Are you looking for some top-notch science picture books for kids? I have generated a list of some of the best from titles nominated in the Cybils nonfiction picture book category and from the National Science Teacher’s Association 2012 trade book list.
“My review” links take you to full reviews of the books at Wrapped In Foil blog, many with suggestions for hands-on activities. “Related science activities” links take you to posts here at Growing With Science, often inspired by the book. Linked titles go to Amazon for further information.
We’re hosting STEM Friday this Friday, so look for more about science books for kids all week!
Check out these 2012 Science Picture Books:
|A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)
with poetic text by Laura Purdie Salas and breathtaking illustrations by Violeta Dabija
|Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola|
|A Place for Bats
by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond
|Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone|
|Nic Bishop Snakes
by Nic Bishop
Related science activities
|A Rock Is Lively
by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long
Also by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long:
|Plant a Little Seed
by Bonnie Christensen
|Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Vicky White|
|The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon|
|The Story of Silk: From Worm Spit to Woven Scarves (Traveling Photographer)
by Richard Sobol (Traveling Photographer)
Note: although this looks like a picture book, the text is more like a chapter book.
|Polar Bears, Penguins, and Other Mysterious Animals of the Extreme Cold (Extreme Animals in Extreme Environments) by Ana Maria Rodriguez|
and the other recent children’s books about birds from earlier this month
|Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be?
by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Betsy Thompson
Also by Janet Halfmann:
|North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration by Nick Dowson and illustrated by Patrick Benson|
|For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Laura Jacques|
|Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin
Also by Jason Chin
|The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker|
Edit: Now there’s a list of 2012 science books for middle grade children as well.