Book Gift Guide For Kids: Science Picture Books

Nov, 28, 2019

Science Books for Kids

Incorporating more science based books into my read alouds is going to be one of my goals for 2020, because there are so many and I barely scratched the surface this year. I at least wanted to share the ones that were a hit in my classroom! 

Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below  to purchase the books I do get a commission. 

Also, I recommend these books for kiddos who are in 3rd grade or higher if they are reading the books independently. Of course, every child is unique and some may be ready for reading for comprehension at an earlier age!

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade

Pluto finds out he is no longer a planet, and the eight other planets no longer want him hanging around.⁣⁣

⁣⁣So, Pluto goes out to search the solar system to find others like him!⁣⁣ If your kids or students love space, this is the book they need. Although the story is fiction, they give tons of facts about the planets, space, and what makes Pluto a dwarf planet.⁣⁣

What Do They Do with All that Poo by Jane Kurtz

The title sounds gross, I know, but this book is so much fun. All of my students loved this book, especially the boys. We learned about different animals’ poop and why each animal’s poop is different! Did you know that wombat’s poop is square, and sloths climb down a tree once a week to poop? Neither did I until I read the book! 

⁣⁣My students had so many questions and comments during the read aloud, it took forever to finish! Which is a good thing!



Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

I read this book every year, and I’ve never had a student that didn’t like it. Surprising Sharks gives the reader facts about the different species of sharks and other facts that are probably unknown to the average person. The reader also learns that shark attacks on humans are extremely rare and that  sharks should be more afraid of humans than we are them.

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton

Edgar likes many things, but bees aren’t one of them. Edgar’s friend gives tries to convince Edgar that bees aren’t so bad. Give Bees a Chance explains the importance of bees and what we can do to keep them around. The book also gives you tips on what to do when a bee starts flying around you! I wish I knew what to do years ago because I’ve been stung twice! 

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Look, kids love sharks, so you can’t go wrong with any books about sharks.

My second book about sharks is about Eugenie Clark. As a girl, Eugenie loved sharks and thought they were beautiful creatures, not scary monsters like others thought. She learned everything she could about sharks when she was a young girl and after high school she decided to study zoology. 

In college, many of Eugenie’s professors thought that women weren’t smart enough to be a scientist. They told her she should be a housewife or a secretary!

Eugenie proved them wrong and became a successful zoologist that made many discoveries and even invented shark repellant!

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