Science Books For Kids - Best Of 2011
Brown Paper School book: Blood and Guts (Paperback)

Brown Paper School book: Blood and Guts
For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Human biology, Human body, Anatomy
Rating: 4.5 stars (11 reviews)
Price: $14.99
Page: 127 pages
By: Linda Allison

Brown Paper School Book – Blood and Guts discusses the elements of the human body. It also includes extra suggestions for related experiments and projects. This is an excellent book. Use it for home schooling or simply to give some extra knowledge about human biology to your child, who will simply love the book, the writing and the illustrations! The author puts in simple words the complicated world of human biology, in a way not only kids can understand and enjoy, but also adults! You will find lots of experiments to try, and easy to do with stuff you can find around the house. that we actually do because they’re just plain fun and the equipment is easily found around the house. This book is great for kids, but also for young teenagers, and can serve as a reference for people of all age! Keep it next to your encyclopedia, other adults may want to have a quick look at it!


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Janice Vancleave’s A+ Projects: Winning Experiments For Science Fair (School & Library Binding)

Janice Vancleave's A+ Projects In Astronomy: Winning Experiments For Science Fai
For: Grades 6-10 / Ages 10-15
Subject: Astronomy, Space
Rating: 5 stars (4 reviews)
Price: $14.95
Page: 160 pages
By: Janice VanCleave

Whether your favorite middle or high-school student is interested in the demonstrating the greenhouse effect (with shoeboxes, soil, and plastic food wrap), sympathetic vibration (with a couple of soda bottles), or the breathing rate of goldfish, former science teacher Janice VanCleave provides helpful advice for designing experiments to impress judges at the science fair. In the first section, the author explains the importance of understanding the scientific method, selecting a topic, identifying its category, research, overview, experimental data, project summaries, the display, and presentation and evaluation. The second part of the book offers project ideas for 35 science fair topics within the categories of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics (more…)

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Planet Earth for kids

planet earth

Planet Earth is a complex and dynamic system we yet have to fully understand. Planet Earth can be compared to the human body : different parts needs to fully interact together, and this, in multiple complex ways. One disequilibrium and everything can fall apart. Our planet not only have many components (oceans, forests, atmosphere, etc), but also interact with other masses and objects in the solar system, such as the moon and the sun, and at a lesser extent, other planets. In order to keep our planet healthy, it is important to educate our youth about how fragile Planet Earth is, despite its size.

Planet Earth NASA
The NASA has developed a Earth Science program which purpose is to understand systems of Planet Earth, as well as its response to natural or changes induced by us (humans), in order to improve our ways of determining climate and weather changes and most importantly, natural hazards.

Here are a great selection of books about Planet Earth.

Planet Earth for kids
Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
How Come? Planet Earth (Paperback)

Planet Earth Oceans
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Ocean Life From A to Z Book and DVD (Hardcover)
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010 (Paperback)

Planet Earth System Solar and Planet Earth Astronomy
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities (For Kids series) (Paperback)
Our Solar System (revised edition) (Hardcover)
Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books) (Paperback)

Planet Earth Moon
If You Decide To Go To The Moon (Booklist Editor’s Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Reaching for the Moon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards)) [BARGAIN PRICE] (Hardcover)

Planet Earth Geography
The Everything Kids’ Geography Book: From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef – explore the world! (Everything Kids Series) (Paperback
The Complete Book of Maps & Geography (Paperback)
The Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook: 1,001 Questions & Answers to Help You Win Again and Again! (Paperback)

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Volcanoes for kids

Erupting volcanoVolcanoes are, with no doubt, among the most amazing phenomena in the world. From ancient myths to modern headlines, volcanoes are among the world’s most amazing phenomena. It is important for our little ones to understand the world around them, including a knowledge of science. If your child show interest in volcanoes, allow him or her to expand their interest with educational activities related to volcanoes for kids. And the variety of volcanoes for kids-related accessories is wide : toys, scientific kits, books or documentaries. For example, the Volcano Making Kit will allow you child to discover the wonderful world of volcanoes while developing his or her manual skills. The Volcano Making Kit is definitely an entertaining product, both for the child and the parent. Putting together the volcano is in itself a fun activities and the results, the volcano eruption (big, bubbly eruptions) will bring lots of ohhh and awwwws. The Mega Volcano is another great volcano kit to share with your children. The Mega Volcano is bigger than the Volcano Making Kit, but is also more expensive.

How about reading some informative books about volcanoes before or after building the volcano, to understand the concept but also watch the breathtaking pictures of volcanoes, which will fire up the interest in those natural phenomena even more. The volcanoes for kids books Volcanoes and Earthquakes from DK Eyewitness is a great book susceptible to interest young like adults. DK Eyewitness is well know science books for kids publisher and you and your child will be pleased with the quality of the book, information and illustrations. National Geographic carries a great documentary on DVD about volcanoes (National Geographic – Volcano!. If you like the Hollywood special effects, you and your kid will not be disappointed with the documentary on DVD : not only they are fantastic, but they are real! While both the DVD and the book are quite informative and have great images, if you are buying for a young child or toddler, you may want to start with a more basic introduction. Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) is a great basic book about volcanoes that will suit any child between 3-8 years of age. The volcanoes for kids book provides stunning pictures as well as good comprehensive information for younger children.

Interesting facts about volcanoes:

1. A volcano is a usually a mountain and acts as a hole that let liquid rock and gas erupt when active.
2. Magma vs lava. Magma is the liquid rock inside the volcano and lava is the magma that is flowing out of the volcano.
3. There are 1510 “active” volcanoes in the world.
4. Some volcanoes are under the water, deep in the oceans.
5. The Ring of Fire is a belt around the Pacific ocean that holds more than half of the world’s volcanoes.

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Dinosaurs books for kids

Dinosaurs have always fascinated, adults and kids. For years and still nowadays, paleontologists have studied fossils, bones, footprints. Because the world of dinosaurs is so fascinating, there are a lot of books and movies about dinosaurs. Finding a book about those creatures from the prehistoric time easy enough for a kid to understand can be difficult and some books contain very limited information. Here are some of the best dinosaurs books for kids.


National Geographic Dinosaurs (Hardcover) National Geographic Dinosaurs (Hardcover)
Age: 9-12
Pages: 192 pages
Breathtaking images and up-to-date information. This National Geographic doesn’t disappoint, it is a great overview of the pre-historic era our kids (and ourselves) just love so much!


Dinosaurs The Biggest Baddest Strangest Fastest (Hardcover)Dinosaurs!: The Biggest Baddest Strangest Fastest (Hardcover)

Age: 4-9
Pages: 64
A must have book for all junior paleontologists! Beautifully illustrated, you will find some of the most unusual disosaurs! A short but concise book with lots of great illustrations perfect for kids aged between 4 and 9.


Dinosaurs The Most Complete Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur LoversDinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages (Hardcover)
Age: 12 and over
Pages: 432
One of the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedia for dinosaurs fans. The book is rich in informative content about everything related to dinosaurs….from basics to higher-level concepts, an excellent book suitable for older children and teenagers.


My Big Dinosaur Book (My Big Board Books) (Board book)My Big Dinosaur Book (My Big Board Books)
Age: 2-5
Pages: 12 pages
Over 3 million books sold… This book will be a big hit for you little dinosaurs lovers! With bright and fun illustrations, we bet your child will carry this book everywhere!


First Dinosaur Encyclopedia (Hardcover)First Dinosaur Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
Age: 6-11
Pages: 128 pages
A well written and information book about dinosaurs. Tons of pictures and information about dinosaurs and eras to learn from the book.

Dig a Dino T-Rex
Future paleontologist kit : Dig a Dino T-Rex
And if you are purchasing dinosaurs books for kids, compliment it with a dinosaur toy to allow your child to compare the book and what dinosaurs really look like. Paleontology starter kits are also very educational and come with fake fossils and or footprints, allowing children to bring their passion for dinosaurs to another level, but also to develop their scientific understanding.

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Houghton Mifflin books for children

Houghton Mifflin coverThe demand of quality children’s educational books and references is strong. Nowadays, emphasis is put into good education. Moreover, parents wants good educational products that can also be entertaining and allow the child’s interest to grow.
When it comes to publishing quality textbooks and other educational materials for both elementary and high school students, Houghton Mifflin is with no doubt a leader. The well-known publishing company also has an extensive line of other publications, including fiction and non-fiction for young readers or adults as well as a multitude of multimedia entertainment products.

Houghton Mifflin has an incredible list of award-winning children’s literature your children will benefit from. Their products will meet your demands as well as your child’s demand and allow them to learn faster and exponentially grow interest in books, science, math and more.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Reading and English
Houghton Mifflin Reading are best-selling books for kids age k-6. When it comes to English textbooks, Houghton Mifflin has published well illustrated has produced a brilliantly illustrated text for teaching the basics of English. The books will help the teacher or parent go through the fundamentals of the English language. Questions are supplied to the educator are mostly organized into 3 different levels of difficulty, which are easy, average and challenging or difficult. Ready-to-use books that will give you a comprehensive hand.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Maths
Houghton Mifflin Math textbooks provides solid results to help students from all grades to reach their goals. New concepts are also used, such as eMathbook, that reproduces the student book into an interactive electronic format and allow children to access the book from anywhere without having to carry the book and include includes printable fun activity pages.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Science
Science books for kids from Houghton Mifflin give an accessible, standards-based, spiral curriculum covering life, earth, and physical science topics and leading students in grades K−6 to a deeper understanding of science content and concepts.

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Top 5 robots for kids

Robots have always fascinated people. From the our childhood cartoons “Transformers” to “Robo Chess” (who can give you a real chess challenge…) to robots use in the army (BigDog – The Robotic Mule, which can carry up to 88lbs of equipment) to the Sony QRIO (which can dance, walk, recognize faces, voices and behavior) to the Honda Asima (who can walk, run and even be used as an assistant in your office to serve coffee…) to robots for kids… And while not every family has the money to purchase a Honda Asimo, you can certainly purchase robots for kids, which will make the happiness of many little ones!

So here are the top five robots for kids you can buy now!

Tomy I-SOBOT RobotTomy I-SOBOT Robot It is not surprising that Tomy I-SOBOT Robots for kids and parents are such a big hit. The Tomy I-SOBOT Robot is a must-have. On a rainy day or when your kids are having play dates with other children, this bot is a hoot to have around. The Tomy I-SOBOT Robot is easy to use and is literally pre-packed with over 200 words/phrases as well as 200 pre-programmed movements. The robots operates with a remote control but many of the functions can be activated via voice activation. Kids and adults will simply love the large number of things robot can do : walk, talk, kick and even do air guitar! Tomy I-SOBOT Robot, lots of fun in such a tiny robot!

Wall-E and EveU Command Wall-E / Interaction Eve U Command Wall-E for lots of fun! When mentioning robots for kids, Wall-E comes to the mind of many children (and adults!). The Academy Award movie has become the favorite of many, and so will the U Command Wall-E robot! Wall-E can do a lot : talk, sing, blink his eyes, dance and much more! Plus, it is possible to program yourself a sequence of up to 15 movements. Wall-E uses a lot of the original movie voice and sound effects for even more entertainment and fun! And if you are getting Wall-E, don’t miss Interaction Eve who can talk to Interaction Wall-E (sold separately)!! Interactive Eve will respond to you if you say quotes from the movie. U Comman Wall-E, Interaction Wall-E and Interactive Eve, a great present for the holidays!

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2 0LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0
We are not engineers, neither are our kids. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your actual own robots for kids and adults. And thanks for the LEGO kit, it doesn’t need a Ph.D. to have hours of fun with your kids building a robot. The LEGO Mindstorms NXT uses a 32-bit microprocessor brain that can be programmed from any home computer to control your fun LEGO creation. And the little LEGO robot will be able to move around, sense the world around it using technology that incorporates touch, light, sound and unltrasonic sensors. Bottom line : the LEGO Mindstorms NXT is a great kid for any creative kid (8 years and older) or any adults who are looking for something different and will give anybody a little bit of insight in engineering!

TMX eXtra Special EditionFisher-Price TMX eXtra Special Edition If your kid is a fan of the fuzzy red doll, they will simply love Tickle Me Elmo. The Elmo robots series are great robots for kids and toddlers. TMX Elmo has a laugh that will make you laugh even if you don’t want to! Tickle Me Elmo has three some special ticklish spots can also do many fun tricks such as rolling on the floor laughing, pounding its first on the ground begging the tickler to stop and much more! Your child will love to dance on the music with Elmo and just to cuddle with the soft stuffed toy. And if you are looking into other Sesame Street robots, Ernie, Cookie Monster and a special 10th anniversary Spanish version are also available!

WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot with Remote Control
WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot This top notch robot is a real multispeed, fast and dynamic robot who can walk, run and turn. In this world of robotics, WowWee Robosapian is with no doubts one of the best robots for kids and is probably the closest you will find to the great Sony and Honda humanoid robots. The Robosapian Robot is by far, one of the most spectacular robot available on the market for such a reasonable price. Fun to watch and play with, the Robosapian robot will amaze more than one, including adults!

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Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife (Paperback)

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's WildlifeFor: Grades 3 to adult / Ages 8 to adults
Subject: Animals
Rating: 5 stars (67 reviewers)
Price: $29.95
Page: 624 PAGES
By: David Burnie (Author), Don E. Wilson (Editor)

A book for everyone, young like old. This book will appeal to everyone who like to read about animals. With descriptive pictures, this book will even appeal to the younger ones who can’t read yet but can appreciate the beautiful wildlife illustrations from all around the world.  This book is an amazing reference on animals and contains detailed information. Your child will enjoy exploring all the scientific and technical informative topics that relates to animals and their environment. And we can assure, mom, dad, grandma and grandpa will also find their share of interest into that huge amount of information and facts about wildlife. This book certainly stands apart from all other books for animals, and will serve as a main reference book about animal for your child for the coming years. Everybody simply loves this book! If your child has a fascination with animals, this book has more species and pictures of animals than they can ever dream of. A book that will fill your child imagination for years. With over 600 pages and costing under $30, this is The animal book to give your child this coming Christmas. Review
Over 2,000 species, from the tiny spider mite to the massive blue whale, are profiled in DK’s astonishingly wonderful Animal, produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution and more than 70 expert zoologists. To call this book “profusely illustrated” is to seriously underrepresent page after page of breathtaking photos capturing each creature in sharp images, thrumming with life. Even the page borders are covered with collages of animal skins to indicate (more…)

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The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities

The Everything Kids' Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities for Hours of Fun (Everything Kids Series)

For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Mathematics
Rating: 4.5 stars (5 reviewers)
Price: $7.95
Page: 135 PAGES
By: Meg Clemens, Sean Clemens, Glenn Clemens

This book is full of fun activities such as decoding Roman numbers and magic squares. Whether it is for home, or for the road, this book will keep children between 9 to 12 years of age entertained and busy. For 7.95$ and over 100 pages, what more can you ask for.  If you and your child liked this book, don’t miss on the other The Everything For Kids series, they are fun, interesting and educational.

Who knew that math could be so cool? Crammed with games, puzzles, and trivia, The Everything® Kids’ Math Puzzles Book puts the fun back into playing with numbers! Inside, you’ll be able to: ·Decode hidden messages using Roman numerals ·Connect the dots using simple addition and subtraction ·Learn to create magic number squares ·Use division to answer musical riddles ·Match the profession to numerical license plates If you have any fear of math—or are just tir (more…)

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Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series) (Paperback)

Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series)For: Preschool-Grade 1 / Ages 2-6
Subject: Biology, Human biology
Rating: 4.5 stars (226 reviewers)
Price: $7.95
Page: 27 PAGES
By: Taro Gomi (Author) & Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Illustrator) 3gadf5xsyz

This book is a wonderfully illustrated book for every young toddler. Everyone Poops is a great book to teach your children about the basics of human and animal biology. A great book to have when you start potty training your child. A book all kids will enjoy, and that will help their parents get more comfortable about talking about #2 😉

Some parents will be put off by some of the explicit but fun images, but this book shows the reality as is : Everybody poops! In a world where too many parents are embarrassed to ask their doctor about colonoscopy, it is important to educate your child that it is okay to talk about any problems related to our daily #2! Everyone Poops, a great educational and entertaining book for kids ages 2-6, but also for the prudish parents!

From Publishers Weekly
“An elephant makes a big poop. A mouse makes a tiny poop,” and so the text goes, describing all sorts of creatures and people who eat and thus defecate. Ages 18mos.-4yrs. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1– Well yes, they do, but does anyone really need an entire book on the subject? In this Japanese import, readers are informed on page one that “an elephant makes a big poop, a mouse makes a ti (more…)

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Grossology (Paperback)


For: Grades 3-7 / Ages 8-12
Subject: Human biology, funny book
Rating: 5 stars (10 reviewers)
Price: $9.99
Page: 80 PAGES
By: Sylvia Branzei (Author) & Jack Keely (Illustrator)

This book is a classic of modern gross scholarship… If you have kids and can’t get them to read books (whether it’s science books for kids, or any other types of books), this will probably become your child’s favorite book. Kids are simply nuts over that book, which has an impressive array of information on fun subjects, such as barf, farts, BO, burping, bad breath and everything else boys seem to just love. The book is so interesting, especially to boys, that there won’t be any complain when reading time comes! And what to say about your happiness when you will see your boy or girl laugh hysterically at the images and comments. Definitely a must have book for any child.


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How to choose Math books for kids

Looking for math books for your kids? The struggle of many parents is to decide what math books for kids is the most suitable for their child. How should you choose? What are the best math books for kids?

But choosing a book for your child is not always as easy as 1 plus 1 equal 2. Most teachers and educators will tell you, there isn’t “the best” book, but rather a great selection of decent quality children math books. The important thing, when looking for math books for kids, is to look at the two following elements.

First, the mathematical content, no doubts about it, is very important. The content should suit the child’s math level, and even exceed it. By choosing a children’s math book that will slightly exceed your kid’s math level, you will give your child the opportunity to go beyond their knowledge and have an advantage in class. By having more knowledge and skills, your child will pick up faster at school. However, it is important to remember not to exceed your child’s level by too much. If you give your child math books for kids that are way over their level and are too difficult for him or her to understand, the child can become discouraged and even start disliking learning math overall.

Second, the way the author approaches math problems and how the author is able to make it interesting enough so the child will be enjoying (as close as doing math can be enjoyable for a child) doing the exercices is an important element. If you are buying math books for kids as an addition to your child’s schooling, you should try to choose a math books for kids that will give him or her that feeling of doing homework, therefore allowing you child to enjoy it as much as possible.

Math books for kids should encourage observation, investigation, exploration, and discovery of patterns in math. Moreover, they should encourage creative thinking. Depending on your child, you may want to choose a book that have a lot of repetition in a certain type of exercises, or not.

Finally, remember that how you teach your child also plays an important in your child progress. You need to listen to your child’s needs, to use an incremental step-by-step approach and to review exercises and problems with your kid.

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The importance of exposing young children to writing and reading

Many parents don’t realize the importance of exposing their babies, toddlers and young children to writing and reading. Too many parents leave it up to school and the education system to teach their kids how to read and write. However, children interest for writing and reading must be awaken at a very young age and to help its integration in the family, educational places and community, it is necessary to increase awareness of the importance of early exposure to language. This suggests that writing and reading should not start in school, but much earlier, and in a non conventional way (different from the schooling system). Moreover, school should not have the monopole when it comes to help the development of language skills.

Research has shown over the past years that early childhood is a favorable period to be exposed to languages, whether it comes to speech, writing or reading. This development period happens between 0 and 6 years old is also called Emergence of Writing and can also be described as children’s writing during the pre-alphabetic spelling phase (Strickland et Morrow, 1989; Giasson, J, 1995; Thériault, J., 1995).

How children can be exposed to languages can be done in several ways, and will often depend of the socio-economic environment of the child, and influences will come from the family of the child or its social environment. Those influences will allow the child to acquire in a relaxed way knowledge and develop writing skills.

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The New York Public Library Amazing World Geography: A Book of Answers for Kids (Paperback)

The New York Public Library Amazing World Geography: A Book of Answers for Kids
For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Nature, Planet Earth
Rating: N/A
Price: $12.95
Page: 176 PAGES
By: The New York Public Library & Andrea Sutcliffe

Follow the Ring of Fire from New Zealand to South America. Navigate the Blue Nile and walk the Great Wall of China. Meet the first person to reach the South Pole and witness the “Green Revolution” in India. Explore the people, landscapes, and languages of our fascinating planet and uncover the answers to all your questions about world geography . . . How old is the earth? See page 8. Can volcanoes form underwater? See page 14. What are maquiladoras? See page 50. (more…)

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (James H. Silberman Books)
For: Age 15 to adults
Subject: Human biology, psychology
Rating: 4.5 stars (158 reviews)
Price: $16.00
Page: 448 pages
By: Norman Doidge

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For years the doctrine of neuroscientists has been that the brain is a machine: break a part and you lose that function permanently. But more and more evidence is turning up to show that the brain can rewire itself, even in the face of catastrophic trauma: essentially, the functions of the brain can be strengthened just like a weak muscle. Scientists have taught a woman with damaged inner ears, who for five years had had “a sense of perpetual falling,” to rega (more…)

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Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond (Merloyd Lawrence Book) (Hardcover)

Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond (Merloyd Lawrence Book)
For: Age 12 to adults
Subject: Animals
Rating: 5 stars (9 reviews)
Price: $26.00
Page: 312 pages
By: Meg Daley Olmert

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Many people will attest to the happiness pets bring, but few are aware of the neurochemical basis. In one of those delectably synergistic books that tie together threads of science, history, and everyday life, Olmert explains the evolutionary processes behind what E. O. Wilson calls biophilia, our love and need for animals. The complex story begins with the hormone oxytocin. First identified as the agent for labor contractions and breast-feeding, oxytocin is now recogn (more…)

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