Book Reviews

Sometimes it's tough to find good books to support our children's curiosity. Fortunately, lots of writers are passionate about science and nature - and their books bring those subjects to life for young children.

I review children's books on nature and science- technology- engineering- math every other month in Ithaca Child (in the "Alexander's Library" column). I also review books on this blog once a month, as part of STEM Friday. I try to focus on new titles, but occasionally I find a treasure in the library stacks. I include interviews with authors and illustrators as well. Here's a list of books reviewed on this blog (with links to reviews) ~ You'll find more book reviews over at Sally's Bookshelf.


A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston 
A Butterfly's Life by Ellen Lawrence
A Warm Winter’s Tail by Carrie A Pearson
A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold 
Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma by Darcy Pattison
 Animals Work by Ted Lewin
Ants Rule, the long and short of it by Bob Barner
Architect Academy by Steve Martin
Astronauts Explore the Galaxy by Carmen Bredeson
Baby Animals (Animal Bites series) by Dorothea DePrisco
Baby on Board  by Marianne Berkes
Bat Count   by Anna Forrester
Beastly Brains by Nancy Castaldo
Beauty and the Beak, by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp
Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer
Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
 Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck
Bedtime Math 2; This Time It's Personal by Laura Overdeck
Bees (EZ) by Laura Marsh
Beetle Busters (SITF) by Loree Griffin Burns
 Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl Bardoe
Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Marwil Lamstein 
Big Red Kangaroo By Claire Saxby
Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial by Edel Wignell
Bioengineering, Discover How Nature Inspires Human Designs by Christine Burillo Kirch
Bird Braniacs by Stacy Tornio
Bird Talk by Lita Judge  
Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
Birds vs. Blades? Offshore wind power and the race to protect seabirds by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine
A Boy and a Jaguar By Alan Rabinowitz
The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
The Boy Who Loved Math by Debora Heiligman
 Books about Luna Moths 
Brain Games by Jennifer Swanson 
Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” by Jim Murphy 
Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in the Winter by Amy Hansen
Build, Beaver, Build!  by Sandra Markle
Butterflies and moths
Butterfly Counting by Jerry Pallotta
Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle
The Call of the Osprey by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart
Caroline's Comets, a true story by Emily Arnold McCully
A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth by Hannah Bonner
Chasing Cheetahs (SITF) by Sy Montgomery
Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns
City Fish, Country Fish by Mary M. Cerullo
Climate Change: discover how it impacts spaceship Earth, with 25 projects 
Cool Animal Names By Dawn Cusick
Cool Robots (series)
Coral Reefs by Sylvia Earle
Creepy Crawlies: tiny creatures, amazing powers by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
Cricket in the Thicket by Carol Murray
Crow Smarts: inside the brain of the world's brightest bird (SITF) by Pamela S. Turner
Dining with Dinosaurs: a tasty guide to Mesozoic munching by Hannah Bonner
 Dirty Rats? by Darrin Lunde
Dolphins by Becky Baines
Duckings (Explore my World series) by Marfe Ferguson Delano
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie by J. Patrick Lewis
Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit up the World by Elizabeth Rusch
Everything Robotics by Jennifer Swanson
Explore Honey Bees! with 25 great projects by Cindy Blobaum
Explore My World: Honey Bees by Jill Esbaum
Explore Natural Resources by Anita Yasuda
Explore Predators and Prey! with 25 great projects by Cindy Blobaum
Extreme Planet by Carsten Peter & Glen Phelan
Eye of the Storm: NASA, drones, and the race to crack the hurricane code, by Amy Sherrix
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World, by Steve Jenkins
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman
Fantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale
Faraway Fox by Jolene Thompson
Feathers ~ Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Feeding Friendsies by Suzanne Bloom 
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber
Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Follow Me: Animal Parents and Babies by Shira Evans
Habitat Spy by Cynthia Kieber-King 
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey By Loree Griffin Burns
High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs by Lisa Kahn Schnell
Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (SITF) by Loree Griffin Burns  
Hoot, Owl! by Shelby Alinsky
How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
How do You Know it's Summer by Ruth Owen  
How Rude! 10 Real Bugs Who Won't Mind Their Manners by Heather L. Montgomery
How to Survive as a Firefly by Kristen Foote 

The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea by Peter Walters 
If You Were Raised by a Dinosaur by Isabella Brooklyn
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
Insects, the most fun bug book ever by Sneed B. Collard III
Inside Earthquakes by Melissa Stewart
Jump, Leap, Count Sheep!  by Geraldo Valerio
Junior Ranger Activity Book by National Geographic Kids
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Karl, Get Out of the Garden!  by Anita Sanchez
Koala, by Claire Saxby
Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill
Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The story of poison ivy by Anita Sanchez
Listen to Our World by Bill Martin & Michael Sampso
Little Kids First Big Book of How by Jill Esbaum
Little One by Jo Weaver
Living Fossils: Clues to the Past by Caroline Arnold
Micro Mania by Jordan D. Brown 
Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue by Karen Romano Young
Mission to Pluto (SITF) by Mary Kay Carson
Moonlight Crab Count   
Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose, by Geraldo Valerio 
The Mouse and the Meadow by Chad Wallace
My Awesome Summer,  by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel
Naturally Curious by Mary Holland
Nefertiti, the Spidernaut by Darcy Pattison
Never Insult a Killer Zucchini by Elana Azose
The Next Wave (SITF) by Elizabeth Rusch
Night Creepers, by Linda Stanek
Night Sky (NGK Readers series), by Laura March 
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox 
On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen
On the Wing by David Elliott
Once Upon an Elephant By Linda Stanek
Otis the Owl  by Mary Holland
Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes
Painting Butterflies and Blooms by Sherry Nelson
A Place for Fish by  Melissa Stewart
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Plants (a Reader - level 1) by Kathryn Williams
Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
Postcards from Space: the Chris Hadfield Story by Heather Down
Prairie Storms by Darcy Pattison 
Python by Christopher Cheng
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor 
Red Pandas by Laura Marsh
Rise of the Lioness by Bradley Hagu  
A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas
Salamander Season by Jennifer Keats Curtis 
The Science of Science Fiction by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea by Ellen Prager
Sea Turtle Scientist (SITF) By Stephen R. Swinburne
Seabird in the Forest written and illustrated by Joan Dunning 
Sharks and Dolphins: a compare and contrast book by Kevin Kurtz
The Secret Galaxy by Fran Hodgkins
The Secret Life of the RedFox  By Lawrence Pringle 
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle 
The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley
The Secrets of Saturn by Kassandra Radomski
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Tall Tall Tree, by Anthony D. Fredericks
That's Deadly: Fatal Facts  by Crispin Boyer
There's a Bug on my Book! by John Himmelman
They Just Know: Animal Instincts by Robin Yardi
 Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler
Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants  By Sandra Markle
Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen 
Tigers by Jill Esbaum
 Tiny Creepy Critters (series)
To the Edge of the Universe, a 14-foot fold-out journey by Raman Prinja
To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space by Carmella Van Vleet 
Together forever! True stories of amazing animal friendships, by Mary Quattlebaum 
Trees, Ultimate Explorer Field Guide, National Geographic Kids
Turtles (EZ) by Laura Marsh 
Two Truths and a Lie  by Laurie Ann Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette
Ugly Animals by Laura Marsh
Ultimate Reptileopedia by Christina Wilsdon
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart
Up, Up and Away by Ginger Wadsworth 
Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper by Anastasia Suen
Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle
Watersong by Tim McCanna
Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliot
Weird and Wonderful Show-Offs by Margaret McPhee
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
What if You Had Animal Hair? by Sandra Markle
What in the World? Look Again by National Geographic
What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day
 When the Wind Blows by Stacy Clark
Whose Eye am I? by Shelley Rotner
Whose Poop is That? By Darrin Lunde
Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett
Winter Trees by Carole Gerber
Wisdom, the Midway Albatross by Darci Pattison
Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Sayre
Worms for Breakfast: How to feed a zoo by Helaine Becker
Yucky Worms by Vivian French