Science Explorations
Related Booklist
Related Booklist

Extend students’ interest or support a unit on one of our Science Explorations topics with these exceptional books.

General Science Books

Action Book Collection: Real World Science
Designed for the struggling reader, this leveled collection of high-interest reading with integrated skill support adds excitement to timely science topics.
Grades 1–6

Coffee Can Science by Steve Tomacek
Find simple hands on projects about electricity, erosion, weather, and more.
Grades 4–8

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson
Assign a host of hands-on science experiments that students can do with common items like ice and balloons.
Grades 3–6

Scholastic Encyclopedia of Animals
Get a grasp on the facts and figures for over 100 intriguing animals.
Grades 3–Up

Usborne Books: First Encyclopedia of Science by Rachel Firth
Bring to life a wide range of basic science topics including beautiful illustrations and photographs.
Grades 3–5

Women’s Adventures in Science Series
Get professional profiles of women who have pursued excellence in scientific fields from space to genes.
Grades 6–9


Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Kristan Lawson
Trace Darwin’s life and achievements and tap into related activities including tying nautical knots and developing a taxonomy.
Grades 5–9

Eyewitness: Evolution by Linda Gamlin
Striking photos illustrate evidence found in nature. This book also addresses differing beliefs about evolution throughout history.
Grades 3–8

The Fossil Factory: A Kid's Guide to Digging Up Dinosaurs, Exploring Evolution, and Finding Fossils by Niles Eldredge, Douglas Eldredge, and Gregory Eldredge
Practical hints and intriguing historical information make this lively instructional book — written by our featured scientist and his children — easy to use and enjoy.
Grades 3–6


Life Story: Ant by Michael Chinery
Learn all about the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environments of ants.
Grades 3–5

National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Insects
This field guide, developed especially for the student reader, offers a quick and easy reference to the 50 most easily found insect species.
Grades 2–8

Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson
A helpful introduction to over 100 creatures, this book is arranged by common characteristics.
Grades 4–6


Objects in Space
Nine collected titles including 1000 Facts About Space and Black Holes and Other Space Phenomena will quench your students’ thirst for solutions to the mysteries of space.
Grades 3–5

The New York Public Library Amazing Space: A Book of Answers for Kids by Ann-Jeanette Campbell
Arranged into nine general categories, this handy volume presents thorough information on topics like galaxies and space exploration. Includes a helpful glossary.
Grades 5–8

Scholastic Atlas of Space
Here’s your one stop for space information including star charts, photos and illustrations, and facts about what’s far, far away.
Grades 2–5

Invertebrates: The Giant Squid

Life in the Oceans by Lucy Baker
Explore a colorful introduction to how animals survive and thrive in the water.
Grades 3–5

Outside and Inside Giant Squid by Sandra Markle
Powerful photos and simple, info-packed text combine in this valuable slim book.
Grades 4–8

Scholastic Atlas of Oceans
Facts, maps, illustrations, and informative charts make up this all-includes volume.
Grades 2–5


The Magic School Bus Chapter Books: The Truth About Bats
Join the Friz and gang on a high-flying adventure as they visit with bats and learn about how these mammals live.
Grades 3–5

Stokes Beginner's Guide to Bats by Kim Williams, Rob Mies, Donald Stokes, and Lillian Stokes
Species-specific information combines with a general background about echolocation and bat behavior to make this a valuable guide for students.
Grades 6–10

Tropical Forest Mammals by Elaine Landau
Meet the howler monkey, the sloth, and a cast of other animals who make their home in the tropical forest.
Grades 3–5

Reptiles: Lizards

All About Lizards by Jim Arnosky
Bright illustrations and simple clear writing come together in this excellent introduction to lizard life.
Grades 1–4

Can Snakes Crawl Backward? by Gilda Berger and Melvin Berger
This and other intriguing questions are addressed with clear science concepts put forth in simple terms. Colorful illustrations hook the student’s imagination.
Grades 2–4

Lizards: A Natural History of Some Unknown Creatures: Extraordinary Chameleons, Iguanas, Geckos, & More by David P. Badger and John Netherton
Blending striking photos with an enjoyable exploration of history and science, this volume for older students is sure to inform and engage.
Grades 8–12

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