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message 1: by Betsy, co-mod (last edited May 22, 2017 07:15PM) (new)

Betsy | 1700 comments Mod
Post here if you know of a book about science which is suitable for children.


message 2: by Judith (new)

Judith Hubbard | 10 comments Thanks for making this post, Betsy - I just created my own, but will also add links to my books here. I am a geology professor, and also write earth science books for kids age 8-14. Please check them out!

Earthquake Science (In Depth Science Book 4) by Judith Hubbard Earthquake Science

Plate Tectonics The engine inside the Earth by Judith Hubbard Plate Tectonics: The engine inside the Earth

What's so cool about mountains, anyway? by Judith Hubbard What's so cool about mountains, anyway?

What are diamonds, and how do they form? (In Depth Science, #1) by Judith Hubbard What are diamonds, and how do they form?

The books cover college-level science with words, ideas, and images appropriate for kids age 8-14.

I'm currently working on book 5: Earth's Changing Climate. So far, my biggest challenge in this new book has been explaining how scientist use oxygen isotopes in ice cores from Antarctica to learn about past ice ages. My favorite part was explaining the process of how scientists actually get the cores. Did you know they have to take freezers into the field in Antarctica, to keep the cores below -18 degrees Celsius? If the ice gets warmer than that, the bubbles of ancient atmosphere trapped within the core start to diffuse out - and you lose the record of carbon dioxide.

As a geology professor and earthquake scientist, my job is all about learning - and writing these books has helped me discover new and exciting things!


message 3: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1700 comments Mod
Since Judith has her own self-promotion thread, I moved this thread to a different folder so it will get more exposure.


message 4: by Judith (new)

Judith Hubbard | 10 comments By the way, "Earthquake Science" (above) is free on Kindle from October 18-20. I'd love to hear what you think!


message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 655 comments Thanks. I got a copy.


message 6: by Steve (new)

Steve Van Slyke (steve_van_slyke) | 376 comments I'm a natural history docent for fourth graders. I take them on field trips where they discover evidence of plate tectonics (highly tilted, foliated, metamorphic rocks). I've downloaded the Earthquake Science one and will take a look at the Plate Tectonics one eventually.


message 7: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1700 comments Mod
A couple years ago, I invested in a Kickstarter for a picture book about evolution for young children, Grandmother Fish. It's a charming book and seems to be doing well. They also just came out with a new campaign for a related card game called Clades.


message 8: by Judith (new)

Judith Hubbard | 10 comments Betsy, I just watched a video of a readthrough of Grandmother Fish, and it's absolutely lovely! I'm going to pick up a copy for my kids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xJy3...

Clades also look cool; I'll keep my eye on it.


message 9: by Judith (new)

Judith Hubbard | 10 comments I also wanted to mention one of my favorite kids' science books: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. It's a lyrical retelling of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. Although I was not alive during the original moon landing, it really made an impact on me (and my son, who dressed as Michael Collins for Halloween after reading it).


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