Please welcome Erica from What Do We Do All Day?, a blog that always inspires me. There’s a big push now for non-fiction in the Common Core Curriculum and I am afraid that if we, as parents, don’t introduce non-fiction books to our kids that enchant them, they could be turned off by the onslaught of “boring” non-fiction they will be forced to read at school.
Non-fiction, however, when matched up to a child’s interest can be a great motivator in getting them to read. Erica offers up great science books for kids! I hope you find some ideas here for your child’s summer reading list.
p.s. Here’s another fabulous one!
Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat
When Usha and her sister look up at the stars in the sky, they see different images. Is it a big dipper or a big digger? When their cousin arrives, they look for the constellation but find that there are many more shapes in the sky! This is a wonderful introduction to astronomy that all children will enjoy. On a dark night when the stars are bright, use this book to stargaze and discover pictures in the sky. [bilingual Spanish picture book, ages 2 and up]
Do your kids love science and learning about facts? Science picture books are a lovely way for kids to explore their favorite subjects and discover something new.
At What Do We Do All Day? I share a book list (almost) every Monday, and even though my older son loves non-fiction books, I have made very few lists featuring fact-based books. That is probably a reflection of my own interests, so I am extra excited to be able to share with Pragmatic Mom’s followers this list of science picture books my boys have really enjoyed!
This book list is a hodgepodge and mishmash of all different science topics, so I hope you will find something that is a good fit for your child’s interests. If you have any favorite science picture books, please leave a comment here on this post. We love to get recommendations!
A Seed Is Sleepy. Author/illustrator team Dianna Hutts Aston and Slyvia Long have created a series of gorgeous books about natural wonders which turn kids’ attention to the beauty of the small miracles of nature. Also discover: A Rock Is Lively, An Egg Is Quiet and A Butterfly Is Patient.
All the Water in the World. Poetry in motion, just like rushing, trickling, dripping water, this book about the cycle of water will fascinate your kids. Lots of facts about where water comes from, where it goes and why we need it are eloquently communicated through gorgeous watercolors and poetry.
Redwoods. A truly imaginative book, my 8-year-old loved this one, and not just because the hero starts out on the F train! (That’s in NYC, for you non-New Yorkers!) When he exits the station, he finds himself in a redwood forest, where he explores the wonder of the earth’s oldest trees. Chin skillfully blends fantasy and facts. Also check out Chin’s Island: A Story of the Galápagos and Coral Reefs.
Just Ducks! I really appreciate science books that demonstrate the wonders of nature in an urban environment. A young girl with a healthy affection for her city’s duck population gives the reader lots of ducky facts as she narrates a day spent with her feathered friends. This is the perfect pairing for the fiction classic, Make Way for Ducklings.
Growing Patterns. Gorgeous photographs and descriptions of mathematical patterns in flowers, shells and pine cones will fascinate kids who are already math lovers and may convert those who are skeptical. This book will probably inspire some very interesting nature walks with your kids!
Actual Size. Some animals we may never encounter except on the page. Illustrating the actual size of animals is pretty brilliant. Of course, that means only partial animal parts can be illustrated sometimes, like the eye of a giant squid. I won’t admit it out loud, but I may have been a little freaked out by the giant earthworm. Dino lovers will enjoy Prehistoric Actual Size.
Older Than the Stars. One of the best things about this book is that it can accommodate kids at different levels of scientific understanding. The origins and formation of the universe are told in a rhyming text with small asides that include more in-depth knowledge for older kids.
Too Hot? Too Cold?: Keeping Body Temperature Just Right. This picture book is jam-packed with information about how animals and people keep warm or cool down. My 8 year old loved it.
Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable. It’s good to save the best for last, right? I’m just keeping it real here to tell you my boys love books about poo. This is one of their favs. You’ll learn a lot. More than you ever wanted.
Do any of these books fit with your kids’ favorite science subjects? What would you add to the list?
Erica (aka “Mom and Kiddo”) is a SAHM to two very rowdy boys who love to read. She blogs at What Do We Do All Day? where she shares a new book list every Monday, including popular lists featuring chapter books for preschoolers, early chapter books, and favorite classics by the decade. She also shares easy indoor activities that her kids have tested out in their tiny apartment and fun learning ideas for kids. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest or Google+.
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