It’s been an exciting year for Space Exploration already, and this month features one the most regular and spectacular celestial events: the Perseid Meteor Shower! Summer Reading Program has also wrapped up this month with some fun science experiments for the kids. Are you sensing a theme? These are our recommendations for the Back-to-School season–or at least for the spirit of learning. :)
For the Kids:
This book has a ton of activities! Even if you’re not one for science experiments, you’re sure to find something.
by Jill Frankel Hauser
This book has great hands-on activities to make machines and contraptions to bring the world of physics to an understandable level.
by Robert Hirschfeld & Nancy White
Half the fun of science is the excuse to get your hands dirty!
by Jim Wiese
Great for the aspiring Magician. This book showcases what makes exploring science really fun.
by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann
A lot of things can seem difficult to understand and this book breaks it into easier-to-handle chunks. Step by step, you can make something that seems complicated (and wow your friends), but is actually quite easy and fun!
And for the Young-at-Heart:
by John Gribbin
Despite the author being a science writer, he is adept at writing in a way that’s not intimidating, but not simple either. It’s engaging.
by Carl Sagan
You can’t be disappointed by notes and anecdotes from a legend like Carl Sagan!
by Bill Bryson
We’ve recommended this one before. It’s just so good! Read about the world’s scientific discoveries from the mechanics of the Solar System to what atoms are really made of. It’ll make you wonder.
by Steve Weinberg
Take a journey through ancient science practices and discover how humanity has learned what we know now.
by Neil Hook
Science and literature has always had a strong connection. Read about how they’ve influenced each other.