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March 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth
The best recent books on science, technology, and health encompass a wonderful range of subjects, from nautical codes and seed smuggling to reproductive rights and the now-extinct great auk. All books were reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2015, and November 15, 2016.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. By Diane Stanley. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2016. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481452496). Gr. 2–4.
With charming and witty illustrations, this picture-book biography on computer-science pioneer Ada Lovelace captures her smarts as well as her creative side.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes. By Sara Gillingham. Illus. by the author. 2016. Phaidon, $19.95 (9780714871431). K–Gr. 2.
This brilliantly designed abecedary introduces kiddos to four different systems of nautical communication—signal flag, Morse code, semaphore, and phonetic alphabet—along with a handful of information about boats and sea travel.
Grand Canyon. By Jason Chin. Illus. by the author. Feb. 2017. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $19.99 (9781596439504). Gr. 2–5.
In a book filled with arresting artwork and fascinating information, Chin offers a virtual hiking tour of the Grand Canyon, replete with modern views and geologic history.
Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food. By Shelley Rotner. 2016. Holiday, $16.95 (9780823436439). PreS–Gr. 2.
Writer and photographer Rotner uses accessible text and vivid, color-splashed photos to show young readers who exactly grows the crops, raises the animals, and catches the fish they eat.
Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of. By Martin Brown. Illus. by the author. Jan. 2017. David Fickling, $18.99 (9781338089349). Gr. 2–5.
This witty compendium of animal facts spotlights unsung heroes of the animal kingdom while incorporating meaningful information on conservation and challenges faced by many of these creatures.
Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. By Winifred Conkling. 2016. Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616204150). Gr. 7–12.
This joint biography examines two important female scientists who have been largely overlooked by history, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of nuclear science.
Reproductive Rights: Who Decides? By Vicki Oransky Wittenstein. 2016. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, lib. ed., $38.65 (9781467741873). Gr. 9–12.
Though slim, this volume offers an exhaustive look at the history of human reproduction and contraception, drawing in legal and moral debates and global perspectives.
The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less to Eat around the World. By Nancy Castaldo. 2016. HMH, $17.99 (9780544320239). Gr. 8–11.
Surprisingly engrossing, this well-researched discussion of seeds ranges from standard topics like biodiversity and sustainability to their unexpected involvement in international politics and biopiracy.
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas. By Gwendolyn Hooks. Illus. by Colin Bootman. 2016. Lee & Low, $17.95 (9781620141564). Gr. 3–6.
Vivid watercolor illustrations bring to life the obstacles faced and great achievements made by African American Vivien Thomas in the field of neonatal surgery.
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk. By Jan Thornhill. Illus. by the author. 2016. Groundwood, $18.95 (9781554988655). Gr. 2–5.
An eye-opening and fascinating look at the penguin-like great auk that beautifully presents the myriad factors that contributed to its extinction.
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