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#KidlitBooks to remind your readers why Science is Awesome

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{guest post from Hannah Rials}

Science and kids…it’s seems to go hand-in-hand like summer and fun. Science is also the “S” in S.T.E.M; something that is on the radar of all teachers and parents these days. Lucky for us, the books and resources to encourage the love of science is abundant and more and more kids these days are discovering why science is so awesome. Here’s come book recommends that Jump Into a Book has had the pleasure of reviewing:

Fun Science: A Guide to Life, The Universe, and Why Science is So Awesome by Charlie McDonnell

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If this book had been my science text book, I probably would have been a lot more interested in science as a kid! McDonnell presents all the necessary scientific information we ever need (just kidding kids, keep learning), but in a super fun way! The exciting illustrations break up the monotony that can be associated with science text books.
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McDonnell also includes Super Fun Facts every once in awhile just to keep us on our toes. For example: “For any Star Wars fans, there’s also a galaxy that NASA refers to as the Death Star Galaxy. The Death Star galaxy is currently blasting a neighboring galaxy with an immense jet of radiation and particles. While both galaxies do have super massive black holes at their cores, the Death Star appears to be the more aggressive of the two.” How cool is that?
There are so many fun, amazing, mind-blowing things that science explains to us, and this book is pretty extensive in the topics it covers: the universe, the solar system, the earth, life, the body, the brain, the cell, the elements, and the particle. McDonnell even goes into psychology a little bit with a discussion of memory and learning. Grab your copy on Amazon here and start getting “science-y!”
Something To Do
1. Here’s a super fun song to help you learn the planets quickly and easy. Besides, everything is better with a song!

 Ever wondered what it was like landing (and walking) on the Moon? Check out my past booklist on the Celebration of the First Moon-Walk and The Moon Landing BookList
moon landing booklist
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What’s one of the most essential parts of a space crew? Team work! The characters in Planet Kindergarten come to learn this. The main character of this adorable story thinks that he can do everything on his own for the most part. He wants to be the hero of the day and save all of his friends.
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But when the space center is struck with a gigantic mess that this boy creates, he has to enlist the help of the entire crew to successfully end the 100 day space mission. And, of course, with the work of all the crew members, the mission is complete, and they are ready to start day 101! Grab your copy HERE.
Something To Do:
1. Obviously, your kindergartener needs his/her own space ship to blast off on his/her own 100 day mission. So here’s how per the
how to build a rocketship
2. Other Books about Team Work:

Atlas of Animal Adventures by Rachel Williams and Emily Hawkins

Woah, okay this book has it all! Go on a journey across our planet discovery the amazing wildlife living in our forests, oceans, trees, and dirt! Crazy some creatures make their homes, huh?
Your tour starts in Africa, specifically Kenya where you can run with the wildebeest. Just think of the Lion King, and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Your tour ends, in all places of Antarctica. Okay, be honest, who thought that there were so many different types of animals on Antarctica? This book discusses three to be exact, though there are many many more.
However, we’re not just learning facts about all of these magnificent animals. You’re also on a sort of I-spy mission, though the book doesn’t tell you this until you’ve reached the end to see how close you’ve paid attention to their fantastic illustrations! So keep your eyes peeled while reading throughout this fun adventure. You’re on a safari across planet earth!
Something To Do:
1. Here’s a super fun, easy sun catcher idea from a Little Pinch of Perfect! Pick out all the animals you find in this book who live in water, cut out their shapes and attach them to these neat sun catchers! But be sure that they’re separated into their rightful habitats.
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2. Get up and moving like an animals with this activity cube!
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What on Earth by Isabel Thomas

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This is a fantastically entertaining book filled with gobs and gobs of information and activities to help you learn all about that mystical thing we call wind. How does wind work? Where does it come from? What do you mean there’s different types of wind? That sounds crazy. Yes, my friends, wind is not magic, it’s science. But it’s still fun to imagine.
In this book, you’ll learn all about wind, as well as how to make tools to help you understand it even better. You’ll make paper gliders, wind chimes, an anemometer, a weather vane, and much more.
Water reflects the same structure as Wind. You start off with a few poems about water, learning where water comes from and all it’s different forms, and how to tell if it’s going to rain. You’ll make an iceberg, cloud in a jar, a rain gauge, and learn how to make a secret message with salt and water. How cool is that? This book makes learning about water super cool!
Obviously, this book doesn’t need activities because it’s made up of them. To learn about the world around us, get these books and start exploring and investigating!

The Great Big Body Book by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

Our bodies truly are remarkable creations that are so complicated and interesting. It seems like there’s always more to learn about it. The Great Big Body Book is an absolutely excellent introduction for kids to all our different body parts, the way we grow, how our bodies change, and basically most of what we can expect as we grow older.
Along with the narrative of our changing bodies, this book includes fun facts about our bodies. For instance, did you know that our tongues have their own individual prints?
Hoffman and Asquith do an absolutely wonderful job of conveying acceptance in all types, shapes, forms, and colors of our bodies. Because in the end, despite the differences that we see, we’re all humans with the same basic body parts, and we all deserve to be treated as human beings, nothing less.
Something To Do:
1. I think our fingerprints are one of the coolest parts of our bodies. Here’s a fun science activity from KC Edventures to examine your fingerprints:
fingerprint science for kids
2. Keeping our precious bodies clean is SO important, but there’s no reason we can’t have fun doing that! Here’s a link with tons of great homemade soap recipes:
homemade soap activity

3. This website has a plentitude of fun activities to help kids learn about the human body.

human body activities
Let’s all enjoy a week filled with Science fun and reading!!
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Hannah RialsHANNAH RIALS: A Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result was her YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches. Ascension has already garnered high praise and several notable awards including a First Place 2016 Purple Dragonfly award and a prestigious GOLD award in IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, Children/YA-New Voices. When not spending time with her family, Hannah leads a creative writing group and is busy writing the next YA novel in the Cheyanne Lane series. Connect with Hannah on FacebookTwitter and via her website.