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Find more Top 10 Science & Health Books for Youth
Beetles! Seals! Birds! And—less cute—microbes! This list of the best science and health books reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2013, and November 15, 2014, has them all.
Beetle Busters. By Loree Griffin Burns. 2014. illus. Harcourt, $18.99 (9780547792675). Gr. 5–8.
This entry in the Scientists in the Field series looks at the Massachusetts invasion of the Asian long-horned beetle and the major effort to halt it. Exciting and timely.
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. Illus. by Molly Bang. 2014. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $17.99 (9780545577854). K–Gr. 3.
Bang’s luminous art illustrates this beautiful look at how photosynthesis led to a process that ended in fossil fuels. A book of admirable breadth of vision.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. By Lynne Cox. Illus. by Brian Floca. 2014. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780375858888). PreS–Gr. 3.
Cox uses a sweet touch to tell the lightly conservation-themed true tale of an elephant seal who continually forgoes the sea in favor of sunning herself in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Eyes Wide Open: Going behind the Environmental Headlines. By Paul Fleischman. 2014. illus. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763671020). Gr. 8–12.
This eye-opening manual is as much about the environment as it is about critical thinking, as Fleischman asks readers to question who benefits from muddying environmental truths.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? By Rita Gray. Illus. by Kenard Pak. 2014. Houghton, $16.99 (9780544105805). PreS–Gr. 2.
Gray follows a boy and a girl as they observe a nest of robin’s eggs hatching. The pleasing, rhyming text combines with retro, collage-style art to create something clever, beautiful, and unique.
In the Rainforest. By Kate Duke. Illus. by the author. 2014. Harper, $17.99 (9780060282592). K–Gr. 3.
This upbeat offering simply and effectively conveys concepts of rainfall, epiphytes, and more via a group of curious, exploring kids.
Mama Built a Little Nest. By Jennifer Ward. Illus. by Steve Jenkins. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781442421165). K–Gr. 2.
Elaborate cut-paper collages pair with rhyming couplets to illustrate the variety of bird nests around the world, from the spiderweb cup of a hummingbird to the hole dug by a burrowing owl.
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. By Kathryn Gibbs Davis. Illus. by Gilbert Ford. 2014. Houghton, $17.99 (9780547959221). Gr. 1–3.
Gale Ferris Jr. was given less than a year to build his wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. This inspiring tale combines a compelling human story with plenty of technical detail.
Organ Transplants. By Racquel Foran. 2013. illus. ABDO, lib. ed., $34.22 (9781617839047). Gr. 6–9.
This compact but jam-packed look at transplants traces the topic from 5,000 years ago to the present, including ethical as well as physical concerns.
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes. By Nicola Davies. Illus. by Emily Sutton. 2014. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763673154). K–Gr. 3.
Davies, abetted by Sutton’s magnified artwork, introduces the wild, weird world of microbes, weighing the downsides of microbes (disease) with the many incredible things they accomplish.
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