School May Be Out, But Science Is Still Very In!

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School May Be Out, But Science Is Still Very In!

Picture Books that Explore the World of Science

This summer, DC Public Library will feature many different science related programs to learn from and enjoy. There is the Science in the Summer program, which is a free science program for elementary school children. Also, the library is very excited to host Google Maker Camps at several branch locations this year. 

Stop by any library or check our website for more information.

In the meantime, there is a plethora of fun and engaging texts for children who are interested in science or STEM-related activities. A couple of my favorites are actually picture books intended for younger readers, such as:

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
I love the young heroine, who, with her dog companion tries to build various things that go spectacularly wrong. 

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Another book about building, Iggy Peck, Architect is also an amusing tale. Iggy loves to build, much to the annoyance of his teacher, but Iggy demonstrates that by using aptitude anyone can save the day! Both of these books feature engineering skills that children will enjoy.

Moon Plane by Peter McCarty
If your child likes flight or motion, why not try this bookHauntingly beautiful and simple, this imaginative tale will have your own child dreaming of flight. 

Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang
Similarly, Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang is another good choice; the '50s retro style drawing is cheerful and bright. Follow a boy and his dog as they dream up a far out adventure in space. To make these books more thought provoking, however, why not follow them up with some related activities that children can enjoy? Try Flight by Andrew Haslam for flight related experiments. 

Robot Smash by Stephen W. Martin
Robots are always a popular theme with children. Some picture books are highly amusing, like Robot Smash, for example. Its simple text belies the fun that children have as they stomp and crunch their way throughout this story. More robot fun can be had with other texts from our nonfiction collection, like Robots by Melissa Stewart or How Robots Work  by Jenny Moss. Top off these wonderful mechanical texts with classic movies such as The Iron Giant or Robots for a richer experience. 

Math Curse by Jon Scieszk
Math may be a tricky topic to introduce to children, but it can still be fun! If you are like me, you may get a little flustered about math, but there is nothing to be anxious about: try Math Curse to get over the fear. Still not your thing? Then try Max's Math by Kate Banks, a book in which math literally infiltrates the whole town - it's everywhere! 

If all else fails, though - if not even one of these texts get a laugh, smile, or even a passing glance from you - then there is one fail proof type of book to try. Personally, I like learning about inventors (sometimes it's lots more fun without all of the work.) Albert EinsteinGeorge Washington Carver, or Marie Curie are some notable figures in this field. 

Girls Think of Everything  by Catherine Thimmesh is a wonderful romp through history, as it describes how women have used adversity to be creative. For boys, books like The Racecar Book: Build and Race Mousetrap Cars, Dragsters, Tri-Can Haulers & More by Bobby Mercer offer fun challenges to think, create and play. There are tons of other books out there waiting for you to discover them - after all, the possibilities with science are endless!