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April 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
The fortieth anniversary of what is arguably humankind’s single greatest technological feat since figuring out fire—landing on the moon—features prominently in this list of the best sci-tech books of the past year, all reviewed in Booklist. Not to be celestially outdone, Mars also gets in on the action, along with a healthy stable of animal and natural-science books and a showing from last year’s big anniversary celebrant, Abraham Lincoln.
Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet. By Alexandra Siy. 2009. illus. Charlesbridge, $18.95 (9781570914621). Gr. 4–8.
Designed to last a mere 90 days, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity are still wandering the Red Planet five years later, and this handsome book provides a clearly written overview of their extraterrestrial explorations.
The Frog Scientist. By Pamela S. Turner. Illus. by Andy Comins. 2009. Houghton, $18 (9780618717163). Gr. 5–9.
This particularly fine title in the always reliable Scientists in the Field series profiles biologist Tyrone Hayes, revealing both his colorful personality and his dedication to science.
Life in the Boreal Forest. By Brenda Z. Guiberson. Illus. by Gennady Spirin. 2009. Holt, $16.99 (9780805077186). Gr. 2–5.
Intricate illustrations and evocative text present the great northern forest and its many denizens in this majestic picture book.
A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts. By Pamela S. Turner. 2008. illus. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $21.95 (9780374345785). Gr. 5–8.
Turner’s biography of the pioneering environmentalist provides a captivating introduction to animal conservation.
Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. Illus. by Molly Bang. 2009. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $16.99 (9780545044226). PreS–Gr. 3.
Narrated by the sun and awash with vibrant imagery, this ambitious picture book distills the complex concept of photosynthesis for young children.
Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. By Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl. Illus. by Alan Bean. 2009. Viking, $23.99 (9780670011568). Gr. 5–8.
This insightful book, with paintings by moon-walker Bean, maintains a special awareness of pivotal moments and human emotion across the entirety of the Apollo program.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. By Brian Floca. Illus. by the author. 2009. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781416950462). K–Gr. 3.
With spare text and artwork that captures both technological detail and stunning scenery, Floca re-creates the dramatic story of the first astronauts to land on the moon.
Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War. By Allen B. Thomas and Roger McBride Allen. 2008. illus. National Geographic, $18.95 (9781426303791). Gr. 6–10.
An array of period prints, photos, and paintings accompanies a clearly written narrative to convey the ways that technology shaped the outcome of the Civil War.
Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths. By Nic Bishop. Illus. by the author. 2009. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780439877572). Gr. 2–4.
Bishop’s dazzling close-up photos of butterflies and moths provide the hook, but his unusually engaging text, supported by often amazing bits of information, carries just as much appeal.
Redwoods. By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. 2009. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $16.95 (9781596434301). PreS–Gr. 3.
Chin juxtaposes a straightforward guide to redwoods with drawings that provide a soaring narrative element to engage children both imaginatively and intellectually.
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