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Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
Covering everything from the lowliest fungus to the vast reaches of space, these top 10 sci-tech titles for youth, reviewed in Booklist from December 1, 2017, to November 15, 2018, cover a broad scope of science topics in a variety of engaging formats sure to capture the eyes of curious readers.
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild. By Catherine Thimmesh. 2018. HMH, $17.99 (9780544818910). Gr. 5–7.
In clear, fact-packed prose, Thimmesh examines a panda-reintroduction program that began in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve in which workers in panda costumes help prepare cubs for release in the wild.
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon. By Suzanne Slade. Illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. 2018. Peachtree, $22.95 (9781682630136). Gr. 4–8.
Using narrative free verse, Slade recounts the U.S. race to the moon. Large-format, mixed-media illustrations and archival photos help bring the elegant poems to life.
The Honeybee. By Kirsten Hall. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 2018. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481469975). K–Gr. 3.
In bouncy, lilting verse and vibrant artwork, this ode to the humble honeybee is dripping with charm. The entertaining tone and freewheeling art are a boisterous complement to the sneaky science.
The Hyena Scientist. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Nic Bishop. 2018. HMH, $18.99 (9780544635111). Gr. 5–7.
While covering hyena behavior, fieldwork processes, and daily life in the African bush, Montgomery profiles a zoologist whose work is changing public opinion about these much-maligned creatures.
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist. By Sylvia Acevedo. 2018. Clarion, $17.99 (9781328526908). Gr. 5–8.
In this memoir, Acevedo traces her path from childhood to her early experiences finding confidence in the Girl Scouts to her career in rocket science.
The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat. By Laurence Pringle. Illus. by Kate Garchinsky. 2018. Boyds Mills, $17.95 (9781629796017). K–Gr. 3.
With a brown bat pup as his protagonist, Pringle introduces the characteristics and habits of bats in a lively, engaging tone perfect for the picture-book set.
The Space Adventurer’s Guide: Your Passport to the Coolest Things to See and Do in the Universe. By Peter McMahon. Illus. by Josh Holinaty. 2018. Kids Can, $17.99 (9781771380324). Gr. 4–7.
Composed as a futuristic travel guide, this inventive, inviting book introduces young readers to some basic space science as well as a bevy of thrilling possibilities on the horizon.
They Lost Their Heads! What Happened to Washington’s Teeth, Einstein’s Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts. By Carlyn Beccia. Illus. by the author. 2018. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9780802737458). Gr. 5–8.
In this wacky, informative volume, Beccia offers tidbits of science, along with gnarly stories of famous body parts that have been preserved throughout history.
Trees: Kings of the Forest. By Andy Hirsch. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $12.99 (9781250143105). Gr. 4–8.
This pithy, accessible, and joke-filled comic covers an impressive array of facts about trees, from varieties and structure to biodiversity and symbiotic relationships—even how trees communicate!
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. By Jan Thornhill. Illus. by the author. 2018. Groundwood, $18.95 (9781773060064). Gr. 2–5.
With the unassuming house sparrow as her topic, Thornhill discusses adaptation, invasive species, and humanity’s role in shaping the environment in this lushly illustrated history of the familiar bird.
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