Make a Splash

Introduction

Ahoy! This summer the library is celebrating reading and learning about water. Dive into good books and fun activities about sea life, water fun, and keeping our water clean and safe. Sign up to be a Brooklyn Summer Reader at your library or at http://www.summerreading.org and have an ocean full of fun.

 

Internet Links
Cousteau Kids
Meet great undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, learn about sea creatures and follow the Cousteau team's expeditions in their shipboard journal.
 
Kids Cove
Learn the truth behind Spongebob and his friends, and explore the coral reef with Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Dori and Nemo from Finding Nemo.
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Careers in Science
Do you want to work at an aquarium when you grow up? Meet the people who take care of the animals, design the exhibits, and teach visitors about the wonders of the ocean.
 
New York City Public Pools
Find out where you can make waves in one of our city's 54 outdoor public pools!
 
Thirstin's Water Cycle
Water on the move! See the water cycle in motion in this quick animation.
 
Articles & Databases
Want to make your own weather station and predict the next rainstorm? Type "weather station" in the Projects search box. In this database you can also learn about famous scientists or try a science challenge game in the SciZone. You'll need your library card and PIN to get access from home.
 
Print Resources
A drop of water : a book of science and wonder
written and photographed by Walter Wick
Great photos are the highlight of this oversized book that illustrates the properties of water.
 
Flotsam
David Wiesner
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam. This wordless picture book won the Caldecott medal.
 
Flush
Carl Hiaasen
Another award-winning eco-adventure by the author of Hoot, this time about young people catching the manager of a floating casino who is dumping waste into Florida's coastal waters.
 
Owen and Mzee : the true story of a remarkable friendship
told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste.
The story of an orphaned baby hippo named Owen and the 130-year-old giant turtle, Mzee, who became friends after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.
 
Sharks
Seymour Simon
When you get to know the truth about sharks, you'll begin to see them as the fascinating creatures they are, instead of the monsters of myth.
 
Surf's up, Geronimo!
Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo tries to enjoy his seaside vacation even though his hotel is dilapidated. Fans of Geronimo Stilton can read The Rodent's Gazette online at www.scholastic.com/titles/geronimostilton/index.htm.
 
The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Avi
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
 
Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion
Loree Griffin Burns
This is part biography of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, part chronicle of his fascinating and unique local-gone-global campaign to track trash lost in the ocean. The result is a compelling education on both the need for clean up and how ocean currents operate.