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
Astronauts Explore the Galaxy by Carmen Bredeson
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 Talk by Lita Judge  
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
A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth by Hannah Bonner
Chasing Cheetahs (SITF) by Sy Montgomery
Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns
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
Explore Honey Bees! with 25 great projects by Cindy Blobaum
Explore Natural Resources by Anita Yasuda
Extreme Planet by Carsten Peter & Glen Phelan
Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World, by Steve Jenkins
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman
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
For the Birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas
Forensics: Cool Women who Investigate by Anita Yasuda
Forensics by Carla Mooney
Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! by Dawn Cusick 
The Green Mother Goose by Jan Peck and David Davis
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
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
Inside Earthquakes by Melissa Stewart
Junior Ranger Activity Book by National Geographic Kids
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox 
On the Wing by David Elliott
Once Upon an Elephant By Linda Stanek
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 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
A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas
Salamander Season by Jennifer Keats Curtis
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 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
That's Deadly: Fatal Facts  by Crispin Boyer
They Just Know: Animal Instincts by Robin Yardi
 Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler
Tiny Creepy Critters (series)
To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space by Carmella Van Vleet 
Turtles (EZ) by Laura Marsh
Ugly Animals by Laura Marsh
Ultimate Reptileopedia by Christina Wilsdon
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart
Up, Up and Away by Ginger Wadsworth 
Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle
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
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