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Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
In the race to deliver high-quality science and technology books to young readers, the venerable Scientists in the Field series continues to aim high and achieve excellence. Animal books dominate this list of the best sci-tech titles reviewed in the past year in Booklist, while archaeology, engineering, and snowflakes make an appearance here as well.
The Bat Scientists. By Mary Kay Carson. Illus. by Tom Uhlman. 2010. Houghton, $18 (9780547199566). Gr. 7–10.
This exciting title in the Scientists in the Field series follows a team of dedicated bat scientists, dispelling popular myths and delivering plenty of surprising facts about the often maligned animals.
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. By Loree Griffin Burns. Illus. by Ellen Harasimowicz. 2010. Houghton, $18 (9780547152318). Gr. 6–10.
Colony collapse disorder is one of the natural world’s most puzzling developments, and this entry in the Scientists in the Field series compellingly follows the work of four scientists who are looking at a wide variety of causes for the honey-bee plague.
How the Sphinx Got to the Museum. By Jessie Hartland. Illus. by the author. 2010. Blue Apple, $17.99 (9781609050320). Gr. 2–4.
With exhaustive, dizzying detail, this picture book travels through time and across the world to look at how a seven-ton sphinx made its way from ancient Egypt to a museum.
How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships. By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. 2010. Houghton, $16 (9780547245157). K–Gr. 3.
This exploration of unusual animal partnerships delivers lucid science facts in an entertaining format, with Jenkins’ cut-paper collage artwork presented in comics-style panels.
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Nic Bishop. 2010. Houghton, $18 (9780618494170). Gr. 4–7.
The bizarre, endearing, and endangered kakapo parrot is the star of this Scientists in the Field book. Thrilling encounters with the secretive birds and heartbreaking tragedies underscore the urgent message of animal conservation.
Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City. By David Weitzman. 2010. illus. Roaring Brook/Flash Point, $19.99 (9781596431621). Gr. 7–10.
This fascinating look at engineering and construction explores how Mohawk men forged a tradition as hardworking and courageous ironworkers, building bridges and skyscrapers across the country.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder. By Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson. Illus. by Nora Aoyagi. 2009. Chronicle, $16.99 (9780811868662). Gr. 2–4.
With dazzlingly detailed close-ups of snow crystals and a contagious sense of wonder, this picture book investigates one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena.
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Julie Paschkis. 2010. Holt, $16.99 (9780805089370). K–Gr. 3.
This luminous picture-book biography introduces a seventeenth-century girl who disproved centuries of scientific belief about butterflies through simple observation.
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors. By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Beckie Prange. 2010. Houghton, $17 (9780618717194). Gr. 2–5.
The author-illustrator team of Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (2005) offers captivating illustrations, versatile verse, and succinct prose explanations that celebrate the earth’s most resilient and long-lasting species.
Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? By Robert E. Wells. Illus. by the author. 2010. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (9780807590812). Gr. 2–4.
Wells’ appealing look at the sun provides an approachable introduction to the topic while laying groundwork for more advanced subjects such as gravity, photosynthesis, and even nuclear fusion.
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