These are living books that present science topics in a story format. Projects and experiments are on the Science Projects 1-6 page.
Some of these books are scheduled in Ambleside Online. However, we are ALL over the place on science; this is the only topic that we really tend to follow our interests, the seasons, and the natural habitat of where we live or are traveling.
Except for Capyboppy and the Himmelman stories, these books are long and should be spread out over 1-2 terms.
Years 1, 2, 3
James Herriot’s Treasury For Children
By John Himmelman (These are very sweet – and accurate – picture books that my children read over and over).
A Ladybug’s Life
An Earthworm’s Life
A Monarch Butterfly’s Life
A Dandelion’s Life
A House Spider’s Life
A Salamander’s Life
A Luna Moth’s Life
A Slug’s Life
A Wood Frog’s Life
A Hummingbird’s Life
A Pill Bug’s Life
A Mouse’s Life
“Scientists in the Field” series
Smithsonian books by Seymour Simon
The Story of Salt (Kurlansky)
Christian Liberty Nature Readers ($): These get progressively more difficult each year. They do have a strong Christian bias.
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book K (does not come in pack)
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 1
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 2
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 3
Clara Dillingham Pearson
Year 4, 5, 6
Any of the books above, and also:
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 4
Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 5
William J. Long
Ernest Thompson Seton
Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science. Great book, hard to find. See AO’s notes here.
Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science series. These are great books to start around Year 6, and read through one each year for Years 6-8. They are more history than hard science, but very engaging and informative.
Aristotle Leads the Way
Newton at the Center
Einstein Adds a New Dimension