Math & Science Books to Read with Your Kids
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Living Sunlight: How the Sun Gives Us LifeMolly BangPhotosynthesis; Food Chain; Energy; building blocks; oxygenThese books have some real science vocabulary, but they are still engaging to even young kids because of the bright, colorful illustrations. Pages at the end of the book review the specific science topics explored.
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Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the EarthMolly BangFossils; Fossil Fuels; Global Warming & Climate Change; Plant Life Cycles
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Tiny Creatures: The World of MicrobesNicola DaviesMicroorganisms; Large numbers; exponential growth; bacteriaThese books have some real science vocabulary, but they are still engaging to even young kids because of the bright, colorful illustrations. Pages at the end of the book review the specific science topics explored.
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You Can't Use Your Brain If You're a JellyfishFred EhrlichEvolution; Adaptation
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On EarthG. Brian KarasPlanets; Seasons; Movement & Orbit of the Earth
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You are StardustElin KelseyConnections between humans and nature; water cycle; language development; growth and development; cells; microorganisms; oxygen-producing plantsBeautiful collages and hand drawn pictures explore connections between our bodies and nature and inspire wonder. "If you were a planet, you'd be a lot like the earth. Rainforests on land and algae in the oceans are the Earth's lungs. From your head to your toes, inside and out, billions of teeny microorganisms live on planet You".
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CloudsAnne RockwellClouds; Weather
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A Seed is SleepyDianna AstonSeed propagation; Seed adaptation
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From Seed to PlantGail GibbonsPlant growth and development; Plant life cycles
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From Bird Poop to Wind: How Seeds Get AroundEllen LawrenceSeed dispersal
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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?Margaret McNamaraHypothesis; observation
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Who's Like Me?Nicola DaviesTaxonomy; ClassificationGood for very young kids
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Your Fantastic Elastic BrainJoAnn DeakGrowth mindset; parts of the brain
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What Is A Scientist?Barbara LehnScientific inquiry; evidence; experimentation
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Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound Geoff WaringSound; pitchThis series stars an inquisitive cat named Oscar, who has his questions answered by a different animal in each book. I like that the science content comes across in a question and answer format. The last few pages review the main science concepts of each book.
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Oscar and the Frog: A Book About GrowingGeoff WaringLife cycle
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Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and DarkGeoff Waring
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Oscar and the Cricket: A Book About Moving and RollingGeoff WaringPhysics; force; momentum
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Oscar and the Bird : A Book About ElectricityGeoff WaringCircuits; sources of electrical power
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The Story of Life A First Book About EvolutionCatherine BarrEvolution; Timeline of the History of EarthThis is a great book because it provides an overview of life on Earth and elicits a lot of questions that can lead to other books and topics. For any teachers familiar with the Timeline of the Earth activity in the CUNY Evolution curriulum, this book is a kids version of that activity.
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You're Aboard Spaceship EarthPatricia Lauber
Ecosystems; balance; water cycle; respiration
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Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!Kathleen V. KudlinskiMistakes; Incorrect hypotheses
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Bone by Bone Comparing Animal SkeletonsSara LevineHomologous structures
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What Happened to the Dinosaurs?Franklyn M. BranleyExtinction; Food webs
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The Day the Dinosaurs DiedCharlotte Lewis BrownExtinction
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Planet Earth, Inside OutGail GibbonsEarth Science; Topography
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Older Than The StarsKaren C. FoxBig Bang; Timeline of Universe
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Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and PulleysDavid AdlerPhysics; force; momentum
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Pumpkin JackWill HubbellDecomposition; plant cycles; seasons
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The Great Spruce John DuvallPlant Propagation
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Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking AnimalsGabrielle BalkanHomologous structures This beautifully illustrated book allows readers to make connections between the amazing similarities between the skeletal structures of a wide range of animals.
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Sun Up, Sun DownGail GibbonsLight spectrum, Movement and Orbit of the Earth
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If Sharks DisappearedLily WilliamsExtinction; food webs; food chains; apex predators; ecosystems; predation; human impact
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Zoey & Sassafrass seriesAsia CitroScientific method; research;
This series of chapter books features a young African-American girl and her cat as they use the scientific method and general science background knowledge to take care of magical creatures.
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