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This is from my blog (amindinthelight) under Science and Nature Study. I just copied and pasted it here so that it would be one list. This is for all grades with some for high school.



ETA: adding a few more....




Human Body:

Learn About the Body by Steve Parker

Easy Make & Learn Projects: The Human Body by Silver and Wynn (Scholastic)

A Healthy Body: A Book About Fitness and Nutrition by Mary Packard

A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers

Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger





James Herriott's Treasury of Animals

Nature's Children by Clarence Hawkes

The Burgess Animal Book by Thorton Burgess

The Burgess Animal Book by Thorton Burgess

Among the Forest People by Clara D. Pierson

Among the Meadow People by Clara D. Pierson

Among the Pond People by Clara D. Pierson

Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long



One Small Square: Woods by Donald Silver

One Small Square: Pond by Donald Silver


Endangered Species:

Will We Miss Them: Endangered Species by Alexandra Wright


Sea Animals:

Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta

Orca Song by Michael C. Armour

Manatee Winter by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Dolphin's First Day: The Story of a Bottlenose Dolphin by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld



Frogs by Gail Gibbons


Suggestions for Science Readers:


Baby Wolf (All Aboard Science Reader) by Mary Batten

Cheetah Cubs: Station Stop 2 (All Aboard Science Readers) by Ginjer L. Clarke

Baby Otter (All Aboard Science Reader) by Ginjer L. Clarke

Gorillas (All Aboard Science Reader) by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Greg's Microscope by Millicent E.Selsam

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

Animals of Sea and Shore by Illa Podendorf

Polar Bears by Emilie U. Lepthien




About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill

Backyard Birds of Winter by Carol Lerner

The Burgess Bird Book by T. Burgess

Biography: The Story of John J. Audubon by Joan Howard

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies and Melissa Sweet

Birds Through the Year by Alfred Field Gilmore


Tidal Pool Life:


Pagoo by Holling C. Holling

Life in a Tidal Pool by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

One Small Square: Seashore by Donald Silver





Constellations Dot-to-Dot by Evan and Lael Kimble


*This book ties in very nicely with the D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths


Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books:


by Franklyn M. Branley


What the Moon is Like


Gravity is a Mystery

The Planets in Our Solar System


The Reason For Seasons by Gail Gibbons

The Stars by H.A. Rey




Children's Stories of the Great Scientists by Henrietta C. Wright

Girls Who Looked Under Rocks by Jeannine Atkins

Marie Curie's Search For Radium by Beverley Birch

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick

The Story of Florence Nightingale by Margaret Leighton

Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich

Breakthroughs in Science by Issac Asimov



ScienceWiz Electricity Kit

Charles Proteus Steinmetz: Wizard of Electricity by Erick Berry




Mary Anning's Treasures by Helen Bush

Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki (for younger children)


The Microscope and Microbiology:

A World in a Drop of Water-Exploring With a Microscope by Silverstein

Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes by Beverly Birch

The World of the Microscope (Usborne) by Chris Oxlade and Corinne Stockley

Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif

Our Tiny Servants: Molds and Yeasts by Bernice Kohn

Microbes and Bacteria by Francene Sabin

The True Book of Bacteria by Anne Frahm

Germ Stories by Arthur Kornberg

The Good, the Bad, the Slimy: The Secret Life of Microbes by Sara L. Latta

Experiments with a Microscope by Nelson F. Beeler and Franklyn M. Branley

Greg's Microscope by Millicent E.Selsam



Insect Life by Arabella Buckley

Fabre's Book of Insects by Jean H. Fabre

Keeping Minibeasts: Caterpillars by Barrie Watts

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons





From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Seed Babies by M. W. Morley

Little Wanderers by M.W. Morley

The Reason For a Flower by Ruth Heller


Some suggestions for science readers:



The Secret Life of Trees by Chiara Chevallier

Seeds and More Seeds by Millicent E. Selsam

Snap and Trap Plants by Ryan Durney

Taking Root (Rookie Read-About Science) Allan Fowler

From Seed to Plant (Rookie Read-About Science) Allan Fowler


For elementary students:


Our American Trees by Ruth H. Dubley

Luther Burbank, Nature's Helper by Bragdon

The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva MooreEarth Science:




Earth Science:


The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky

The Rock Book by Carroll Lane Fenton

Madame How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley

Earth by Alfred Leutscher




For Younger Readers:


The Rock Factory: The Story About the Rock Cycle by J. Bailey

Are Mountains Growing Taller? Questions and Answers About the Changing Earth by Melvin and Gilda Berger





Suggestions for Readers:


Volcanoes by Franklyn M. Branley (Ages 5-9)

On the Move! Changing Landscapes by Isabel Anderson (Step 6)

Hurricanes! by Lorraine Jean Hopping (Grades 2-4)

Rocks and Minerals by Edward R. Ricciuti (Grades 2-3)

Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans (Ages 5-9)

Earthquakes by Deborah Heiligman (Grades 2-3)





Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Cwiklik


Issac Newton: Mastermind of Modern Science (Immortals of Science)by David C. Knight


Issac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 activities by Kerrie Logan Hollihan


Galileo and Experimental Science (Immortals of Science series) by Rebecca B. Marcus

Issac Newton and Gravity (Science Discoveries) by Steve Parker (For younger readers than the above book on Newton.)

Atoms and Atomic Energy by Egon Larsen



Gregor Mendel: Father of the Science of Genetics by Harry Sootin

Nature's Blueprints by Lynn Byczynski



Mystery of the Periodic Table by Jeanne Bendick

The Elements by Ellen McHenry

Carbon Chemistry by Ellen McHenry




The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology (This has excerpts from Darwin)



General Science:


The Sciences by Edward Holden

Science Matter: Achieving Scientific Literacy



Nature Study:


Fun With Nature by Boring, Burns and Dendy

More Fun With Nature by Evert, Boring, Burns and Kump

Handbook of Nature Study by A. B. Comstock

Wonders of Nature (Little Golden Book) by Jane Werner Watson

A Short History of Natural Science and of the Progress of Discovery by Arabella Buckley

Literary Field Guide from the Stories From Where We Live series edited by Sara St. Antoine

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Adding a few to that amazing list above:




  • Life in a Bucket of Soil, Alvin Silverstein
  • The Rock Factory: The Story About the Rock Cycle, Bailey
  • The Code of Life, Alvin Silverstein (DNA)
  • Girls Who Looked Under Rocks, Jeannine Atkins
  • The Edge of the Sea, Rachel Carson
  • John Muir: My Life with Nature, John Muir
  • The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets, Jean Craighead
  • Any of the Thirteen Moons series, Jean Craighead George
  • One Day in the Woods/Desert/Tropical Rain Forest/Prairie/Alpine Tundra, Jean Craighead George
  • My Life with the Chimpanzees, Jane Goodall
  • ETA: Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds, Joy Adamson


I have more links to living book lists on my blog here.

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