Helping Your Child Learn Science - Resource List (page 3)
Publications for Parents
American Association for the Advancement of Science. A Family Guide to Science. Washington, DC, 2003. (Available online at www.scienceeverywhere.org)
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ten Questions to Ask Your Neighborhood School about Local Science Education. Washington, DC, 1998. (Available online at www.project2061.org/research/questions/10questions.htm)
Barber, Jacqueline, Parizeau, Nicole, Bergman, Lincoln and Lima, Patricia. Spark Your Child's Success in Math and Science: Practical Advice for Parents. Berkeley, CA: Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), 2002.
Barry, Dana M. Science Fair Projects: Helping Your Child Create a Super Science Fair Project. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials, 2001.
Children's Partnership. Parent's Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules and Tools for Families Online, 2nd ed.. Washington, DC, 1998. (Available online at http://www.childrenspartnership.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=4687)
Milbourne, Linda A. and Haury, David L. Helping Students With Homework in Science and Math. ERIC Digest, 2003.
National Research Council. Every Child a Scientist. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997. (Available online at www.nap.edu/books/0309059860/html/index.html)
National Science Foundation. New Formulas for America's Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering. Washington, DC, 2003.
National Science Teachers Association. Help Your Child Explore Science. Washington, DC, 2000. (Available online at http://www.nsta.org/portals/parents/explore.aspx)
National Urban League. Science and Math at Home for Young Children. New York, 1994. (Available online at www.nul.org/)
Pearce, Querida L. How to Talk Dinosaur With Your Child. Los Angeles: Lowell House, 1991.
SciMathMN. What Should I Look for in the Science Program in My Child's School? Minneapolis, MN: SciMathMN, 2000. (Available online at www.scimathmn.org/parent_science.htm)
Sherwood, Elizabeth A., et. al. More Mudpies to Magnets: Science for Young Children. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House, 1991.
U.S. Department of Education. Helping Your Child With Homework. Washington, DC, 2002. (Available online at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/homework/index.html)
U.S. Department of Education. Parents Guide to the Internet. Washington, DC, 1997. (Available online at www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/internet/index.html)
Walthall, Barbara (Ed.). IDEAAAS: Sourcebook for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995.
Zeman, Anne. Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework. New York: Irving Place Press, 1994.
Books for Children
Libraries and bookstores now have available an enormous number of excellent science-related books for children. When making selections, you may want to consider questions that the National Science Teachers Association uses in evaluating books. For instance:
- Does the author have a good science background and reputation?
- Is the content interesting to children?
- Is the sequence of events logical?
- Is the format (the placement of pictures, photographs and text) pleasant and easy to follow?
- Are the pictures, photographs and illustrations accurate, and do they match the text?
- Is the vocabulary appropriate? (Big words are OK if they are explained and used in context.)
- Are controversies handled fairly?
- Are the suggested activities safe? Practical?
When selecting books, also keep in mind:
- Children can learn science from "non-science" books too, such as fictional stories, biographies and historical accounts.
- Recommended age or grade levels are usually printed on a book's back cover, but they are recommendations only. You're the best judge of which books are appropriate for your child, regardless of age. Just take special care with age-level recommendations for those books that could pose potential safety hazards, such as the use of certain equipment or chemicals.
The following list is only a small sample of the many excellent science-related books that your child might enjoy. Many of the books listed here appear on the recommended lists prepared jointly by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council and the lists prepared the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For additional titles or for titles about specific science-related topics, go to the Web sites of these organizations or ask your local or school librarian for recommendations. Many of the following books also are available in languages other than English, and your librarian can help you locate them.
The books are arranged according to subject. For each book, you'll see a suggested age range: P indicates books that are most appropriate to read with preschoolers and children in grades K through 2; E indicates those books that will appeal to children in grades 3 and up, who read independently.
Anatomy and Medicine
Baeuerle, Patrick and Landa, Norbert. The Cell Works: Microexplorers: An Expedition Into the Fantastic World of Cells. New York: Barrons Juveniles, 1997. (E)
Balestrino. Philip. The Skeleton Inside You. New York: Harper Trophy, 1991. (P)
Balkwill, Frances R. and Rolph, Mic. Enjoy Your Cells. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2002. (E)
Berger, Melvin. Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn. New York: HarperCollins Juvenile Books, 2000. (P)
Cobb, Vicki. Feeling Your Way: Discover Your Sense of Touch. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2001. (P)
Davidson, Sue and Morgan, Ben. Human Body Revealed. New York: DK Publishing, 2002. (E)
DeGezelle, Terri with Hogan, Marjorie. Your Bones. Mankato, MN: Bridgestone Books, 2002. (E)
Farndon, John. The Human Body. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books, 2002. (E)
Gordon, Sharon. Bruises. Danbury, CT: Children's Press, 2002. (P)
Manning, Mick. Wash, Scrub, Brush! Morton Grove, IL: Whitma, 2001. (P)
Romanek,Trudee. ZZZ!: The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Sleep. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2002. (E)
Showers, Paul. Hear Your Heart. New York: Harper Trophy, 2001. (P)
Archaeology, Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Times
Aliki. Digging Up Dinosaurs. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1981. (P)
Baquebado, Elizabeth. Aztec, Inca & Maya. New York: Knopf, 1993. (E)
Barrett, Paul. National Geographic Dinosaurs. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2001. (E)
Beshore, George W. Science in Ancient China. London: Orchard Books, 1998. (E)
Bishop, Nic. Digging for Bird Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. (E)
Camper, Cathy. Bugs Before Time: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002. (P)
Cork, Barbara, Reid, Struan and McEwan, Joe. The Usborne Young Scientist: Archaeology. New York: EDC Publications, 1985. (E)
Duke, Kate. Archaeologists Dig for Clues. New York: Harper Trophy, 1997. (P)
Fisher, Leonard Everett. The Great Wall of China. New York: Aladdin Library, 1995. (E)
Kerley, Barbara. The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. New York: Scholastic Press, 2001. (P)
Lauber, Patricia. Dinosaurs Walked Here and Other Stories Fossils Tell. New York: Bradbury Press, 1987. (P)
Miller, Debbie S. A Woolly Mammoth Journey. Boston: Little, Brown, 2001. (E)
Pemberton, Delia. Egyptian Mummies: People From the Past. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 2001. (E)
Sattler, Helen. Dinosaurs of North America. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1981. (E)
Slone, Christopher. SuperCroc and the Origin of Crocodiles. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2002. (E)
Taylor, Barbara. Oxford First Book of Dinosaurs. New York: Oxford, 2001. (E)
Walker, Sally M. Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 2002. (E)
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner. Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young: Uncovering the Mystery of Dinosaur Families. New York: Clarion Books, 2001. (P)
Astronomy and Space Science
Allan, Jerry and Allan, Georgiana. The Horse and the Iron Ball: A Journey Through Time, Space, and Technology. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2000. (E)
Asimov, Isaac. The Birth and Death of Stars. New York: Dell, 1989. (E)
Challoner, Jack with Muirden, James. The Atlas of Space. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books, 2001. (E)
Cole, Michael D. The Moon: Earth's Companion in Space. Springfield, NJ: Enslow, 2001. (P)
Farndon, John. The Giant Book of Space. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books, 2000. (E)
Jackson, Ellen. Looking for Life in the Universe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (E)
Kerrod, Robin. Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2000. (E)
Krupp, E. C. The Big Dipper and You. New York: William Morrow, 1989. (P)
Nicolson, Cynthia Pratt. Exploring Space. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2000. (P)
Simon, Seymour. Destination: Jupiter. New York: William Morrow, 1998. (P)
Wunsch, Susi T. The Adventures of Sojourner: The Mission to Mars That Thrilled the World. New York: Mikaya Press, 1998. (E)
Nicolson, Cynthia Pratt. Exploring Space. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2000. (E)
Aulenbach, Nancy Holler and Barton, Hazel A., with Delano, Marfé Ferguson. Exploring Caves: Journeys Into the Earth. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2001. (E)
Dewey, Jennifer O. Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001. (E)
De Paola, Tomie. The Cloud Book. New York: Holiday House, 1975. (P)
DeWitt, Lynda. What Will the Weather Be? Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman, 1991. (P)
Gentle, Victor and Perry, Janet. Earthquakes. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens, 2001. (P)
Graf, Mike. Lightning and Thunderstorms. New York: Simon Spotlight, 1998. (E)
Gray, Susan H. Coral Reefs. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2001. (P)
Kahl, Jonathan D. National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Weather. Washington, DC: National Audubon Society, 1998. (E)
Kramer, Stephen. Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. (E)
Levinson, Nancy S. Death Valley: A Day in the Desert. New York: Holiday House, 2001. (P)
Lingelbach, Jenepher and Purcell, Lisa (Eds.). Hands-On Nature. Woodstock, VT: Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 2000. (E)
Markle, Sandra. A Rainy Day. London: Orchard Books, 1993. (P)
Morrison, Gordon. Pond. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (P)
Ricciuti, Edward R. Rocks and Minerals. New York: Scholastic, 2001. (E)
Robson, Pam. Maps and Plans. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books, 2001. (P)
Ryon-Quiri, Patricia. Seasons. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2001. (P)
Silver, Donald. M. Backyard. New York: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 1997. (P)
Tagliaferro, Linda. Galápagos Islands: Nature's Delicate Balance at Risk. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2001. (E)
Weidner, Kathleen. What Is the World Made of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases. New York: Harper Trophy, 1998. (P)
The History and Nature of Science
January, Brendan. Science in the Renaissance. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts/Grolier, 1999. (E)
Jones, Lynda. Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists. New York: Scholastic, 2000. (E)
Lehn, Barbara. What Is a Scientist? Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1998. (P)
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Snowflake Bentley. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. (P)
Ripley, Catherine. Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science and the World Around You. New York: Firefly Books, 2001. (E)
Arnold, Caroline. Animals That Migrate. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 1982. (P)
Brown, Ruth. Ten Seeds. New York: Knopf/Random House Children's Books, 2001. (P)
Dewey, Jennifer O. Paisano, the Roadrunner. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2002. (P)
DuQuette, Keith. They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us. New York: Sterling, 2002. (P)
George, Jean Craighead. The Tarantula in My Purse: And 172 Other Wild Pets. Glenview, IL: Scott Foresman, 1996. (E)
Gibbons, Gail. Giant Pandas. New York: Holiday House, 2002. (P)
Glover, David. How Do Things Grow? New York: DK Publishing, 2001. (E)
Goodman, Susan. E. Claws, Coats and Camouflage: The Ways Animals Fit Into Their World. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2001. (E)
Lerner, Carol. Butterflies in the Garden. New York: HarperCollins, 2002. (P)
Llewellyn, Claire and Watts, Barrie. Earthworms. Danbury, CT: Franklin Watts, 2002. (P)
Montgomery, Sy. Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. (E)
Powzyk, Joyce. Tracking Wild Chimpanzees. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, 1998. (E)
Rockwell, Anne. Bugs Are Insects. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001. (P)
Simon, Seymour. Animals Nobody Loves. New York: North-South Books, 2001. (P)
Stonehouse, Bernard. The Poles. New York: Crabtree, 2001. (E)
Walker, Sally M. Fireflies. Minneapolis: Lerner, 2001. (P)
Winer, Yvonne. Birds Build Nests. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2002. (P)
Yolen, Jane. Welcome to the River of Grass. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2001. (P)
Reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Department of Education.
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