Frequently I get questions about science books for children. Sometimes the person asking is involved in doing outreach with children. Sometimes the question comes from a teacher who wants to add a language arts component to her science lesson plan. For example, a teacher who participated in the Researach Experience for Teachers (RET)  program spent her summer measuring the strength of spider silk and wrote a lesson plan for her 7th graders. She wanted to tie it to language arts. Using the Short Story Index, we found “The Finnegan”, a short story by Ray Bradbury. The story was about a gigantic, lethal spider and seemed just about right for 7th graders. By the way, this is a good example of when to consult with your librarian. For those of you who prefer to do it yourself, here are a few suggestions of places to look for science literature for children.

California State Dept. of Ed.  Literature Links

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Science Books and Films

The Royal Society

National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Trade Books

Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature

Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site

Good Science Books for Children

Science Tracer Bullets from the Library of Congress

In addtion to on-line book lists, one can check these volumes.  They will probably be in your school library, or your public library:  Best Books for Children:  Preschool Through Grade 6, Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers:  Grades 6-9, and Best Books for High School Readers:  Grades 9 – 12.  For young children, I recommend the book A to Zoo, which suggests good books for many topics.