Be a Summer Scientist: Books to Get You Started
One of the lovely things about summer is you usually have enough time to really look at and investigate your world. Here are some books to help you in your looking and investigating.
This book describes how to think like a scientist and then provides 3 experiments to try. There are at least 20 books in this Science Explorer Junior series, including ones that look at water, plants, solar energy, heat, the playground, and more.
Pets in a Jar: Collecting and Caring for Small Wild Animals by Seymour Simon, illustrated by Betty Fraser
This book has lots of information about how to collect and keep pets in a jar. A wide range of critters are covered, including snails, water bugs, toads, worms, crickets, and many more. It also tells how to let the critters go.
What floats? What doesn’t float? Why? These are all questions asked and answered in this book. The sometimes confusing concept of density is clearly explained, with lots of examples given. You’ll probably want to try out some of the experiments suggested.
How do plant seeds get from one place to another? They are helped by bird poop, animal fur, wind, exploding plants, and other ways. This book is part of the Science Slam: Plantology book series.
This books covers 5 major areas of science: biology, chemistry, physics, the earth and sky, and the human body. There are basic experiments, plus fancier ones. Each experiment starts with a question: Where do leave get their colors? Can you blow up a balloon with a banana? What makes things fizzy? There are over 50 experiments, plus over 20 puzzles. I really like the uncomplicated format.
There are 100 experiments covering: earth science, life science, physical science, and technology and engineering. The book also gives a lot of background information, explaining the science behind the experiments, and gives ways to learn more about each subject. The last section is called Science Fair Success Secrets.
This is a basic book, answering questions such as What is weather? What is a weather warning? How do thunderstorms start tornadoes? and 7 others. Each question is answered by a meteorologist (weather scientist). There are 5 other books in this I Like Science series.
I admit I am a big insect fan. I enjoy watching them and learning more about them. This book has a ton of information in addition to the activities. The activities include art projects and directions for homemade traps, nets, and cages. It tells how to keep a scientific journal and has directions for creating a board game.
Next Time You See a Firefly by Emily Morgan (sorry, no link)
This is a perfect summer science book, since summer is the only time you see fireflies (right?) With big colorful photos and not-too-much-yet-informative text, it perfectly captures the firefly experience. It’s so well done, I look forward to the other books in this Next Time You See series.
So what have you investigated lately? Write about it in the Comments Box!