Have a Science Summer Starting with These Books

Science is all about really looking and thinking about things. Is there a better time for this than summer? I don’t think so! To get you started on a summer of really looking, here are some fun books.

 The Big Idea Science Book: The Incredible Concepts That Show How Science Works In the World by Dorling Kindersly

The title is right—this is a BIG book! Each of the 300+ pages has large pictures that help you understand the information given (I like this!) Some of the topics: how the parts of the body work, plants, animals and insects, dinosaurs, caves, weather, roller coasters, the universe…and lots more stuff. Personally, I am happy with just the pictures and captions, stopping to read more when I find something really interesting.

 The Most Explosive Science Book in the Universe by Claire Watts, illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

This book covers all sorts of science topics: matter, reactions, acids and bases, light, electricity… The illustrations are amusing and each page is packed with information.

 Are You Afraid Yet? The Science behind Scary Stuff by Stephen James O’Meara, illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy

This graphic book covers just what it says—scary stuff. Stuff like guillotines, Frankenstein and other monsters, mummies, haunted houses and more. Creepy!

 Scien-Trickery: Riddles in Science by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

These are not joke-type riddles (You can see those Friday!). They’re the kind of riddles to make you think. The answer is always something to do with science, like gravity. This is a cool book.

 Habitats and Wildlife in Danger by Sarah Levete

This book covers a lot of ground: farms, rain forests, polar regions, coral reefs, and more. Each section is broken into shorter parts, making it easy to read the parts you are most interested in. The back pages contain a glossary, more resources, and an index. Other books in this series:

Catastrophic Weather

Destroying the Oceans

Energy in Crisis

Threatened Wetlands

Toxins in the Food Chain

Water Worlds: Fresh Water
by Peter Ampt for the Australian Museum (sorry, no link)

There are more fresh water environments than I had ever thought about. Among others, there are fast-flowing rivers, wetlands, billabongs (always wondered what they were!), and underground water. Although this book was written for the Australian Museum, the information applies to fresh water in general. Other books in the series:
Coral Reefs


Sea Shores

The Antarctic


 Peeking at Plants with a Scientist by Patricia J. Murphy

Summer is a good time to watch plants and learn more about them. The people in this book are botanists, scientists who study plants. This book is basic and yet has lots of good information and pictures that show botanists at work. Other books in this series:

Discovering Dinosaurs with a Fossil Hunter

Exploring Space with an Astronaut

Searching for Stormy Weather with a Scientist

Exploring the Rain Forest with a Scientist

Investigating Insects with a Scientist

Saving Endangered Animals with a Scientist

Visiting Volcanoes with a Scientist

Are you inspired? Check out these books and then get out and look!

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