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Find more Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth
This list of the best science and health books reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2012, and November 15, 2013, all of which received starred reviews, is notably heavy on biographies about the vanguards who made the science happen.
The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth. By Steve Jenkins. Illus. by the author. 2013. Houghton, $24.99 (9780547557991). Gr. 1–5.
Jenkins borrows art from his 30-plus books on the natural world to create this essential compendium featuring his unmistakable cut-paper collages.
Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More; A History with 21 Activities. By Mary Kay Carson. 2013. illus. Chicago Review, $18.95 (9781613745441). Gr. 5–8.
This fast-paced tour of astronomy begins with ancient stargazers, ends with a planned 2018 telescope launch, and offers a bevy of related activities.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos. By Deborah Heiligman. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2013. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781596433076). K–Gr. 3.
By the age of 20, mathematician Paul Erdos was known as “the Magician from Budapest,” and this quirky bio celebrates his passion with numerical illustrations.
Flight of the Honey Bee. By Raymond Huber. Illus. by Brian Lovelock. 2013. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763667603). PreS–Gr. 2.
A simple story of a honey bee escaping from a bird, visiting blossoms, and spreading pollen comes to life with vivid turns of phrase and bee’s eye–view watercolors.
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein. By Jennifer Berne. Illus. by Vladimir Radunsky. 2013. Chronicle, $17.99 (9780811872355). Gr. 1–3.
It’s no mean feat to explain the work of Einstein to young ones, but Berne pulls it off, showing how young Albert’s dreamy ways led to his eventual ponderous pondering.
Parrots over Puerto Rico. By Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Illus. by Susan L. Roth. 2013. Lee & Low, $19.95 (9781620140048). Gr. 2–5.
Vertical spreads of fabric-and-paper collage relate the interlocking story of both the endangered Puerto Rican parrot and Puerto Rico itself.
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Nic Bishop. 2013. Houghton, $18.99 (9780547815480). Gr. 5–8.
This takes readers into the wetlands of Brazil, where a tight-knit scientific team strives to approach and understand the gentle, unsung tapir.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever. By H. Joseph Hopkins. Illus. by Jill McElmurry. 2013. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $16.99 (9781442414020). Gr. 1–3.
Lush and helpfully labeled illustrations help tell the true story of Sessions, who planned the 1915 Panama-California Exposition garden.
Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger? By Mineko Mamada. Illus. by the author. 2013. Kids Can, $16.95 (9781554539734). PreS–Gr. 2.
Young readers’ minds will be blown by how six simple questions are turned upside down with slight changes of perspective.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. By Tanya Lee Stone. Illus. by Marjorie Priceman. 2013. Holt/Christy Ottaviano, $16.99 (9780805090482). K–Gr. 3.
Snappy text and agile art combine to tell the story of Blackwell, who bore the scorn of male colleagues on her way to becoming a physician.
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