Deep Dive collections

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The Santa Ana Public Library is partnering with Discovery Cube - Orange County to offer Santa Ana students and families interested in learning more about their favorite Discovery Cube programs and exhibits an opportunity for a “deep dive” into a specially curated collection of books, e-books, audiobooks and a variety of other materials that can be accessed online, in-person, or through the Library’s curbside pickup service. Santa Ana Unified School District students will be able to use their Student Success Library Card (Student ID number) to checkout all library materials. Call the Information Desk at 714-647-5264 if you need assistance.

The following lists are curated by the SAPL librarians:

Counting to BananasCounting to bananas Bookcover

by Tillotson, Carrie

A hilarious, mostly-rhyming picture book about a banana and narrator who can’t quite agree on what their book is about.


The Sour GrapeThe sour grape Bookcover

by John, Jory

The Sour Grape holds grudges for every reason under the sun. Lime never returned a scarf they borrowed Grudge! Orange never called back Grudge! But when a friend holds a grudge against the Sour Grape without listening to an explanation, the Sour Grape realizes how unfair grudges can be. Could a bunch of forgiveness and compassion be enough to turn a sour grape sweet



Maggie and Pie and the Perfect PicnicMaggie and Pie and the perfect picnic Bookcover

by Scoppettone, Carolyn Cory

Highlights Puzzle Readers offer an innovative approach to learning that integrates puzzles and stories to develop motivated, confident readers. These Level 1 books are perfect for kids who are reading simple sight words and sounding out decodable text.




Snail Finds a HomeSnail Finds a Home Bookcover

by Peterson, Mary

Chuckle your way through this easy-to-read illustrated chapter book about a snail who’s looking for a new place to hang his shell.




Flower PowerFlower power bookcover

by Mews, Melody

When Itty learns that the royal gardens haven’t been tended to for ages, she decides to take matters into her own paws. Itty’s talking flower friends help her out by telling her exactly what they need to flourish. But there’s one thing she can’t seem to give them enough of: attention. Flowers simply love attention! That’s when Itty comes up with a plan to throw a royal garden party. But will it be enough?


Apple Adventure!Apple adventure! bookcover

by Berrow, G. M.

Join Miradero’s favorite PALs as they explore the frontier and beyond in the first installment of an adventurous new original fiction chapter book series, inspired by DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free.



¡A Recoger Manzanas!A recoger manzanas! bookcover

by Ransom, Candice F.

Celebra el otoño con este divertido álbum ilustrado en español lleno de manzanas. ¡Es perfecto para pequeños que comienzan a leer solos!




La Alimentación SaludableLa alimentación saludable bookcover

by Gleisner, Jenna Lee

Emergent readers see and read about eating healthy options from each of the five main food groups. Carefully crafted text uses high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and strong visual references to support emergent readers and ensure reading success.



FruitsFruits bookcover

by Rodriguez, Alicia

What is your favorite kind of fruit? In this book, young readers will be introduced to all kinds of fruits from many kinds of plants. Children will enjoy reading about how plants grow fruits, while also building confidence in their reading skills.



Let’s Explore Apples!Let's explore apples! bookcover

by Colella, Jill

Do you like sweet or tart apples? Visit a farm to discover how apples grow, what the different types of apples are, and how they taste. Make some delicious applesauce, and discover how to find the star inside every apple. Includes a recipe for applesauce and ideas for an apple tasting party.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Botanical Drawing & PaintingA step-by-step guide to botanical drawing & painting Create realistic pencil and watercolor illustrations of flowers, fruits, plants and more! (with over 800 illustrations) bookcover

by Kobayashi, Hidenari

In this lushly illustrated book, master painter and art teacher Hidenari Kobayashi provides step-by-step instructions showing you how to create botanical drawings and paintings in the popular French botanical style.



Any Size, Anywhere Edible GardeningAny size, anywhere edible gardening The no yard, no time, no problem way to grow your own food bookcover

by Moss, William

his book covers container gardening, vertical gardening, raised-bed gardening, and traditional methods to help gardeners everywhere bring a taste of homegrown freshness to their gardening experience.



Chew on ThisChew on This bookcover

by Bussard, M. D., Brooke

A fun and refreshing approach to learning how food choices impact our health. Confusion around nutrition leads consumers down a variety of paths in search of optimal health. Dr. Brooke Bussard presents information with clarity and a new down-to-earth approach.





Plant SciencePlant science : an introduction to botany bookcover

by Kleier, Catherine

Look around right now, chances are there is a plant. It could be a succulent in a pot on a desk, grasses or shrubs just outside the door, or trees in a park across the way. Proximity to plants tends to make people happy, even if they don’t notice, offering unique pleasures and satisfactions. Open the eyes to the phenomenal and exciting world of botany!




Braiding Sweetgrass for Young AdultsBraiding sweetgrass for young adults bookcover

by Kimmerer, Robin Wall

Drawing from her experiences as an Indigenous scientist, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer demonstrated how all living things–from strawberries and witch hazel to water lilies and lichen–provide us with gifts and lessons every day in her best-selling book.



Goodnight, ButterflyGoodnight, Butterfly bookcover

by Burach, Ross

Readers will laugh themselves silly as they learn to find their inner calm and settle for sleep–even when they wake in the night–while also discovering the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals.



Moth & ButterflyMoth & Butterfly : ta-da! bookcover

by Petty, Dev

Metamorphosis brings astonishing and exciting changes to a pair of caterpillar friends, who take pride in being the same and different.



Buzz Off, Bee!Buzz off, Bee! bookcover

by Jinks, Jenny

This adorably illustrated story about a bee looking for flowers to pollinate will delight emergent readers while supporting and developing reading skills.




Uni and the ButterflyUni and the butterfly bookcover

by Ransom, Candice F.

Uni has a new friend, a butterfly! First, Uni finds its cocoon and cares for it. It’s incredible to watch nature’s magic as the cocoon develops into and emerges as a butterfly. But Uni notices that the butterfly seems sad while other butterflies that are flying free seem really happy. So, it’s time to say goodbye and allow the butterfly the freedom it deserves.


Marion’s Got the ButterfliesMarion's got the butterflies bookcover

by Barkley, Callie

Marion learns that there’s going to be a butterfly release event at the Santa Vista Arboretum. And she decides she wants to be a part of it! So she volunteers to spread the word and lead the arts and crafts table at the event. Even though none of her friends can make it, she hopes her younger sister, Gabby, will come. But then she remembers that Gabby is afraid of bugs. Can Marion help the butterflies and help Gabby get over her fear?


The Last BeekeeperThe last beekeeper bookcover

by Cartaya, Pablo

Facing a world dually altered by climate change and those who profit from it, Yolanda Cicerón will have to fight to save the last known beehive from extinction in this stirring new adventure by award-winning author Pablo Cartaya.



Senorita MariposaSenorita Mariposa bookcover

by Mister G

A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish.



Amigos PolinizadoresAmigos polinizadores bookcover

by Mangor, Jodie

Meet the pollinators! We can thank this very important group for many of the things we eat! These interesting insects, birds, mammals, and lizards all have a very important job: they help plants reproduce. Find out who pollinates what, and how.



How Are Plants Pollinated?How are plants pollinated? bookcover

by Raij, Emily

Plants make pollen so more plants can grow. The pollen needs to get from plant to plant. How does this happen? Let’s investigate pollination!




Something WonderfulSomething wonderful center

by Ritter, Matt

This educational and interactive picture book immerses the reader in the strange and interwoven lifecycles of the rainforest. The beautifully illustrated pages follow the journey of a fig seedling making its own roots and leaves, growing strong, and eventually replacing the giant tree that was its host.



Blast OffBlast off bookcover

by Parish, Herman

Amelia Bedelia and her friends learn about the solar system and their place in the universe in the sixth book in the Amelia Bedelia & Friends chapter book series. But with Amelia involved, there are sure to be more than a few funny mix-ups along the way.



Remember to Dream, EbereRemember to dream, Ebere bookcover

by Erivo, Cynthia

When Ebere’s mother puts her to bed at night, she always says, “Remember to dream, Ebere.” And dream, Ebere does! Encouraged by her mother to make her dreams as big as possible, Ebere imagines herself as the captain of a rocket ship.


The Berenstain Bears Blast Off!The Berenstain Bears blast off! bookcover

by Berenstain, Mike

The Berenstain Bears can’t wait to visit the Bear Country Space Center, where rockets blast off into outer space! When the tour guide gives Mama, Papa, and the cubs a tour of the Big Bear Space Rocket, he makes it very clear not to touch anything. But when Papa sees a big red button, he just can’t help himself. Get ready to blast off!



Runaway Rocket!Runaway rocket! bookcover

by Stephens, Elle

When a rocket launch goes wrong in Adventure Bay, it’s up to Nickelodeon’s newest heroes, the Cat Pack, to help the PAW Patrol save the day. Will Wild, Leo, Shade, Rory, and the heroic pups make a purrfect team?



The Unlucky LaunchThe unlucky launch bookcover

by Neal, Rie

After seeing the big Space-E rocket launch, Astrid just knows she’s going to be exploring space in a rocket of her own someday! And in honor of the big launch, Astrid and her fellow Shooting Stars will be building rockets of their very own. What’s more exciting is the guest helper, Luke, who actually worked on the Space-E team!



Clues to the UniverseClues to the universe bookcover

by Li, Christina

A triumphant story of friendship, loss, and the journey of finding your place in the world (and among the stars). A reminder that we sometimes have to travel great distances to find the secrets of what makes life beautiful.



Los Tipos Malos en combustible intergalácticoLos Tipos Malos en combustible intergaláctico bookcover

by Blabey, Aaron

The Bad Guys are back to save the planet! Sure, they might have to “borrow” a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it’s one giant leap for the Bad Guys.



Ingeniera Aeroespacial Aprille EricssonIngeniera aeroespacial Aprille Ericsson bookcover

by Waxman, Laura Hamilton

¿Creaste alguna vez un proyecto científico genial? En la escuela secundaria, Aprille Ericsson ganó el segundo lugar en una feria de ciencias. Sabía que quería seguir creando proyectos científicos increíbles. De adulta, se convirtió en ingeniera y trabaja en la NASA en la construcción de naves espaciales.



A Child’s Introduction to Space ExplorationA child's introduction to space exploration : an explorer's guide to rockets, astronauts, and life in zero gravity bookcover

by Bakich, Michael E.

Get ready to blast off into the space! This interactive, fact-filled book by two space experts takes kids aged 8-12 on a journey through the universe with answers to all their questions on space exploration–from what the first rockets looked like and the first animal in space to what space food tastes like and what it’s like to live in zero gravity.


Rocket ScienceRocket science : a beginner's guide to the fundamentals of spaceflight bookcover

by Rader, Andrew

Sometimes it takes a rocket scientist to offer young readers the most engaging introduction to space travel, the solar system, and the universe.




To Infinity and BeyondTo infinity and beyond A journey of cosmic discovery book cover

by Tyson, Neil deGrasse

This enlightening illustrated narrative by the world’s most celebrated astrophysicist explains the universe from the solar system to the farthest reaches of space with authority and humor.



This is Rocket ScienceThis is rocket science book cover

by Skurzynski, Gloria

Three, two, one, we have liftoff! From an award-winning author comes a title to propel young imaginations far into space. This book explores the past, present, and future of space travel.



Hidden FiguresHidden figures book cover

by Shetterly, Margot Lee

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.



In the Shadow of the MoonIn the shadow of the moon book cover

by Cherrix, Amy E.

From Amy Cherrix comes the extraordinary hidden story of the space race and the bitter rivalry that launched humankind to the moon.




How We Got to the MoonHow we got to the moon : the people, technology, and daring feats of science behind humanity's greatest adventure book cover

by Rocco, John

From the shocking launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik to the triumphant splashdown of Apollo 11, Caldecott Honor winner John Rocco answers every possible question about this world-altering mission. Each challenging step in the space race is revealed, examined, and displayed through stunning diagrams, experiments, moments of crisis, and unforgettable human stories.

Good Night, Oppy!Good night, Oppy! Bookcover

by McGowan, James

Learn all about the Mars Opportunity Rover “Oppy” in this fictionalized account of the space exploration robot’s time on the red planet.



Snakes in SpaceSnakes in space book cover

by Dennis, Kathryn

Snakes in space? Yes, indeed. The colorful crew explores stars and planets on a fabuloussss adventure with accessible, fun, sibilant text. Brimming with rocket ships and planets, this outer space adventure is also a fun read aloud. And at the end, there’s a surprise sure to delight readers, as one of the snakes makes a new friend!


Captain Cat Goes to MarsCaptain Cat goes to Mars book cover

by Virján, Emma J.

Captain Cat and Pilot Matt want to take a trip, so they hop on their spaceship and take off to Mars. Adventure and friendly aliens–await them on the red planet!




Space Traveler Sally BrownSpace traveler Sally Brown book cover

by Hastings, Ximena

Sally Brown is writing a report about Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. There’s only one thing for Sally Brown to do: Become an astronaut, too! A special section at the back of the book includes nonfiction facts about famous female NASA astronauts!



A Rover’s StoryA rover's story book cover

by Warga, Jasmine

The One and Only Ivan meets The Wild Robot in this unique and deeply moving middle grade novel about the journey of a fictional Mars rover, from the Newbery Honor-winning author.



StowawayStowaway book cover

by Anderson, John David

A beloved author returns with the first book in a coming-of-age sci-fi duology about Leo, a kid trying to navigate the galaxy in order to save his family–and, possibly, the planet Earth.



Luz Lucero, Niña AstronautaLuz Lucero, niña astronauta book cover

by Hernández, Zaida

Luz Lucero has won the contest of a lifetime: to break barriers and become the first kid in space. To prepare for her legendary mission, she will taste-test delicious astronaut meals, practice her spacewalk, and learn new languages. Before you know it, we will witness this star-gazing girl’s first blastoff into space.



Enciclopedia Britannica para ninos El EspacioEnciclopedia Britannica para ninos El espacio book cover

¿Estás preparado para un viaje alucinante a través del universo? Adéntrate en el espacio con esta increíble Enciclopedia Británica, la enciclopedia más reconocida y rigurosa del mundo.




My First Space BookMy first space book book cover

by Gifford, Clive

This stellar volume provides the information they need, including astonishing facts about the sun, moon, planets, and our own Earth. High-interest science curricular topics such as black holes, asteroids, and space missions are explained through comprehensible and at-level text.



Visiting SpaceVisiting space book cover

by Markovics, Joyce L.

Humans have been visiting space since 1961, the year the first person traveled to space. Since that time, countless others, in addition to thousands of spacecraft, have gone to space with hopes of exploring our solar system and beyond. This book offers a comprehensive look at this fascinating topic.


Beyond the Solar System Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and MoreBeyond the Solar System Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More book cover

by Carson, Mary Kay

Tracing the evolution of humankind’s pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the solar system.


Packing for MarsPacking for Mars : the curious science of life in the void book cover

by Roach, Mary

America’s funniest science writer explores the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.


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