Biology 7+

Years 7-8


“A Class of Their Own” series: Archaea, Protists, Fungi, Bacteria, Plants, Animals

A year of Botany from

Ellen J. McHenry

The Brain

Living Books

Wicked Plants (Stewart)
Wicked Bugs (Stewart)
Life of the Spider (le Fabre)
Life of the Fly (le Fabre)
A World in a Drop of Water

Years 9+


Science for High School Biology (curriculum+ lab)
Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments + Kits

Exploring the Way Life Works: The Science of Biology
World of the Cell
CK-12 Biology (free online digital textbook)
Life  on Earth (free online digital textbook on iTunes)

More options from Homeschool Diner for Biology

One year Anatomy & Physiology curriculum from Guest Hollow

Living Books

I have selected the first book in each category for the next school year, but I’m listing all the options I considered.

General Biology

The Panda’s Thumb (Gould)
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology
Life’s Matrix (Ball)
Gulp (Roach)
Stiff (Roach)
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer


The Microbe Hunters
A Field Guide to Bacteria
Parasite Rex

Genetics / Evolution

Genome (Ridley)
The Cartoon Guide to Genetics
Cats Are Not Peas (and Genetics of Calico Cats – online article)
The Seven Daughters of Eve
The Double Helix (Watson)
Triple Helix
10,000 Year Explosion
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
Before the Dawn


Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds
What a Plant Knows

Zoology / Entomology / Classification

Diversity of Life (Wilson) – Environmental Science
In a Patch of Fireweed
The Life of Birds (Attenborough)
The Tree of Life (Lecointre)
Oxygen (Lane)

Online Articles

Cancer to the Rescue


The Biology Project (free online text)

Biology Mad (online A-level study guide for UK)

National Geographic’s “The Loom”

Science Daily 

Science News

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