Books to Make Science Interesting
These books to make science interesting are ideal for little Einsteins, who are interested in how the planet works, and how to help it. Science and nature interesting subjects. But although there are a lot of knowledgeable people – if you’ve read a lot of books, you’ll know that knowledge does not necessarily mean that many people can write (or teach well). These books can.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is a highly-reviewed gorgeous book that combines instilling a fascinating for the natural world for children, with protecting our climate and animals. Winner of several awards, your child will adore this book.
Nature Anatomy is a beautiful book about the natural world. Ecological writer Satish Kumar once wrote that unless you know Nature, you can’t love her. So this book can inspire anyone to look after nature, once they learn about Her. From the anatomy of a jellyfish to the inside of a volcano, from monarch butterfly migration to how sunsets work, these whimsical illustrators paired with education means there is no more fun way to learn.
Books for Little Geniuses
Genetics for Smart Kids is a book by Little Doctor Valentina who with the help of her adorable puppy, explains genetics (no animal experiments here: see the post on humane research). With her handy microscope, Valentina explains cells parts, DNA and genes (like why her puppy is yellow but his siblings are brown!) From nitrogen bases to chromosomes.
Evolution for Smart Kids won’t go down well with Creationists, but everyone else (including many religious parents) can learn the origins of life. Valentia is now a paleonthologist who travels back in time, before there were any plants or animals in the world. She teaches of unicellular organisms, bad and good mutations and variations. Learn how we evolved from dinosaurs to chickens!
This Phenomenal Life is an entertaining educational book, on ways we are connected to the universe. It’s full of facts on how we share our world with other species and the natural world. From vast galaxies above to miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. The first page has an illustration of a jellyfish (nature) and can-opener (not nature!) Every atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and explosions in the galaxies. And we share the same biochemical basis of life: from a single-celled amoeba to a blue whale.
This book lies in the ever-disappearing intersection between beauty and truth. Every single person I know would love it to pieces. Ella Frances Sanders
I have a new favourite book in the universe, and it’s called This Phenomenal Life. It explodes with the wonders of creation, and the beauty of being alive. Rainn Wilson
Misha’s Book on Birds
Crazy for Birds is just as gorgeous and informative. Meet the Common Swift (who can stay in the air without landing for up to 10 months, sleeping on the wing) and the tiny Goldcrest (Europe’s smallest bird which can lay one and half times its body weight in eggs, each season).