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Don’t know much about history; don’t know much biology; don’t know much about the science book; don’t know much about the French I took. ~ Kenneth C. Davis
If you are interested in a subject you know nothing about, start with a children’s book on the topic. These books cover the basics and assume the reader knows little or nothing about the matter. The authors present information in a clear manner and the books are often beautifully illustrated.
Learn about those pine beetles which have decimated our forests in Kay Turnbaugh’s The Mountain Pine Beetle, illustrated by David Brooks. Turnbaugh describes the life cycle of this tiny pest and how they can bring down large swaths of woodland. Photos and explanatory illustrations accompany the text.
We are blessed with an extraordinary view of the night sky up here where there is little light pollution. So what is the name of that twinkling star or glowing orb? Find out in DK Eyewitness Books: Astronomy by Kristen Lippincott. Lippincott not only supplies the names of the most prominent bodies in the night sky but also tells about the continuing research and recent discoveries in the field.
We live in a geologist’s dream, and minerals spurred the settlement of this area. Cynthia L. Brown’s Explore Rocks and Minerals!, illustrated by Bryan Stone, is an introduction to geology that includes hands-on activities to help explain the physical changes in the world. The reader will learn to distinguish among igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks plus learn how fossils are made.
Arachnologists tell us that we are never more than five feet from a spider wherever we are. Learn more about these eight-legged creatures in Nic Bishop Spiders. The extremely close-up shots are spooky, but after reading this book, you will be able to tell whether you should worry about that large, messy web in your basement.
From snakes to crocodiles, learn the basics about reptiles in Mysteries & Marvels of the Reptile World by Ian F. Spellerberg. Aided by informative illustrations, the text explains the habits and habitats of the major reptile species in North American.
Darwin and Evolution for Kids by Kristan Lawson is both a biography of Charles Darwin and an activity guide for young scientists helping them to understand how Darwin came to believe in evolution.
In Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction by Dan Green, readers learn about the properties of matter and how they interact, combine, and change.
If you’re looking for a basic guide to Colorado – its history, geography, early settlers, try A Kid’s Look at Colorado by Boulder author Phyllis J. Perry. Perry’s book is also a great guide for trips around the State and when hiking, camping, and viewing wildlife.
When your child asks you how the car engine works, even if you know, you might be hard-pressed to explain it in age-appropriate terms. National Geographic Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World is the go-to book for everything: science, technology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mechanics. Adults who find themselves a bit hazy on things like how the voice on the radio gets to you will also appreciate this book.
Peruse the juvenile non-fiction section staring at J500 to start your education in almost any topic.
See you around the stacks.