Children’s Books About Reptiles

If your children are interested in lizards, snakes, turtles or alligators, then they are likely to want to learn more about all the different kinds of reptiles.

books about reptiles for kids

Nonfiction:

Beginning readers

Get to Know Gila Monsters (Get To Know Reptiles) by Flora Brett

In this book Brett has done a good job of finding facts that will be interesting to children, such as how big are Gila monsters, what do they eat, what is their life cycle, and whether or not Gila monsters are venomous. She also separates the facts (Gila monsters are venomous) from the myths (their bite is not fatal to humans).

The book is illustrated with color photographs. Just a note, there is one photograph of a Gila monster eating a deer mouse that might be too graphic for sensitive youngsters.

Get to Know Gila Monsters is a perfect introduction to a desert creature is unfamiliar to many people. This is a must have for units on deserts and would also be useful for lessons about life cycles.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Capstone Press (January 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1491422459
ISBN-13: 978-1491422458

National Geographic Readers: Snakes! by Melissa Stewart

Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (April 14, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1426304285
ISBN-13: 978-1426304286

Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (October 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0545206383
ISBN-13: 978-0545206389

Picture Books

A Place for Turtles by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond

Starting with the endpapers, which show range maps for 10 common species, the book is full of information about turtles. In a series of two-page spreads, Melissa Stewart introduces the reader to a problem that turtles face and what is being done about it, using simple and easy to comprehend language. Some ideas for protecting turtles are as straightforward as keeping your dog on a leash when hiking or using cloth bags rather than plastic ones.

The reality of our world today is that many animals are in danger. Unlike some books about threatened and endangered animals that can be depressing to read, this book remains positive by emphasizing what actions can help mitigate the threats. Turtles and turtle lovers both will surely benefit from it.

Ages: 6-10
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1561456934
ISBN-13: 978-1561456932

Snakes by Seymour Simon

Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 13, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0061140953
ISBN-13: 978-0061140952

Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane (Smithsonian’s Backyard Book) by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Anne Wertheim

The story follows Garter Snake, who is the main character. It starts dramatically with Garter Snake’s birth on the first page (yes, some snakes give birth rather than lay eggs). She overcomes several challenges that include encounters with Bingo the dog, but all ends well with her finding a safe, warm place to overwinter. In between, the reader learns a great deal about the life history of garter snakes in general, including what they eat and how they defend themselves.

Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane is just what you would expect from the high-quality Smithsonian Backyard series, sure to inspire children to learn more about snakes and nature in general. With so many options, I’m sure you can find a version that fits your needs.

Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Soundprints; First Edition edition (June 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1607272083
ISBN-13: 978-1607272083

Snakes by Gail Gibbons

Reading level: Ages 7 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (June 10, 2010)
ISBN-10: 082342300X
ISBN-13: 978-0823423002

Lizard in the Sun by Joanne Rider and illustrated by Michael Rothman.

This older text takes the reader through a day in the life of a lizard. It may be hard to find.

Publisher: HarperCollins (1994)
ASIN: B01FIZHEPU

Middle Grade/Activity Collections

National Geographic Kids Everything Reptiles: Snap Up All the Photos, Facts, and Fun by Blake Hoena

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (September 13, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1426325266
ISBN-13: 978-1426325267

Awesome Snake Science! 40 Activities for Learning About Snakes by Cindy Blobaum

Do you need live snakes to do the activities from this book? No, Blobaum has created scientifically-relevant activities that can be done with items from around the home, although they beg to be supplemented by a trip to a zoo to see some live specimens. For example, learning how to estimate the length of a snake lying on the ground is something snake scientists must do in the field quickly and accurately. In Blobaum’s “Snake Survey” activity, snake stand-ins like lengths of yarn and belts to help children learn the estimating, measuring and data-collecting skills that can definitely be applied in the real world. These are fabulous activities for the young hands-on learner.

Awesome Snake Science! is an amazing book that sets a new standard for how hands-on science should be done. It is sure to appeal to budding scientists, particularly those interested in becoming ophiologists 9snake scientists).

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1569768072
ISBN-13: 978-1569768075

The Snake Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (Photographer)

Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Sandpiper; None edition (February 26, 2001)
ISBN-10: 0618111190
ISBN-13: 978-0618111190

Fiction

Verdi by Janell Cannon – Lovely fiction picture book to pair with nonfiction

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0152010289
ISBN-13: 978-0152010287

Dinosaur Science Books for Kids

Dinosaurs are a popular topic for many young readers and there are a confusing array  of  titles on the market. We found some of the gems that deserve consideration for this list.

 

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For another list that features those who study dinosaurs, see STEM Tuesday.

Board Books

Baby Touch and Feel: Baby Dinosaur by Dawn Sirett and illustrated by Peter Minister and Eleanor Bates

 

Follow the action of different kinds of baby dinosaurs, each with textured and colorful patches to feel. It is a tactile adventure!

Grade Level: Preschool and up
Publisher: DK Children; Brdbk edition (May 8, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1465468412
ISBN-13: 978-1465468413

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Explores dinosaur diversity with admirable simplicity. My STEM story time participants could guess what many of the dinosaurs were (they are unnamed in the text). They wanted to hear all the scientific names of the ones they didn’t know, which are given in the last spread of the book. Great choice for preschoolers.

Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Publisher: HarperFestival; Brdbk edition (April 22, 1994)
ISBN-10: 0694006254
ISBN-13: 978-0694006250

Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Stickland

This older favorite is actually more about opposites than about dinosaurs, but learning opposites is an important STEM skill.

Publisher: Pan MacMillan; UK ed. edition (May 19, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1509827382
ISBN-13: 978-1509827381

Picture Books

Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons

Discusses current theories about dinosaurs as well as introduces some of the different kinds.

Gail Gibbons has two nonfiction picture books for youngsters. Dinosaurs! is the version for preschoolers. The next book, Dinosaur Discoveries, is for older readers.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Publisher: Holiday House; New edition (January 23, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0823440117
ISBN-13: 978-0823440115

Dinosaur Discoveries by Gail Gibbons

Unique presentation that groups dinosaurs by families. For example, the ceratopsians are shown on a two-page spread, including the familiar Triceratops, but also Torosaurus, Protoceratops, Pentaceratops, etc. Allows children to see how the different members are similar. Additional information in the back matter, and a map of places fossils have been found in the end papers.

Gail Gibbons has two picture books for youngsters. Dinosaurs! (above) is the version for preschoolers. Dinosaur Discoveries is for older readers.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Holiday House; New edition (June 12, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0823440095
ISBN-13: 978-0823440092

The Truth About Dinosaurs by Guido van Genechten

Narrated by a talking chicken, and featuring dinosaurs on scooters and bikes, The Truth About Dinosaurs wanders into the realm of informational fiction. Still, it is a delightful, fun, imaginative introduction to the idea that birds and dinosaurs are related.

As the chicken says,

Obviously I’m a dinosaur. Look at my feet. These are dinosaur feet, right?

Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Publisher: Clavis (August 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1605374237
ISBN-13: 978-1605374239

How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge

The illustrations feature people and modern animals next to different kinds of dinosaurs to help put their different sizes into clearer perspective. Starts with Microraptor, which was about as big as a chicken.

Because this is an older book, the biggest listed is Argentinosaurus. Now we know Titanosaur (the next book in the list) was even bigger.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First edition (August 27, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1596437197
ISBN-13: 978-1596437197

Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur by Diego Pol, Jose Luis Carballido, and Florencia Gigena

Everything about this book is huge (and hugely impressive):

  • At 11.8 x 11.8 inches it is physically bigger than most picture books.
  • It is written by the actual paleontologists who dug up the dinosaur. Their excitement about the find bounds off of each and every page.
  • It features the biggest dinosaur ever found (so far)
  • It is likely to appeal to readers far outside its recommended age range

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 26, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1338207393
ISBN-13: 978-1338207392

Feathered Dinosaurs by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by William Low

For the hardcore dinosaur enthusiast, this book explores a number of dinosaurs that were thought to have feathers. Readers will be astonished how much some of them look like birds. The illustrations are not brightly colored or cute, but instead are as scientifically accurate as possible.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (March 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0805098283
ISBN-13: 978-0805098280

Not About Dinosaurs, but Related

I Am NOT a Dinosaur! by American Museum of Natural History, Will Lach, and illustrated by Jonny Lambert

There are any number of weird creatures that lived and went extinct long ago. How can you tell whether they were dinosaurs? With dynamic paper collage illustrations and a succinct but descriptive text, the reader learns that animals from a saber-toothed cat to a plesiosaur were not dinosaurs. The last spread shows a few of the most common dinosaurs for comparison.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (April 19, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1454914912
ISBN-13: 978-1454914914

Middle Grade

Although the dinosaur craze generally hits around preschool or the early elementary years, there are plenty of books for older readers who are interested in becoming paleontologists.

Inside Dinosaurs (Inside Series) by Andra Serlin Abramson, Carl Mehling, Jason Brougham and illustrated by Jason Broughham.

With 10 fold-out pages, this book from the American Museum of Natural History has a lot more information than first meets the eye.

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1402777787
ISBN-13: 978-1402777783

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? by Catherine Thimmesh

Shows how scientific illustrators decide what dinosaurs looked like when drawing or painting them. It’s a question young readers ask and the answers are fascinating!

Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0547991347
ISBN-13: 978-0547991344

 

Looking for books and science activity suggestions for older kids? Check out these at STEM Tuesday.

Children’s Books: Cars and Trucks

Want to ramp up your STEM activities for preschoolers? Read some of these children’s book about cars, trucks, and trains. No need to go to the nonfiction section, either.

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Board Books

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry

 

At a recent STEM story time, I let the kids pick the book for us to read. Little Blue Truck was clearly a fan favorite.

In the book, a truck helps a bigger truck who is stuck in the mud. (Note:  the central concept of the importance of friendship might be more appropriate for the older preschoolers.)

Although the genre is fiction, you can extend learning with STEM activities like rolling toy trucks in playdough or blue paint to find out more about how friction works.

HMH Books has some great Little Blue truck party and activity ideas to download

Age Range: Baby – 3 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (July 7, 2015)
ISBN-10: 9780544568037
ISBN-13: 978-0544568037
ASIN: 0544568036

Calling All Cars by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Sarah Beise

Follow all sorts of cars through a day long road trip, which ends with a gentle bedtime message:

Rest cars, Hush cars
No more rush, cars.
Cars pull in, turn off the light.
Sweet dreams, sleepy cars…goodnight!

The artist added interest by including clues to the events of the next page. Children will have great fun guessing what comes next.

Age Range: 1 – 4 years
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Brdbk edition (June 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 9781492638360
ISBN-13: 978-1492638360
ASIN: 1492638366

Freight Train by Donald Crews

 

Another familiar favorite for members of STEM story time. Introduces color and also some terminology about trains, for example caboose and cattle car. Simple, but with gorgeous artwork.

Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 20, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0688149006
ISBN-13: 978-0688149000

Tons of Trucks by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Betsy Snyder

Sue Fliess is the queen of the fun, bouncy rhyme that is so perfect for this age group.  Technically a novelty book, the pages have lots of parts to spin and peek under. Toddlers will love it.

Age Range: Baby – 3 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Ltf Nov edition (July 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0547449275
ISBN-13: 978-0547449272

Beginning Readers

National Geographic Readers: Trucks by Wil Mara

To increase interest, this informational text is narrated by a truck driver named “Slick.” Describes some different types of trucks and some of their parts, like the hydraulics.

Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books; National Geographic Readers edition (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-10: 9781426305269
ISBN-13: 978-1426305269
ASIN: 1426305265

Picture Books

Race! by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

 

Can you tell we’re Sue Fliess fans around here? This book has deeper text and is for a bit older readers than the ones above, but still features lively rhymes and a lot of action words.

Cars go on a race through a winding course that turns out to be the back yard of a very imaginative boy. Read it again to see what you missed racing through the first time.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: little bee books (July 4, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1499802374
ISBN-13: 978-1499802375

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Also told in rhyme, this imaginative text explores the potential of cars . Involves thinking way outside the box.  Shifts towards the upper end of the recommended age range and maybe beyond.

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (June 14, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0147509149
ISBN-13: 978-0147509147
ASIN: 0142408255

What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince and illustrated by Giles Laroche

 

All the places readers may find wheels in use, from the familiar like cars and bikes, to less familiar like helicopter rotors.  Simple vocabulary, so probably the lower end of the recommended age range.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 22, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0618563075
ISBN-13: 978-0618563074

Wheels on the Bus (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi and illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom

Wheels on the Bus is a classic song. The illustrations are somewhat dated.

Age Range: 2 – 3 years
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 20, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0517709988
ISBN-13: 978-0517709986

Cars and How They Go by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

If you are an adult and want to know more about how a car works, this is the book for you. It gives details about the inner workings of combustion engines, etc. Probably most useful for children with a passion for learning what makes a car go.

Grade Level: 2 – 3
Publisher: Trophy Pr (August 1, 1986)
ISBN-10: 0064460525
ISBN-13: 978-0064460521

 

See, Hear, Taste: Children’s Books About Senses

Teaching a lesson or giving a story time about the senses? This list will get you started.

 

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Board Books:

Loud Lion, Quiet Mouse board book by Pamela Chanko and illustrated by Marybeth Butler

Great choice to introduce hearing and sound. Preschoolers will want to roar and squeak right along with you. Loud Lion, Quiet Mouse might also be appropriate for discussions about using indoor voices.

Age Range: 1 – 3 years
Publisher: Children’s Press; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0531226832
ISBN-13: 978-0531226834

My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Aliki

This is a classic title. The author quietly and simply introduces each sense. Then she gives examples where we use a different number of senses. Sometimes we use one sense, such as when we look at the stars. Other times we may use four or five at once. Appropriate for preschoolers.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-10: 006238192X
ISBN-13: 978-0062381927

How Does the Ear Hear?: And Other Questions About The Five Senses (Good Question!) by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Jim Madsen

With denser text and more complex discussions, this book is for older children.

Age Range: 7 and up
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (January 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1454906723
ISBN-13: 978-1454906728

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen

Publisher blurb: To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back!

Also longer and with more complex text, it explains the senses in a highly imaginative way. Good choice for elementary-aged readers who prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 9780590446983
ISBN-13: 978-0590446983

The Sense of Taste (A True Book) by Ellen Weiss

Illustrated with full color stock photographs, this informative text is for older readers ready to delve into scientific concepts.

Age Range: 7 and up
Publisher: Childrens Pr; Reprint edition (March 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 053121835X
ISBN-13: 978-0531218358

Sound (Simply Science) by Darlene Ruth Stille

Sometimes “just the facts” are just what is needed.

Age Range: 7 – 9 years
Publisher: Compass Point Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
ISBN-10: 0756509785
ISBN-13: 978-0756509781

Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses (Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts) by Jane Brocket

Jane Brockett is an amazing photographer, so you have to see this one to really understand how gorgeous it is.

Check out the snippet from Google Books:

 

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (January 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1467702331
ISBN-13: 978-1467702331

 

Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What Is Texture? (Jane Brocket’s Clever Concepts) by Jane Brocket

Other books in the series also could be used in a lesson on senses, as well.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (January 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0761346147
ISBN-13: 978-0761346142

Coming Soon:

Let’s Explore the Five Senses (Bumba Books ® ― Discover Your Senses) Paperback – January 1, 2020
by Candice Ransom (Author)

I included this title to remind myself to go look for it as soon as it is published.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Lerner Publications TM (January 1, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1541587065
ISBN-13: 978-1541587069

This Beach Is Loud! (Little Senses) by Samantha Cotterill

Not everyone experiences the world in the same way. Falling in the realm of realistic fiction, this picture book captures the experience of a trip to the beach for a young boy with sensory issues. All the new sounds coupled with the weird texture of the sand overwhelms him. Fortunately, his dad understands and helps the boy soothe himself.

This Beach is Loud!
allows readers young and old to glimpse what it is like to hear and feel too much. Also, young readers with sensory issues will be able to recognize and identify with someone who is like themselves. That is a rare experience.

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Dial Books (June 18, 2019)
ISBN-10: 0525553452
ISBN-13: 978-0525553458

 

Do you have any suggestions for this list? We’d  be glad to hear or see them.

STEM Books for Kids: Slugs and Snails

Explore science and nature with these great children’s books about slugs and snails!

(Note:  Linked titles go to Amazon for more information. Please see the disclaimer below).

Beginning Readers:

Snail-Snaily-Snails (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2) by Bonnie Bader


Good mix of facts presented with controlled vocabulary and simple sentences ideal for the young reader. Illustrated with color photographs. Covers both anatomy and some of the different kinds of snails.

Age Range: 6 – 7 years
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers (March 21, 2017)
ISBN-10: 9780451534392
ISBN-13: 978-0451534392

Nonfiction Picture Books

Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries

The Allen-Humphries team has come up with a winning formula in this series. Young readers learn about snails by comparing a snail’s life with their own.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (May 16, 2003)
ISBN-10: 9780753456040
ISBN-13: 978-0753456040

Let’s Look at Snails by Laura Hamilton Waxman

 

Full color photographs grab the readers eye. Text is age-appropriate and filled with interesting facts.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Lerner Classroom (August 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1580138659
ISBN-13: 978-1580138659

Snails Are Just My Speed! by Kevin McCloskey

Part of the Giggle and Learn series, this title combines fun illustrations with serious information about snails.

Keven McCloskey put the eyes where they should be, on the eye stalks or tentacles. Yes!

He also puts in a lot of mucus for the “ick, gross” factor, but also adds useful information, like humans make mucus too, but it is mostly on the inside.

In the back is an awesome lesson on how to draw a snail (Turn the page for useful tips for parents and teachers about “How To Read Comics With Kids.”)

Snails Are Just My Speed! should fly off the shelves. Check out a copy today!

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: TOON Books (May 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 194314527X
ISBN-13: 978-1943145270

The Slug: The Disgusting Critters Series by Elise Gravel

Combining accurate information with  silly cartoon illustrations and hilarious asides, Elise Gravel has come up with a winning formula for making nonfiction “slide” down easily.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Tundra Books; Reprint edition (July 5, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1770496564
ISBN-13: 978-1770496569

A Slug’s Life by John Himmelman

 

An older book that might be harder to find. The illustrations are amazing as the reader follows a slug through adventures. Includes information about the life cycle.

Age Range: 5 and up
Publisher: Childrens Pr (August 1, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0516263560
ISBN-13: 978-0516263564

Snailology (Backyard Buddies) by Michael Elsohn Ross and illustrated by Darren Erickson  with Brian Grogan (Illustrator, Photographer)

 

 

This older book may be hard to find, but it is well worth the hunt. Contains both scientifically-accurate information and activity suggestions for slightly older readers.

Age Range: 7 and up
Publisher: First Avenue Editions (February 1, 2000)
ISBN-10: 157505437X
ISBN-13: 978-1575054377

Picture Book Fiction:

A writing friend recently introduced me to the cutest fiction picture book about a snail, Escargot by Daska Slater and illustrated by Sydney Hanson.

Delightful! See for yourself:

Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 11, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0374302812
ISBN-13: 978-0374302818

Snail Trail by Ruth Brown

 

Short, sweet rhyming picture book for preschoolers about a snail’s adventure.

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: Andersen Press (April 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1849392528
ISBN-13: 978-1849392525

 

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The M in STEM: Women Who Count

What is mathematics and why is it important? Let’s explore the lives of women who love math (and computers).

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Let us know if you have any suggestions for this list.

Last Name A – G

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe and illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Nothing would stop Sophie Germian, not her parents taking away her candles so she couldn’t study math at night, not the professor who discovered that the homework that he thought was from a man came from a woman, and not when she tackled a math problem that everyone said would be impossible to solve.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0316278203
ISBN-13: 978-0316278201

Last Name H – L

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu

Grace Hopper enlisted in the Navy during World War II and discovered a love for computers. She rose to the rank of Rear Admiral before her retirement. Among her many accomplishments she is probably best known for naming the “computer bug.”

Age Range: 5 and up
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (May 16, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1454920009
ISBN-13: 978-1454920007

Hypatia

Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia by D. Anne Love and illustrated by Pamela Paparone

Hypatia, the daughter of a mathematician and philosopher named Theon, studied mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy at a time when few women received an education. She became a scholar and teacher.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Katherine Johnson was a gifted mathematician who was denied a high school education where she lived because of her skin color. Her father decided to move the family to another town where there was a school she could attend. Through persistence and hard work Katherine ended up working for NASA, where she performed the many complicated calculations needed for successful space flight.

This is the kind of biography that makes you want to stand up and cheer at the end. Helaine Becker does a wonderful job of summarizing Katherine Johnson’s life, distilling it to the essentials needed for a picture book. It’s delightful how she plays with Katherine’s love of counting by repetition of the phrase “count on me” through the text.

Age Range: 5 – 9 years
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (June 19, 2018)
ISBN-10: 9781250137524
ISBN-13: 978-1250137524
ASIN: 1250137527

 

Ada Byron Lovelace

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu, which is the story of a unique and fascinating woman who was years ahead of her time.

Adults may have heard of the British poet Lord Byron, but likely they have missed the story of his inventive math whiz of a daughter, Ada Byron Lovelace. Lovelace overcame a severe childhood illness to write the first computer program. Who knows what she might have achieved if she hadn’t died at a relatively young age and if her collaborator, Charles Babbage, had actually built the analytical machine he had planned.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine is likely to resonate with kids interested in computers, math, and engineering and inspire some who haven’t yet found their passions. History buffs, particularly those interested in women’s history, will also want to check it out.

Age Range: 5 and up
Publisher: Creston Books (October 13, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1939547202
ISBN-13: 978-1939547200

 

Last Name M – Q

Danica McKellar

Not only do we have books about women mathematicians, we also have some children’s books by a woman. Danica McKellar, who best known as the actress on The Wonder Years, is not just another celebrity using their fame to hawk children’s books. She is a serious mathematician whose goal is to get kids excited about math through books and videos.

Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar and illustrated by Alicia Padron is for children who are learning their numbers.

Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (March 7, 2017)
ISBN-10: 110193378X
ISBN-13: 978-1101933787

Hot X: Algebra Exposed! by Danica McKellar

Don’t let the suggestive title fool you, this is a serious guide to algebra and more. It’s also a call for young people to work hard, particularly at math, in order to attain their dreams. McKellar wants her readers to feel smart and confident, and develop the skills to be successful. It is a very positive message repeated throughout the book.

Although clearly written as a resource to supplement a math course, the tips and exercises could be a useful for instructors or for tutors looking for yet another way to get a point across. There are are additional solutions to problems on McKellar’s Hot X website.

The bottom line is that Hot X is much more than just a pretty face and a clever title. If you are studying or teaching algebra, you should take a look at it.

Hardcover: 876 pages
Publisher: W. H. Freeman (1979)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0716710471
ISBN-13: 978-0716710479

Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape by Danica McKellar

Once again, the cover may give a suggestive message, but it is only designed to get reluctant mathematicians to look inside. There they’ll find ways to master the core concepts of high school geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, etc.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Plume; 6.2.2013 edition (July 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0452298741
ISBN-13: 978-0452298743

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley

Raye Montague wanted to design ships, but the college she went to wouldn’t allow women into the engineering program. After studying business instead, she landed a job typing for the Navy. Working hard, she learned about computers and devised a program that could design a ship in much less time. Eventually she became an official engineer and took over as head of the department where she had started as a typist.

The rhyming text is supported with eight pages of back matter. An awesome book!

Age Range: 5 – 10 years
Publisher: The Innovation Press (September 4, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1943147426
ISBN-13: 978-1943147427

 

Last Name R – Z

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman

Author Margot Lee Shetterly wrote the original bestselling book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, for adults. In this picture book for children, she gives a brief summary of each woman’s career, interweaving their stories and at the same time emphasizing their similar struggles as human computers for NASA.

Hidden Figures is a good introduction to these amazing women. It would be a great book to have on hand for both Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 16, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0062742469
ISBN-13: 978-0062742469

Autumn Science Books for Kids

Fall is more than simply leaves changing color, it is about getting ready for winter. For birds or insects, it might mean migrating south. For other animals, it might mean getting ready to hibernate. For trees and other plants, it might mean dropping leaves. There’s a lot going on in the autumn.

Beginning Readers

How Do You Know It’s Fall? (Rookie Read-About Science) by Lisa M. Herrington, Randy C. Bilik, Jeanne M., Ph.D. Clidas

Explores what happens to the weather, plants and animals with simple sentences. Includes suggestions for a related activity.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Childrens Pr (September 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0531225755
ISBN-13: 978-0531225752

Exploring Fall by Terri DeGezelle

See how fall brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals.
The book is part of the Exploring the Seasons Series.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Capstone Press (February 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 9781429679084
ISBN-13: 978-1429679084
ASIN: 1429679085

Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh

Told in rhyme, the book counts down from ten to one things found outside in autumn. The back matter has suggestions for related science and math activities.

Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing; Reprint edition (March 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 9781607188650
ISBN-13: 978-1607188650
ASIN: 1607188651

 

Picture Books

 

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors by Mia Posada.

Have you ever wondered how and why leaves of certain trees change color in the fall? This book gives the answers. Mia Posada combines gorgeous –gorgeous! — cut paper collage and watercolor illustrations with a succinct explanation of the science behind all those brilliant colors.

The extensive back matter includes a glossary and links to hands-on experiments.

Summer Green to Autumn Gold is a perfect combination that will appeal to both budding artists and scientists.

Age Range: 5 – 10 years
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (August 6, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1541528999
ISBN-13: 978-1541528994

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre

The author pairs her own gorgeous photographs with gentle, lyrical text. The back matter is full of scientific information about leaves changing color. Wonderful!

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 29, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1481479849
ISBN-13: 978-1481479844

 

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

As you can see from the cover, Goldstone’s beautiful photography celebrates the vibrant color of fall leaves. He also has pages about how autumn feels, how autumn tastes, how it sounds and although he doesn’t have a page for it, you definitely get an idea of the smells of autumn as well, from decaying leaves to Thanksgiving dinner. He even points out some autumn shapes.

He ventures on to talk about the fall migrations and hibernation. At the end are instructions for fall activities such as roasting pumpkin seeds. If you are ready to jump into a pile of colorful autumn leaves, then you are ready for this book!

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0805092102
ISBN-13: 978-0805092103

Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

What is photosynthesis and why do leaves change color? What are some different kinds of leaves? Answers to those questions, plus instructions for making a leaf rubbing.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-10: 9780062382016
ISBN-13: 978-0062382016
ASIN: 0062382012

Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Leslie Wu

A short introduction to the idea that monarch butterflies migrate in the fall.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 9781561455393
ISBN-13: 978-1561455393
ASIN: 1561455393

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber and illustrated by Leslie Evans

Beautifully illustrated, Leaf Jumpers allows children to explore different kinds of tree leaves and learn why leaves change color in the fall.

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1570914974
ISBN-13: 978-1570914973

 

Middle Grade

The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science by Katie Coppens and illustrated by Holly Hatam

The books in The Acadia Files series are hybrids between chapter books and laboratory notebooks. The chapters start off with a story, complete with characters and dialogue. The story reveals detailed scientific information.

After the story, each chapter has a few pages of illustrations and text formatted like a laboratory notebook. The illustrations are delightful and really make the book. Educators will appreciate this section as a jumping off place for related activities. Most of the topics may loosely tie to the season, but could be relevant all year around.

The bottom line: The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science is an appealing way to introduce science to kids who might be put off by more traditional informational text. Why not give it a try?

See our full review and activity suggestions at Growing With Science blog.

Grade Level: 4 – 7
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers; 1 edition (September 18, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0884486044
ISBN-13: 978-0884486046

Bat Science Books for Young Readers

Around Halloween may seem to be the perfect time to study bats. On the other hand because they are important mammals that eat insects, pollinate plants and disperse seeds, any time is a good time to learn more about bats by reading a good children’s book.

 

Beginning Readers

Bats: Nocturnal Flyers by Rebecca Rissman

With short sentences and controlled vocabulary, Rissman uses a question-and-answer format to introduce beginning readers to bats. Find out what a bat is, what they eat, and where they go in the winter.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Heinemann (July 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 9781484603154
ISBN-13: 978-1484603154

National Geographic Reader Bats by Elizabeth Carney

Bats is a reader level 2, for children 4 to 8 years old. It is full of gorgeous full-color photographs, accurate scientific information, and at the top of some pages are silly riddles and jokes that kids will love. The photograph of baby fruit bats all cuddled in blankets at a bat rescue nursery is too cute for words. This book is a great way to find out more about bats!

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (September 14, 2010)
ISBN-10: 9781426307102
ISBN-13: 978-1426307102

Picture Books

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Follow Otis the bat pup as he grows into an adult bat. Explore how he feeds, learns about dangers, finds a place to hibernate, and even how he lands upside down.

Although the text appears to be deceptively simple, it is full of detailed scientific information dressed up in an easy-to-follow story. Plus, Garchinsky’s pastel illustrations are mesmerizing.

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat is a perfect introduction to bats for young readers.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 11, 2018)
ISBN-10: 9781629796017
ISBN-13: 978-1629796017

 

A Place for Bats by Melissa Stewart  and illustrated by Higgins Bond

In addition to facts about bats, the author discusses how humans effect bat populations. She offers suggestions how we can protect and encourage bats.

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Revised Edition  (April 1, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1561457639
ISBN-13: 978-1561457632

The Bat Book by Conrad Storad and illustrated by Nate Jensen and Tristan Jensen

Little Boy Bat lives under the famous Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. He decides to write a book to help humans learn bats are not frightening. The result is both enlightening and fun.

The Bat Book is full of passion about bats and that enthusiasm is sure to spill over to the reader. Don’t be “scared” to pick a copy up today. Reviewed at Growing with Science.

Bats by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons always knows what kids are curious about for a given topic. She describes different kinds of bats, as well as their physical characteristics, behaviors, and life cycle.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Holiday House (January 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0823416372
ISBN-13: 978-0823416370

Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Ann Earle  and illustrated by Henry Cole

Explore where bats live, how mothers raise their pups, and how bats hunt for food. Backmatter includes a plan for a building a bat house.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 31, 1995)
ISBN-10: 006445133X
ISBN-13: 978-0064451338

Middle Grade

Bat Citizens by Rob Laidlaw

The “bat citizens” from the title are young people from around the world who study bats and let others know how they can help conserve them. Meet Truth Miller from New York, Dara McAnulty from Northern Ireland, and Eleanor and Samson Davis from Australia, among others.

In between the descriptions of the kids and their projects are interesting facts about bats. The center features a fold-out illustration of the anatomy of a hoary bat. The back matter includes lists of 14 ways you can help bats and organizations that help bats.

Bat Citizens introduces young ambassadors for bats in a way that is likely to inspire others to get involved in science and conservation efforts. It is a great choice for budding scientists and conservationists alike.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Publisher: Pajama Press (May 11, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1772780391
ISBN-13: 978-1772780390

The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson and photographs by her husband, Tom Uhlman

Author Carson accompanies bat scientist Merlin Tuttle into a cave in Texas to find out what studying bats in like. Immediately the reader learns that this field is not for the squeamish. Why would anyone wade through bat guano teeming with insects while breathing through a respirator in a smelly cave at temperatures of 100° F? They do it because it turns out that bats are pretty important in the scheme of things. By learning more about them, hopefully we can protect these fragile and misunderstood little creatures before it is too late.

Reviewed at Wrapped in Foil.

Combining Fact and Fiction

The Magic School Bus Going Batty: A Book About Bats by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen

It’s always tricky to know where to place these delightfully imaginative books. Although the story flies off into the realm of science fiction, readers are sure to learn a lot of science facts.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 0590738720
ISBN-13: 978-0590738729

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Readers learn a lot from a mixed up bat who thinks she’s a bird. A classic.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Oversize edition (February 15, 1997)
ISBN-10: 015201540X
ISBN-13: 978-0152015404

Beetle Science Books for Kids

We’ve got lists about ants, honey bees, butterflies and moths, and insect-themed poetry. Let’s start a list of beetle science books for kids.

Of all the insect orders, the beetles have the largest number of species by a wide margin. Over 350,000 species have been recognized so far.

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Beginning Readers

It’s a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs by Joanne Mattern

Along with some fun facts, this book also starts and ends with a list of reasons ladybugs are important in nature. Part of the Rookie Read-About Science series.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Childrens Pr (September 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 9780531228302
ISBN-13: 978-0531228302

Beetles by Colleen A. Sexton

Illustrated with colorful stock photographs, the text features controlled vocabulary and bold glossary words, plus short sentences perfect for beginning readers. A brief introduction to the wonderful world of beetles.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Bellwether Media (January 30, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1600140505
ISBN-13: 978-1600140501

 

Picture Books

Bonkers About Beetles by Owen Davey

Owen Davey is a freelance illustrator and his artistic skills make this book a visual treat. The accompanying text is fact-filled and fun, covering topics from beetle anatomy and identification to how to conserve beetles. For older readers than some of the other picture books featured here.

Age Range: 5 – 9 years
Publisher: Flying Eye Books (June 5, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1911171984
ISBN-13: 978-1911171980

A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman

Although named ladybugs, these insects are really beetles. Young readers learn about the lady beetle life cycle. Watercolor illustrations by the author.

Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Publisher: Childrens Pr (August 1, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0516263536
ISBN-13: 978-0516263533

A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by the fabulous Sylvia Long.

The beetle installment from this long-running author/illustrator collaboration is as lovely and beautifully written as the others in the series.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 5, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1452127123
ISBN-13: 978-1452127125

Are You a Ladybug? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries

Another picture book in the Are you a… series that brings young readers into the book by making direct comparisons from humans to insects. These quality books are fun and full of age-appropriate information.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Kingfisher; 1 edition (May 16, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0753456036
ISBN-13: 978-0753456033

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons knows what questions kids ask, and she provides the answers in a clear and concise way. Illustrated by the author.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (January 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0823427609
ISBN-13: 978-0823427604

 

From Mealworm to Beetle: Following the Life Cycle (Amazing Science: Life Cycles) by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Jeff Yesh

Mealworms are grown for pet food and used as bait, but raising them is also a common science project. Learn more about insect metamorphosis by studying the life cycle of this beetle.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Picture Window Books (September 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1404849254
ISBN-13: 978-1404849259

Middle Grade

Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It (Scientists in the Field Series) by Loree Griffin Burns and illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz

Asian longhorned beetles, Anoplophora glabripennis, were first noticed in 1996 in New York City. Because the beetles don’t move far from their emergence site, officials decided the best policy is to destroy all infested trees by cutting them down and chipping them in an effort to eradicate the insects. In her Author’s Note, Loree Griffin Burns admits that she questioned whether attempting to eradicate the beetles was going to be a successful tactic. In an effort to find out more, she gathered the materials that would eventually become the book.

This book is another wonderful addition to the award-winning Scientists in the Field series. Although written at the middle grade level, it will be a valuable resource for older readers, as well. If you live in eastern North America and are interested in nature and science, and particularly in trees, this book a must read.

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0547792670
ISBN-13: 978-0547792675

 

Teacher’s Guides

If you can find a copy, Ladybugs by Jean C. Echols is a great resource for educators.

Series: Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Gems; Tch edition (September 1, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0924886196
ISBN-13: 978-0924886195

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Books about Pollinators for Kids

Just in time for National Pollinator Week we have a list of children’s books about the importance of pollinators and how to protect them.

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Beginning Reader

Animal Pollinators by Jennifer Boothroyd

Emphasis is often put on the importance of insect pollinators like bees and butterflies, but learn how animals like hummingbirds, mice, and bats also help pollinate plants. Simple text is perfect for beginning readers.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group (January 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1467760692
ISBN-13: 978-1467760690

 

Picture Books

Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara C. Levine and illustrated by Masha D’yans.

Narrated by the snarky purple cactus you see on the cover, Flower Talk explores why plants “talk” to animals via their flowers and how they entice the animals to carry their pollen from place to place. Levine goes into details about how the different flower colors attract different kinds of pollinators. She also notes that plants with green flowers, like grasses, “aren’t talking to anyone.” They are wind pollinated.

Masha D’yans’ amazing digitally-enhanced watercolor illustrations add just the right amount of fun to keep kids entranced.

Flower Talk is perfect for kids who love fiction as well as for kids who prefer nonfiction. Pick up a copy and find out what the “talk” is all about.

Age Range: 7 – 11 years
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (March 5, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1541519280
ISBN-13: 978-1541519282

Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies: A Family Guide to Our Garden Heroes and Helpers by Ben Raskin

A fun mix of facts and activities.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Roost Books (March 13, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1611805538
ISBN-13: 978-1611805536

Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak

With lightly-humorous, rhyming text, the author encourages children to compare kinds of animals that are attracted to flowers and serve as pollinators with animals that are not likely to be pollinators. Is a snake a pollinator? “No, not a snake, for goodness sake!” For a full review of the book see Wrapped in Foil.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 3, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0544340124
ISBN-13: 978-0544340121

 

What Is Pollination? by Bobbie Kalman

Shows not only how important pollination is, but also how pollinators are threatened.

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company (October 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0778733068
ISBN-13: 978-0778733065

The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds (Explore!) by Ruth Heller

Written in rhyme and illustrated with Heller’s unique, vibrant art. Older, but enjoyable for kids of all ages.

Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (February 15, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0698115597
ISBN-13: 978-0698115590

Middle Grade

The Clover & the Bee; A Book of Pollination by Anne Ophelia Dowden

This classic title is amazing in its details. It is like an easy-to-read college textbook about plants and insects in condensed form.

In addition, the illustrations by the author are fabulous.

Age Range: 10 and up
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (May 1, 1990)
ISBN-10: 0690046774
ISBN-13: 978-0690046779