Helping Your Child Learn Science - Resources [an error occurred while processing this directive]


Listed below are a few of the many excellent science books available for elementary school children. A special thank you to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for its recommendations, many of which received positive reviews in its publication Science Books & Films. Suggestions also came from Science Fare, by Wendy Saul and Alan R. Newman; from The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, by the National Science Resources Center; and from Phyllis Marcuccio at the National Science Teachers Association.

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There are many local, county, state, and federal offices that can help. Contact your state energy or environmental office or state department of education; the county cooperative extension service; or a county, state, or national park near you for information and literature. Also try the U.S. Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Forest Service, Cooperative Extension System), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

1. Dinosaur books

(particularly suitable for children in primary grades):

Aliki. Digging Up Dinosaurs, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.

Aliki. Dinosaurs Are Different, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.

Lauber, Patricia. Dinosaurs Walked Here and Other Stories Fossils Tell, Bradbury Press, New York.

Richler, Mordecai. Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur. Knopf, New York.

Sattler, Helen. Dinosaurs of North America, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York.

2. Animal, wildlife, and evolution books:

Arnold, Caroline. Animals that Migrate.

Arnold, Caroline. Penguin. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

Coldrey, Jennifer. Discovering Flowering Plants. Bookwright, New York.

Cutchins, Judy, and Johnston, Ginny, (1989). Scoots the Bog Turtle.

Gamblin, Linda. Evolution.

Jackson, Ellen. The Tree of Life : The Wonders of Evolution.

Kratt, Martin & Chris. Kratts' Creatures: Our Favorite Creatures. Kratts' Creatures Website

Lerner, Carol. A Forest Year. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

McClung, Robert. Lili: A Giant Panda of Sichuan. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

McClung, Robert, (1988). Major: The Story of a Black Bear. Shoe String Press, Inc., Hamden, Conn.

McNulty, Faith, (1986). Peeping in the Shell: A Whooping Crane Is Hatched.

National Academy of Sciences, (1998). Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science. online

Powzyk, Joyce, (1988). Tracking Wild Chimpanzees.

Pringle, Laurence. Coral Reefs : Earth's Undersea Treasures.

Scott, Jack Denton. Discovering the American Stork, and Discovering the Mysterious Egret. Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, New York.

Selsam, Millicent. Questions and Answers About Horses.

Skelton, Rene. Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection.

Spencer, Guy J., (1988). A Living Desert. A Troll Question Book, Mahway, N.J.

Stein, Sara. The Evolution Book.

3. Astronomy and physics:

Arnold, Caroline (1987). A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef.

Asimov, Isaac, (1988). How the Universe Was Born. Gareth Stevens, Inc., Milwaukee.

Asimov, Isaac, (1989). Is There Life on Other Planets? Gareth Stevens, Inc., Milwaukee.

Bronowski, Jacob (1987). Biography of an Atom.

Hines, Anna Grossnickle, (1989). Moon's Wish. Clarion, New York.

Lauber, Patricia (1987). Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helen's. Bradbury Press, New York.

Maurer, Richard, (1985). The NOVA Space Explorer's Guide: Where to Go and What to See. Clarkson N. Potter/WGBH, Boston.

Nye, Bill. Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blast of Science. Bill Nye the Science Guy

Radlauer, Edward and Ruth, (1987). Earthquakes. Children's Press, Chicago.

4. Anatomy:

Allison, Linda (1976). Blood & Guts: A Working Guide to Your Own Insides. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Toronto.

Balestrino. Philip, (1989). The Skeleton Inside You, revised edition. Crowell, New York.

Gordon, Sol. Girls are Girls and Boys are Boys: So What's the Difference?.

Schoen, Mark. Bellybuttons Are Navels.

Smith, Kathie Bilingslea, and Crenson, Victoria (1987, 1988). Hearing; Seeing; Smelling; Tasting; Thinking; and Touching. A Troll Question Book, Mahwah, N.J.

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