Matter: Physical Science for Kids

Matter: Physical Science for Kids

Everything you can touch and hold is made up of matter—including you, your dog, and this book! Matter is stuff that you can weigh and that takes up space, which means pretty much everything in the world is made of matter!

In Matter, kids ages 5 to 8 discover the basic building block of most of the material they come in contact with every day, including themselves—matter! Children are introduced to the study of physical science through detailed illustrations paired with a nonfiction narrative that uses fun language to convey familiar examples of real-world connections.

  • Encourages the development of important skills, including observing, connecting, problem solving, and model testing.
  • Visually stimulating, detailed illustrations make this an excellent choice as a read aloud for younger children.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $9.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $6.99

Grade Level 1–3

Ages 5–8

GRL K

Subjects

  • Physics

Author
 

Illustrator
Shululu 

Specs

  • 8 x 9.75
  • 4-color interior
  • 32 pages

Includes

  • Glossary

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306448
  • Hardcover, 9781619306424

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Everything you can touch and hold is made up of matter—including you, your dog, and this book! Matter is stuff that you can weigh and that takes up space, which means pretty much everything in the world is made of matter!

In Matter, kids ages 5 to 8 discover the basic building block of most of the material they come in contact with every day, including themselves—matter! Children are introduced to the study of physical science through detailed illustrations paired with a nonfiction narrative that uses fun language to convey familiar examples of real-world connections.

  • Encourages the development of important skills, including observing, connecting, problem solving, and model testing.
  • Visually stimulating, detailed illustrations make this an excellent choice as a read aloud for younger children.

Reviews

Mom Read It

These are a lot of fun: color artwork on every page, a fun poem to kick off each book, and my favorite part: an explanation of the scientific term, with all the uses of the term.

 

Wrapped in Foil

EnergyForcesMatter, and Waves will appeal to the young reader who loves to learn about words. Andi Diehn has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, so her approach is to make vocabulary shine. The titles start with a lively poem to introduce the topic. Next, the author shows how words can have one or more meanings in everyday usage. Finally, she exposes readers to the more specific definitions of the terminology as it is used in the physical sciences and delves into the concepts.

The creative and textured illustrations  by Shululu (the pen name of artist Hui Li) add just the right amount of fun to every page.

 

Praise for other books by Andi Diehn

Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Connection
Students will have fun learning about the many different forms of poetry in this informational resource. . . This book would be a handy resource for teachers to have available to them in the library. Recommended

Publishers Weekly
Over five chapters, Diehn describes poetic forms like limerick, haiku, and acrostic; explores literary techniques, such as personification and exaggeration; and finds connections between poetry, music, and math. Projects include creating a poetry journal and writing ideas on rocks to combat writer’s block. Stone’s cartoons, which star a fox dressed like a Beat poet and a Shakespearean bear, make for a lively layout, while helping target the book at younger readers and poets-to-be.

Technology: Cool Women Who Code
Science Books and Films +: Recommended
Highlights three women that have contributed to technology in STEM and is an excellent book for young girls. The inspirational stories of these successful women in STEM are the perfect introduction to the careers and contributions in technology for young readers. Critical thinking questions are provided throughout the text to further thinking, along with inspirational quotes of females in STEM professions. The text also provides “try it out” boxes which encourages readers to engage in hands-on activities, for example providing links to websites for coding, or by following QR codes that can be accessed by a QR code reader app (additional links are provided in the resource section in the back). This is a much needed book for our time for young readers to be inspired by strong females in the world of STEM, and recommended for both boys and girls.


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Author-Illustrator

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Andi Diehn

Andi Diehn is a writer, editor, and book critic with a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has published dozens of articles, stories, and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms. She lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, with her family.


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Shululu

Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago. Her research has been published in the world’s most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, NY.



More Details

Grade Level: 1–3
Ages: 5–8
GRL: K
Subjects: Physics,
Specs: 8 x 9.75 , 4-color interior , 32 pages,
Includes: Glossary,

Reviews

Mom Read It

These are a lot of fun: color artwork on every page, a fun poem to kick off each book, and my favorite part: an explanation of the scientific term, with all the uses of the term.

 

Wrapped in Foil

EnergyForcesMatter, and Waves will appeal to the young reader who loves to learn about words. Andi Diehn has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, so her approach is to make vocabulary shine. The titles start with a lively poem to introduce the topic. Next, the author shows how words can have one or more meanings in everyday usage. Finally, she exposes readers to the more specific definitions of the terminology as it is used in the physical sciences and delves into the concepts.

The creative and textured illustrations  by Shululu (the pen name of artist Hui Li) add just the right amount of fun to every page.

 

Praise for other books by Andi Diehn

Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects
School Library Connection
Students will have fun learning about the many different forms of poetry in this informational resource. . . This book would be a handy resource for teachers to have available to them in the library. Recommended

Publishers Weekly
Over five chapters, Diehn describes poetic forms like limerick, haiku, and acrostic; explores literary techniques, such as personification and exaggeration; and finds connections between poetry, music, and math. Projects include creating a poetry journal and writing ideas on rocks to combat writer’s block. Stone’s cartoons, which star a fox dressed like a Beat poet and a Shakespearean bear, make for a lively layout, while helping target the book at younger readers and poets-to-be.

Technology: Cool Women Who Code
Science Books and Films +: Recommended
Highlights three women that have contributed to technology in STEM and is an excellent book for young girls. The inspirational stories of these successful women in STEM are the perfect introduction to the careers and contributions in technology for young readers. Critical thinking questions are provided throughout the text to further thinking, along with inspirational quotes of females in STEM professions. The text also provides “try it out” boxes which encourages readers to engage in hands-on activities, for example providing links to websites for coding, or by following QR codes that can be accessed by a QR code reader app (additional links are provided in the resource section in the back). This is a much needed book for our time for young readers to be inspired by strong females in the world of STEM, and recommended for both boys and girls.


Projects


Author-Illustrator

author image

Andi Diehn

Andi Diehn is a writer, editor, and book critic with a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She has published dozens of articles, stories, and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms. She lives in Enfield, New Hampshire, with her family.

author image

Shululu

Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago. Her research has been published in the world’s most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, NY.