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

My review

Related science activities

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola

My review

A Place for Bats
by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond
Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

My review

Related science activities

Nic Bishop Snakes
by Nic Bishop
Related science activities

and more 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:

A Butterfly Is Patient

My review

Related Science activities

Plant a Little Seed
by Bonnie Christensen
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Vicky White

My review

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

My review

Related science activities

The Story of Silk: From Worm Spit to Woven Scarves (Traveling Photographer)
by Richard Sobol (Traveling Photographer)

My review

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
Let's not forget Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Whyby Lita Judge

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:

Little Black Ant on Park Street (Smithsonian's Backyard Collection)

See my review

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

My Review

Also by Jason Chin
Coral Reefs

My review of Coral Reefs

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.