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Everyday Adventures to Get Your Child into Science

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Updated on Dec 22, 2010

Put science on your bookshelf

You might not think of science books as telling stories. But the best books about science are anything but dry collections of impenetrable facts. They're compelling narratives that reveal the personalities and processes behind scientific discoveries.

Donna M. Jackson is a children's author who has written about everything from bugs to bones (her book about how forensic anthropologists use bones to solve crimes was listed as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children by the National Science Teacher's Association). Jackson says "stories are a great way to communicate information, because they're easy to understand and remember. When you use stories...you create a virtual reality that makes the information come alive." In her books, Jackson tries to "walk readers through the scientists' experience," helping kids "share their ideas, their passions, their exploits, their disappointments."

As you choose science books, look for those that take readers on a journey of scientific discovery. Your family might not be able to study the behavior of hammerhead sharks off the coast of Costa Rica, but a beautifully photographed book about a marine biologist who does is the next best thing. Check out these great resources to help you put science on your bookshelf:

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