More Stellar Space Books
As Mindy alluded to in her last post, we recently presented a number of our recent favorites at a conference for teachers and librarians. We spent a lot of time researching, reading, and paring down our list of favorites in a variety of areas. This was a conference for Minnesota educators, but we want to share these titles with everyone, so in the coming weeks, you can expect to see our takes on some of these great new titles.
One of the areas I got to present titles in was Science for elementary students. I love titles on outer space and have written before on the Books in Bloom Blog about it, (here and here), Now, I have a few more for you…enjoy!
Although gravity is one of the weaker forces in the realm of physics, it is easily observed by even the youngest people. Jason Chin’s latest picture book helps young readers understand this fundamental aspect of physics by showing, through brilliant illustrations and simple text, exactly what it does. He shows that gravity makes things fall to Earth, as well as keeps them from floating away. The author’s note at the end of the book goes into more detail, but kids will want to linger on the stunning illustrations before delving deeper.
This book is about “a boy named Carl” who grows up to be the famous astronomer Carl Sagan. After being infused with wonder at the 1939 World’s Fair, he channels his immense curiosity into finding out more about the stars. From there, he gets his Ph.D. and brings astronomy to the masses through his television series, Cosmos. While this book is a biography at heart, the overarching message tells readers that if you are curious, imaginative, and passionate about what you do, you will go very far in life.
Ken Jennings, the record-setting Jeopardy champion, is well-suited to write children’s books. He is smart, funny, and full of facts. Those traits are reflected in his new Junior Genius Guides series. In the Outer Space title, you get fun facts about the planets, the stars, and more. But this isn’t a book that just regurgitates facts…there are quizzes, cartoonish illustrations, and even a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story built right in. Look for other titles in this series, covering topics such as Mythology, Geography, and U.S. Presidents.