Thematic Reading List : Wind Power
Looking for renewable energy sources can be as simple as stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. The wind has been used to harness energy for thousands of years, all the way back to the first sailboats. Learn about the history and current uses of wind to harness energy and power entire communities. This list of 10 wind power themed books is excellent for STEM lessons and activities focused on energy and renewable resources.
|Wind Power: Alternative Energy
By: Matthew Ziem
This book details the history, current uses, and potential future applications of wind energy.
|Energy Island: how one community harnessed the wind
By: Allan Drummond
It’s windy on the Danish island of Sams. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.
|The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By: William Kamkwamba
When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone’s crops began to fail. His family didn’t have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy, but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later, he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes.
|Energy From Wind: wind farming
By: Megan Kopp
Our planet’s weather offers some incredible solutions to our growing energy needs, and one of those solutions is wind power. Offshore and onshore wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight in many countries around the world. Wind farms tap into this clean, sustainable, and renewable form of energy. Find out how wind power works, where in the world it is being used, and how this green energy supply could be one answer to the energy problems that face us today.
|The Wind at Work: an activity guide to windmills
By: Gretchen Woelfle
Explaining how the wind works, what windmills have contributed to the past, and why they offer environmental promise today as a source of clean, renewable energy, this revised and updated edition offers a glimpse into all the current and historical uses for wind power. Featuring new information on wind energy technology and wind farms, new photographs, and 24 wind-related activities–from keeping track of household energy use and conducting science experiments to cooking traditional meals and creating arts and crafts–this handy resource offers kids interested in the science of energy and green technologies an engaging, interactive, and contemporary overview of wind power.
|Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Power: from concept to consumer
By: Steven Otfinoski
Looks into the history of harnessing elements, renewable energy sources of today, and careers in renewable energy.
By: Neil Morris
Discusses how different types of turbines can be used to harness wind power to make electricity, the advantages and disadvantages of wind power, and ways wind power could be used in the future.
By: Diane Bailey
An examination of how wind has historically been used as an energy source and how current and future energy demands are changing its technical applications and efficiency levels.
By: Rebecca Pettiford
Carefully leveled text and vibrant photographs introduce early fluent readers to the science and engineering behind wind power. Includes infographics, activity, glossary, and index.
|Solar and Wind Power: smart ways to power the world
By: Peter Lerangis
Describes how modern technology harnesses the power of wind and the sun to convert into electricity, helping to create alternative sources of energy and lists the advantages and disadvantages to both methods.