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5 picture books for your science shelf


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These five science-driven books explore time, skeletons, the earth in the solar system, our teeth, and the Galapagos Islands. Yup, it’s all there in picture books.




Just a Second by Steve Jenkins. (Okay, all the by Steve Jenkins books.)

It may be just a second, but so much interesting stuff happens in that span! A crocodile’s heartbeat, just as one small example.


You may never look at a second or an hour quite the same.





Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine, illustrations by T.S. Spookytooth.



This one’s a guessing game about vertebrates (like us). What would happen if we had no bones or no arm bones or only one toe for each leg? Well, we’d be a different animal altogether.






On Earth by G. Brian Karas.

In which our merry-go-round the sun planet’s workings are explored:

axis, rotation, revolution,  shadows, night, day, and seasons.










Open Wide—Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller.


Yup, dentists can be scary and brushing and flossing can be onerous. But neither of those adjectives describes this book full of tooth info presented in a zany way!





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Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin.

It’s a biography of the island Darwin studied, but it goes back long before that and how it came to be.

Not only that, but its amazing inhabitants are a primer on natural selection.

(In fact, all Jason Chin’s recent books are scientifically illuminating.)






Which one (or five) would you add to a science shelf?