SCIENCE LITERACY WEEK READING LIST
This year Science Literacy Week was focused on Mathematics! As we bring the week to a close, here are a few books focused on science and other areas in our life where we can embrace it.
One Tiny Bubble
The Story of Our Last Universal Common Ancestor
Krossing, Karen and Lo, Dawn
Meet LUCA–our Last Universal Common Ancestor, the itty-bitty organism that every unique life-form on Earth can be traced back to. This sprinkle-sized blob was formed from the dust of exploded stars, water, and a lot of heat. LUCA was a single cell that split into two, and these cells multiplied into more organisms that grew and changed. Over the billions of years that followed, the descendants of LUCA evolved into bacteria, mushrooms, sharks, fir trees, lions–and humans! All the extraordinary life on Earth began with LUCA, through a miraculous process that could also occur on other planets.
This vibrant and poetic informational picture book breaks down scientific concepts using simple, engaging language. Striking illustrations bring LUCA to life and reveal how readers are connected to one another, and every life-form on our planet, through one tiny bubble.
Over And Under The Waves
Messner, Kate and Neal, Christopher
Over the waves, the sea lions bark and seagulls wheel and call. The bay is smooth and bright in the sun. But under the waves, there’s a whole hidden forest, full of whales and wolf eels, sardines and sea bass, leopard sharks and luminous jellies, as well as the waving kelp that shelters them all. Discover the magical depths of the kelp forest, and all the fascinating creatures living just a paddle’s length away–over and under the waves.
Turn the pages to enjoy a journey with many fascinating facts, a gorgeous underwater world with strong curriculum connections all done by a favorite author-Illustrator team.
The Animal Toolkit
How Animals Use Tools
Jenkins, Steve and Page, Robin
Did you know animals can use tools? In this fascinating book by award-winning pair Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, we learn all about what makes a tool a tool and the remarkable ways animals can use them to find food, protect their young, and more.
Readers learn all about what makes a tool a tool–and the remarkable ways animals use them to interact with our world. From the tailorbird, which repurposes spider silk to stitch a leaf into its nest, to the gorilla, which uses sticks to test water depth and build bridges, these animals are intelligent, innovative, and creative.
Steve Jenkins offers readers a closer look at these animals, their habitats, and their behaviors. In turn jaw-dropping, funny, and inspiring, The Animal Toolkit will fascinate animal enthusiasts and aspiring inventors everywhere.
An Interactive Look Inside Humans And Animals
Albrechto, Jana; Piro, Radka and Larina, Lida
Uncover the secrets inside animals and humans with 14 full-length foldouts, over 50 animals, and over 160 color illustrations!
Humans and animals: are we similar? Different? Do we all have blood? Do we all smell and taste and think? How is it that birds can fly, fish can breathe underwater, but humans can’t do either? Explore the amazing diversity of the animal kingdom and compare the body systems of over fifty animal species with those inside of you! Fourteen tall, page-length foldouts open to reveal animal inner workings and provide extra details about these fascinating curiosities of the animal kingdom.
The book includes dozens of illustrated explanations of the human skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and reproductive systems. It then explores those same systems in animals like the great white shark, the hooded crow, the bottlenose dolphin, the snail, the goldfish, and dozens more with over 100 more color illustrations!
Our recommended reading is made possible by our partnership with McNally Robinson Booksellers. Visit your nearest McNally Robinson Bookstore in person or online to secure a copy of the titles listed above.