Is science funny?
Before school lets out for summer, I will make twenty-three visits to local schools to highlight summer programs. This year’s theme of science, Fizz, Boom, Read! ©, is a programming delight, but it posed a dilemma for me. I always share a funny book on my visits. Titles by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, and Amy Krause Rosenthal are my usual outreach companions of choice. This year, however, I needed something “sciency,” something I won’t mind reading twenty-three times, something that will crack up 2nd and 3rd graders.
Hmmm… what to read, what to read…
And then I found it.
“Hey, kids! Want to learn about Archimedes’ principle?”
You’d never figure that to be a crowd pleaser, but, it is–I tried it! I don’t usually pitch particular books here, but What Floats in a Moat? written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Matthew Cordell (2013, Simon & Schuster) begs to be shared this summer. It is a silly, funny, rhyming tale of trial and error as Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen try to cross a moat in a barrel that is in turns full, empty, and finally, just right. If there is a more fun way to learn about Archimedes’ Principle, it surely involves actual water! In fact, an entire program could be built around this book if you had a tub of water and a few film canisters or other barrel stand-ins. If you’re looking for a funny and entertaining way to incorporate science into your visits or programs, this is it.
There are hundreds of entertaining and informative science-themed picture books, but sometimes, you just want to laugh. Is science funny? It can be.
If you know any other funny science books, please leave a comment.