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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth
As usual, the natural world remains fertile ground for the best science books of the year, all of which received starred reviews in the past year in Booklist. A book about children’s bodies ties handily into this issue’s twin theme of health and wellness. —Ian Chipman
All the Water in the World. By George Ella Lyon. Illus. by Katherine Tillotson. 2011. Atheneum, $15.99 (9781416971306). PreS–K.
Few titles introducing the water cycle have the infectious beat and eye-catching visuals found in this picture book, which reinforces the simple, profound message that all life depends on water.
Butterflies. By Seymour Simon. 2011. illus. Collins, $17.99 (9780061914935). Gr. 2–4.
A fresh spin on a familiar topic, Simon’s latest conveys basic facts and revelatory insights in ways that are both understandable and intriguing. The rich close-up photos only sweeten the pot.
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery. By Sandra Markle. 2011. illus. Millbrook, lib. ed., $29.27 (9780761351085). Gr. 4–6.
With clarity, directness, and a simple writing style, Markle investigates a conservation effort to save Panamanian golden frogs from a deadly fungus.
Charles Darwin. By Kathleen Krull. Illus. by Boris Kulikov. 2010. Viking, $15.99 (9780670063352). Gr. 5–8.
This entry in the acclaimed Giants of Science series offers a lively and humanizing portrait of Darwin, with clear descriptions of his theories and how he built on the work of previous scientists.
Energy Island. By Allan Drummond. Illus. by the author. 2011. Farrar/Frances Foster, $16.99 (9780374321840). Gr. 1–3.
The world has taken notice of the small Danish island of Samsø for its complete independence from fossil fuels, but kids will be fascinated to learn that the campaign began with a grade-school teacher and his students.
Nic Bishop Lizards. By Nic Bishop. Illus. by the author. 2010. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545206341). Gr. 2–4.
Bishop’s riveting photos of lizards—from the tiny dwarf gecko to the imposing Komodo dragon—will lure readers in, and the fascinating information inside will keep them hooked.
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. By Joyce Sidman. Illus. by Beth Krommes. 2011. Houghton, $16.99 (9780547315836). PreS–Gr. 3.
The Newbery Honor author and Caldecott-winning illustrator join forces to explore the sometimes surprising places spiral forms are found in the natural world, from snail shells to an elephant’s trunk to swirling galaxies.
Time to Eat. By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. 2011. Houghton, $12.99 (9780547250328). PreS–Gr. 3.
This introduction to what animals eat and how they collect, store, and digest their food provides zoological facts that are fascinating, bizarre, and as thrilling as monster stories.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps. By Jeanette Winter. Illus. by the author. 2011. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780375867743). Gr. 2–4.
Readers will learn how Goodall’s passionate love of nature began in early childhood, and lyrical language and vibrant artwork bring to life her work as an animal activist.
Who Has What? All about Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies. By Robie H. Harris. Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott. 2011. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763629311). PreS–Gr. 2.
The latest from the oft-challenged author of It’s Perfectly Normal (1994) is aimed at the youngest set yet and balances an honest and nonshocking approach with breezy, clear explanations of “who has what.”
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