Science Fun!

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Some science fact, some science fiction, all science fun. Books for preschoolers through grade 5.

  • Hey, Water!

    2019 by Portis, Antoinette

    Planet Earth is 71% water, and this beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book is the perfect introduction for the youngest scientific minds who want to dip their toes into the subject. Preschool and older.

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  • Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

    2016 by Cousteau, Philippe

    This story is an excellent example of problem solving and teamwork. Kids can (and do) make a difference. Preschool and older.

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  • Battle of the Butts: The Science behind Animal Behinds

    2021 by Rish, Jocelyn

    A deeply interesting, well-researched book about all things rear end. As surprising and funny as it is informative, each page will have you learning as you're laughing out loud. Ages 4-10.

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  • She Persisted in Science: Brilliant Women Who Made a Difference

    2022 by Clinton, Chelsea

    A fascinating introduction to some amazing women who, despite being told that the field was not for them, made some incredible scientific discoveries. Ages 5-9.

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  • Rescue on Turtle Beach

    2021 by Marlin, Jen

    Each Wind Riders book addresses a different human-created problem. With engaging illustrations on almost every page, this is a great choice for new chapter book readers. Perfect for fans of The Magic Treehouse. Ages 6-9.

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  • Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

    2017 by Gravel, Elise

    Even though this graphic novel hybrid is extremely silly and very funny, it walks its readers confidently through the scientific method, and we all come out of it learning more about research methods. Perfect for fans of clever humor and science facts. Ages 7-11.

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  • CatStronauts

    2017 by Brockington, Drew

    Leave it to a crack team of feline astronauts to solve a real-life earth problem with a trip to the moon, a stow-away robot, and most important, some snacks. The cuddliest fluff-muffins can be scientific geniuses. Ages 7-11.

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  • Weird, Wild, Amazing! Exploring the Incredible World of Animals

    2020 by Flannery, Tim F.

    This fun book includes lots of interesting, shareable facts. Dazzle your friends and family with animal information! Ages 7-12.

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  • Fairy Tale Science: Explore 25 Classic Tales through Hands-on Experiments

    2021 by Albee, Sarah

    Who says fairy tales are for little kids? Take a new look at 25 classic tales with hands-on experiments! Ages 8-11.

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  • Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle

    2017 by Rose, Deborah Lee

    A heartwarming story of creative problem solving, technology, and perseverance. The extra information about bald eagles included in the back of the book enrich the already fascinating story. Ages 8-11.

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  • Bei Bei Goes Home: A Panda Story

    2021 by Bardoe, Cheryl

    Bei Bei was born in captivity at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Learn more his journey and how science has helped these beautiful animals get off the endangered list. Ages 8-11.

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  • Maya and the Robot

    2021 by Ewing, Eve L.

    Technology can do some amazing and life-changing things--can it help make friends? This lovely and honest book covers friendship trouble, school and life changes, and science fair drama. You'll be rooting for Maya the whole way through. Ages 9-12.

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  • Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects

    2016 by Challoner, Jack

    This book is an excellent reminder that not only is it fun to read and learn about science, but it’s also fun to DO science! From chemical reactions to mini-terrariums, it has everything you need to bring the lab to your kitchen in a simple, straightforward way. Age 9 and older.

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  • Oceanarium

    2022 by Trinick, Loveday

    This gorgeous and informative virtual trip to the aquarium is perfect for anyone looking to do a deep dive into marine life. Like a museum, there are multiple points of interest, from richly detailed pictures to deeply informative text, making it a great family read-together choice. Age 9 and older.

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