Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018

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We invite you to explore this year's list of Outstanding Science Trade Books, which builds upon our 45-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.

PS1: Matter and Its Interactions: Science as Inquiry

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd. Mary Losure. Candlewick Press. 176pp. Trade ISBN 9780763670634, $19.99. (6-12) The story of Isaac Newton's childhood was not always a happy one. Sent to live with a pharmacist after his father died and mother remarried made for a lonely life but one filled with the opportunity to learn what he had missed in the country. Discover how an interest in alchemy and magic led Isaac to become an accomplished mathematician and the father of physics, inspiring a scientific revolution. (KC) SEP8, CCC7

The Secret Project. Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books. 40pp. Trade ISBN 9781481469135, $17.99. (6-8) Through simple text structure and captivating illustrations, this book tackles the controversial, sensitive, and gloomy topic of the Manhattan project. It provides a glimpse of the secret nuclear laboratory at Los Alamos as well as the creation and testing of the first nuclear bomb. The book addresses a very complicated historical event in a mysterious but thought-provoking way. Author's Note, Further Reading (TBV) CCC5, SEP1, SEP3

This Book Stinks! Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash.

Sarah Wassner Flynn. National Geographic Kids. 128pp. Trade ISBN 9781426327308, $14.99. (3-8)

Through bright photographs and simple text structure, this book takes a deep look into the hefty problem of trash, offering fun facts and creative solutions for its management. Each double-page spread addresses a different topic related to trash and provides information, suggested activities, and ideas to reduce and recycle. Index, Photo Credits. (TBV) CCC2, CCC5, SEP1, SEP6, SEP7, SEP8

When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World. Simon Winchester. Penguin Young Readers/Viking Books for Young Readers. 96pp. Trade ISBN 9780451476357, $22.99. (6-8) The young reader is encouraged to explore some of nature's most dangerous weather and climate phenomena such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change. The book expands on the damage, how that can affect and alter lives dramatically, and, later, the time to recover. Afterword, Recommended Reading, Acknowledgments, Index, and Photo Credits. (LS) ESS2, ESS3, ETS1

PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist. Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 48pp. Trade ISBN 9780374355135, $17.99. (3-5) This biographical story of Isaac Newton traces his curiosity and growing love of science as a child through school experiences that shaped the scholar he became. (KAM) SEP2, SEP3

LSI: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

About Habitats: Seashores. Cathryn Sill. Illustrated by John Sill. Peachtree Publishers. 48pp. Trade ISBN 9781561459681, $16.95. (K-2)

Illustrations are richly enhanced with a plethora of visual information for the young reader to quickly grasp the beautiful and diverse landscapes, animals, and plant life that are the essence of viable and productive seashores. Glossary, Bibliography, and Detailed Afterword. (LS) LS2, LS4

Animal Journal: Land Mammals of the World. Juan Carlos Alonso. Quarto/Walter Foster Jr. 128pp. Trade ISBN 9781633221963, $19. …

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