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Science and nature books for second graders

From playful penguins to mighty dinosaurs, there's something to fascinate everyone on this book list. Beyond our recommended critter curriculum, titles on the benefits of recycling and vermicomposting (in which worms do all the good work) will introduce children to the ABCs of environmentalism.

Science and nature books for third graders

From great whites to garbage, let these books spark your child's interest in science by presenting a range of natural (and not so natural) phenomena. Learn how predators use camouflage to hunt more effectively, for example, or how to keep trash out of landfills. Your...

Science and nature books for first graders

Help first graders learn about the natural world around them. This book list will not only spark their curiosity about creatures as varied as beetles, sea turtles, and polar bears, but also offer important lessons about becoming an involved citizen.

Science and nature books for fifth graders

Scientists and inventors have a unique ability to captivate kids with their creations and, more often than not, eccentricities. These books let kids recreate Leonardo da Vinci's inventions, for example, and study the strange lives of scientists who experimented on themselves. Your fifth grader may...

Science and nature books for middle schoolers

Tired of the dry, academic tomes that purport to teach science? GreatSchools rounds out our grade-by-grade recommendations for science and nature books with this excellent, irrevent collection by artist Simon Basher, plus topical picks on the environment and global warming.

Books for kids who hate to read

Is your child missing out on the joys of books? Check out these ideas to kick-start his or her love of reading.

Read aloud books for first graders

Get cozy and start a reading adventure with these read-together favorites.

Read aloud books for second graders

Meet inspired inventors, mixed-up schools, and naughty children in these read-together books your child will love.

One mom's top picks for kids' book clubs

An experienced book club mom recommends books for children from first through sixth grade.

Your Turn: Books You Loved as a Child

Thanks to the many readers who shared their favorite childhood books. At the top of your lists - The Cat in the Hat and Where the Wild Things Are.