Make a Model of the Solar System

Make a Model of the Solar System

The sun is at the center of our solar system. All the planets and other objects orbit around it in their own path.
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Get to Know the  Constellations

Get to Know the Constellations

From The Stars

There are dozens of constellations in the night sky. Some of them are very recognizable once you learn what they look like.

Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon

From The Moon

To understand the phases of the moon, become an astronomer for a month!

Make a Terrarium

Make a Terrarium

From The Earth

While an aquarium is for fish, a terrarium is for plants. Like Earth, your terrarium will need all the right ingredients in just the right amounts.

Investigate a Creation Myth

Investigate a Creation Myth

From The Universe

Nearly all civilizations had their own creation myths. Sometimes, these creation myths were weirdly similar, even if the cultures had no known contact. Let’s take a look at some and see if there is any truth in the stories.



"This visually appealing set in the Picture Book Science series (4 new titles) offers solid introductions to four members of our solar system. Age appropriate, easily digestible explanations describe the origins of each entity, how it evolved to its current state, how it affects human life, and what its future may hold. The text also addresses concerns, such as air, water, and light pollution, and concludes with a nicely designed activity."

Praise for other books in the Picture Book Science series

Forces: Physical Science for Kids by Andi Diehn

Booklist - Starred Review March 15, 2018
Forces, despite its down-to-earth scientific grounding, manages to do the nearly impossible. Diehn brings gravity, magnetism, push-pull forces, and friction to life in everyday contexts, without a hint of schoolroom jargon. Children, parents, and teachers alike can enjoy learning the charming, often funny, relatable, and accessible science within this Picture Book Science series (4 titles) offering.”

Praise for other books by Laura Perdew

Biodiversity Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Environmental Science Activities for Kids

Booklist - Top 10 Nonfiction Series for 2020
“Build It Environmental Science (4 titles) Gr. 4–8. Mixing comics and thoughtfully designed activities with solid information, this series accessibly explores with precision such topics as biodiversity, biomes, and Earth’s garbage problem.” Read more online.

Booklist - Top 10 Books on the Environment & Sustainability for Youth: 2020
“Activities and accessible text bring the importance and complexity of biodiversity to upper-elementary and middle-school students.”

Booklist - Starred Review
“Nomad applies its dependable activity-book format to the new Build It Environmental Science series (4 titles). Here biodiversity is placed under the microscope—sometimes literally—in a text that makes daunting concepts, such as evolution, levels of biodiversity (genetic, species, or ecosystem), and why biodiversity matters, easy to understand without sacrificing scientific precision. . . By book’s end, readers will truly understand what biodiversity is, its importance to the health of the planet, and humans’ impact on the complex natural systems where it thrives.”

Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?

 National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“This book uses the concept of extinction to teach a little chemistry, a little climatology, paleontology, biology (biodiversity), ecology, and a lot of geology. The science information is historical and current, drawing on three–dimensional learning, incorporating science practices to determine what factors affect extinction in general and specifically. The integration of concepts help bring the science alive and relevant.”

Detailed Book Description

There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun.

What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System. In this nonfiction picture book, children ages 5 to 8 learn how the sun creates the days, seasons, and years we experience on Earth and even affects our weather and water. Funny aliens provide a running commentary on the Universe’s clear explanations of complex science topics and a hands-on activity provides an extra layer of learning. Plus, a poem at the beginning offers a language-based introduction to science details. A great choice as both a read aloud and for early readers.

Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $9.95
Includes: Glossary
Specs: 9.5 x 9.5 size | 4-color interior | 32 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Space Science
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