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Books by Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon, who has been called the “dean of science-writers for the grammar school set,” has written more than 200 science titles for young readers. The award-winning author has garnered praise for his comprehensive, informative works and his conversational writing style. Simon’s photo-essays are acclaimed for both the text and the illustrations. The photographs have been described as stunning, spectacular, eye-catching, striking, bold, and dramatic. Reviewers describe his trademark prose as being both clear and concise. His writing has also been called understandable, succinct, straightforward, and most importantly, child-friendly. Simon often incorporates analogies to help readers to understand scientific facts. For example, in Weather Simon writes, “Most hailstones are about the size of your little fingernail, but they can be the size of your fist.” The author will also often rely on the use of similes to further understanding. In Bones, Simon notes bones are like the “framework of a building.” The perfect marriage of impressive photographs and illuminating writing result in sure-fire winning science texts that are certain to grab anyone’s attention.

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Simon, Seymour. Amazing Aircraft. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
In this brief look at flight, Simon presents information on aircraft such as hot air balloons, seaplanes, and helicopters and also touches upon aviation pioneers such as Bleriot and the Wright Brothers.

---. Animal Fact, Animal Fable. New York: Random House Children's Books, 1988.
You can't believe everything you hear, as Simon says in this look at popular beliefs and misconceptions about animals.

---. Animals Nobody Loves. New York: SeaStar Books, 2001.
Vultures, rats, sharks, spiders, and cockroaches are among the animals in this book that looks at the facts and fiction accorded to animals nobody loves.

---. Autumn across America. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1993.
Beautiful color photographs illustrate just how differently autumn appears across various sections of America.

---. Baby Animals. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
This title in the SeeMore Readers series features full-color photographs and facts to introduce young readers to selected baby animals.

---. Big Cats. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
Try this book if you are looking for information about some of the larger members of the cat family.

---. Bones: Our Skeletal System. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
This award-winning book features eye-catching illustrations and "clear, concise text" about the body's skeletal system.

---. (The) Brain: Our Nervous System. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
In this book about the human brain, computer-generated images and a readable text explain the functions of the brain and our nervous system.

---. Comets, Meteors and Asteroids. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Powerful graphics and descriptive text introduces readers to comets, meteors, and asteroids.

---. Crocodiles & Alligators. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
Simon's informative look at crocodiles and alligators examines the facts and the myths about these often misunderstood reptiles.

---. Danger! Earthquakes. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
This book in the SeeMore Readers series takes a brief look at earthquakes.

---. Danger! Volcanoes. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
Powerful photographs of volcanoes will capture the reader's attention in this book in the SeeMore Readers series.

---. Deserts. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Simon examines the why, where, and how of deserts in various parts of the world.

---. Destination: Jupiter. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
This update of an earlier book about Jupiter incorporates the latest discoveries about the largest planet.

---. Destination: Mars. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This update of an earlier book about Mars contains new photographs and information learned from NASA missions to Mars.

---. Destination: Space. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
Seymour Simon's text helps us to "read" the pictures provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

---. Earthquakes. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
Riveting photographs and informative text look at what earthquakes are, the damage they can do, and suggest what to do in an earthquake.

---. Eyes and Ears. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
Eye-catching photos and flowing text describe how your eyes see and your ears hear.

---. Fighting Fires. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
This entry in the SeeMore Readers series looks at how firefighters do their jobs and the machines and equipment they use to do their work.

---. From Paper Airplanes to Outer Space. Katonah: Richard C. Owen Publishers, 2000.
Learn more about Simon--his interests, his writing process, and the reasons he became a writer.

---. Galaxies. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
Fascinating photographs and clear text drive this up-close look at galaxies.

---. Giant Machines. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
Large colorful photos invite young readers to explore the world of big machines.

---. (The) Gigantic Ants and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Einstein Anderson looks for answers to puzzling questions, such as, how can you cut a piece of ice in half?

---. Gorillas. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
In this gorgeous photo-essay, Simon presents information and photos of three gorilla species.

---. (The) Halloween Horror and Other Cases. New York: Morrow/Avon, 1997.
What is the Halloween Horror and how does Einstein Anderson solve this mystery, and others?

---. (The) Heart: Our Circulatory System. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1996.
The circulatory system is explained by way of Simon's distinctive writing style and some striking photographs.

---. How to Be an Ocean Scientist in Your Own Home. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1988.
Twenty-four experiments are designed to allow students to be ocean scientists in their own homes.

---. (The) Howling Dog and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
his book provides yet another opportunity for readers to work right along with Einstein Anderson as he seeks answers to more puzzling circumstances.

---. Icebergs and Glaciers. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
Enter into the frozen world of icebergs and glaciers, find out how they form, and learn about why they can be dangerous.

---. Incredible Sharks. New York: SeaStar Books, 2003.


---. (The) Invisible Man and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Twelve-year-old sleuth, Einstein Anderson, puts his mind to the task of solving ten mysteries by using his scientific skills.

---. Jupiter. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1988.
Jupiter, and its moons, are presented to readers in a book informed by discoveries and facts gathered from Voyager missions.

---. Killer Whales. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
This entry in the SeeMore Readers series addresses the characteristics and behaviors of killer whales.

---. Lightning. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Lightning includes amazing color photos, statistics, facts, and explanations about this striking topic.

---. Mars. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1990.
The reproduced photographs in this book about Mars were originally from Viking and Mariner transmissions.

---. Mercury. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
This book from Seymour Simon presents information about one of our less familiar planets in terms of available photographic images.

---. Mountains. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Mountains' majesties definitely are the draw in this look at some of the earth's major mountain ranges.

---. Muscles: Our Muscular System. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Fantastic illustrations and clear text make sense of what muscles look like and how they function.

---. (The) Mysterious Lights and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Put your brains to the test, along with Einstein Anderson, as you try to solve ten more mysteries.

---. Neptune. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
The Great Dark Spot, Scooter, and Neptune's moons are some of the items covered in this introduction to Neptune.

---. Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Amazing World of Optical Illusions. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
What are optical illusions? How do they work? Find out in this book from Seymour Simon.

---. Oceans. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1990.
In this book about the oceans of the world, Simon has put together another winning photo-essay.

---. (The) On-Line Spaceman and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Once again, young readers match their mystery solving skills with science sleuth, Einstein Anderson.

---. Our Solar System. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
This book serves as an introduction to the solar system as well as Simon's books on the individual planets.

---. Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds. New York: SeaStar Books, 2000.
Simon presents images of things that can't be seen without the use of special equipment.

---. (The) Paper Airplane Book. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1976.
This is not your average book about paper airplanes, as it focuses on the principles of flight rather than simply providing templates for plane construction.

---. Planets around the Sun. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
Simon introduces the planets in this book from the SeeMore Readers series.

---. Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1997.
Seeds and animals take to the air in this book which addresses migratory habits, mating habits, and airborne journeys of some of nature's air travelers.

---. Saturn. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1985.
In this introduction to Saturn, the stunning illustrations and concise text are a perfect match.

---. Seymour Simon's Book of Trains. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2002.
You might be surprised at just how many different types of trains there are, and how many Simon is able to share in this text.

---. Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This collection of all kinds of trucks often relies on Simon's use of comparison to highlight the trucks' power.

---. Sharks. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
Using perfect pairings of text and illustrations, Simon invites us to enter into the world of sharks.

---. Snakes. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
With his customary riveting photographs and equally enthralling text, Simon explores the world of snakes.

---. Space Words, a Dictionary. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
This introduction to space, and the words used to describe it, features 75 definitions and paired illustrations.

---. Spiders. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.


---. Spring across America. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1996.
The pages of this book fairly burst with color, as Simon shows, and describes, what spring looks like across America.

---. Star Walk. New York: Morrow/Avon, 1995.
Poems and photographs team up in this pleasing glimpse of space.

---. Stars. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1989.
Read fascinating facts about the different types of stars.

---. Storms. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
Look at breathtaking images and learn why thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes can become so powerful in this attractive look at storms.

---. (The) Sun. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1989.
Sunspots, flares, and the sun's origin are some of the areas of focus in this book about the sun.

---. Super Storms. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
This SeeMore Readers title presents information about super storms such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, and typhoons.

---. They Swim the Seas: the Mystery of Animal Migration. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1998.
Simon focuses on the migratory habits of plants and animals which move from place to place via rivers, oceans, and seas.

---. They Walk the Earth: the Extraordinary Travels of Animals on Land. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 2000.
The third book in Simon's migration trilogy centers on animals whose feet are firmly planted on land when they make their travels.

---. (The) Time Machine and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Here are ten more tantalizing mysteries for Einstein Anderson, and readers, to solve.

---. Tornadoes. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
Try this book if you are looking for answers about what tornadoes are, where they are likely to strike, and how you can stay out of their way!

---. (The) Universe. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Travel through space in this solid photo-essay about the universe.

---. Uranus. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1987.
Clear text and beautiful photographs introduce readers to this planet that lies on its side in space.

---. Venus. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
This colorful book introduces earth's sister planet.

---. Volcanoes. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
Powerful photographs and lucid text pair effectively in this book about the various types of volcanoes.

---. Weather. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1993.
Smog, wind patterns, temperature, and the greenhouse effect are among the topics introduced in this book about weather.

---. Whales. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
Readers get a close-up look at whales in their natural environment.

---. Wild Babies. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Young kangaroos, giraffes and dolphins are among the wild babies that are pictured and described in this book about their birth and growth.

---. Wild Bears. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002.
Young readers are introduced to different kinds of bears in this book from the SeeMore Readers series.

---. Wildfires. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 2000.
This book not only looks at how wildfires start, it also describes how wildfires can also be beneficial.

---. (The) Wings of Darkness and Other Cases. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1999.
Young readers are once again challenged to test their skills against science sleuth, Einstein Anderson.

---. Winter across America. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1994.
Simon looks at the effects of winter on plants and animals across America.

---. Wolves. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1995.
Learn about the habits, habitats, and positive aspects of this animal which is often misunderstood.

Simon, Seymour, and Nicole Fauteux. Let's Try It out in the Air. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
The properties of air are examined by way of some activities and experiments.

---. Let's Try It out in the Water. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
The authors present activities and experiments in this look at sink and float.





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