Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

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Our vision of what we call science has broadened. The practices we use to explore the natural world and to create new products now include mathematics and engineering. We also recognize the importance of the arts, history, and human perspectives in these explorations.

Science is not just one "way of knowing," but many. The same is true for our vision of outstanding science literature. Today's best science trade books include captivating stories of human achievement--like those of Rachel Carson or the diverse investigators in What Color Is My World? They combine science and engineering, like the story of the Mighty Mars Rovers. They feature outstanding art, lyric poetry, and plenty of ideas for hands-on activity. These great books have something to grab the minds and hearts of diverse learners.

So once again, we present a list of the year's Outstanding Science Trade Books with pride and optimism. They have the potential to enrich and inspire, as they convey the best science content. Please share.

Earth and Space Science

Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean. Bradley Hague. National Geographic Children's Books. 48pp. Trade ISBN 978-1426310676, $17.95. (3-8) Dive deep into a world of wild and weird life that only a few have seen. The author, a team of scientists and a crew from America's Flagship of Exploration, Okeanos Explorer, share their adventure and discoveries through the eyes of a camera with incredible photographs from their journey. Glossary, Websites, Additional Resources. (JMP) V

Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives. Albert Marrin. Alfred A. Knopf. 192pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-375-86673-9, $19.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-96673-6, $22.99. Paperback ISBN 978-0-375-85968-7, $15.99. (6-8) Both an entertaining read and an excellent resource for understanding the history of, sources of, and role played in our lives by oil. Notes, Glossary, Index. (BGH) V, VIII

Eight Days Gone. Linda McReynolds. Illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke. Charlesbridge. 44pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-364-0, $16.95. Paperback ISBN 978-1-58089-365-7, $7.95. (K-2) Simple story lines and clear illustrations will help young students understand the basic facts of what it took to send humans to the Moon. The author and illustrator have taken a complex endeavor and brought the story to life in a clear, accurate, and concise manner, filling a need for this type of book for young children. Author's Note, Bibliography. (SAR) II, V, VIII

* Out of This World. Amy E. Sklansky. Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Alfred A. Knopf. 40pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-375-86459-9, $17.99. Library ISBN 978-0-375-96459-6, $20.99. Paper ed. (F). (K-2) The author does an amazing job of engaging the reader in the world of poetry while using sidebars to provide factual information. Children learn about our solar system and space exploration in an accessible way. This picture book is a brilliant example of how poetry and informational text can support each other. The illustrations allow the reader to be a part of the experience. Excellent classroom resource. (KAR) V

Seymour Simon's Extreme Earth Records. Seymour Simon. Chronicle Books. 57pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-4521-0785-1, $17.99. (3-5) Simon begins with amazing facts that will fascinate middle level students: the highest, deepest, and rainiest place on Earth. Then he moves to why, with sound science and invitations to further inquiry. Accurate illustrations are bright and colorful. The explanations are broken down so children can understand complex vocabulary. Index. (SLS) V

A Warmer World. Caroline Arnold. Il-lustrated by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-266-7, $16.95. Paperback ISBN 978-1-58089-267-4, $7.95. (3-5) This beautiful book communicates on two levels. There is a main story line supported by facts, and insets explain an important current issue and the effect it has on animals. Glossary, For More Information. …

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