Kids have a natural curiosity. They’re inquisitive and ask a deluge of unending questions. They love to explore, discover and observe everything around them. Kids are thirsty for knowledge, eager to get their fingers dirty, examine, probe and problem-solve. They don’t realize it of course, but they are absorbing themselves directly and directly in the world of science.
Growing up, I can’t say I enjoyed the sciences that were taught in class. I found them boring and bromidic and the teachers made no effort to make these subjects engaging. Today though, that has all changed thanks to DK Books and their vast selection of educational resources. Their science books not only capture kid’s attention, but they also foster a deep love for learning. Below are three books that will trigger a kid’s curiosity, imagination, and creativity, and infuse a desire to dig deeper into the wonders of science.
How to Be Good at, Science Technology & Engineering
How to Be Good at Science, Technology and Engineering is a beautiful visual guide that will make learning science concepts, principles, and applications easy to grasp and apply. To make the content more digestible, it’s been divided into six main topics.
Technology and engineering affect our lives every day and understanding their effects and how they relate to ourselves and the world is essential. Kids will glean insight into the three main science groups, biology, chemistry, and physics. They’ll learn about the different species classifications, how the digestive system works, about sensing and responding thanks to your nervous system, genes and DNA. They’ll dive into the different types of plants, how seeds grow, atoms and molecules, properties of matter, ionic bonds, chemical equations, acids, bases and more.
Chapter 4 will teach kids about energy and its many sources. From power stations to heat transfer to sound to light to telescopes and microscopes to static electricity to electromagnetism. Chapter 5 will explain the different forces we will experience each day. Push, pull, drag, magnetism, friction, gravity, flight, pressure, floating, sinking and so much more. Chapter 6 kids will explore the universe and everything that exists within galactically – planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and the unknown. Each subject is explained and supported with colorful illustrations, step-by-step graphs and engaging charts. This essential homework helper covers the core curriculum of school science and supports STEM education initiatives.
Mammoth Science, the Big Ideas That Explain Our World is a visually appealing science book that takes kids on an adventure through the basics of biology, chemistry, and physics. What’s so special about this book is that the author uses humor woolly mammoths and elephant shrews… sprinkled with humor… to explain and demonstrate each science concept. These cute characters alone will encourage kids to open the book and learn a variety of science-related topics. The book is divided into five chapters, Matter, Life, Energy, Forces, and Earth and Space.
The woolly mammoths are great educators. They are willing to test drive each concept visually so young kids will understand the concept explained. All the illustrations and charts are in full color and supported further with written details. Kids will enjoy learning about combustion, bacteria, cells, flowers, breathing, waste disposal, muscles, reflection, seeing colors, forces, plate tectonics, climate, and a lot more. It’s a wonderful reference book to have in your kid’s library.
The Smithsonian Science is overflowing with informative facts, finds and figures that will encourage kids aged 9 and up and adults to explore its revealing pages. Its content is divided into 3 main chapters, Matter, Energy & Forces, and Life, plus numerous sub-chapters. The full-color computer-generated illustrations, diagrams, charts, including 3D images, are beguiling and instructive. Like the previous two books, it covers a plethora of science topics including minute, but with digestible data and points of interest.
The topics covered are enormous and the family will find it hard to put this book down. We love crystals and have the sprinkled throughout the house, so we were naturally interested in the largest crystal cave found in Naica, Mexica. The crystals are enormous with the largest crystal being 39 feet (12 meters) long and weighing 55 tons.
Kids will learn about the periodic table, combustion, acoustics, magnetism, and the law of motion. Discover natural and synthetic materials and how the mechanics of a formula one racing car relies on these materials to impact its weight and speed. Read about turbofan jet engines, the solar system, storm clouds, nutrition, photosynthesis, circulation, our senses and so much more. It’s one of the best reference books I’ve seen and it will get a lot of use in our home.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.