James Madison University

Renewable Energy Books

Educators may borrow our books for the maximum of one month. Any books that are lost or damaged must be replaced by the return date.

Children's Picture Books

Wind the World Over

Wind the World Over By Irene Boland and Vanessa Kellogg. Illustrations by Tamberley Thomas

Catch the Wind

Catch the Wind By Anne Johnson. Illustrations by Shawn McCann.

*Anne Johnson offers school visits for informational presentations in conjunction with her book. For more information, watch this short youtube video.

Energy Island

Energy Island by Allan Drummond

The Boy Who Harnessed the WindThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer - novel and kids book

  • Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth. Collages by Susan L. Roth
  • Engineering Elephants by Emily M. Hunt and Michelle L. Pantoya, Ph.D. Illustrated by Holly D. Steward
  • My Light by Molly Bang

Children’s Projects Incorporating Energy

Heat and Energy Book

Fascinating Science Projects: Heat and Energy by Bobbi Searle

Projects about Electricity

Why does a Battery Make is Go? Projects about Electricity by Jackie Holderness

  • Catch the Wind Harness the Sun: 22 Super-Charged Science Projects for Kids by Michael J. Caduto
  • Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with Paper by Clive Dobson

Informational and Activity Books

  • Energy from the Wind: Generating Power with Wind Turbines by Ruth Owen
  • Generating Wind Power by Niki Walker
  • Harnessing Power from the Sun by Niki Walker
  • Energy for Today: Solar Power by Tea Benduhn
  • Energy for Today: Wind Power by Tea Benduhn
The Wind at Work

The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills by Gretchen Woelfe

Energy for Keeps

Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy by Marilyn Nemzer, Deborah Page, and Anna Carter


SolarTopia: Our Green-Powered Earth A.D. 2030 by Harvey Wasserman

  • GreenWorks! Connecting Community Action and Service-Learning. Project Learning Tree (see Project Learning Tree for free downloadable lesson plans)
  • NEED Energy Projects and Activities (see need.org for free downloadable lesson plans)

Curriculum Books

  • WindWise Education: Transforming the Energy of the Wind into Powerful Minds. A Curriculum for Grades 6-12. (see Wind Wise Education for free downloadable lesson plans)
  • Renewable Energy from Vernier
  • Energy and Society. Activity Guide for Pre K-8. (see Project Learning Tree for free downloadable lesson plans)
  • The Power of the Wind Facilitators Guide. National 4-H Curriculum. (order a copy of your own from 4H)
  • NEED Curriculum (see need.org for free downloadable lesson plans such as those below)
    • Wind for Schools: Activities to incorporate small wind systems into the classroom.
    • Saving Energy: Building Buddies
    • Primary Energy Flipbook
    • Intermediate Energy Infobook
    • Secondary Energy Infobook
    • Energy Projects and Activities