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Energy: Physical Science for Kids

By Andi Diehn  
Illustrated by Hui Li

When you feel like running, leaping, and singing, people might say you have a lot of energy. And you're not the only one! Energy is the stuff that Read More

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Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $9.95
eBook, $6.99
Includes: Glossary
Specs: 8 x 9.75 size | 4-color interior | 32 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Physical Science
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Washington Parent Magazine
Nomad Press propels youngsters to dig deeper into how the world works. Their new series “Physical Science for Kids” debuts with Energy”, Energy, Forces, Matter, and Waves. All four titles blend questions and facts with playful illustrations to get the whole family thinking and investigating. For example, Energy examines chemical, light and electrical energy in terms of what youngsters experience every day – the food they eat, the light of the sun and the running of computers, radios and refrigerators. Readers can even perform simple demonstrations, such as rubbing their hands together to create heat energy. Inquiring young minds will adore this series for its savvy combination of facts and fun.

Young children have so many questions about the world and how everything works. Curiousity runs wild in their brains, but more than anything they just want to learn and absorb. This series is a must get for parents, classrooms, and libraries because it addresses many of the questions that kids have. Read more online.
“Andi Diehn’s Physical Science for Kids collection: MatterEnergyForces, and Waves, illustrated by Shululu, is a collection of four books written for kids ages 5-8. With lighthearted illustrations and kid-friendly, conversational prose, these books introduce basic physics concepts through discussion of every day observations. Each book has a focus just narrow enough to allow for the introduction of approximately 10 terms (defined in a glossary at the end of each book), several interactive questions, and a TRY THIS! section with coordinating activities in a length perfect for the targeted age group. The result is a series of interactive, high yield books that set a great foundation in physical science while simultaneously conveying that science is fun, interesting, and within reach. My kids love these books—not only are they chosen for story time frequently, but each reading results in multiple follow-up questions and a burst of renewed enthusiasm for science!”

Picture Book Buzz
“Finding interesting and interactive ways to introduce early readers to nature and science is a one of my goals. There are so many fascinating and bizarre animals, awe inspiring natural places, and amazing science that surrounds us daily. I enjoy discovering fun and informative picture books that share these wonders with younger readers.

Andi Diehn and Nomad Press have created a nonfiction, picture book series that takes the larger themes of energy, forces, matter, and waves and brings them down to examples kids can relate to.” Read the complete review online

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“Science books are always a big hit around here. During our normal read aloud time each day, it’s guaranteed that at least one of them will be science-based. Given that I am reading to two first graders, a preschooler, and an 18-month-old, our choice in science books is typically picture books.

Nomad Press has some great ones to offer. We received the Physical Science for Kids Set for review. The set includes four books: Forces, Waves, Matter, and Energy. All four softcover books are 28 pages long with a one-page glossary at the end of the book. They’re all fully illustrated and just plain fun to read and look at.

Each of the books gives sound scientific concepts in easy to read and understandable terms. They’re relatable, funny, and get the kids thinking. The books are written for children ages 5-8, but children older would enjoy them too.

Energy, talked about how people get energy (food and rest) and how plants get energy (sun and water). Electrical energy, light energy, and heat energy are also explored in a kid-friendly manner. This one was probably our favorite, or at least, it was the one they most requested to read.

The Physical Science for Kids Set has been a wonderful addition to our home library. The books are simple enough for everyone to understand yet contain enough scientific truth to be considered a science resource.  They are written in a way that makes them great read alouds, and simple enough that my 7-year-old can confidently read them.”

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.”

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When you feel like running, leaping, and singing, people might say you have a lot of energy. And you're not the only one! Energy is the stuff that makes everything live and move. People, animals, plants-we all need energy to live!

In Energy: Physical Science for Kids, readers ages 5 to 8 discover different forms of energy, including heat, light, and chemical energy, that keep the world working and moving. Children are introduced to 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.