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Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
The top 10 sci-tech books from the past year, reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2019, and November 1, 2020, include outstanding takes on familiar topics—evolution, the moon landing, bees—as well as uncommon subjects like fog, condors, and radium poisoning.
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. By Christina Soontornvat. 2020. Candlewick, $24.99 (9781536209457). Gr. 5–8.
A thrilling account tells of the miraculous rescue of a Thai boys’ soccer team from the flooded Tham Luang cave, which involved an international coalition led by Thai civilians, soldiers, and engineers.
Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier. By Jim Ottaviani. Illus. by Maris Wicks. 2020. First Second, $12.99 (9781250760036). Gr. 7–10.
This comic digs deep into the history of women in space and the rigors of the training process. Humor, lively artwork, and tidy explanations of the science make this a standout.
The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity: A Tale of the Genius Ramanujan. By Amy Alznauer. Illus. by Daniel Miyares. 2020. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763690489). K–Gr. 3.
Perceptive text offers anecdotes that enable readers to see many sides of mathematician Ramanujan, portraying him as a genius who, driven to pursue his passion, produced work of lasting value.
Condor Comeback. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Tianne Strombeck. 2020. HMH, $18.99 (9780544816534). Gr. 5–8.
In this captivating introduction to the California condor, Montgomery takes readers along as she meets scientists and researchers and learns about their efforts to mitigate dangers to these great birds.
Feel the Fog. By April Pulley Sayre. Illus. by the author. 2020. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781534437609). PreS–Gr. 3.
In this large-format volume, poetic text and riveting photos transport readers to natural landscapes, pointing out the distinctive features of fog. Spare, elegant, and accessible to primary-grade children.
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. By Candace Fleming. Illus. by Eric Rohmann. 2020. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823442850). Gr. 1–4.
Detailed illustrations and captivating text present readers with an up-close look at the life of a honeybee, tracking her life and day-to-day development from beginning to end.
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure. By John Rocco. Illus. by the author. 2020. Crown, $32.99 (9780525647423). Gr. 5–8.
Books about the moon landing abound, but none are as masterful as this gorgeously and heavily illustrated account, culminating with a dramatic account of the Apollo 11 mission.
The Magic School Bus Explores Human Evolution. By Joanna Cole. Illus. by Bruce Degen. 2021. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780590108287). Gr. 2–5.
Ms. Frizzle leads her students on another magical field trip, traveling 3.5 billion years back in time and turning into single cells before transforming into increasingly complex organisms.
The Radium Girls: The Scary but True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark. By Kate Moore. 2020. Sourcebooks/eXplore, $17.99 (9781728210346). Gr. 4–8.
In this young readers’ edition, Moore sketches the creeping nightmare that was radium poisoning as it worked its way through the women of the U.S. Radium Corporation and the Radium Dial Company.
Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey. By Robert Burleigh. Illus. by Wendell Minor. 2020. Holt, $18.99 (9781627793698). K–Gr. 3.
This lightly fictionalized account of a ruby-throated hummingbird’s fall migration south to Central America provides a dynamic portrait of one of nature’s winged wonders.
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