3 Great New High-Interest Science Books

Science (at least to me) is decidedly NOT boring. But, I understand it when a student says they don’t like science, as it can be intimidating, with big words, classifications, and concepts. A good science teacher makes learning exciting and fun. Here are three great new books that do the same.

worms-for-breakfastWorms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo by Helaine Becker and Kathy Boake (ill.). 9781771471053. 2016. Gr 2-5.

There are a lot of great cookbooks for kids out there. There are also a ton of great “animals in the zoo” books. This is the intersection of those two things. Do you know of a student who loves tigers? How about a student who loves to cook? Well, that student is in luck, because there is a recipe here for making a Tiger’s Birthday Cupcake. This book features actual recipes from real zookeepers around the world, but it is unlikely that kids will be inspired to actually use the recipes to make the treats. For instance, ingredients listed for the Tiger’s Birthday Cupcake are 8 ½ cups of animal blood, 1 piece horse tail or oxtail, and a bunch of catnip. Not exactly ingredients you would find in the household refrigerator!

But, the recipes are great for getting an idea of the animals’ diets, and information about the animals and the zoos is included and is also very interesting. The book also touches upon the important issues of conservation and captivity.

smart-about-sharksSmart About Sharks by Owen Davey. 9781909263918. 2016. Gr 2-5.

The public fascination with sharks shows no signs of waning. Shark Week is a fixture on TV, and it seems that every year, sensational stories about a shark attack show up on the news. But, sharks are misunderstood creatures as well, and this book aims to educate about all things shark.

The eye-catching illustrations pair with engaging text about a host of shark traits and topics ranging from different kinds of sharks to shark mythology in history. The book ends with great information on how to protect sharks, as it is estimated that up to 11,000 sharks are killed by humans each hour!


inside-your-insidesInside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home by Claire Eamer and Marie-Eve Tremblay (ill.). 9781771383325. Gr 4-6.

Don’t let the cartoonishly-drawn microbes on the cover fool you into thinking this book is a quick overview of the human microbiome. This title does feature corny jokes, funny drawings, and quick factoids, but overall has a ton of great information about the 100-200 trillion of our closest friends (that is the estimate of microbes  on and in the average adult human!).

After defining what a microbe is, Eamer delves into topics of good/bad microbes, where they make their home on and in your body, how to maintain a healthy microbiome, and more.

I never thought that bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic critters could be this interesting!

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