Sounds All Around: The Science of How Sound Works
by Susan Hughes; illus by Ellen Rooney
32 pages; ages 5-8
Kids Can Press, 2021
theme: sounds, STEM, nonfiction
Summer, sunlight, a gentle breeze blowing the clouds. It’s so quiet, then
From bee wings to thunder to school bells clanging, this book explores how sounds are made – and how we hear them.
What I like about this book: There’s lots to explore, with examples of sounds children will be able to identify with. Take a guitar string, for example. If you pluck it, it vibrates. Those vibrations make the air vibrate and, eventually, the tiny hairs in your ears – which turn that sound energy into signals that “travel straight to your brain,” writes Susan Hughes. She discusses how to measure loudness, compares sounds from a diversity of sources (natural and man-made) and reminds young readers to keep their ears safe.
Back matter includes a hands-on activity and a glossary.
Beyond the Books:
Explore sounds by creating noisemakers. Here’s a bunch of ideas.
Sound waves are like ripples in a puddle. Fill up a bucket or tub – or find a puddle – and drop a stone in it. Watch the waves ripple outward from the stone.
Check out these simple science activities for exploring sound.
For sounds in nature, try this activity from Project Learning Tree: making fox ears from a pair of paper cups. Directions here.
Susan Hughes is a member of #STEAMTeam2021. You can find out more about her and her books at her website.
We’ll join Perfect Picture Book Friday when it returns. Every Friday, bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's website. Review copy provided by the publisher.