Energy Education Resources

Books, other documents, and links listed below do not cover all the books on energy -- there are literally thousands. Nor does any mention of a book mean that we recommend it. See our "Top Picks" page for Energy Quest book recommendations. You may want to go to your library or bookstore to see if they have these books. Or you can write the publisher. If you know of other books on energy for children, please let us know by sending an e-mail to:

Note: Some documents listed here are Adobe Acrobat PDF files and can be downloaded using your computer. These files will show a PDF icon PDF icon graphic You will need the free Acrobat Reader software available from Acrobat Systems Incorporated to download, navigate, and print these documents.

Energy Commission Renewable Energy Coloring Book

PDF icon graphicAdobe Acrobat PDF file, 24 pages, 7.2 MB - Note: because of size, right click the link to download [option click on a Mac], October 2007.)

Description: This coloring book is geared for elementary school level children. It talks about the various types of renewable energy resources found in California. The book is fun and has some great drawings by former student assistant and graphic artist Kyle Marks.

Energy For Keeps: Electricity From Renewable Energy
By Educators for the Environment, a division of The California Study, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization.

Description: This 240-page, balanced, and up-to-date review of energy resources covers the history, availability, impacts, technologies, and management of the energy resources we use to generate electricity. It was sponsored by the Energy Commission with additional contributions from the Bonneville Power Administration and others. ISBN 0-9744765-0-1. For more information and ordering, please go to:

California Energy Commission
Public SchoolsRecommended Best Design Practices for all New Public Schools
PDF icon graphic Adobe Acrobat PDF, 28 pages, 287 kb, October 2003.

Description: This report recommends increasing funding above standard allotment for the building of public schools to school districts that voluntarily build High Performance Schools, to cover those integrated new building projects that have a cost recovery period of seven years, using either life cycle cost analysis or simple payback benchmarks of economic performance.

California Energy Commission
Cover of Book CONSERVE & RENEW: An Energy Educational Activity Package for Grades 4-6
PDF icon graphic Download Adobe Acrobat PDF, 135 pages, 1.0 MB, March 2003.

Description: This manual is a collection of energy education activities that are written and organized to be used either as a unit on energy or as individual activities to complement existing curricula. The focus is on conservation and renewables because these important aspects of energy education have not received as much curricular attention as the more "traditional" sources of energy.

SUBJECTS: Virtually every discipline is addressed in these activities. Studying energy lends itself well to both problem-solving and critical thinking. Because energy is something that permeates every aspect of life, it can be wonderful motivator for getting students engaged in their projects in all the traditional disciplines.

California Energy Commission
cover of book The Universal House - Energy Shelter and the California Indian
PDF icon graphicAcrobat PDF, 37 pages, 1.1 MB - note file size!
Description: - The Universal House - Energy Shelter and the California Indian links energy awareness with traditional California Indian cultures for 3rd to 6th graders. The teacher's overview and activity pages offers the student a unique way to incorporate science, social studies, art, math and language arts as they discover the different ways native tribes constructed shelters within the natural environment.

U.S. Dept. of Energy
Cover of Book Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade - Description: Published and updated yearly (in October) by the National Energy Information Center (NEIC), a service of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), this publication provides students, educators, and other information users, a list of generally available free or low-cost energy related educational materials.

State of California
Environmental Education: Compendium for Energy Resources
PDF icon graphic Download Adobe Acrobat PDF, 109 pages, 3.6 MB - note file size!

Description: Updated in July 1998, this 109-page document lists energy education material from various sources, evaluating the material on its teaching and learning, presentation and organization, and energy content. It is 3.6 megabytes in size and available to download as a PDF file. Downloading on a 56 kbps modem will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on network speed.

Printed copies of the document are available by calling the Commissions' Publications Unit at 916-654-5200 and asking for publication # P180-98-001. Call for price on multiple copies.

Cover of Book

Other Compendia are available. But the on-line versions are scanned copies kept by the Berkeley Digital Library. They are more difficult to download and view.


101 things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either, James Trefil, Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996, ISBN: 0-395-87740-7.

Art and Science Connection - Hands-On Activities for Primary Students, Kimberley Tolley, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993, ISBN: 0-201-45544-7.

Ben Franklin Book of Easy & Incredible Experiments, Activities, Projects and Science Fun, Franklin Institute Science Museum Book, ISBN: 0-471-07639-2, 1995.

BullFrog Films - distributor of science and educational films.

Poster Classroom Energy Poster Puzzle
PDF icon graphic (Acrobat PDF file, 28 pages, 230 kb)
Description: The document contains a three foot by five foot poster that can be assembled in the classroom from 21 separate pages. The poster depicts energy use and abuse in a classroom. The poster puzzle is a useful teaching aid for any grade four teacher wishing to incorporate energy conservation in the regular teaching program. The introductory material also explains each of the pages, and all of the pages can be hand-colored by students. Note that laser or dot matrix/inkjet printer limitations may cut off 1/4-inch of the drawings because of margins around the edge of each page, so reducing the percentage of print size and then trimming the edges back to the picture will make it match up to next picture.

Eco Mall List of Books

Education World® Books on Science

Energy Primer - Solar, Water, Wind and BioFuels, - Portola Institute, 1974. ISBN: 0-914774-00-X. Is out of print, but it's a great "Whole Earth Catalog" style of book that explains just about everything.

ENERGY: Stop Faking It! - (Part of "Stop Faking It! - Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It" series by National Science Teachers Association), William C. Robertson, NSTA Press, Arlington, VA, 2002, ISBN: 0-87355-214-8.

Experimenting with Energy, by Alan Ward, Chelsea House, ISBN:0-7910-1510-6, 1991.

Exploring Energy With Toys - Complete Lessons for Grades 4-8 Beverly A.P. Taylor, Terrific Science Press (National Science Foundation funded) - McGraw-Hill, 1998, ISBN: 0-07-064747-X.

From Space To Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity, John Perlin, Aatec Publications, 01999, ISBN: 0937948144.

Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications (for Grades 8-12), James Cunningham and Norman Herr, Center for Applied Research in Education, 1994, ISBN: 0-87628-845-X.

Hands-On Science - 112 East-to-Use High Interest Activities for Grades 4-), Dorothea Allen, Center for Applied Research in Education, 1991, ISBN: 0-87628-906-5.

Helping Your Child Learn Science - U.S. Dept. of Education Website

Home Energy Magazine Website

Let Horton tell you how to be an "Energy Star"
Horton and the Mayor of Whoville have teamed up in the fight against global warming. Download your guide (Acrobat PDF file) to find out what their tips are for you to help in the fight.

How Things Work - The Physics of Everyday Life, Louis A. Bloomfield, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997, ISBN: 0-471-59473-3.

Powell's Books - Description: On-line listings of new and used books on energy and the environment.

Power Up! 20 Thematic Science Experiments for Home and School, by Sharon Franklin, GoodYear Books, ISBN: 0-673-36216-7, 1995.

Rads, Ergs, & Cheeseburgers: The Kid's Guide to Energy & the Environment, by Bill Yanda and John Muir, John Mui Publishing, 1991, ISBN: 0-945465-75-0.

Renewables Are Ready - A Guide to Teaching Renewable Energy in Junior and Senior High School Classrooms, by Union of Concerned Scientists, 617-547-5522, 1994. Includes a list of books, videos and other materials available from the UCS and elsewhere.

Renewable Energy: A Concise Guide to Green Alternatives, by Jennifer Carless, Walker & Co, ISBN: 0-8027-8214-0, 1993.

Science & Stories - Integrating Science and Literature (Grades 4-6), by Hilarie N. Staton and Tara McCarthy, GoodYear Books, 1994, ISBN: 0-673-36804-9.

Science Projects in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, published by American Solar Energy Society, distributed by National Energy Foundation, 5160 Wiley Post Way, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 539-1406, 1991.

Teaching Physical Science Through Children's Literature - 20 Complete Lessons for Elementary Grades, Susan E. Gertz,, Terrific Science Press (National Science Foundation funded) - McGraw-Hill, 1998, ISBN: 0-07-064723-2.

Teach with Energy! Fundamental Energy, Electricity and Science Lessons for Grades K-3, National Energy Foundation, 5160 Wiley Post Way, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 539-1406, 1990.

Teach with Energy! Fundamental Energy, Electricity and Science Lessons for Grades 4-6, National Energy Foundation, 5160 Wiley Post Way, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 539-1406, 1992.

Understanding Garbage and Our Environment, Andrea J. Nolan, Editor, Terrific Science Press (National Science Foundation funded) - McGraw-Hill, 1999, ISBN: 0-07-064760-7.

Who Owns the Sun? People, Politics, and the Struggle for a Solar Economy, Daniel M. Berman and John T. O'Connor, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1996, ISBN 0-930031-86-5.

Why Toast Lands Jelly-Side Down, Robert Ehrlich, Princeton University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-691-02887-7

Yes, We Have No Neutrons - An Eye-Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Bad Science, A.K. Dewdney, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997, ISBD: 0-471-29586-8.

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