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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science

 


2012 Award
Body Actions
(by Shelley Rotner/ David A White, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A look inside the human body with photographs overlaid with diagrams of the body's main systems. A simple clear text accompanies each of the photos and give young readers a beginning understanding of how the main body organs work to make us move, breathe, digest, and think. A lot of big concepts told in language that does not overwhelm.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Nic Bishop Snakes
(Nic Bishop, Scholastic $17.99 Score:)

As one who is ophidiphobic, it is a tribute to Nic Bishop that I went beyond the covers of his latest.  Bishop serves up magnificent photographs and as always, a fact filled text that is fascinating. He shows us snakes as small as a shoelace to one that is big enough to swallow a dog. Sure to make a hit with snake-lovers and kids who like their books to be a little edgy. 8 & up

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Even as Octopus Needs a Home
(by Irene Kelly, Holiday House $16.95 Score:)

A fascinating collection of animal homes are shown in this young science book. From treetop chimps to spiders in underwater bubbles, Irene Kelly shows the great variety of places animals live in. The art is playful but realistic enough to inform and the text is lively while conveying a sense of how and why the animals live where they do.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Time Zones
(by David A. Adler, Holiday House $16.99 Score:)

Did you ever try to explain time zones or the reasons for them to your children?  In an age when long distance travel and news events are so much a part of our lives, an understanding of time zones becomes basic to our understanding. This is simply told and easy to grasp. What is amazing to this reader is that it took until 1883 for the United States to adopt time zones. In other words, until then, every town had it's own high noon time and the clocks were set to that moment. For kids who have family that lives far away or parents whose work takes them globe trotting, this is a book that will be of interest.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Tropical Rainforests
(by Seymour Simon, Smithsonian/Harper $16.99 Score:)

Full color photographs add much to the beauty of this large handsome book that introduces young people to the rainforest. Though the text is not for beginners, care has been taken in choosing good size type, leaving enough white on the page and clear prose that will not overwhelm the reader. Simon leads the reader from the emergent layer, to the canopy, the understory and all the way down to the forest floor. A visual adventure. Also, in the same series, a handsome book called, Global Warming. They say 5 & up. We'd say more like 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
X-treme X-ray
(by Nick Veasey, Scholastic $9.99 Score:)

An interesting book of X-ray photos that show the inside of our bodies as well as bugs, bats, fish, and many living creatures. But, perhaps the most interesting parts of the book show the inside of a computer, an MP3 player, cell phone, game machine, and jet airliner. The text is light reading and many of the factoids are told in the form of questions--find the answers is sometimes a little annoying. That said, this is a fun paperback to dip into.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat
(by Carlyn Beccia, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:)

Kids of a certain age love being grossed out and this is one of the best of that genre because it isn't merely yucky, it is full of fascinating information about old and gross sounding cures that have been used through the ages. It is set up in a true false format asking readers to speculate on the effectiveness of rubbing moldy bread on your leg, putting mustard on your head or tying earthworms around your neck. The art is as gross out as the ideas of using mummy powder or a dead manís skull or maggots to cure what ails you. A thought provoking book that combines science and history in a picturebook for older readers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Bones, Skeletons and How They Work
(by Steve Jenkins, Scholastic $16.99 Score:)

A fascinating book that compares the bones of humans with those in the animal kingdom. It also looks at the role bones play in protecting us, keeping us upright and even repairing themselves. Illustrated with cut paper collages, this is a Science book that will excite and inform young readers. A glossary adds detailed information to the body of the book, for those who want more. This is young science as it should be--lively and lucid.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Born to be Giants
(by Lita Judge, Roaring Brook Press $17.99 Score:)

Unlike so many dinosaur books that catalog the many kinds of dinosaurs, Lita Judge gives young readers a look at the many ways baby dinosaurs hatched and became the giants. Budding paleontologists and the just curious reader will be fascinated with the way Judge shows how scientists have used what they know about living creatures to understand how dinosaur babies made it from the nest to their prehistoric forests and swamps. Did you ever consider how dinosaurs warmed their nests without sitting on them? Can you imagine a T-Rex mama protecting her young? With a touch of good-natured humor, amazing research, and lively illustrations, Judge brings little known information to life in a fascinating book for 6-9ís.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Human Body Q & A
(DK $12.99 Score:)

Colorful photos and simple answers to typical questions make this a book to dip into for interesting information about the human body. It looks at our bones, heart, muscles, digestive and circulatory systems, our brains and senses. It also addresses why we need to eat and how our bodies heal when they are injured. Some of the color photography is totally amazing and the factoids are not too big for beginners to wrap their curiosity around. 8-12.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010.

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