Living Science 1-6

These are living books that present science topics in a story format.  Projects and experiments are on the Science Projects 1-6 page.

Except for Capyboppy and the Himmelman stories, these books are long and should be spread out over 1-2 terms.


Years 1, 2, 3

Picture Books

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)

Capyboppy (Peet)

What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?

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

Dooryard Stories
Among the Farmyard People
Among the Meadow People
Among the Night People
Among the Forest People
Among the Pond People


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

Secrets of the Woods
School of the Woods
Ways of Wood Folk
A Little Brother to the Bear

Ernest Thompson Seton

Wild Animals I Have Known
Wild Animal Ways

Frank Bachman

Great Inventors and Their Inventions

Paul Fleisher

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

“George’s Secret Key to the Universe” series

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