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Biology: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about biology?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to biology. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about biology.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about biology, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Pumpkin Jack to popular sellers like First the Egg to some of our favorite hidden gems like Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet.

We hope this list of kids books about biology can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Biology

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the albatross to the zebra finch, Mrs. Peanuckle pulls out her binoculars and introduces toddlers to 26 species of birds from all around the world. Described by a single interesting fact or defining characteristic, each bird proves to be as unique and surprising as the one before. Ever wonder why flamingoes are pink? It’s all those shrimp they eat. Are there birds that can fly backward? Yes, but hummingbirds are the only ones! With colorful, dynamic art, and attention-grabbing text, Mrs. Peanuckle’s birds fly off the page, and in some cases, into the parks and backyards of the children and adults reading this book. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet is the fifth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, and trees.

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Baby Biochemist: Proteins
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3
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Baby Medical School: Vaccines
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

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ABCs of Biochemistry
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Help kids get into those lab coats a little earlier with the ABCs of Biochemistry! Packed with researched information and adorable art, any child is sure to be swept away into this new world of amino acids, enzymes, and everything in between. Super Scientist Cara Florance has crafted a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down―for parents and children alike!

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Hey, Water!
Written & illustrated by Antoinette Portis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

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First the Egg
Written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation– from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.

The acclaimed author of Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity. Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story–and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and winning book.

First the Egg by bestselling author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.

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Baby Biochemist: Enzymes
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Cause a chain reaction of learning in any child by introducing them to the world of enzymatics! Kids will learn through adorably drawn characters just how much work enzymes do to keep us running. Packed with great information and fun, these super helpers are sure to keep any budding scientist turning page after page.

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Baby Biochemist: DNA
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Leading medical expert Cara Florance gives kids the tools they need to learn about the ultimate instructor in the body: DNA

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Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The popular Baby University series has now expanded into Baby Medical School!

Bacteria are very small living things.
Some bacteria are good and some bacteria are bad.
Luckily, we have a family of medicine called Antibiotics that can get rid of bad bacteria.

Let’s find out how it all works!

Turn getting sick from something scary into an engaging learning experience! In this installment of the new Baby Medical School series, Cara and Jon Florance break down how and why we get sick with the help of merry microbes and big-eyed bacteria. Kids will love following the adventures of bacteria and antibiotics in their bodies!

Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime!

Empower your kid with knowledge so they can understand their bodies with courage and curiosity!

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Nesting
Written & illustrated by Henry Cole
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole soars to new heights in this stunning picture book about robins: their homes, their lives, and their families.

In this black-and-white picture book highlighted with robin’s egg blue, the reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four beautiful blue eggs and will keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins.

The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own. The perils the babies encounter are many, including snakes and storms. The nest is always their safe place.

Nesting provides introductory biology and animal science concepts for very young children, and also makes a spectacular springtime gift.

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole has re-created the life story of the robin with simple text and stunning artwork. Nesting is the perfect primer for young bird-watchers and nature lovers. The beautiful, intricate black-and-white illustrations are illuminated with lovely washes of blue that breathe life into the artwork.

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Books About Biology and First Concepts

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bird Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the albatross to the zebra finch, Mrs. Peanuckle pulls out her binoculars and introduces toddlers to 26 species of birds from all around the world. Described by a single interesting fact or defining characteristic, each bird proves to be as unique and surprising as the one before. Ever wonder why flamingoes are pink? It’s all those shrimp they eat. Are there birds that can fly backward? Yes, but hummingbirds are the only ones! With colorful, dynamic art, and attention-grabbing text, Mrs. Peanuckle’s birds fly off the page, and in some cases, into the parks and backyards of the children and adults reading this book. Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bird Alphabet is the fifth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, bugs, and trees.

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ABCs of Biochemistry
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Help kids get into those lab coats a little earlier with the ABCs of Biochemistry! Packed with researched information and adorable art, any child is sure to be swept away into this new world of amino acids, enzymes, and everything in between. Super Scientist Cara Florance has crafted a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down―for parents and children alike!

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First the Egg
Written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation– from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.

The acclaimed author of Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity. Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story–and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and winning book.

First the Egg by bestselling author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.

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  1. Evolution for Babies - Overview Evolution for Babies by Chris Ferrie, Cara Florance Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Evolution for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to evolutionary biology. Babies (and grownups!) will learn how organisms mutate, evolve, and survive. Co-written by Cara Florance, who has a PhD in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry with work experience in astrobiololgy and radiation decontamination. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it’s never too early to become a scientist!

  2. ABCs of Biology - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest biologist! A is for Anatomy B is for Bacteria C is for Cell From anatomy to zoology, the ABCs of Biology is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new biology concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by two experts, each page in this biology primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little biologist.

  3. Can a Spider Be Fluffy? - What do different spiders look like? Are they fluffy or smooth? Spotted or plain? Spiders might seem scary, but look closer-they’re fascinating as well! This picture book introduces children (and adults) to an incredible variety of spiders, encouraging readers to stop and study these unique arachnids. In it, you will meet all sorts of spiders, both common and rare-from spiders you may have found hiding in a corner to others you’ve never even heard about.

  4. Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives - In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations. A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.

Books About Biology and The Body

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Baby Biochemist: Proteins
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3
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Baby Medical School: Vaccines
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

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Inside your body, you have a lot of little helpers that work together to keep you healthy. And vaccines are super helpers that make your immune system even stronger! But how? And with what? Let’s find out!

Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime!

Empower children with knowledge so they can visit the doctor with courage and curiosity!

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Baby Biochemist: Enzymes
Written by Cara Florance
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Cause a chain reaction of learning in any child by introducing them to the world of enzymatics! Kids will learn through adorably drawn characters just how much work enzymes do to keep us running. Packed with great information and fun, these super helpers are sure to keep any budding scientist turning page after page.

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  1. Baby Biochemist: DNA - Leading medical expert Cara Florance gives kids the tools they need to learn about the ultimate instructor in the body: DNA

  2. Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics - The popular Baby University series has now expanded into Baby Medical School! Bacteria are very small living things.
    Some bacteria are good and some bacteria are bad.
    Luckily, we have a family of medicine called Antibiotics that can get rid of bad bacteria.
    Let’s find out how it all works! Turn getting sick from something scary into an engaging learning experience! In this installment of the new Baby Medical School series, Cara and Jon Florance break down how and why we get sick with the help of merry microbes and big-eyed bacteria. Kids will love following the adventures of bacteria and antibiotics in their bodies! Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime! Empower your kid with knowledge so they can understand their bodies with courage and curiosity!

  3. Gut Garden: A journey into the wonderful world of your microbiome - Within our bodies hides an entire world of organisms called microbes. They boost our immune systems, digest our food, regulate our metabolism and even impact on our mental health. Through Katie Brosnan’s personable illustrations, we follow the digestive process from the moment the food enters our mouths to the moment waste leaves our bodies. Along the way we learn about this fascinating scientific frontier and gain an insight into the vast ecosystem that exists inside us.

  4. Do Not Lick This Book - From highly respected microbiologist, Idan Ben-Barak, and the creator of the YouTube sensation Dumb Ways to Die, Julian Frost, comes Do Not Lick This Book, an ingenious, interactive book about the germs that occupy real estate on all of our bodies.

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Books About Biology and Nature

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Hey, Water!
Written & illustrated by Antoinette Portis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

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Nesting
Written & illustrated by Henry Cole
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole soars to new heights in this stunning picture book about robins: their homes, their lives, and their families.

In this black-and-white picture book highlighted with robin’s egg blue, the reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four beautiful blue eggs and will keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins.

The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own. The perils the babies encounter are many, including snakes and storms. The nest is always their safe place.

Nesting provides introductory biology and animal science concepts for very young children, and also makes a spectacular springtime gift.

Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole has re-created the life story of the robin with simple text and stunning artwork. Nesting is the perfect primer for young bird-watchers and nature lovers. The beautiful, intricate black-and-white illustrations are illuminated with lovely washes of blue that breathe life into the artwork.

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Natural World
Written & illustrated by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

A first introduction to the natural world that looks at the myriad ways in which plants and animals have adapted to give themselves the best chance of survival. Natural World explores and explains why living things look and behave the way they do in a series of visually compelling information charts.

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  1. One Day a Dot - One Day a Dot explores the age-old question: Where did we come from? Where did everything come from? Starting with one tiny dot and continuing through the Big Bang to the rise of human societies, the story of our universe is told in simple and vivid terms. But the biggest question of all cannot be answered: Where did that one dot come from? One Day a Dot is a beautiful and vibrant picture book that uses the visual motif of circles as to guide young readers through the stages of life on Earth.

  2. All Around Us - "All Around Us begs to be shared over and over."--Yuyi Morales
    "A transcendent, perfectly gorgeous book."--Naomi Shihab Nye
    ALSC Notable Children's Book
    2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Picture Book Honor
    Best Picture Book, Texas Institute of Letters
    2017 Tomás Rivera Children's Book Award

  3. The One and Only Me - HAVE YOU EVER wondered what makes you, You? Join Poppy on her journey into the fascinating world of her genetics. Learn how Poppy’s genes created her red hair and blue eyes – and trace these traits through her family tree. Poppy’s genes are not the only things that help make her unique. discover, with Poppy, how your genes and the world around you can shape who you are. - What makes you unique? - Why do you look like your family? - What do genes have to do with it? Join Poppy to find out answers to these questions and more.

  4. Night Walk to the Sea: A Story about Rachel Carson, Earth's Protector - This luminous picture book by an award-winning author and acclaimed illustrator is the perfect tool to discuss the importance of the natural world with young children, as well as introduce them to environmental activist Rachel Carson.

Books About Biology and Zoology

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Sleep: How Nature Gets Its Rest
Written & illustrated by Kate Prendergast
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

All animals sleep. But do they dream? Facts inspire imaginations in a beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book for curious young minds. Some animals sleep alone. Others sleep in packs. Some slumber at night, and others prefer the daytime for getting some z’s. Whether large or small, familiar or unusual, all animals must find a way to get some rest. Did you know that giraffes sleep standing up? That sloths sleep upside down? Or that fish sleep with their eyes open? Take a close look at the sleeping habits of meerkats, bats, horses, birds, and other animals around the world in a book for young nature enthusiasts that is certain to spark a sense of wonder.

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Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments
Written by Jenna Grodzicki
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Check out these cool critters and learn how their wacky adornments help them survive!

What do a crab waving pom-poms, a bug with a backpack of dead ants, and a mud-spattered vulture have in common? They all have wild style! Meet animals including crabs in sponge hats, caddisfly larvae wearing suits of armor, lacewing larvae dressing up with jewelry to hide themselves from ladybug predators in this fun and fascinating photo book!

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Moth
Written by Isabel Thomas & illustrated by Daniel Egneus
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. “This is a story of light and dark…” Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change… Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive? A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

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  1. Atlas of Animal Adventures: A Collection of Nature's Most Unmissable Events, Epic Migrations and Extraordinary Behaviours - From the team behind the bestselling Atlas of Adventures, this journey of discovery takes you in large format through 31 of nature's most unmissable animal events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviors, and Herculean habits. There are hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn.

  2. The Polar Bear - Following on her gorgeous blue whale, Desmond’s polar bear is exquisitely rendered, magnificent, and precise, with wonderful storytelling too.

  3. Speediest! 19 Very Fast Animals - Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how quickly it can move! With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins’ Extreme Animals reader series explores nature’s truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

  4. Stinkiest!: 20 Smelly Animals - Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how putrid it can be! With his signature art style, Steve Jenkins’ Extreme Animals reader series explores nature’s truly superlative animals. These readers are fact-packed and span the globe, detailing the astounding abilities of every shape, size, and species. Each installment focuses on amazing and unusual animals, making these nonfiction readers accessible, informative, and fascinating.

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Books About Biology and Science And Technology

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Little Guides to Great Lives: Charles Darwin
Written by Dan Green & illustrated by Rachel Katstaller
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Recommend Ages: 7-11

Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution caused both outrage and wonder, and quickly made him one of the most famous men in history. From his five-year voyage across the high seas to 20 years of research, follow Darwin on his adventure to prove a theory that would change the world.

Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. From Curie to Kahlo and Darwin to Da Vinci, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colorful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!
Written by Anita Sanchez & illustrated by Catherine Stock
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?*

Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligence—and his mother’s scoldings—he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karl’s love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean system—the basis for the classification system used by biologists around the world today. Backyard sciences are brought to life in beautiful color.

Back matter includes more information about Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography.

*it’s a tomato!

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Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
Written by Laurie Lawlor & illustrated by Laura Beingessner
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published “Silent Spring,” the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.

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  1. Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner - A NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book

  2. Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas - The only picture book available about the father of genetics and his pea plants! How do mothers and fathers―whether they are apple trees, sheep, or humans―pass down traits to their children? This question fascinated Gregor Mendel throughout his life. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Mendel overcame poverty and obscurity to discover one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process, following the same rules. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment: growing multiple generations of peas. From observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas, Mendel crafted his theory of heredity―years before scientists had any notion of genes. Children will be inspired by Gregor’s neverending search for knowledge, and his famous experiments are easy to understand as an introduction to genetics. F&P level: Q

  3. Spring After Spring - From the creator of “Star Stuff”comes a picture book biography of Rachel Carson, tracing her journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world through her book, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement. Full color.

  4. The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) - If you like to think big, but some say you’re too small, or they say you’re too young or too slow or too tall… Meet Dr. Bath―the scientist who never lost sight of her dreams! As a girl coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement, Patricia Bath made it her mission to become a doctor. When obstacles like racism, poverty, and sexism threatened this goal, she persevered―brightening the world with a game-changing treatment for blindness! The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath is the second book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists! In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Dr. Bath herself!

Books About Biology and Animals

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Flowers Are Calling
Written by Rita Gray & illustrated by Kenard Pak
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Rhyming text explores the wonders of natural cooperation between flowers and the animals and insects of the forest.

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Many: the Diversity of Life on Earth
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Emily Sutton
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one including us is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. When humans interfere with parts of the pattern, by polluting the air and oceans, taking too much from the sea, and cutting down too many forests, animals and plants begin to disappear. What sort of world would it be if it went from having many types of living things to having just one?

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How to Survive as a Shark
Written by Kristen Foote & illustrated by Erica Salcedo
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Recommend Ages: 5-10

Ahoy, me mateys! Upset your Mom swam away after you were born? Cry me an ocean. You’ve got ME to show you the ropes! Well, at least until I get a craving for baby shark. Swim along and I’ll teach you how to hunt using all six senses (a whole sense more than a human), why you can NEVER stop moving (blimey, no - not even to sleep!), and what your most dangerous threat is (here’s a hint: those sneaky landlubbers don’t even live in our waters!). Aye, me hearties, learning How to Survive as a Shark is not as easy as it sounds!

How to Survive as a Shark provides a unique take on fish science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story – and after, a glossary of important terms and some real photos of great white sharks. If you’ve ever wondered how to think and swim like a shark, and you like to laugh while you learn, this book is for you!

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  1. What in the World? - Discover nature by the numbers in this gorgeous, innovative counting book. The natural world is full of sets of numbers: from birds’ wings in twos and clover leaves in threes to deer hooves in fours and octopus arms in eights. This book uses playful rhyming text to explore these numerical sets in vibrant detail, ending with the stars in the sky—a number set too big to count!

  2. Unseen Worlds: Real-Life Microscopic Creatures Hiding All Around Us - Discover a hidden universe of microscopic monsters right before your eyes. Travel to locations both familiar and strange as you search for the smallest creatures on Planet Earth. You'll never see the world the same way again!

  3. Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations - A nonfiction picture book about the incredible power of bizarre adaptations to keep mammals alive and thriving! In Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations, children ages 5 to 8 learn how lemurs settle arguments and how earwax helps a whale’s sense of hearing, along with a host of other deliciously strange-but-true tales! The lively conversational tone used to deliver information on the unique adaptations of many different mammals engages a child’s sense of wonder while introducing the crucial concept of adaptation. A haiku poem at the beginning of the book offers a language-based entry into science details. A great choice both as a read aloud and for early readers who are curious about science.

  4. Oscar and the bat - A Start with Science book about sound. When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound. A sudden thunderstorm and a visiting cow give Oscar lots of opportunities to learn about sounds that are loud or soft, near or far, deep or high.

Books About Biology and Science And Nature

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Fungus Is Among Us!
Written by & illustrated by Erica Salcedo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

You can run, but you can't hide.

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Nerdy Babies: Rocks
Written & illustrated by Emmy Kastner
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Nerdy Babies is a series that will ignite curiosity in even the youngest readers and encourage them to ask questions and explore the world around them.

In Nerdy Babies: Rocks, follow our intrepid babies to the center of the earth. Check out the variety of landforms that occur around the world. Plus, learn about the layers of rock that make up the ground we walk on in this simple text written in question and answer format.

With bright artwork by Emmy Kastner, Nerdy Babies is a series that the very littlest nerds will want to return to again and again.

Stay curious. There’s more to learn about everything!

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Pumpkin Jack
Written & illustrated by Will Hubbell
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change. By spring, a plant began to grow! Will Hubbell's gentle story and beautifully detailed illustrations give an intimate look at the cycle of life.

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  1. Cellular Biology: Organelles, Structure, Function - Cellular Biology: Organelles, Structure and Function covers the basics of biology on a cellular level, specialized in text for emergent readers. This book includes “sound it out” sections containing phonics for the names of the organelles inside the cell. Young readers will learn what each organelle looks like and how it functions in the cell. Questions are posed throughout as a form of review so the reader is reinforcing the new material learned. Colorful images and text make this book aesthetically pleasing and intriguing.

  2. The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just - A must-purchase picture book biography of a figure sure to inspire awe and admiration among readers.--School Library Journal (starred review)
    Extraordinary illustrations and lyrical text present pioneering African American scientist Ernest Everett Just.

    Ernest Everett Just was not like other scientists of his time. He saw the whole, where others saw only parts. He noticed details others failed to see. He persisted in his research despite the discrimination and limitations imposed on him as an African American. His keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life.
    Through stunning illustrations and lyrical prose, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of this long overlooked scientific pioneer.

  3. The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin- Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker - In this brilliant presentation of a revolutionary thinker’s life, the picture book becomes an art form As far as I can judge, I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men . . . Charles Darwin was, above all else, an independent thinker who continues even now to influence the way we look at the natural world. His endless curiosity and passion for detail resulted in a wealth of notebooks, diaries, correspondence, and published writings that Peter Sís transforms into a visual treasure trove. A multilayered journey through Darwin’s world, The Tree of Life begins with his childhood and traces the arc of his life through university and career, following him around the globe on the voyage of the Beagle, and home to a quiet but momentous life devoted to science and family. Sís uses his own singular vision to create a gloriously detailed panorama of a genius’s trajectory through investigating and understanding the mysteries of nature. In pictures executed in fine pen and ink and lush watercolors – cameo portraits, illustrated pages of diary, cutaway views of the Beagle, as well as charts, maps, and a gatefold spread – Peter Sís has shaped a wondrous introduction to Charles Darwin. This title has Common Core connections. The Tree of Life is a 2003 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Notable Children’s Book of the Year, and a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.

  4. All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World - Robert F. Sibert Honor Award winner

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