Science and Nature

Summer is over and excitement builds as students prepare to start learning again after a long break. To ease them into the new year, bring out a collection of books that blend fiction with nonfiction. These are books that tell a story — or offer a poem — while simultaneously teaching a concept about science or nature. Add them to your science bookshelf, or read them aloud for entertainment!

Kitten’s First Full Moon

By Kevin Henkes
What a night! The moon is full and Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky... Then lucky! What a ...
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Summer Skills: Grade 5

By Flash Kids Editors
Keep Learning Alive All Summer Long! School is out for the summer, but keeping your child engaged in learning through the break will prepare ...
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A Grand Old Tree

By Mary Newell DePalma
Once there was a grand old tree, whose roots sank deep into the earth and whose arms reached high into the sky. Every spring the grand old ...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle
One Sunday a very hungry caterpillar hatched. He eats his way through a variety of foods that are boldly and colorfully illustrated. The ...
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The New Way Things Work

By David Macaulay
In this award-winning book, a traveling woolly mammoth helps demonstrate how things work, from levers and plows to zippers and microchips. ...
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There’s an Owl in the Shower

By Jean Craighead George
Borden Watson's father is a logger in Northern California and he has lost his job because logging in that region has been halted to protect ...
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Rattlesnake Dance

By Jennifer Owings Dewey
"I felt the strike. There was stunning pain from the instant the twin fangs pierced the soft, fleshy side of my hand," writes the author in ...
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Open Wide Tooth School Inside

By Laurie Keller
Tooth school is in session and 32 raucous students -- including eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and twelve molars -- get ...
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The Emperor’s Egg

By Martin Jenkins
In Antarctica, the coldest spot on the planet, male Emperor penguins perform one of the most difficult tasks in the natural world. For two ...
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Dem Bones

By Bob Barner
"Toe bone connected to da foot bone . . ." Children have been singing this popular African-American spiritual for ages. As it bounces from ...
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First the Egg

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This is a book about transformations...from egg to chicken, seed to flower, and caterpillar to butterfly. But it's also a book about ...
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