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Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
If you’re looking for extreme engineering, animal behavior, health and medicine, or even the science of the paranormal, then step right up. In this year’s batch of the top 10 sci-tech titles for youth, reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2018, and November 15, 2019, we’ve got every flavor for every age.
Bloom Boom! By April Pulley Sayre. Illus. by the author. 2019. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781481494724). PreS–Gr. 2.
Through photographs and succinct verse, Sayre reveals the splendor of flowering plants. The minimalist text and proper botanical terms make this an ideal pick for both story hours and science lessons.
If Elephants Disappeared. By Lily Williams. Illus. by the author. 2019. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781250143204). Gr. 1–3.
After covering types of elephants, their habitats, and their endangerment, this text straightforwardly examines a worst-case scenario: how an elephant extinction would devastate ecosystems.
Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future. By Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn. Illus. by Chelsea Beck. 2019. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781368011051). Gr. 2–4.
During WWII, three women mathematicians and engineers were tasked with programming one of the first computers to assist in the war effort. A dynamic design elevates this essential ode to women in STEAM.
The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Roger Wood and Logan Wood. 2019. HMH, $24.99 (9780544761131). Gr. 5–8.
Through personal anecdotes, connections to other animal migrants, and detailed observations about wildebeest migration, Montgomery contextualizes the importance of the migration on the ecosystem.
Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters. By Carlyn Beccia. Illus. by the author. 2019. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (9781512449167). Gr. 4–7.
This data-loaded resource intrepidly investigates the science behind eight monsters and cryptids by digging into the possibilities of their existence and discussing real facts that prompted the legends.
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born. By Miranda Paul. Illus. by Jason Chin. 2019. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823441617). PreS–Gr. 3.
A small child is going to be a big sister. Verso pages have drawings of the fetus developing, while the recto pages show the family’s movements as they prepare for the infant.
Queen of Physics. By Teresa Robeson. Illus. by Rebecca Huang. 2019. Sterling, $16.95 (9781454932208). Gr. 1–3.
This simple but impressive picture book celebrates Wu Chien Shiung, who grew up in China and had to battle racism and sexism for leadership roles in the physics community.
Save the Crash-Test Dummies. By Jennifer Swanson. Illus. by TeMika Grooms. 2019. Peachtree, $19.95 (9781682630228). Gr. 4–8.
In a fun and insightful study of technology and engineering initiatives and the evolution of design testing, this book shows how crash-test dummies have developed to make cars safer.
Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur. By José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol. Illus. by Florencia Gigena. 2019. Scholastic/Orchard, $18.99 (9781338207392). Gr. 1–4.
An oversize subject stars in this oversize book: titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever discovered. Watercolor-like paintings recreate the paleontological dig and illuminate the text.
The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives. By Eloise Greenfield. Illus. by Daniel Minter. 2019. Alazar, $17.95 (9780997772074). Gr. 3–6.
Through words and images, this book of verse celebrates the long tradition of African American midwives guiding babies into the world. Greenfield’s poems are accompanied by archival photos and Minter’s graceful paintings.
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