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

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.

For more fun topics, check our selection of science books for kids.

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.

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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Tomy I-SOBOT Robot

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547)