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Science and Nature

Reinforce your child's interest in science and nature with these reviews, annotated booklists, and books recommended by science teachers.

Inside Tornadoes
Inside Tornadoes by Mary Kay Carson includes lots of visuals combined with interesting scientific facts about tornadoes.

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead
I recommend Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson, a fascinating nonfiction science book for ages 10-14.

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot is part of the nonfiction series Scientists in the Field. Sy Montgomery is the author of Kakapo Rescue, set in New Zealand and illustrated by wildlife photographer Nic Bishop.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
While How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is gruesome and funny, it is also a well-researched nonfiction book that middle school students love.

An Egret's Day
An Egret's Day is both a science and a children's poetry book. If you are looking for children's poetry books about nature, An Egret's Day by Jane Yolen, with photos by nature photographer Jason Stemple, is a good one. Read my children's poetry book review to find out how the author balances poetry and science.

Science Fair Handbook
Children’s Book Review – The “Science Fair Handbook” provides children in grade 5-8 and their parents with helpful information about developing a successful science fair project. If your child is participating in a science fair, you will find this children’s book, “Science Fair Handbook,” helpful.

Eliza and the Dragonfly
Children's Nature Books - "Eliza and the Dragonfly" is an excellent children's picture book about the life cycle of the dragonfly and the importance of appreciating the wonders of nature and the environment. If you are looking for children's books about nature suitable for 4-10 year olds, I recommend this children's picture book.

Children's Books About Dinosaurs - Children's Dinosaur Books - Dinosaur...
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books for younger children, beginning readers, and nonfiction children's books about dinosaurs. Here are ten children's dinosaur books I particularly recommend.

The Wildlife Detectives
The Wildlife Detectives is a good nonfiction children's book about forensic scientists fighting crimes against animals and more. It is part of the Scientists in the Field series.

The Beeman
The Beeman by Laurie Krebs is the perfect picture book / science book for the young child who is fascinated with nature and how things work.

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is an excellent combination of poetry, art and science. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is a poetry book for children that combines the nature poetry of Joyce Sidman with linocuts by Rick Allen and factual information about nocturnal animals that can be found in the woodland.

Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs
Wildlife photographer Nic Bishop is the author and illustrator of Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar. Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs is part of the Scientists in the Field Series of nonfiction books about scientists, science and nature for children.

Scientists in the Field Series
The Scientists in the Field nonfiction series for middle grade readers will appeal to ages 9-14, as well as some younger kids.

The Snake Scientist
The Snake Scientist (Scientists in the Field series) is a nonfiction children's science book. I recommend The Snake Scientist and the other books in the Scientists in the Field series for ages 9-14.

An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg is Quiet is both a children's picture book and a children's science book. An Egg Is Quiet was illustrated by award-winning illustrator Sylvia Long, who understands both the science and the beauty of eggs.

Inside Hurricanes
Inside Hurricanes is a good nonfiction book about hurricanes for middle grade readers. Written by Mary Kay Carson it includes fold-out pages, diagrams, photos and more.

Book Review: "Go Wild in New York City"
Put that party hat away - "Go Wild in New York City" is about the natural wildlife in NYC. It's a book for middle-school students, but adults will be wild about it too.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Your child 10 to teen will be intrigued by the facinating true story, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose.

Tsunamis: Witness to Disaster
Tsunamis: Witness to Disaster, a National Geographic Society nonfiction book, covers both the science and the terror of tsunamis.

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