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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BOOKS PUBLISHED in 2016

We invite you to explore this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books, which builds upon our 44-year history of identifying the very best in science books for children. In the award-winning titles below, you'll find not only traditional science content but also engineering and design. We hope you'll enjoy enhancing your own spirit of inquiry as you and the children in your life investigate science through the year's best trade books.

LSI: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

A Beetle Is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston. Illustrated by Sylvia Long. Chronicle Books. 40pp. Trade ISBN 9781452127125, $16.99. (K-2) This intricately illustrated book showcases the fascinating world of beetles and is sure to spark the imagination of readers of all ages. (GSM)

About Marine Mammals. Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers. 48pp. Trade ISBN 9781561459063, $16.95. (K-2) Full-page plates support the succinct text about general characteristics of marine mammals, such as their need to come to the surface for air and adaptations for various habitats. Afterword, Glossary, Additional Resources. (KTR) CCC6

After a While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary. Dr. Brady Barr and Jennifer Keats Curtis. Illustrated by Susan Detwiler. Arbordale Publishing. 32pp. Trade ISBN 9781628558340, $17.95. Paperback ISBN 9781628558357, $9.95. (K-2) Through her journal entries readers, follow Alexa, a Costa Rican schoolgirl, as she cares for an American crocodile and then releases him to the wild. Author's Note, Bibliography. (GSM)

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Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics. Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. 48pp. Trade ISBN 9780544630925, $17.99. (K-2) Infographics give a visual representation for many different facts about living organisms. Compare the speed of a peregrine falcon to that of a cheetah, or the length of a giant anteater's tongue to a giraffe's, or find out which animal causes the most human deaths through the infographics presented in this book. (SAK) CCC3, CCC6

Day of the Dinosaurs: Step Into a Spectacular Prehistoric World. Dr. Steve Brusatte. Illustrated by Daniel Chester. Quarto Publishing/Wide Eyed Editions. 80pp. Trade ISBN 9781847808455, $22.99. (3-4) Explore the rise and fall of these magnificent creatures as well as some of their unique defense mechanisms, diets, and ancient environmental habitats during their approximate 187-million-year reign on Earth. Publisher's Note, Index, and Further Resources. (LS) SEP4, SEP8, CCC3, CCC6, CCC7, LS4, ESS1, ESS2

Every Breath We Take: A Book About Air. Maya Ajmera and Dominique Browning. Charlesbridge. 32pp. Trade ISBN 9781580896160, $16.95. (K-2) Through bright photographs and simple text structure, this book examines how air is needed by living creatures and useful for other activities we engage in as well. Informational End Notes. (CAR) LS1, CCC2

Flying Frogs and Walking Fish. Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. 40pp. Trade ISBN 9780544630901, $17.99. (K-2) There are many ways to move from one place to another and different reasons to move. This title takes a look at the various ways animals move from one place to another, as well as the reason for specific organisms. Additional information about each animal is recorded at the end. (SAK) CCC6

Giant Squid. Eric Rohmann. Illustrated by Candace Fleming. Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Roaring Brook Press, 40pp. Trade ISBN 9781596435995, $18.99. (K-2) This is a beautifully illustrated book about the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid, which generates many questions. Why do they change color and pattern? How do they hunt? These things are still a mystery. The back matter includes a labeled diagram and more detailed information about this creature. …

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