections), by Caroline Grimshaw, Iqbal Hussain, Nick Duffy, Spike Gerrell
Grades 4–7. Paperback: ISBN 0716613050, Hardcover: ISBN 1568474539
Deals with basic geoscience questions such as the origin of Earth and geological/biological changes through time.

Big Rock, by Bruce Hiscock
Grades 4–7. Paperback: ISBN 0689829582, Hardcover: ISBN 0689314027
Looks at how a granite rock near the author's house reveals information about Earth history.

Eyewitness Explorers: Rocks & Minerals, by Steve Parker, Peter Visscher, Raymond Turvey, N. J. Hewetson
Grades K–3. Paperback: ISBN 0789416824
Kids can learn about fossils as well as the properties of common rocks and minerals.

Understanding Earth (2nd Edit): No Stone Unturned : Reasoning About Rocks and Fossils , by Frank Press, Raymond Siever, E. K. Peters
Grades 9–Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0716731339
An unbeatable introductory text written by masters of both education and earth science.

Earthquakes, by Seymour Simon
Grades K–3. Paperback: ISBN 068814022X, Hardcover: ISBN 0688096344
All about earthquakes and their interactions with manmade structures.

Rocks and Minerals (Eyewitness Books), by R. F. Symes, Colin Keates
Grades 4–7. Hardcover: ISBN 0394896211
Full color pictures and interesting text about the formation and uses of rocks and minerals.

Stone Wall Secrets, by Kristine Thorson, Robert Thorson, Gustav Moore
Grades 4–7. Hardcover: ISBN 0884481956
A farmer shares the geological history of the stones in a stone wall around the family's property with his grandson.

Volcano and Earthquake (Eyewitness Books number 38), by Susanna Van Rose, James Stevenson
Grades 4–7. Hardcover: ISBN 0679816852
Book discusses where and how earthquakes and volcanoes occur, prediction, and human interaction with these natural phenomena.

Janice VanCleave's Earth Science for Every Kid: One Hundred & One Experiments That Really Work, by Janice Vancleave
Grades K–6. Paperback: ISBN 0471530107
A terrific collection of earth science experiments for kids.

Janice VanCleave's Earthquakes: Mind Boggling Experiments You can Turn into Science Fair Projects, by Janice Vancleave
Grades 4–7. Paperback: ISBN 0471571075
20 simple experiments explaining earthquakes that kids can do with materials found in the home.

Planet Earth , by Fiona Watt, Corinne Stockley, Kuo Kang Chen
Grades 6–Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0746006373, Hardcopy: ISBN 0881105104
One of the best elementary earth science books available.
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For Adult Readers

Nature of the Stratigraphical Record, by Derek V. Ager
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0471938084
Referred to as a provocative book of commentary on the general pattern of earth history. Twenty years after publication, it still drives us to try and understand the how and why of the sedimentary rock record.

Earthquakes and Geological Discovery, by Bruce A. Bolt
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Hardcover: ISBN 10403213
Describes how and why scientists trace seismic activity and measrue the extent and patterns of seismic waves.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, by Stephen J. Gould
Age: Adult. Paperback: ISBN 039330700X, Hardcover: ISBN 0735100314
This book is about the Cambrian explosion of life and the Burgess Shale.

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures), by Stephen J. Gould
Age: Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0674891996
This book is about geologic time and the history of geology.

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics, by Jacquelyne Kious, Robert I. Tilling
Age: Adult/Yound Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0160482208 or online at HYPERLINK
An excellent USGS publication with lots of great pictures! Includes information about the discovery and science of plate tectonics.

Why the Earth Quakes: The Story of Earthquakes & Volcanoes, by Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori
Age: Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0393315274, Hardcopy: 0393037746
The authors examine famous instances of exploding volcanoes and devastating earthquakes, reliably giving the figures on casualties and Richter magnitudes and leavening the grimness with notes about why, for example, a Frank Lloyd Wright hotel withstood the 1923 Tokyo earthquake.

Control of Nature, by John McPhee
Age: Adults/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0374522596
This book describes three settings-Iceland; Louisiana; and Los Angeles-where people are trying to control nature and winning or losing to various degrees. McPhee tells the essential human side of the drama to answer the questions: Why are we doing this and Can we win?

Basin and Range, by John McPhee
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0374516901, Hardcover: ISBN 0374109141
This book shows how rocks seen in road cuts can tell us about the history of North America. It is an excellent introduction to the theory of plate tectonics. Part of the Annals of the Former World Collection.

In Suspect Terrain, by John McPhee
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0374517940, Hardcover: ISBN 0374176507
Interesting book about the complex geology of the Delaware Water Gap area. Examines the ability of current theories to explain the geology. Part of the Annals of the Former World Collection.

Rising from the Plains, by John McPhee
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0374520658, Hardcover: ISBN 0374250820
Well written book which interweaves the geologic history of Wyoming with stories of contemporary Wyoming life. Part of the Annals of the Former World Collection.

Assembling California, by John McPhee
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0374523932, Hardcover: ISBN 0374106452
A discussion of the geological history of California, both natural and man-made. Part of the Annals of the Former World Collection.

The Earth in turmoil; earthquakes, volcanoes, and their impact on humankind, by Kerry Sieh
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Paperback: ISBN 0716736519, Hardcover: ISBN 0716731517
Outlines the latest tectonic theories and analyzes some key geological events in detail.

The Geology of Earthquakes, by Robert S Yeats, Kerry Sieh, Clarence R. Allen
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Hardcopy: ISBN: 0195078276
Describes the elements of geology that are fundamental to earthquakes.

Roadside Geology , author varies by book
Age: Adult/Young Adult. Format and ISBN depends on the state.
Written by local experts, this wonderful collection of books contains accessible information on state geology, especially that visible from major highways. Almost every state is represented by an individual book (i.e. The Roadside Geology of Utah). Don't do a road trip without it!

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