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Baby Steps to STEM: Infant and Toddler Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Activities. Jean Barbre, $43.50

Innately curious, infants and toddlers love to explore, investigate, and discover — making the earliest years a perfect time to begin teaching the foundations of STEM. This book explores what science, technology, engineering, and math education looks like for this age group, and why it is so vital for all children to develop STEM knowledge.

Expand your understanding of STEM to lay the foundation for children to develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. This book supplies 60 play-based, developmentally appropriate activities for introducing STEM. All activities include extensions, inquiry questions, and tips on how to help parents strengthen children's learning at home. Age focus: 0–3.


Becoming Scientists: Inquiry-based Teaching in Diverse Classrooms, Grades 3-5. Rusty Bresser & Sharon Fargason, $25.95 (Grades 3-5)

Good science starts with a question. This book offers a look into real classrooms where teachers use inquiry science to engage students in seeking answers the same ways real scientists do — they design experiments, make predictions, observe and describe, offer and test explanations, and share their conjectures with others. This practical book shows teachers how to:

  • build on students' experiences, background knowledge, and readiness
  • anage a diverse classroom during inquiry science exploration
  • facilitate science discussions
  • deepen their own science content knowledge

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science. Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd, $14.95

Eight fascinating tales about scientists and inventors ahead of their time — in this thought-provoking book, you’ll find out what happened when people weren’t ready to listen to innovators who came up with revolutionary ideas. Discover how Alfred Wegener struggled to convince geologists that the ground beneath our feet is moving, why “mad scientist” Nikola Tesla’s futuristic ideas about electricity were dismissed, why Charles Darwin delayed publishing his controversial theory of evolution for decades, and how Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace nearly invented the first computer in the 1800s.

You’ll also meet Copernicus, who proposed a sun-centered model of the universe; Ignaz Semmelweis, who tried in vain to persuade doctors to use disinfection methods; the aviation pioneer George Cayley, whose ideas were decades ahead of the technology that would make them work; and Rachel Carson, who sounded the first alarm about the effects of pesticides on wildlife. Nowadays, we think of these scientists as heroes, but they all endured great personal hardships for daring to think differently.

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The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $10.95

You don't need a day at the beach to learn all about the ocean and discover how important it is to protect them. This terrific collection of experiments, games and earth-friendly ideas will make ocean-science a breeze!


Breaking Through! Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Harriet Mosatche, Elizabeth Lawner & Susan Matloff-Nieves, $23.95

Even with increased pressure to involve more girls in STEM areas in education, parents are often left wondering what they can do to keep their daughter's love of science, math, and technology from fading. In Breaking Through! topics ranging from how role models can make a difference to finding non-stereotypical toys and taking trips that inspire STEM discovery and engagement are illustrated with research evidence and real-life examples from girls and women. Regardless of a daughter's age (from birth to young adulthood), parents will find tips they can immediately use to help combat the gender imbalance in STEM areas. Whether they need to advocate for gender-neutral, STEM-enriched classrooms or want to encourage creative problem solving and persistence in their daughters, readers will find ideas to take action to help the girls in their lives break through the barriers and achieve success in STEM.


Bright Sky, Starry City. Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, $17.95

Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It’s a special night — Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights? Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the storm. But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street. And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude of stars are revealed for all to see.

An illustrated afterword includes information about the solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included.

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Building Structures with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $34.95

From playground equipment to skyscrapers, structures are everywhere. Building Structures with Young Children guides children's explorations to help deepen their understanding of the physical science present in building block structures — including concepts such as gravity, stability, and balance. Looking at science in a new way, this curriculum supports the early development of important science-inquiry skills such as questioning, investigating, discussing, and formulating ideas and theories — all aimed at helping children.


Building Your Own Robots: Design and Build Your First Robot! Gordon McComb, $9.99

There's no better way for kids to learn about the world around them than to test how things work. Building Your Own Robots presents fun robotics projects that children aged 7 – 11 can complete with common household items and old toys. The projects introduce core robotics concepts while keeping tasks simple and easy to follow.


Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Temple Grandin, $24.99 (ages 8-12)

From world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin —

Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing.

More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. And more than a call to action, she gives a call to imagination, and shows readers that there is truly no single way to approach any given problem — but that an open and inquisitive mind is always key.

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Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars. Douglas Florian, $19.95

Space poems and paintings full of wonder and delight!


Complete Science Smart, Grades 1-2. William Young, $16.95

The essentials of elementary science are covered with fun exercises and activities that reinforce learning and stimulate children's interest in science.


Count Girls In: Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity. Karen Panetta & Katianne Williams, $22.99

Count Girls In asserts there is a place for all girls and young women — not just the science fair winners and robotics club members — in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, if we can keep their (and our) minds and options open and meet them where they are.

To succeed in STEM fields today, girls don’t have to change who they are. A girl who combines her natural talents, interests, and dreams with STEM skills has a greater shot than ever before at a career she loves and a salary she deserves. Count Girls In encourages parents and other adults to raise authentic young women who have the confidence to put STEM to work in a way that best serves them and their passions. The authors, both STEM professionals, present compelling research in a conversational, accessible style and provide specific advice and takeaways for each stage of schooling, from elementary school through college, followed by comprehensive STEM resources. This isn’t a book about raising competitive, test-acing girls in lab coats; this is about raising happy, confident girls who realize the world of opportunities before them.

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Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls. Curious Jane, $23.99

Calling all creative, curious, confident girls everywhere!

Packed with inventive fun, the 34 hands-on projects in this book introduce science + design = engineering concepts. Learn how to construct a wind-up rubber band car, create an incredible cloud in a jar, mix up a batch of invisible ink, and so much more! Curious Jane brings interactive projects and DIY fun to girls everywhere — for making, creating, designing, and inventing.


Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom, Grades 5-8. Joan D'Amico & Kate Gallaway, $35.95

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher is a valuable resource for teachers in inclusive classrooms who are seeking new ways to reach all their students.


EGG: Nature's Perfect Package. Steve Jenkins & Robin Page, $21.99

Explore how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package, reveals nature's life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behavior, evolution, and more, in this beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book.

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Even More Fizzle, Bubble, Pop & WOW! Simple Science Experiments for Young Children. Lisa Murphy, $28.95 (ages 3-12)

Excite young learners with this collection of more than 80 simple science experiments that promote learning and call for materials that are likely already in your classroom or kitchen. Each fun activity includes simple instructions and a clear explanation of the experiment — and many include variations and helpful hints. 


The Everything STEM Handbook: Help Your Child Learn and Succeed in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Rihab Sawah & Anthony Clark, $23.95

The STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are top education priorities in the United States — and they are growing fields with a high demand for jobs. If you want to make sure your children are prepared for the future in these fields, here's how you can help: Make it fun! Expose them to hands-on, real-world, and fun activities so they'll become engaged, motivated, and successful students later on.

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Exploring Water with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $29.95

Exploring Water leads children's explorations to help deepen their understanding of liquids and the properties of water. From experimenting at the water table to exploring water in nature, teachers learn how to prepare themselves and their classroom, guide children through open and focused science explorations; and observe, assess, and document their learning. Four detailed chapters support the early development of important science inquiry skills such as questioning, investigating, discussing, and formulating ideas and theories.


Giant Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 - 6. Edited by Kathy Charner, $40.95

Leave your fears of science behind! Respond to children's natural curiosity with over 600 teacher-created, classroom-tested activities guaranteed to teach your children all about science while they are having fun.


Hands-On Science Experiments. Gary Gibson, $16.99

Designed with any classroom in mind, these fun books put the excitement of discovery in the hands of young students. Simple text provides an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to each project, an explanation to why it works, and ideas for further activities.

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Help Your Kids with Science: a Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide. $21.95

Help Your Kids with Science is a comprehensive and stress-free approach to science.

With clear graphics, instantly understandable diagrams, and welcoming, jargon-free text — covering all the important areas of biology, chemistry and physics — Help Your Kids with Science is a great resource for children and adults to learn even the most complex science problems with confidence.

This innovative visual approach combines colorful diagrams and illustrations with step-by-step instructions, making science easier to understand. This guide is guaranteed to build confidence, reduce stress and make every aspect simple, clear and accessible.


IF... a Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. David Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, $19.95

"Some things are so huge or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch? Instantly, we'd see our world in a whole new way." So begins this endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.

By simply reducing everything to human scale, Smith has made the incomprehensible easier to grasp, and therefore more meaningful. The children who just love these kinds of fact-filled, knock-your-socks-off books will want to read this one from cover to cover. It will find the most use, however, as an excellent classroom reference that can be reached for again and again when studying scale and measurement in math, and also for any number of applications in social studies, science and language arts. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Smith has included six suggestions for classroom projects. There is also a full page of resource information at the back of the book. 


Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects: 40+ Things to Create, Draw, and Make. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $17.99

This empowering workbook book features art and the characters from the picture book Iggy Peck, Architect, and it will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Iggy Peck takes readers through more than forty exciting STEM and design projects, from drafting and doodling to building and blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers will get a sense of the unique mix of science, technology, and art skills used to create lasting structures.

In Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects, the follow-up to Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers, kids will continue their STEM education and strengthen their spatial reasoning skills. Old fans and new readers alike will find inspiration and encouragement from everyone’s favorite precocious young architect, Iggy Peck.

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Incredible Edible Science: Recipes for Developing Science and Literacy Skills. Liz Plaster & Rick Krustchinsky, $37.50

Incredible Edible Science provides everything you need to teach important science and literacy skills to children in exciting ways. Each of the more than 160 science-based activities encourages children’s investigative nature while incorporating concepts Iike mathematics, language and literacy. Each experience uses simple, inexpensive materials and includes vocabulary words and questions to ask children to encourage their interactions and learning.


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Inside Your Insides: a Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home. Claire Eamer, illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride! The hitchhikers are actually microbes, tiny living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of these critters. Six of the most common critters that live in and on our bodies are introduced here: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, protists and mites. Each one has its own preferred environment, and readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live, including the hair follicles on our faces, the folds of our tongues and the lengths of our guts. Just as surprising, only some of them are bad guys that cause disease, and many of them are actually good guys that keep us healthy.

Author Claire Eamer's clear, well-organized and accessible writing — augmented throughout with fun facts and silly microbe jokes in sidebars — keeps the book interesting and enjoyable. Marie-Ève Tremblay's bright and cheerfully funny illustrations bring the details to delightful life. With its cutting-edge information about a topic children will find fascinating, this book makes an excellent complement to a life science lesson on the human body. It would also work well for a class on healthy living. A table of contents, glossary and index are included.


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Janice VanCleave’s Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners, Grades Pr-K to 2. Janice Van Cleave, $21.99

This treasure chest of educational and fun science activities offers teachers a fantastic resource for preparing young students with a solid grounding in scientific inquiry. While kids will have fun doing the activities and learning to love science, they are also developing other skills in reading, writing, math and art.

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Junior Maker: Experiments to Try, Crafts to Create, and Lots to Learn! DK Books, $18.99

Little ones will love to get in on the maker fun with this cool book that supplements and complements the subjects they learn at school, while also encouraging hands-on interactivity and play.

With clear step-by-step instructions and photos, young children will learn about a given subject through interactive activities, crafts, and experiments. There are a huge variety of projects to choose from — from watching a homemade volcano erupt or building a storm in a jar to taking a trip back in time to see how the Roman legionaries conquered their enemies. In addition to nature and history, the book also covers wildlife and space, so there's something for animal lovers and future astronauts alike.


Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars. David Stabler, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, $15.95 (ages 9-12)

A lively look into the childhoods of the world’s most brilliant scientists.


Literacy in the Science Classroom. Millie Blandford, $17.99 (Grades 6-12)

To gain a deep understanding of scientific concepts and to master a variety of scientific processes, students must develop essential skills that enable them tor ead, write, lsiten to, and speak about scientific texts and presentations.

Literacy in the Science Classroom is a handy tool for teachers to use to improve science instruction. The guidance in this book integrates science and literacy in a variety of fun and engaging activitries that hone students' skills.

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Making & Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges with Young Children. Cate Heroman, $26.95 (ages 3-8)

Can you build a sturdy house that is safe from the big, bad wolf?

Imagine your dream car. What special features does it have? What can you use to create it?

Teaching and learning STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is more accessible than ever before! Children will be inspired, delighted, and challenged as they use everyday materials and STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in their favorite books. This practical, hands-on resource includes:

  • 25 engineering design challenges appropriate for children ages 3–8
  • Suggestions for creating a makerspace environment where children can tinker with materials, use tools to make creations, and improve on their ideas
  • A list of 100 picture books that encourage STEM-rich exploration and learning
  • Questions and ideas for expanding children’s understanding of STEM concepts
  • A planning template so you can create your own design challenges
  • Use engaging children’s books together with the guidance and ideas in this book to extend children’s problem-solving skills and creative thinking
  • Extras!

The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions. Andrew Hacker, $36.50

Andrew Hacker’s 2012 New York Times op-ed questioning our current mathematics requirements instantly became one of the the paper’s most widely circulated articles. Why, he wondered, do we inflict algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and even calculus on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes?

The Math Myth expands Hacker’s scrutiny of many widely held assumptions, such as the notion that mathematics broadens our minds, that mastery of azimuths and asymptotes will be needed for most jobs, that the entire Common Core syllabus should be required of every student. He worries that a frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and subverting the spirit of the country. Though Hacker honors mathematics as a calling (he has been a professor of mathematics) and extols its glories and its goals, he shows how mandating it for everyone prevents other talents from being developed and acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and careers. He proposes alternatives, including teaching facility with figures, quantitative reasoning, and utilizing statistics.

The Math Myth is sure to spark a heated and needed national conversation not just about mathematics but about the kind of people and society we want to be.

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Math and Science Investigations: Helping Young Learners Make Big Discoveries. Sally Anderson, $35.95

Young children are naturally interested in the patterns and processes occurring in the world around them. They are beginning to learn about the changes happening each day, month, and season. They are starting to ask questions about the environment and world beyond. They are anxious to explore the creatures in their own backyard.

Math and Science Investigations supports young children’s natural curiosity and encourages them to explore what happens around them. Children’s books and hands-on investigations bring math and science concepts to life and help children learn the skills, concepts, and standards of mathematics, science, language, and literacy.  


More Than Magnets, Standards Edition: Science and Activities for Young Children. Sally Moomaw & Brenda Hieronymus, $46.50

Take the uncertainty out of teaching science to young children with this comprehensive curriculum framework that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. Enjoy over 100 interactive play-based activities that encourage children to explore their world. Each of these hands-on activities includes background scientific information for teachers, a guide to implementation, and children's typical responses. This new edition addresses the standards related to each activity and includes two new life science chapters, one on plants and one on animals. Age focus: 3–5


Motion, Magnets and More. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $19.95

Loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young children's interest, this is primary science the fun and easy way!

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Move It! Motion, Forces and You. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $6.95. Grades: Pre-K to 2 / Ages: 4 to 7

Touch It! Materials, Matter and You. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $6.95. Grades: Pre-K to 2 / Ages: 4 to 7

Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, these books are a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Move It! and Touch It! follow science curricula in the largest Canadian provinces. Each book is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers’ interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world.

  • Move It! explores the physics of why and how things move.
  • Touch It! explores materials — their colour, shape, texture, size, mass, magnetism and more.

My First Book of My Body: Discover How Your Body Works with 35 Fun Projects and Experiments. Susan Akass & Frances Butcher, $19.95 (ages 7+)

This fascinating and informative book offers children an amazing insight into how their body works. Susan Akass and Frances Butcher make learning fun with 35 engaging experiments that give a thorough understanding of body systems and anatomy. In Chapter 1, The Senses, activities include finding your blind spot, getting dizzy, and making snot! In Chapter 2, The Control Center, children get to test their reflexes and memories, and trick their brain with optical illusions. In Chapter 3, Your Skeleton and Muscles, they can investigate their muscles, joints, and ligaments. Chapter 4, Fueling the Machine, explains why teeth are vulnerable to a bad diet and includes how to make a digestive system, including the poop! In Chapter 5, All Systems Go, there's fantastic fake blood, pulse-testing, and how to make a simple stethoscope. As well as exciting experiments, children will be informed by the anatomical artworks, mind-boggling facts, and invaluable health information throughout.

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Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $62.90

Nature Education with Young Children is a thoughtful, sophisticated teacher resource that blends theory and practice on nature education, children's inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching. The book’s guiding conceptual framework is founded upon the integration of four key ideas for effective and transformative nature education. Implementing nature study is one critical way that educators can integrate more science learning across the ECE curriculum and do so in an active, discovery-based manner. Nature Education with Young Children strives for an American version of what the Reggio Emilia educators do so well: creating a seamless integration of science concepts into the daily intellectual investigations that occur in classrooms everywhere.


New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation. Alex Mihailidis & Jan Andrysek, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

Everyone uses machines in our daily life — cars, buses and bikes; computers and phones; washing machines and dryers. Another type of machine is an "assistive technology". These enable a man missing a leg to walk, a woman missing an arm to hold objects, and a child in a wheelchair to play a sport.

New Hands, New Life offers young readers the opportunity to learn how our bodies work during physical activity and what happens when they don't work properly. It shows how exciting advances in technology and science have allowed us to create assistive technologies — from artificial limbs and wheelchairs to exoskeletons and robots — that make it possible for someone with a disability to make new abilities. Assistive technologies are especially life-changing for a child who can overcome the challenges of a missing limb or reduced motor function to enjoy a life of learning and play that would be otherwise out of reach. Topics include:

  • The emergence of robotics
  • Anatomy and physiology related to movement and activity, including motor control
  • Why some children need help to move or do things
  • Different types of challenges (e.g., walking, interacting with environment)
  • Diseases, trauma and disabilities that affect movement
  • Working together with robots
  • Making robots (robotics clubs, LEGO toys, other kits)
  • 3-D printing of prostheses for growing children

The book features case studies that follow the design and fitting of assistive technologies. There are pictures of the labs, robots, and researchers working to develop new machines, along with a brief history of prosthetics and a survey of medical-engineering work currently underway in many countries.

New Hands, New Life provides fascinating, illustrated coverage of a topic rarely covered for a young audience. It is an essential selection for all libraries, and for many families.

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The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things to Do with Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults. Rachel Miller, Holly Homer & Janie Harrington, $29.50 (ages 5-12)

You’ll have the time of your life conducting these incredible, wacky and fun experiments with your parents, teachers, babysitters and other adults. You’ll investigate, answer your questions and expand your knowledge using everyday household items. You can do things both indoors and outdoors. The handy mess meter, preparation times and notes on the level of supervision will keep your parents happy, and you safe. Experimenting is really fun, and you will have a blast being a scientist! You will be so entertained, you might not notice you’re also learning important things about the world around you.


Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2. Melissa Stewart & Nancy Chesley, $35.95

Think about and teach life science in a whole new way. Each of the 22 lessons in this book is built around a pair of books that introduces a critical life science concept and guides students through an inquiry-based investigative process to explore that idea. Each lesson starts with a hypothesis, or "Wonder Statement", and comprises 3 stages: "Engaging Students", "Exploring with Students", and "Encouraging Students to Draw Conclusions". Bringing high-quality science-themed picture books into the classroom engages a broad range of students, and will help them see science and inquiry in a new light.


Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Teach Young Children. Carla Neumann-Hinds, $39.95

Picture Science explores the many ways to use digital photography to teach science in early childhood settings. This beautiful book, illustrated throughout with color photographs by author/educator Carla Neumann-Hinds, includes sample lessons, activities, games, and ideas for affordable materials created using digital photography. Throughout, the material is designed to meet to early learning science standards. This is a wonderful book for home as well, giving parents ideas to stimulate children’s natural curiosity about the world around them.

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Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS®): Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding. Rochel Gelman, Kimberly Brenneman, Gay Macdonald & Moisés Román, $32.50

A fun and engaging way to introduce science to young children, this innovative teaching resource helps children ages 3–5 investigate their everyday world and develop the basics of scientific thinking—skills they'll apply across subject areas when they enter school.


Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding. Ann Gadzikowski, $46.50 (ages 3-8)

Give young children their start to the building, programming, and coding of robots through playful, developmentally appropriate activities. This user-friendly and accessible book gives teachers great ideas for engaging young children with 100 exciting, hands-on computer science and engineering activities.

Many early childhood professionals are unfamiliar with computer science, robotics, and engineering concepts. The book can be easily included in a developmentally appropriate curriculum and offers a balance of adult-facilitated and child-centered activities.


Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $17.95

Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared.

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Science Month by Month Grades 3 - 8: Practical Ideas and Activities for Teachers and Homeschoolers. Julia Farish Spencer, $35.99

This collection of lessons, activities, and calendars of historic science events, vocabulary word lists, and reproducible worksheets will help you develop seasonal science-theme units for your classrooms. The more than 80 activities are designed for flexibility and can be used in any sequence, any time during the school year.


Science — Not Just for Scientists! Easy Explorations for Young Children. Leonisa Ardizzone, $15.95

Children are natural scientists, drawn to wonder, exploration, discovery, and analysis. Science — Not Just for Scientists! gives you simple ideas to open up the world of discovery to young children. Through open-ended explorations, you will discover how to cultivate children’s natural curiosity by asking simple questions: How? When? Where? And the most famous of all children’s questions: Why? The hands-on activities will empower children to question, experiment, and develop abstract reasoning skills. Children will explore patterns, cause and effect, size and scale, change and growth, energy, and how things work. Easy to follow, step-by-step activities lead children and their caregivers through a new world of discovery.


Science Play. Jill Frankel Hauser, $14.50 (ages 2-6)

Slosh, stir, stand on one foot or just quietly observe. Whatever their learning style, kids will have fun with these creative activities – all designed to build science readiness.

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Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers. Peggy Ashbrook, $24.95

Science Is Simple contains 250 activities spanning 39 kid-pleasing science concepts. From magnets to bubbles, insects to volcanoes, there are experiments to interest each and every child. Budding scientists will have fun learning about objects in motion or feeling the texture of their own homemade paper. Future astronauts will immerse themselves in making a rocket ship and watching it blast off! Children will be captivated as they learn about science and the role it plays in their everyday lives.


Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys. David Adler, illustrated by Anna Raff, $24.95

This lively introduction to physics will get kids excited about how simple machines simplify our lives. Kids use simple machines every day without realizing it. Teeth are wedges and so are knives, forks, and thumbtacks. Many toys such as slides, which are inclined planes, and seesaws, which are levers, are also simple machines. Two appealing kids and their comical cat introduce levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined plains, and more, and explain how they work.


Solar System Puzzle: 200 Pieces. Ravensburger, $14.99 (ages 8+)

Solar System: 300 Pieces. Ravensburger,$15.99 (ages 9+)

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Starting Inquiry-Based Science in the Early Years. Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, $55.95

Young children are intuitive scientists. This book builds on their inherent curiosity and problem solving as they move forward in their scientific thinking. Starting Inquiry Based Science in the Early Years shows you how you can support children’s emerging scientific skills by working with them and scaffolding their inquiries as they experiment, hypothesise and investigate building on their natural curiosity.

Full of practical advice, it offers a wide range of scientific activities that can be carried out in partnership with young children. Each activity presents a challenge for the child to solve by thinking and talking through their ideas and then carrying out their own investigations. This invaluable guide focuses on helping children to follow their own line of inquiry and supporting them in mastering the skills and vocabulary they need in order to do this.


Starting with Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry. Marcia Talhelm Edson, $24.95 (Grades PreK-2)

Discover how to overcome all the impediments and apprehensions related to teaching science to young children, and learn to view science and inquiry as a joint exploration to take with your students as they ask questions about the world around them. This straightforward book describes how to design investigations where children interact with the real world, ask questions, develop and test theories, look for evidence, share ideas, find connections, and ask more questions. Including inquiry-based science in the classroom provides children with a knowledge base, a skill set for problem solving, and an attitude toward learning that they will carry with them throughout their school career and beyond.

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STEM Starters for Kids Engineering Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Engineering Facts. Jenny Jacoby, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $9.99 (ages 6-10)

Engineering is what brings machines to life. Little learners can discover more about engineering at home by reading the simple explanations and doing the beautifully illustrated activities on each page. Start a lifelong passion for STEM subjects and inspire children to, one day, contribute an invention of their own to the world.


STEM Starters For Kids Physics Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Physics Facts. Jenny Jacoby, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $9.99 (ages 6-10)

The fun activities in this book introduce children to the science behind the world around them and might even, one day, inspire them to contribute an invention of their own.


STEM Starters for Kids Science Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Science Facts. Sam Hutchinson, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $9.99 (ages 6-10)

Little scientists will love the BIG ideas in this activity book. They'll discover more about science at home by reading the simple explanations and doing the beautifully illustrated activities on each page. Start a lifelong passion for STEM subjects. From the power of magnetism to the energy that fuels our world, this is some seriously smart stuff.

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STEM Starters for Kids Science Experiments at Home: Discover the Science In Everyday Life. Susan Martineau, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $12.99 (ages 6-10)

Explore the science in everyday life with these simple, step-by-step experiments to do around the home. Each activity takes a complex, scientific concept and makes it easy for kids to understand. Young scientists will enjoy discovering the science behind the simple phenomena all around them.


Success with STEM: Ideas for the Classroom, STEM Clubs, and Beyond. Sue Howarth & Linda Scott, $48.50

This essential resource is packed with advice and ideas to support and enthuse all those involved in the planning and delivery of STEM in the secondary school. It offers guidance on current issues and priority areas to help you make informed judgements about your own practice and argue for further support for your subject in school. It explains current initiatives to enhance STEM teaching and offers a wide range of practical activities to support exciting teaching and learning in and beyond the classroom.

Illustrated with examples of successful projects in real schools, this friendly, inspiring book explores:

  • Innovative teaching ideas to make lessons buzz
  • Activities for successful practical work
  • Sourcing additional funding
  • Finding and making the most of the best resources
  • STEM outside the classroom
  • Setting-up and enhancing your own STEM club
  • Getting involved in STEM competitions, fairs and festivals
  • Promoting STEM careers and tackling stereotypes
  • Health, safety and legal issues
  • Examples of international projects
  • An wide-ranging list of project and activity titles

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Super Science Concoctions: 50 Mysterious Mixtures for Fabulous Fun. Jill Frankel Hauser, $18.50 (ages 6 to 12)

With over 50 safe, inexpensive science mixtures using common household ingredients. These simple experiments with spectacular results help kids explore the wonderful world of science.


Teaching Emerging Scientists: Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades K-2. Pamela Fraser-Abder, $36.35

Teaching Emerging Scientists assists in developing, implementing and evaluating inquiry-based science teaching and improving young children's science learning. Research on science education and professional development provides the foundation for this practical book, which provides knowledge about science content and process, curriculum, instruction and pedagogy. The author shares practical strategies, activities and resources for use in the classroom and to ideas for exposing students to the informal world of science.


Teaching Science Creatively. Dan Davies, $34.95

Teaching Science Creatively explores how creative teaching can harness primary-aged children’s sense of wonder about the world around them. It offers innovative starting points to enhance your teaching and highlights curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry as central components of children’s creative learning in science. Illustrated throughout with examples from the classroom and beyond, this book explores the core elements of creative practice supporting both teacher and children to develop their knowledge and skills.

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Teaching STEM Literacy: a Constructivist Approach for Ages 3 to 8. Juliana Texley & Ruth Ruud, $53.50

Teaching STEM Literacy is comprised of ready-made, open-ended lessons reviewed and tested by teachers, which help educators integrate STEM learning into the early childhood classroom. Lessons encourage creative ideas for three-dimensional STEM learning that are developmentally appropriate and exemplified through children's literature.

The three-dimensional STEM learning — content, concepts, and practices — comes in twelve, ready-made open-ended teaching units that make it easy to teach science and inquiry to young children. This book uses the 5E framework (engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation) to cultivate children's skills of observation, questioning, and data collection by combining discovery, problem solving, and engineering solutions to authentic questions that young children might ask.


To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $28.95

Discover how nature study can help students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process. From setting a tone of inquiry-based thinking in the classroom to suggesting specific units of study for reading, writing, and science, this book will guide you step by step through the basics of integrating the skills acquired during nature study into every subject. You will also discover all the ways that this purposeful work nurtures "green" citizens who become determined to respect and protect the natural environment.


Touch It! Materials, Matter and You. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $7.95. Grades: PreK-2

Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Touch It! follows science curricula and is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers' interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world. Touch It! explores color, shape, texture, size, mass, magnetism and more.

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25 Totally Terrific Science Projects, Grades 3-6. Michael Gravois, $16.99

Easy how-to’s and templates for projects that motivate students to show what they know about key science topics.


VentureGirls: Raising Girls to Be Tomorrow's Leaders. Cristal Glanghai, $21.00

From an engineer and entrepreneur, a conversation-changing parenting book about how to engage young women in science, technology, engineering, and math, filled with practical advice for both parents and educators.

 As the female CEO of a tech startup, Dr. Cristal Glangchai was outnumbered twenty to one. At Google, Twitter, and Facebook, women currently fill just ten to twenty percent of technical jobs. While career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math have increased dramatically in the past twenty years, the achievement gap between men and women has only grown wider. In VentureGirls, Glangchai argues that a key part of raising strong, confident young women is giving them the tools of entrepreneurship to engage in STEM.

Entrepreneurship is a skill-set and a way of thinking that is particularly useful in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Entrepreneurship involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, innovating, and taking calculated risks. In short, it’s about having a vision and making it a reality. Deeply informative, warm, and grounded in real-world experience, VentureGirls includes a plethora of activities and lessons that focus on strengthening kids’ ingenuity and resilience. VentureGirls is essential reading for anyone who wants to raise girls and young women who realize their strength, engage in the world, and feel empowered to make a positive impact.


What Goes On In My Head? Big Questions about Your Brain. Robert Winston, $10.99 (ages 8-12)

Get thinking about thinking! Introducing readers to the most powerful and complicated computer network they will ever encounter — their own brain — What Goes on in My Head? explains what the different parts of the brain do, how they work together, what gives us our individual personalities, why some people are better at doing certain things than others, and why, despite its immense complexity, there are still some things the brain cannot do or understand. Packed with tips and brainteasers that test memory, perception, reasoning, and reactions, What Goes On in My Head? also features a wealth of bizarre and fascinating facts to get readers thinking about thinking.

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What is it Made Of? Noticing Types of Materials. Martha Rustad, $9.99 (grades K-2)

Could window panes be made out of wood? Or a shirt out of glass? Go on a treasure hunt with Ms. Sampson's class as they search for different kinds of materials — cloth, rock, glass, metal, and more. They'll record the look and feel of everyday objects and learn what properties each type of material has.


Where Does My Shadow Sleep? A Parent’s Guide to Exploring Science with Children’s Books. Sally Anderson, $17.95

Young children are investigators by nature, just like scientists. They are curious about the world around them and eager to explore. With the help of the stories and activities in Where Does My Shadow Sleep you can use favorite children’s books to help young children observe, wonder, ask questions, talk about, and explore the world of science.


Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom. Karen Worth & Sharon Grollman, $33.95

This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young. What's more, it makes a strong case for integrating science into the curriculum right from the start — creating a context for the development of language, mathematical thinking, and social skills.

Authors Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman define and illustrate what science education can and should be. They draw upon what is known about the learning, effective teaching, and science education of young children by using the daily work of teachers and children in Head Start, kindergarten, day care, and preschool programs. Then see what the youngest students can do given the opportunity to explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity.

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Complete Booklist

Science at Home and School

Baby Steps to STEM: Infant and Toddler Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Activities. Jean Barbre, $41.50

Becoming Scientists: Inquiry-based Teaching in Diverse Classrooms, Grades 3-5. Rusty Bresser & Sharon Fargason, $27.95 (grades 3-5)

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science. Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd, $14.95

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea. Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $10.95

Breaking Through! Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Harriet Mosatche, Elizabeth Lawner & Susan Matloff-Nieves, $23.95

Bright Sky, Starry City. Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, $17.95

Building Structures with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $34.95 (activities)

Building Your Own Robots: Design and Build Your First Robot! Gordon McComb, $9.99

Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Temple Grandin, $24.99 (ages 8-12)

Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars. Douglas Florian, $25.50 (poems, ages 4 and up)

Complete Science Smart, Grades 1-2. William Young, $16.95

Count Girls In: Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity. Karen Panetta & Katianne Williams, $22.99

Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls. Curious Jane, $19.95

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom, Grades 5-8. Joan D'Amico & Kate Gallaway, $35.95

EGG: Nature's Perfect Package. Steve Jenkins & Robin Page, $24.99

Even More Fizzle, Bubble, Pop & WOW! Simple Science Experiments for Young Children. Lisa Murphy, $27.95 (ages 3-12)

The Everything STEM Handbook: Help Your Child Learn and Succeed in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Rihab Sawah & Anthony Clark, $24.99

Exploring Water with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $35.95 (activities)

The Giant Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6: More Than 600 Science Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers. Edited by Kathy Charner, $49.95

Hands-On Science Experiments. Gary Gibson, $16.99

Help Your Kids with Science: a Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide. $21.95

IF... a Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. David Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, $19.95

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Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects: 40+ Things to Create, Draw, and Make. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $17.99

Incredible Edible Science: Recipes for Developing Science and Literacy Skills. Liz Plaster & Rick Krustchinsky, $37.95 (activities)

Inside Your Insides: a Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home. Claire Eamer, illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Science to Young Learners, Grades Pr-K to 2. Janice Van Cleave, $21.99

Junior Maker: Experiments to Try, Crafts to Create, and Lots to Learn! DK Books, $18.99

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars. David Stabler, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, $15.95 (ages 9-12)

Literacy in the Science Classroom. Millie Blandford, $17.99 (Grades 6-12)

Making & Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges with Young Children. Cate Heroman, $34.50 (ages 3-8)

The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions. Andrew Hacker, $36.50

Math and Science Investigations: Helping Young Learners Make Big Discoveries. Sally Anderson, $38.95

More Than Magnets, Standards Edition: Science and Activities for Young Children. Sally Moomaw & Brenda Hieronymus, $48.50

Motion, Magnets and More. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $19.95 (activities)

Move It! Motion, Forces and You. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $7.95. (grades PreK-2)

My First Book of My Body: Discover How Your Body Works with 35 Fun Projects and Experiments. Susan Akass & Frances Butcher, $19.95 (ages 7+)

Natural Curiosity: the Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry, 2nd Edition. Doug Anderson, Julie Comay & Lorriane Chiarotto, $50.00

Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $62.90

New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation. Alex Mihailidis & Jan Andrysek, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things to Do with Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults. Rachel Miller, Holly Homer & Janie Harrington, $29.95 (ages 5-12)

Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2. Melissa Stewart & Nancy Chesley, $38.95

Picture Science: Using Digital Photography to Teach Young Children. Carla Neumann-Hinds, $39.95

Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS™): Facilitating Scientific Ways of Thinking, Talking, Doing, and Understanding. Rochel Gelman, Kimberly Brenneman, Gay Macdonald & Moisés Román, $47.95

Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding. Ann Gadzikowski, $48.50 (ages 3-8)

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $18.95

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Science is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers. Peggy Ashbrook, $28.95

Science Month by Month Grades 3 - 8: Practical Ideas and Activities for Teachers and Homeschoolers. Julia Farish Spencer, $38.00

Science — Not Just for Scientists! Easy Explorations for Young Children. Leonisa Ardizzone, $18.95

Science Play. Jill Frankel Hauser, $20.99 (ages 2-6)

Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers. Peggy Ashbrook, $24.95

Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys. David Adler, illustrated by Anna Raff, $17.95

Solar System Puzzle: 200 Pieces. Ravensburger, $18.00 (ages 8+)

Solar System: 300 Pieces. Ravensburger,$15.99 (ages 9+)

Starting Inquiry-Based Science in the Early Years. Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, $61.50

Starting with Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry. Marcia Talhelm Edson, $26.95 (grades PreK-2)

STEM Starters for Kids Engineering Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Engineering Facts. Jenny Jacoby, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $10.99 (ages 6-10)

STEM Starters For Kids Physics Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Physics Facts. Jenny Jacoby, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $10.99 (ages 6-10)

STEM Starters for Kids Science Activity Book: Packed with Activities and Science Facts. Sam Hutchinson, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $10.99 (ages 6-10)

STEM Starters for Kids Science Experiments at Home: Discover the Science In Everyday Life. Susan Martineau, Illustrated by Vicky Barker, $12.99 (ages 6-10)

Success with STEM: Ideas for the Classroom, STEM Clubs, and Beyond. Sue Howarth & Linda Scott, $68.50

Super Science Concoctions: 50 Mysterious Mixtures for Fabulous Fun. Jill Frankel Hauser, $20.99 (ages 6 to 12)

Teaching Emerging Scientists: Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades K-2. Pamela Fraser-Abder, $49.10

Teaching Science Creatively. Dan Davies, $65.70

Teaching STEM Literacy: a Constructivist Approach for Ages 3 to 8. Juliana Texley & Ruth Ruud, $55.50

To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $28.95

Touch It! Materials, Matter and You. Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $7.95. (grades PreK-2)

25 Totally Terrific Science Projects. Michael Gravois, $15.99 (grades 3-6)

VentureGirls: Raising Girls to Be Tomorrow's Leaders. Cristal Glanghai, $21.00

What Goes On In My Head? Big Questions about Your Brain. Robert Winston, $10.99 (grades 3-7)

What is it Made Of? Noticing Types of Materials. Martha Rustad, $10.99 (grades K-2)

Where Does My Shadow Sleep? A Parent’s Guide to Exploring Science with Children’s Books. Sally Anderson, $21.95

Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom. Karen Worth & Sharon Grollman, $36.00

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