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Find more Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
Perilous journeys, insects galore, and captivating biographies of scientists make up this list of outstanding science and technology titles, reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2020 and November, 2021.
13 Ways to Eat a Fly. By Sue Heavenrich. Illus. by David Clark. Charlesbridge, $16.99 (9781580898904). Gr. 1–3. 595.77
Well stocked with easy-to-digest facts, from nature notes to the taxonomic names of the 13 different kinds of flies in Clark’s cartoon illustrations, this disquisition on flies as food will draw swarms of young readers.
Anteaters, Bats and Boas: The Amazon Rainforest from the Forest Floor to the Treetops. By Roxie Munro. Illus. by the author. Holiday, $18.99 (9780823446568). Gr. 2–5. 591.7340981.
Munro transports readers to the Amazon rain forest in this exquisitely illustrated picture book. Thirty different animal species are rendered at full size in the detailed, lush artwork, and robust information is provided about each.
Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid. By Victoria Tentler-Krylov. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Orchard, $18.99 (9781338282832). Gr. 2–5. 720.92.
Architect Tentler-Krylov brings an abundance of understanding to Hadid’s life, and by helping readers imagine the challenges of designing a building, she enables them to appreciate Hadid’s achievements.
Exploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table. By Isabel Thomas. Illus. by Sara Gillingham. Phaidon, $24.95 (9781838662318). Gr. 4–7. 546.8.
This smart and stylish guide to the periodic table breaks down a potentially overwhelming amount of material into beautifully bite-sized bits. Striking illustrations and an upbeat tone ensure the topic never feels stuffy.
Fox: A Circle of Life Story. By Isabel Thomas. Illus. by Daniel Egnéus. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547606924). Gr. 1–3. 599.775.
This gentle but frank exploration of death follows a fox teaching her kits to hunt. Stylish multimedia artwork sensitively portrays the fox’s ultimate death and decomposition, demystifying this often-avoided part of the life cycle.
A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla. By Azadeh Westergaard. Illus. by Júlia Sardà. Viking, $17.99 (9780593114605). Gr. 1–3. 621.3092
This bewitching book begins with Tesla’s birth and proceeds to fill in the compelling details of his life. Lyrical text and dynamic artwork cultivate both wonder and whimsy, and helpful back matter adds even more context.
Race to the Bottom of the Earth: Surviving Antarctica. By Rebecca E. F. Barone. Holt, $19.99 (9781250257802). Gr. 4–8. 919.8904.
This thoroughly researched account of four perilous races to the South Pole combines thrilling action with STEM applications, including weather, navigation, nutrition, and just how much hardship the human body can stand.
She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming, Astronomer. By Kathryn Lasky. Illus. by Julianna Swaney. Harper, $18.99 (9780062849304). Gr. 1–3. 520.92.
In this account of resilience and academic passion, Lasky tracks the progress of Williamina Stevens Fleming, who started out as a housekeeper and gradually became the first woman at Harvard with the official title of astronomer.
Strange Nature: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss. By Gregory Mone. Illus. by Levon Biss. Abrams, $18.99 (9781419731662). Gr. 3–6. 595.7022.
Stunning, highly detailed photos of insects accompany detailed descriptions full of amazing, high-interest facts sure to draw in readers. Visually thrilling and deeply, engagingly informative.
Wonder Women of Science: Twelve Geniuses Who Are Currently Rocking Science, Technology, and the World. By Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue. Illus. by Sally Wern Comport. Candlewick, $19.99 (9781536207347). Gr. 5–8. 500.
While traditional collective biographies celebrate luminaries from the past, this unusually appealing title introduces 12 women who are actively engaged in STEM fields and clearly explains the concepts behind each scientist’s work.
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