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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
From the deepest trench in the ocean to the dizzying span of space, this year’s top 10 science and technology books, reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2016, and November 15, 2017, engagingly cover an expansive array of topics in a variety of disciplines.
Bees: A Honeyed History. By Piotr Socha. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams, $24.95 (9781419726156). Gr. 2–5.
This breezy, oversize history of the honey bee stuns with a broad scope of information, fascinating diagrams, whimsical yet accurate artwork, and an approachable tone.
Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel.By Nancy F. Castaldo. 2017. HMH, $16.99 (9780544633353). Gr. 7–10.
Both an examination of animal smarts and a cogent exploration of intelligence in general, this clever, well-structured, and engaging volume is illuminating and thought-provoking.
A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human. By Kay Frydenborg. 2017. HMH, $18.99 (9780544286566). Gr. 8–12.
This narrative blend of history and science showcases the coevolution of dogs and humans, beginning in the Paleolithic era. Inviting, high interest, and impeccably researched.
Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond. By Martin Jenkins. Illus. by Stephen Biesty. 2017. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763689315). Gr. 4–7.
With exceptionally clear prose and intensely detailed illustrations, Jenkins surveys the history, present, and potential future of space exploration in captivating, oversize pages.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. By Joyce Sidman. Feb. 2018. HMH, $17.99 (9780544717138). Gr. 4–7.
A vibrant, wonderfully rounded biography of a pioneering woman scientist, Sidman’s account is complemented by ample historical context and reproductions of the art that made Merian so notable.
The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins. By Sandra Markle. 2017. Lerner/Millbrook, $30.65 (9781512413151). Gr. 4–6.
African penguins are on the decline, and this lucid volume explains why, along with the many efforts made to rehabilitate the species. Plenty of penguin photos, including their adorable chicks, heighten the appeal.
The Hidden Life of a Toad. By Doug Wechsler. 2017. Charlesbridge, $17.99 (9781580897389). K–Gr. 3.
Superbly detailed photos highlight every step in a toad’s metamorphosis, and succinct, well-focused text offers helpful context for each image.
How to Be an Elephant. By Katherine Roy. Illus. by the author. 2017. Roaring Brook/David Macaulay, $18.99 (9781626721784). Gr. 1–4.
Told from the perspective of a baby elephant, this meaningful book intersperses narrative “lessons,” such as walking, with in-depth passages full of scientific details and engrossing facts.
Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines. By Sarah Albee. Illus. by Karl Newsom Edwards. 2017. Crown, $17.99 (9781101932230). Gr. 5–8.
In a light tone belying its morbid subject matter, Albee offers a well-researched survey of the history of poisons and poisoners. Shocking facts and cartoon illustrations make this hard to put down.
Under Water, under Earth. By Aleksandra Mizielinska. Illus. by Daniel Mizielinski. 2016. Candlewick/Big Picture, $35 (9780763689223). Gr. 2–4.
Divided in two, this encyclopedic, lushly illustrated volume explores underwater marvels in one half and underground curiosities in the other, converging at the deepest points of both.
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