September, 2009 | Science Books For Kids - Best Of 2011
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…)

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

From Publishers Weekly
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…)

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

From Booklist
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…)

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…)

The Complete Book of Science, Grades 5-6 (Paperback)

The Complete Book of Science, Grades 5-6
For: Grades 5-6 / Ages 10-12
Subject: Activity book / plants, animals, Earth, environment, air, water, sound, biology, etc
Rating: 4.5 stars (17 reviews)
Price: $14.95
Page: 352 pages
By: School Specialty Publishing

The Complete Book of Science for grades 5 to 6 teaches children important science skills! Children complete a variety of exercises that help them develop a number of skills in this 352 page workbook. Including a complete answer key this workbook features a user-friendly format perfect for browsing, research, and review. Over 4 million in print! The best-selling Complete Book series (more…)

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups (Hardcover)

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups
For: Grades 4-10 / Ages 9-15
Subject: Nature
Rating: 5 stars (3 reviews)
Price: $15.95
Page: 96 pages
By: Gina Ingoglia

The birds, the bees, the flowers and the…TREES! How do trees grow? Why do leaves change? What kind of tree is that? The acclaimed Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s newest guide answers all kids’ (and their parents’) tree-related questions in an easy-to-understand way. It features 33 different trees that grow in North America, from rural Georgia to the streets of New York City to the California suburbs. Each profile includes a beautiful botanical watercolor illustration by author Gina (more…)

Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story (Sharing Nature With Children Book) (Hardcover)

Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story (Sharing Nature With Children Book)
For: Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13
Subject: Astronomy, Space
Rating: 4.5 stars (22 reviews)
Price: $19.95
Page: 48 pages
By: Jennifer Morgan (Author) & Dana Lynne Andersen (Illustrator)

Review
“When returning from the Moon, I experienced directly and emotionally the personal connection to the Universe described by Jennifer Morgan.” — Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, author

In this first of a trilogy, the Universe tells its own life story of chaos and creativity, science and struggle. Time after time the Universe nearly perishes, then bravely triumphs and turns itself into new and even more spectacular forms. Eventually it turns stardust into you. This s (more…)

Math To Know: A Mathematics Handbook


For: Grades 1-3 / Ages 6-8
Subject: Math
Rating: 4.5 stars (6 reviews)
Price: $26.60
Page: 483 pages
By: Mary C. Cavanagh

This book is one that every elementary school teacher, parent or grand parent should have on their book shelf.  When you seem to can’t explain a math concept to a child, you can simply rely on Math to Know to help you, which will do a super job and will put those concepts in terms easy to understand. A wonderful reference tool for all adults who have to deal with children every day. teachers. The entire series is a must for all teachers of Math. more…

Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books) (Paperback)

Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books)
For: Kindergarten – Grade 3 / Ages 4-8
Subject: Space
Rating: 4.5 stars (12 reviews)
Price: $6.99
Page: 32 pages
By: Joan Sweeney

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-The creators of Me on the Map (Crown, 1996) trump Robin Hirst’s My Place in Space (Orchard, 1990) by adding a tour of the solar system to their young narrator’s cheery recitation of her place in the universe. Donning an imaginary space suit and dashing off childlike crayon drawings as she goes, the russet-haired tour guide takes viewers past the Moon, Sun, and each planet, then out to the Milky Way and beyond. At each stop, she furnishes (more…)

Universe (Hardcover)

Universe
For: Grade 8 and over / Age 13 and older
Subject: Astronomy, Space
Rating: 5 stars (54 reviews)
Price: N/A
Page: 512 pages
By: Martin Rees (editor)

From Booklist
*Starred Review* Notable for its outstanding color illustrations, this work was written by a team of astronomers and science writers in language accessible to high-school students and the general reader. The topically arranged entries range in length from a short paragraph to several pages. This book should be of interest to anyone who appreciates the wonders of the universe and would enjoy a beautifully illustrated guided tour by experts.The volume is divided into th (more…)

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book: Fun Projects for Kids to Learn About the Wonders of Wildlife and Nature

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book: Fun Projects for Kids to Learn About the Wonders of Wildlife and Nature
For: Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Nature and Animals / Activity book
Rating: 5 stars (2 reviews)
Price: N/A
Page: 64 pages
By: Robin Michal Krootz

From an apartment-rail hummingbird feeder to a backyard bat house. . .from a butterfly-friendly window box to a nest full of baby swallows. . .here are simple instructions for creating inviting, easy-to-make feeders and havitats that will attract insects, birds, squirrels, bats, frogs, and other small creatures. Many of the projects use recycled materials. These enjoyable science-based activities are accompanied by attractive illustrations and amazing anecdotes, facts, and insights (more…)

Janice VanCleave’s Biology For Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments That Really Work

Janice VanCleave's Biology For Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments That Really Work (Science for Every Kid Series)
For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-13
Subject: Biology / Activity book
Rating: 4.5 stars (3 reviews)
Price: $12.95
Page: 240 pages
By: Janice VanCleave

What’s the effect of osmosis on a raisin? How is water transported through plant stems? What’s the best way to grow penicillin? How are butterflies different from moths? Now you can discover answers to these and other fascinating questions about biologythe study of living organisms. In Biology for Every Kid, you’ll learn how to talk with fireflies, watch bacteria wage war in a glass of milk, discover how to tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps, and fi (more…)