Living Book List for Science

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I’ve mentioned before how I like to incorporate different subjects into our reading time.  It has never been hard to find history related books to read, but science has been a little harder.

I recently found this wonderful list of living books for science!  The original list can be found posted on an old forum owned by Donna Young.

Living Book-list for Science

PHYSICS/TECHNOLOGY/INVENTION/ENGINEERING 
The Lever and The Pulley by Hal Hellman
Mickey’s Magnet by Franklyn M. Branley and Eleanor K. Vaughan
How Do you Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells
Wheels At Work by Bernie Zubrowski
Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloane
Science and the Bible by Donald B. DeYoung
Robots, What They Are, What They Do by Fredericka Berger
The Phone Book by MacLeod
The Way Things Work by David Macauley (His other books, too.) City, Castle, Cathedral, Pyramid, Underground, Ship, Mill
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Harness
Eureka! It’s an Automobile by Bendick
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Bendick
Rocket: How a Toy Launched the Space Age by Maurer
Story of Inventions by McHugh/Bachman
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
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GEOLOGY/EARTH SCIENCE/ORIGIN OF EARTH
Exploring Planet Earth, The Journey of Discovery: from Early Civilization to Future Exploration by John Tiner
Mystery of the Ark
Mountain of Fire by Paul Thomsen
Volcanos by Seymour Simon
Banner in the Sky by Ramsey Ullman
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (topics include geology, physics, and chemistry)
Precious Gems: Their History and Mystery
Birth of an Island by Millicent Selsam (also can be used for biological sciences)
Volcano by Patricia Lauber
Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation by Dennis Peterson
Yellow and Pink by William Steig
Dry Bones and Other Fossils by Parker
Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe (for high school, also for biology)
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ASTRONOMY/SPACE EXPLORATION 
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
To Space and Back by Sally Ride
Destination: Moon by Astronaut James Irwin
For Signs and For Seasons by Robert Messina
The Glow in the Dark Night Sky Book by Clint Hatchett
I’ll See You When the Moon is Full by Susi Fowler
Wait Til the Moon is Full by Margaret Wise Brown
Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey
Our Solar System by Seymour Simon (secular)
Moonwalk (A “Step into Reading” book)
For All Mankind (about Apollo missions)
Astronomy and the Bible by Donald B. DeYoung
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METEOROLOGY 
The Weather Book by Michael Oard
Lightning by Seymour Simon
Hurry Spring by Sterling North
Scholastic’s “Wind and Weather” (interactive book)
THe Sun, WInd, and the Rain by Lisa Peters
Weather and the Bible by Donald B. DeYoung
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll (a “Let’s Read and Find Out” science book, Children’s Reading Institute-Harper & Row)
Exploring Nature in Winter by Alan Cvancara
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BOTANY 
Of Skies and Seas
The Rustling Grass
All Nature Sings all by Joanne DeJonge
Dancer’s in the Garden, etc by Joanne Ryder
This Year’s Garden by Cynthia Rylant
A Tree is Nice
Linnea’s Windowsill Garden by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson
Rosy’s Garden by Laird
Shakespeare’s Flowers by Jessica Kerr
Wild Green Things in the City: a Book of Weeds by Anne Ophelia Dowden
The Blossom on the Bough: A Book of Trees by Anne Ophelia Dowden
Consider the Lilies: Plants of the Bible by John Patterson
The Rose in My Garden by Arnold Lobel
The Oak by Andrienne Sutter-Perrot
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
It’s the Apple Tree by Lynley Dodd
What Tree Is It?
What Wildflower Is It? and similar titles by Anna Pistorius
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MARINE/ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY 
The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson
Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog by Marjorie Flack
Steven and the Green Turtle by William Cromie (I Can Read Book)
Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Sea Brings Forth
Time of the Turtle, and other titles by Jack Rudloe (marine biologist, for older children, there are some curse words)
Pond Water Zoo
Fish Do the Strangest Things
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
Pagoo by Holling C Holling
Jacques Costeau’s Ocean World
Picta the Painted Turtle by Virginia Frances Voight
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EARTH ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY 
Lucky Ladybugs, etc by Gladys Conklin
Secrets of a Wildlife Watcher by Jim Arnosky
A Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
The View from the Oak by Judith and Herbert Kohl
The Snail’s Spell, and other titles by Joanne Ryder
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Hungry Catepillar and other titles by Eric Carle
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Stella Luna
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
Wolves by Seymour Simon
Song of the Swallows by Leo Polloti
Big Red, and other titles about dogs by James Kjeldahl
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Wild Animals I have Known by Ernest Seton Thompson
Julie of the Wolves
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Misty of Chincoteague, and other titles about horses by Marguerite Henry
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Insects Do the Strangest Things
Animals Do the Strangest Things (“Step Up” readers 3rd gr level)
Lad: A Dog by Alberts Payson Terhune
Linnea’s Almanac by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson
If Animals Could Talk by Coleman
Wonderful Worms by Glaser
Freckles
Girl of Limberlost, and other titles by Gene Stratton Porter
Slim Green
Books by Jim Arnosky: Nearer Nature, Watching Foxes, Come out Muskrats, Rabbits and Raindrops, Otters Under Water, All Night Near the Water
Books by Millicent Selsam (some evolutionary content)
“I Can Read” titles, Tony’s Birds, Benny’s Animals, Let’s Get Turtles, Egg to Chick, Seeds and More Seeds, Hidden Animals, Greg’s Microscope, Terry and the Caterpillars
How to Be a Nature Detective, How Animals Talk, How Plants Move, etc.
The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
The Year at Maple Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
Ants are Fun by Mildren Myrick
Where’s Inky? by Sam Campbell
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (and other titles by same author)
“Step into Reading” books, Dolphins!, Hungry Hungry Sharks, Monster Bugs, S-S-Snakes, Whales the Gentle Giants, Wild Wild Wolves
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Little Rascal by Sterling North
Methuselah’s Gift by Mary Elizabeth Edgren
Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
The Trumpet of the Swan
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Animals and Their Young by Anita Ganeri
Animalia by Graeme Base
Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible by Paul Taylor
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HUMAN BODY/BIOLOGY 
Learning About Sex series for the Christian Family
Rabies by Elaine Landau
Focus on Medicine by Susan Destefano
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (for teens with discernment, stories of mental illness, neurology, psychology)
My Body Inside and Out by Dr. Anne Townsend
The Disease Fighters by Aaseng
THe Reader’s Digest ABC of the Human Body (read aloud with suitable editing for teens)
Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger
Double Helix by James D. Watson (high school)
Dr. Beaumont and the Man with a Hole in His Stomach
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Philip Yancey
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki

Sheri

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Comments

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    Diane_Hurst says:

    Thanks, Sheri! It’s good to have ideas for books– We’ve read several of these, and I like finding new science story books.

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