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Waves: Physical Science for Kids

By Andi Diehn  
Illustrated by Hui Li

You can find waves just about everywhere you look! Take a tour of the world of waves in this fun, illustrated introduction to the concept of waves and Read More

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Includes: Glossary
Specs: 8 x 9.75 size | 4-color interior | 32 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Physical Science
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Children’s Bookwatch
"Science can be fun for your children when they try the STEM activities included in this beautifully illustrated science book about waves."

Unleashing readers.com
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.

Story Monsters.com
“Science can be fun for your children when they try the STEM activities included in this beautifully illustrated science book about waves.”

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.

I was surprised by Waves. It begins by explaining the different types of waves. People waving, waves in an ocean, fans in a stadium, and then it moves to energy.

“Energy is an invisible force that travels as a wave. When you see waves in water, it’s the energy that’s moving toward the shore, not the water”

It goes on to explain that the waves are actually moving up and down, like a ball bouncing in water or a balloon bobbing in the air. Light waves, heat waves, and sound waves are also explored.

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.

“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

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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You can find waves just about everywhere you look! Take a tour of the world of waves in this fun, illustrated introduction to the concept of waves and energy and their presence in our world.

This installment in Picture Book Science, a set of books about physical science for kids ages 5 to 8, encourages readers to observe lots of different kinds of waves, including those found in water, wheat, a baseball stadium, and even invisible waves! By combining children’s natural curiosity with prompts for keen observations and quick experiments, Waves: Physical Science for Kids provides a fun introduction for kids to the physical science that rules our world! Great for beginner readers or as a read aloud for younger children.

  • Encourages the development of important skills, including observing, connecting, problem solving, and model testing.
  • Explores different uses of the word “waves,” encouraging readers to make language arts connections and conclusions.