Good Books for Teaching Children about Science, Nature and Math

List compiled by Sara Levine

Allen, Judy and Tudor Humphries: Are you a Bee?
Allen, Judy and Tudor Humphries: Are you a Dragonfly?
Allen, Judy and Tudor Humphries: Are You a Ladybug?*
Allen, Judy and Tudor Humphries: Are You a Snail?
Anthony, Joseph: In A Nutshell
Aston, Dianna: An Egg is Quiet
Bentley, W.A. and W.J. Humphreys: Snow Crystals
Berne, Jennifer: On a Beam of Light
Brenner, Barbara: One Small Place in a Tree*
Brown, Ruth: Ten Seeds*
Burns, Loree Griffin: CItizen Scientists: Be Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
Campbell, Sarah C.: Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator
Campbell, Sarah C.: Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
Cannon, Janell: Stellaluna
Cannon, Janell: Verdi
Cate, Annette Leblanc: Look Up: Bird Watching in Your Backyard
Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Chin, Jayson: Grand Canyon
Chin, Jason: Redwoods
Davies, Nicola: What’s Eating You? Parasites-The Inside Story
Dorling Kindersley, ed.: Frog, See How They Grow*
Educational Insights (Publisher): Fascinating Insects Giant Picture Gallery*
Ehlert, Lois: Nuts to You
Feiffer, Jules: Bark George
Fleming, Denise: In the Small, Small Pond
Fleming, Denise: Time to Sleep
Franco, Betsy: Zero is the Leaves on the Tree
Harris, Robie H.: Goodbye Mousie
Helligman, Deborah: The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbably Life of Paul Erdos
Hines, Anna Grossnickle:  What Joe Saw
Hirsch, Rebecca: Plants Can't Sit Still
Hosford, Kate: Infinity and Me
Gallo, Frank: Bird Calls, Play Sounds, Pull the Tabs*
George, Lindsay Barrett: Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?
George, Lindsay Barrett: Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse
George, Lindsay Barrett: In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?
Gibbons, Gail: Spiders
Goodman, Susan: On This Spot, An Expedition Back Through Time
Goodman, Susan: The Truth About Poop
Goor, Ron and Nancy: Insect Metamorphosis, From Egg to Adult
Green, Jen: A Dead Log
Hartland, Jessie: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum
Himmelman, John: An Earthworm’s Life
Himmelman, John: A House Spider’s Life*
Himmelman, John: A Luna Moth’s Life
Himmelman, John: A Monarch Butterfly’s Life
Himmelman, John: A Pill Bug’s Life*
Himmelman, John: A Salamander’s Life
Himmelman, John: A Wood Frog’s Life
Jenkins, Martin: The Emperor’s Egg
Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page: What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?*
Johnson, Jinny: Skeletons, An Inside Look at Animals*
Jango-Cohen, Judith: Porcupines
Levine, Sara: Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons*
Levine, Sara: Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks and Chompers
Locker, Thomas: Sky Tree, Seeing Science Through Art
Mazer, Anne: The Salamander Room
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs: Snowflake Bentley
Menotti, Andrea: How Many Jelly Beans: A Book of Giant Numbers
Parsons, Alexandra: Amazing Snakes
Prelutsky, Jack: Scranimals, Poems
Richardson, Justin and Peter Parnell: And Tango Makes Three
Scarry, Richard: I am a Bunny
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro: First the Egg
Shulevitz, Uri: Snow
Sidman, Joyce: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Sill, Cathryn: About Amphibians: A Guide for Children
Sill, Cathryn: About Mollusks: A Guide for Children
Sill, Cathryn: About Reptiles: A Guide for Children
Sill, Cathryn: About Rodents: A Guide for Children
Silver, Donald M.: Pond, One Small Square
Stewart, Melissa: Baboons
Stewart, Melissa:  Frog or Toad? How Do You Know
Stewart, Melissa: Feathers: Not Just For Flying
Stewart, Melissa: When Rain Falls
Stewart, Melissa: Under the Snow
Stewart, Melissa: A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider
Stewart, Melissa: It’s Stip-acular! The Secrets of Saliva
Stewart, Melissa:  Now Hear This! The Secrets of Ears and Hearing
Stoeke, Janet Morgan: A Hat for Minerva Louise
Stokes, Donald and Lillian: Beginner’s Guide to Birds
Tafuri, Nancy: Have You Seen My Ducking?
Tibbitts, Christine: Seashells, Crabs and Seastars
Turner, Pamela: Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird
Waddell, Martin: Owl Babies
Wallmark, Laurie: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Walsh, Ellen Stoll: Hop Jump*
Ward, Jennifer: Mama Built a Little Nest
Wiesner, David: Tuesday
Yolen, Jane: Owl Moon*

Books I’ve used most frequently are marked with an *