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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.

The Consumer Information Center (CIC) has many booklets and pamphlets available free or for a small fee. For a free catalog, write to Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO 81009.

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, (1981). Digging Up Dinosaurs, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.

Aliki, (1985). Dinosaurs Are Different, Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.

Lauber, Patricia, (1987). Dinosaurs Walked Here and Other Stories Fossils Tell, Bradbury Press, New York.

Richler, Mordecai, (1987). Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur. Knopf, New York.

Sattler, Helen (1981). Dinosaurs of North America, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York.

2. Animal and wildlife books:

Arnold, Caroline, (1982). Animals that Migrate. Carolrhoda, Minneapolis.

Arnold, Caroline, (1988). Penguin. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

Coldrey, Jennifer, (1987). Discovering Flowering Plants. Bookwright, New York.

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

Lerner, Carol, (1987). A Forest Year. Morrow Junior Books, New York.

McClung, Robert, (1988). 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. Harper & Row, New York.

Powzyk, Joyce, (1988). Tracking Wild Chimpanzees. Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, New York.

Pringle, Laurence, (1977). The Hidden World: Life Under a Rock. Macmillan, New York.

Scott, Jack Denton, (1976, 1978). Discovering the American Stork, and Discovering the Mysterious Egret. Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, New York.

Selsam, Millicent, (1984). Where Do They Go? Insects in Winter. Scholastic, Inc., New York.

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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Take Pride in America with Mark Trail. Acitivty book listed in the CIC catalog.

3. Astronomy and physics:

Adler, Irving, (1980). The Stars: Decoding Their Message. Thomas Y. Crowell, New York.

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

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. Harper Junior, New york.

Hines, Anna Grossnickle, (1989). Sky All Around. 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.

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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1988). Stars in Your Eyes: A Guide to the Northern Skies. Listed in the CIC catalog

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.

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

5. Applied science:

Adkin, Jan, (1980). Moving Heavy Things. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

Macaulay, David, (1975, 1981, 1988). Pyramid, Cathedral, and The Way Things Work. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

Marsoli, Lisa Ann, (1986). Things to Know about Going to the Dentist. Silver Burdett, Morristown, N.J.

Munro, Roxie, (1989). Blimps. Dutton, New York.

Shapiro, Mary J., 1986). How They Built the Statue of Liberty. Random House, New York.

6. Fiction incorporating science:

George, Jean Craighead, (1972). Julie of the Wolves. Harper & Row, New York.

Holling, Holling C., (1971). Paddle-to-the-Sea. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

Hurwitz, Johanna, (1978). Much Ado About Aldo. Morrow, New York.

Law, Felicia, (1985). Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle. (A fictionalized account of the voyage to Galapagos), Andre Deutsch, Bergenfield, N.J.

Scott, O'Dell, (1960). Island of the Blue Dolphins. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

7. Biographical Figures:

Look for books about:

Nathaniel Bowditch, the early 19th century American mathematician and astronomer and author of the best book on navigation of his time;

George Washington Carver, the agricultural scientist who discovered over 300 uses for the peanut;

Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist famous for work on radioactivity;

Charles Darwin, the English naturalist reknowned for his work on evolution;

Amelia Earhart, the aviation pioneer;

Louis Pasteur, one of the world's foremost early microbiologist whose research led to pasteurization;

Sally Ride, the American astronaut and scientist; or

John Augustus and Washington Augustus Roebling, U.S. civil engineers and designers of the Brooklyn Bridge.

8. Science Experiments:

Allison, Linda, (1988). The Wild Inside: Sierra Club's Guide to the Great Indoors. Little, Brown & Co., Boston, Toronto.

Barr, George (1986). Science Projects for Young People. Dover Publications, Inc., New York.

Carson, Mary Stetten, (1989). The Scientific Kid: Projects, Experiments and Adventures. Harper & Row, New York.

Cobb, Vicki, and Darling, Kathy, (1980). Bet You Can't! Science Impossibilities to Fool You. Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, New York.

Cobb, Vicki, (1972). Science Experiments You Can Eat. Harper & Row, New York.

Gardner, Robert, (1989). Science Around the House. Julian Messner, New York.

Herbert, Don, (1959). Mr. Wizard's Experiments for Young Scientists. Doubleday, Inc., Garden City, N.Y.

Katz, Phyllis, (1990). Exploring Science Through Art. Franklin Watts, New York.

Lewis, James, (1989). Learn While you Scrub: Science in the Tub. Meadowbrook Press, Deephaven, Minn.

Shermer, Michael, (1989). Teach Your Child Science: Making Science Fun for the Both of you. Lowell House, Los Angeles.

Stacy, Dennis, (1988). Nifty (and Thrifty) Science Activities: Demonstrations, Experiments, and Learning Labs. David S. Lake, Belmont, Calif.

Stein, Sara, (1980). The Science Book. Workman Publishing, New York.

Stine, Megan, and seven others, (1989). Still More Science Activities (from the Smithsonian Institution). Galison Books, GMG Publishing, New York.

Toney, Sara D., (1986). Smithsonian Surprises: An Educational Activity Book. Smithsonian Instituion, Washington, D.C.

Van Cleave, Janice Pratt, (1989). Chemistry for Every Kid. Wiley, New York.

Zubrowski, Bernie, (1981). Messing Around with Drinking Straw Construction. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, Toronto.

Zubrowski, Bernie, (1985). Raceways: Having Fun with Balls and Tracks. William Morrow and Company, New York.

9. Magazines and periodicals:

3-2-1- Contact, Children's Television Workshop, One Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Provides puzzles, projects, experiments.

Chickadee, Young Naturalist Foundation, P.O. Box 11314, Des Moines, IA 50340. Information, activities about nature-related topics.

Cricket, the Magazine for Children, box 52961, Boulder, CO 80322-2961. Stories and experiments for elementary school children.

Ladybug, Cricket Country Lane, Box 50284, Boulder, CO 80321-0284. Stories and activities for preschoolers and beginning readers.

National Geographic World, National Geogrpahic Society, 17th and M Streets NW, Washington, DC 20036. Excellent photographs, art, narratives.

Odyssey, Kalmbach Publishing Company, 1027 North Seventh Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Describes concepts and principles of astronomy.

Owl, Young Naturalist Foundation, P.O. Box 11314, Des Moines, Iowa 50304. Answers Children's questions about nature and science.

Ranger Rick, National Wildlife Federation, 1412 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-2266. Helps children enjoy nature and appreciate need for conservation through indoor and outdoor activities.

Science weekly, Subscription Department, Science Weekly, P.O. Box 70154, Washington, DC 20088-0154. Focuses on topics in science, math, and technology.

Scienceland, Scienceland, Inc., 501 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017- 6165. Each volume focuses on a scientific topic.

WonderScience, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. WonderScience is a science activity publication for children and parents.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) reviews science books for children in Science Books and Films. For a subscription, write to SB & F Subscriptions, AAAS, Room 814, 1333 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Science Fare by Wendy Saul and Alan R. Newman includes listings. It was published by Harper & Row, New York, in 1986.

The Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association each year cite outstanding science trade books for children. A list is available by writing to the National Science Teachers Association, Public Information Office, 1742 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

"Books for Children" from CIC is an annual listing from the Library of Congress of the best books recently published for preschool through junior high school-age children. It includes books on science and nature. Send $1.00 to Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, CO 81009.

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