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The Homeschool Diner Guide to
Science Resources for Homeschoolers


Literature-Based Science

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006


Check your public library, eBay, and used book stores for these titles... you
can also find many other non-fiction titles in both the children's and young
adult's science sections of your library!


Best Science Books for Children an annual list from the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, includes adult, young adult,
and children's books (compiled from their SB&F magazine)

Let's Read and Find Out -- a nice series by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld  -
the first is "What Lives in a Shell", available thru major book sellers.

The Magic School Bus series -- covers science topics in a kid-friendly
comic book style, includes picture books, chapter books, videos, and PC
software, available thru Scholastic Books

The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne -- chapter books
based on either science topics or social studies topics and many have
associated research guides which can be used in unit studies, great for
ages 4-8, reading level: 2.1

The Mad Scientists' Club series -- a series of short stories written in the
60s and 70s (originally for Boy's Life magazine) by the late Bertrand R.
Brinley, they have been brought into re-print by his son.

"One Small Square" Series by Donald M. Silver -- over 18 titles in this
series for pre-K to early elementary scientific nature studies, includes many
different habitats and biomes, and several pop-up books -- available thru
major book sellers.

Noeo Homeschool Science Curriculum -- (K - 6) literature-based
science units with accompanying lab experiment kits, uses real books
available from the library (but offered for sale on the website), the kits,
called "The Young Scientist Club Experiment Kits", come with a parent's
guide and correlate with the books, but can be bought and used separately  
   

The Story of Science by Joy Hakim -- a series of biography-based books
on science and the scientists behind the discoveries, written in a friendly  
conversational tone

DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing -- colorful photo-filled presentation of
topics for pre-K to middle school, various subjects

Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up by Lisa Westburg Peters --
clever, funny geology poems, glossary of terms included

ChemComics -- Periodic Table of the Elements Comic Books

Horrible Science -- a series of books by Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles,
originally published only in the UK but now many titles are available thru
Scholastic Books, lots of gross facts and the kind of off-color comic humor
that makes 10 year old kids roll on the floor laughing, not recommended for
the "squeemish".

"Cartoon Guide to Chemistry" and "Cartoon Guide to Physics"  by
Larry Gonick -- two in a series of comic-book style texts that use humorous
cartoons to teach complex science topics.  Many other science, math, and
history topics available.  Available thru most major book sellers.

Science of Cooking reading list -- great books for teens

25 Greatest Science Books of All Time -- a listing of the "classics"

Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking --
descriptions of tracks and scat, tips for seeing more wildlife and
appreciating nature, plus Native American words of wisdom, 1983, ISBN:
0-425-09966-0  

Germ Stories by Arthur Kornberg -- funny but informative poems about
germs, written by Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Michael Swanwick's Periodic Table of Science Fiction -- each element
has a story to tell... [
caution: parents should preview for younger children
as some of the stories have mature content]

Science Books for Children at American Scientific .com -- an extensive  
selection of science-related children's books

Living Science Books -- a list of science books suited to a Charlotte
Mason approach to science from "A Charlotte Mason Education" website.



Science in Fiction
Seek book reviews, such as on Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
or on Wikipedia, or Amazon.com, to determine if reading levels and content
of a particular book are appropriate for your child, in addition to those listed
here, most science fiction stories include references to science -- check out
other reading lists in the
Literature section of the Homeschool Diner


The Spark Files Series by Terry Deary -- fun mystery series about a
family that uses science to get out of trouble or solve crimes, directions for
related hands-on science experiments are given in each book

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye -- fantasy, Hermux, a mouse
watchmaker, becomes embroiled in an evil plot to create a formula for
eternal youth, includes some chemistry

Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham -- historic fiction, a colonial
boy dreams of going to Harvard.. but must quit school to support himself.  
He begins his own course of studies in math, navigation, Latin, and science,
which ends up opening doors for him and leads to his success.

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman -- historic fiction, an
orphaned pre-teen girl in Medieval England becomes apprentice to a
midwife, includes use of medicinal herbs, discussion of ethnobotany
included in glossary

A Wrinkle in Time Series by Madeleine D'Engle -- science fiction/fantasy,
Meg and her highly intelligent family become involved in an intergalactic
battle against evil... a battle that relies not on blasters and weaponry to win,
but  on courage, faith, strength of character and love, includes physics,
metaphysics, mathematics

The Magician's Apprentice by Sidney Rosen (this book is not at all
connected to the Disney movie of the same name) -- historic fiction, a 15
year old orphan is accused of having a heretical paper in his possession
and escapes an Inquisition only by promising to spy on Franciscan Friar
Roger Bacon who is performing what the Church deems "suspicious"
experiments, includes references to mathematics, astronomy, alchemy,
scientific method

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric Kelly -- historic fiction, a boy befriends
an alchemist and his daughter, includes chemistry and alchemy

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer -- science fiction, a 12 year old genius
masterminds a plan to capture a leprechaun and hold him for ransom,  
includes high-tech gadgetry, some physics and mathematics  

Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz -- spy thriller, a 14 year old English
boy becomes an unwilling spy and successfully foils evil plots to destroy the
world, includes high-tech gadgetry, some physics and chemistry

Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow two parallel series by Orson Scott
Card -- in an alternate Earth future highly intelligent kids are recruited into
the military and sent to school to become specialized space soldiers --
trained to defend Earth against an impending alien attack

Temperance Brennan Series by Kathy Reich -- forensic thriller, a series
of books about a forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, who
stumbles across and solves modern day mysteries, the TV series "Bones" is
loosely based on these novels, includes forensic science and chemistry

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams -- humorous science
fiction story, includes some physics and mathematics

Icarus at the Edge of Time by Brian Greene-- a new twist on the myth
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