How to Do a Science Experiment (Step into Reading: Step 2 Reading with Help)

by Jean Reagan (Author) Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Science is a blast, when you work together with Grandma! Follow the volcano fun in this silly Step 2 early reader story from the New York Times bestselling creators of How to Babysit a Grandpa.

Once you've learned how to make a volacano at home, it's time to teach Grandma what to do! But what happens when you don't remember the right ingredients? Work together with Grandma to create the best at-home volacno ever, with a few tips and tricks from the experts -- kids!
This Step into Reading story features a sweet Grandma and grandchild relationship and all the silly, sticky moments that come with creating an at-home experiment. Perfect for children who are ready to read on their own!
Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. They are perfect for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
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School Library Journal

Gr 1-2--A young girl narrates, showing her grandmother what she has learned in school that day. Empowering the child to become the teacher, Grandma follows along as the girl teaches her how to make a volcano. While the steps of the scientific process are not explicitly named, the story follows the general idea of experimentation. When the unnamed main character forgets what goes into the volcano to cause the eruption, she tries several (safe) combinations of household ingredients. Finally, she generates an eruption, which causes a small mess and big smiles. Good use of protective eyewear is modeled in the illustrations, though the search for white powders in the pantry and the cat eating some of the resultant explosion is not necessarily indicative of best practice in science. This book is a Step 2 title in the "Step into Reading" series and lives up to the expectation of simple text for beginning readers. The girl and her grandmother are both Black. VERDICT A fitting addition to early reader collections that could benefit from the addition of a title highlighting the enjoyment of STEM.--Jessica Caron

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Jean Reagan
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. In the summers, they serve as backcountry volunteers in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books, including the How to... series by Jean Reagan. To learn more about Lee and his work, please visit
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 20, 2022
Step Into Reading: Step 2 Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Science projects
Science education

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