Science Books

For Kids!

Earth's Kids is proud to present an outstanding collection of  science books, each selected and reviewed by the National Science Teachers Association. 

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and the Origin of Crocodiles

By Christopher Sloan. Illustrated by Paul Martín and with photographs. National Geographic Society. 64pp.

Imagine a crocodile almost as long as Tyrannosaurus rex and just as fierce! That's SuperCroc, the giant Sarcosuchus fossil discovered by Paul Sereno, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence.  Incredible illustrations and photographs are accompanied by very descriptive text. 


How Do We Know Dinosaurs Existed?
By Mike Benton. Illustrated by John Butler and Alan Male. Raintree. Library binding, 42 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

Detailed illustrations and graphs enhance the fact-filled text in a question-and-answer format. Numerous theories and unanswered questions are interspersed with a few activities. For the dinosaur buff and a good resource book for elementary students. Metric and English measure are used. Glossary. Index

Secrets from the Rocks:
Dinosaur Hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews
  By Albert Marrin.  Hardcover, 64 pages. Reading level 9-12.   Scenes from the historic expedition to the Gobi desert of Mongolia.  Here a member of Chapman's party accidentally stumbled over a fossil, setting in motion one of the greatest finds of paleontology.  Chapman's subsequent discoveries changed the way we think about dinosaurs.





Seymour Simon.  Library binding, 32 pages.  Reading level, ages 4-8.
Stunning photographs and well-written text take the reader on a tour of the brain. This is an excellent introduction to the complex processes that go on inside our heads. The electron microscope pictures of nerve cells, axons, and the synapse region are outstanding.


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Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. Marfé Ferguson Delano. Produced by the National Geographic Society.  Library binding, 64 pages. Reading level, ages 9-12. 

The author provides us with details of Edison the man as well as Edison the inventor. Wonderful historic photographs complement well-written text. A wonderful presentation of the life and work of America’s premier inventor. Chronology, Book and Internet Resources, Index.

The Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the Universe. Robert Burnham. Library binding, 128 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

Beautiful illustrations and a strong layout create an eye-catching, informative reference. This atlas visits the planets in our solar system as well as asteroids, comets, and meteors before proceeding to the stars and galaxies of deep space. Suggested activities for the reader encourage hands-on exploration of the concepts presented. Glossary, Index, Universe Fact File (includes facts on our solar system and other celestial objects, astrological and technological events, timeline of astronomy, and universal records).


Looking for Life in the Universe (Scientists in the Field series). Ellen Jackson. Hardcover, 64 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

Illustrated with photographs by Nic Bishop.  This inspirational book follows Jill Tartar of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute as she and her colleagues search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This book discusses the science involved in the search and the day-to-day efforts of the team as well as the dreams of the young girl who became an astrophysicist. Author’s Note, Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Websites for Kids.  


Charles Darwin: The Life of a Revolutionary Thinker. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.  Hardcover, 144 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

 The nature of science is clearly depicted in this biography of Charles Darwin. During the voyage of the Beagle and subsequently after many years of research and thought, Darwin developed a theory of evolution that continues to influence our lives today. Bibliography, Index, Chronology of Beagle’s Voyage, Friends and Colleagues, Internet Resources, Glossary.


The Search For The Origin of Birds
Library binding, 64 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

This book demonstrates how the methods of a scientist can be similar to those of a detective. Readers are provided with the data scientists have used to construct their current explanation for the origin of birds. Glossary. Index. Further Reading List.


THE STORY OF OXYGEN  Karen Fitzgerald. Illustrated with various photographs, prints, and diagrams. Library binding, 64 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

  From myth and mystery to discovery and explanation, the author chronicles the experimentation with air and ultimately, oxygen. The book describes the unique characteristics of oxygen, such as its importance to life, chemical behaviors, and abundance. Many scientists and their contributions are covered. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.


THE CASE OF THE MUMMIFIED PIGS: And Other Mysteries In Nature  Susan E. Quinlan. Illustrated by Jennifer Owings Dewey.  128pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12

 A wildlife biologist describes 14 real-life science adventures, all of which start with puzzling observations. Readers follow the steps of scientists as they track down the clues and discover some of the amazing ways that nature works. Author's Note. Index. Further Reading List.


Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery Windsor Chorlton. Illustrated with photographs. 40pp. 

 This story emphasizes the excitement and enormity of the project to excavate and remove a frozen woolly mammoth. The experience highlights the expertise and technology needed for such a venture. Several new discoveries are illustrated and old theories are reinforced. The project is brought to life by brilliant photographs and illustrations. Websites, Index, Mammoth Sites and Finds.


Rocks in His Head
Carol Otis Hurst. Illustrated by James Stevenson. Hardcover, 32 pages.  Reading level, ages 4-8.

 The simple narrative and sensitive illustrations vividly portray how a childhood passion for rocks leads to a productive and satisfying career. This true story describes how study, commitment, and a love for learning overcome such obstacles as a lack of education, money, and formal training.




Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth: For Earthlings Ages 12 to 120
By Art Sussman, Ph.D. Illustrated by Emiko-Rose Koike. C   Paperback, 128 pages.  Reading level, young adult.

Dr. Art's systems-based Earth guide introduces three easy-to-understand principles that explain how our planet works - Matter Cycles, Energy Flows, and Life Webs. This full-color, engaging guide will help us better understand Earth's systems. Dr. Jane Goodall proclaims "[this book] deserves a place not only in every classroom but also every home." Author's Note, Glindex (glossary + index), Web Sites.


EARTHQUAKES  Sally M. Walker.  Library binding, 56 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12. 

A wonderful primer to the scientific underpinnings of earthquakes, this book defines key terms in earthquake science while colorful diagrams illustrate basic concepts. Readers learn how scientists can predict an earthquake and measure its intensity. Includes measures prior to and during an earthquake. Author's Note. Glossary. Index.


LIGHTNING. Seymour Simon.  Paperback, 32 pages. Reading level, ages 4-8. Spectacular photographs accompany this very readable description of different forms of lightning. This book introduces readers to the nature of lightning, to streamers called stepped leaders, and to the main lightning bolt itself. Simon has produced another outstanding book for readers of all ages, but especially for children


WATER DANCE. Written and illustrated by Thomas Locker. Paperback, 32 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

Harcourt Brace. 32pp. ISBN 0-15-201284-2. $16. (P) This inspiring book about water involves readers in a question-and-answer format. Vivid oil paintings portray the natural movement of water and will enhance observational skills. Fascinating scientific facts about water follow the poetic text.

Tornadoes  Seymour Simon. Illustrated with photographs.  Paperback, 32 pages.  Reading level, ages 4-8. Extensive information on tornadoes is provided for readers. More specifically there are explanations of how tornadoes develop, where they occur, how they are tracked, and the dangers associated with them. Through the use of well-illustrated diagrams and real-life photographs, the reader can explore this weather phenomenon.


SCIENCE ON THE ICE: AN ANTARCTIC JOURNAL. Rebecca L. Johnson. Library binding, 128 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

This journal filled with breathtaking color photographs accurately depicts life at the research stations in Antarctica. Marginal notes provide interesting informational tidbits. This personalized account makes readers feel as if they have visited this frozen continent and its inhabitants. Index. Metric Conversion Chart.

The Sky’s the Limit:
 Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls

Catherine Thimmesh. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Houghton Mifflin. 80pp.

This book describes discoveries made by women of all ages. While the author includes accounts of familiar scientists (Jane Goodall, Mary Leakey), most are stories of past and present women and school-age girls as they observe phenomena, gain knowledge, and design and conduct investigations. This book will inspire students of all ages with its emphasis on discoveries by ordinary people. Introduction, Timeline of Discoveries by Women, Further Reading, Your Turn, Index.


Copernicus: Founder of Modern Astronomy.
Catherine M. Andronik.  Library binding, 112 pages. 
 Reading level, ages 9-12. 

The idea of a moving Earth did not begin to gain serious recognition until the work of Copernicus in the fifteenth century. This book not only reviews the wonderful contributions to astronomy made by Copernicus, but also offers an exciting glimpse into his life that is so often missing from other biographies. Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Internet Resources, Chronology, Chapter Notes.


(Great Minds of Science series).
Margaret J. Anderson
. Paperback, 128 pages. Reading level, ages 9-12.

Illustrated with various photographs, prints, and diagrams.  The life, work, and goals of the brilliant scientist Isaac Newton are described in this very readable book about perhaps "the greatest scientist of all time." A descriptive chapter of experiments on color, paddle wheels, and gravity motivates children to think and explore, as Newton did. Glossary. Index. Chronology. Chapter Notes. Further Reading List.


ORDINARY GENIUS: THE STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. Stephanie Sammartino McPherson. Library binding, 96 pages.  Reading level, ages 9-12.

The reader learns about Albert Einstein's beliefs and private life. Einstein's personal trials and triumphs are presented with sensitivity and humor. His unprecedented contributions to science are addressed with unusual clarity. Author's Note. Bibliography. Index



Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists.
Lynda Jones. Illustrated by Ron Garnett. Scholastic.
Paperback, 48 pages. Reading level, ages 4-8. 

 Doctor, botanist, biologist, chemist, and nuclear scientist - these are the careers portrayed in this volume. These African Americans overcame similar obstacles to achieve their separate goals. This easy-to-read chapter book is a must for all libraries.





MORE Science Books!


The Magic School Bus: At The Water Works
Written by Joanna Cole.
Illustrated by Bruce Degen.

Ms. Frizzle takes her class on another crazy fieldtrip -- this time to learn about the water cycle! Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award: Nonfiction Honor - 1987.

Also available in a "big book" edition for easy reading to the whole class!

Ages 4-8


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