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Outstanding Science Trade Books

A list of outstanding science books chosen by science educators, co-sponsored by NSTA and CBC since 1973. Click here to see the downloadable lists.

 
A Book About Whales

A Book About Whales

By: Andrea Antinori
ISBN: 9781419735028
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine

By: Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by:
Veronica Miller Jamison
ISBN: 9780316435178
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

All in a Drop

By: Lori Alexander
Illustrated by:
Vivien Mildenberger
ISBN: 9781328884206
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life

Amazing Evolution

By: Anna Claybourne
Illustrated by:
Wesley Robins
ISBN: 9781782407379
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Anna & Samia: The True Story of Saving a Black Rhino

Anna & Samia

By: Paul Meisel
ISBN: 9780374305772
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel (A Young Reader’s Adaptation)

Beyond Words

By: Carl Safina
Illustrated by:
Carl Safina
ISBN: 9781250144638
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

Counting the Stars

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by:
Raúl Colón
ISBN: 9781534404755
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage

Darwin

By: Fabien Grolleau
Illustrated by:
Jérémie Royer
ISBN: 9781910620502
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography
 
Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer

Dreaming in Code

By: Emily Arnold McCully
ISBN: 9780763693565
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography
 
Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter

Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist

By: Christine Evans
Illustrated by:
Yasmin Imamura
ISBN: 9781943147663
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Exemplary Evidence: Scientists and Their Data

Exemplary Evidence

By: Jessica Fries-Gaither
Illustrated by:
Linda Olliver
ISBN: 9781681403618
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Fanatical About Frogs

Fanatical About Frogs

By: Owen Davey
Illustrated by:
Owen Davey
ISBN: 9781912497980
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Hawking

Hawking

By: Jim Ottaviani
Illustrated by:
Leland Myrick
ISBN: 9781626720251
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography
 
Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life

By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by:
Katy Wu
ISBN: 9781454926917
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Homes in the Wild: Where Baby Animals and Their Parents Live

Homes in the Wild

By: Lita Judge
Illustrated by:
Lita Judge
ISBN: 9781626727243
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Hummingbird

Hummingbird

By: Nicola Davies
Illustrated by:
Jane Ray
ISBN: 9781536205381
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

Instructions Not Included

By: Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn
Illustrated by:
Chelsea Beck
ISBN: 9781368011051
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Into the Deep: An Exploration of Our Oceans

Into the Deep

By: Wolfgang Dreyer
Illustrated by:
Annika Siems
ISBN: 9783791373904
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars

Look Up with Me

By: Jennifer Berne
Illustrated by:
Lorraine Nam
ISBN: 9780062844941
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet

Mario and the Hole in the Sky

By: Elizabeth Rusch
Illustrated by:
Teresa Martínez
ISBN: 9781580895811
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta

Mario y el agujero en el cielo

By: Elizabeth Rusch
Illustrated by:
Teresa Martínez
ISBN: 9781580895828
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys

Migration

By: Mike Unwin
Illustrated by:
Jenni Desmond
ISBN: 9781547600977
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Moth: An Evolution Story

Moth

By: Isabel Thomas
Illustrated by:
Daniel Egnéus
ISBN: 9781547600205
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

Nine Months

By: Miranda Paul
Illustrated by:
Jason Chin
ISBN: 9780823441617
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Nose Knows: Wild Ways Animals Smell the World

Nose Knows

By: Emmanuelle Figueras
Illustrated by:
Claire de Gastold
ISBN: 9781912920075
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book: It’s About Time Moths Had Their Own Book!

Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book

By: Jerry Pallotta
Illustrated by:
Shennen Bersani
ISBN: 9781580896894
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Now You Know What You Eat

Now You Know What You Eat

By: Valorie Fisher
Illustrated by:
Valorie Fisher
ISBN: 9781338215465
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
One Iguana, Two Iguanas: A Story of Accident, Natural Selection, and Evolution

One Iguana, Two Iguanas

By: Sneed B. Collard
ISBN: 9780884486497
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Overview, Young Explorer’s Edition: A New Way of Seeing Earth

Overview, Young Explorer’s Edition

By: Benjamin Grant with Sandra Markle
ISBN: 9781984832023
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Paper World: Planet Earth

Paper World

By: Bomboland
Illustrated by:
Bomboland
ISBN: 9781536208542
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Pollen: Darwin’s 130-Year Prediction

Pollen

By: Darcy Pattison
Illustrated by:
Peter Willis
ISBN: 9781629441191
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Secret Engineer

By: Rachel Dougherty
Illustrated by:
Rachel Dougherty
ISBN: 9781250155320
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
The Butterfly House: Step Inside to Discover Over 100 Species of Nature’s Most Beautiful Insects

The Butterfly House

By: Katy Flint
Illustrated by:
Alice Pattullo
ISBN: 9781786039750
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

The Electric War

By: Mike Winchell
ISBN: 9781250120168
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography
 
The Frog Book

The Frog Book

By: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
ISBN: 9780544387607
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

The Poison Eaters

By: Gail Jarrow
ISBN: 9781629794389
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
The Wonders of Nature

The Wonders of Nature

By: Ben Hoare
ISBN: 9781465485366
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
The Woolly Monkey Mysteries: The Quest to Save a Rain Forest Species

The Woolly Monkey Mysteries

By: Sandra Markle
ISBN: 9781512458688
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur

Titanosaur

By: Diego Pol and José Luis Carballido
Illustrated by:
Florencia Gigena
ISBN: 9781338207392
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans

Undaunted

By: Anita Silvey
ISBN: 9781426333569
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography
 
Unseen Worlds: Real-Life Microscopic Creatures Hiding All Around Us

Unseen Worlds

By: Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt
Illustrated by:
Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt
ISBN: 9781999968014
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
What Miss Mitchell Saw

What Miss Mitchell Saw

By: Hayley Barrett
Illustrated by:
Diana Sudyka
ISBN: 9781481487597
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats

Wilderness

By: Mia Cassany
Illustrated by:
Marcos Navarro
ISBN: 9783791373720
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Animal Homes

Animal Homes

By: Mary Holland
ISBN: 9781643517551
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Las casas de los animales

Las casas de los animales

By: Mary Holland and Javier Camacho Miranda
ISBN: 9781643517605
Nonfiction, 7-12, Spanish
 
Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb

Atomic Women

By: Roseanne Montillo
ISBN: 9780316489591
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids: Activities and Ideas for Watching, Feeding, and Housing Our Feathered Friends

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids

By: Elissa Wolfson and Margaret Barker
ISBN: 9780760366080
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
The Big Bang Book

The Big Bang Book

By: Asa Stahl
Illustrated by:
Carly Allen-Fletcher
ISBN: 9781939547644
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
The Big One: The Cascadia Earthquakes and the Science of Saving Lives

The Big One

By: Elizabeth Rusch
ISBN: 9780544889040
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease

Blood and Germs

By: Gail Jarrow
ISBN: 9781684371761
Nonfiction, Teen, Health
 
Bones: An Inside Look at the Animal Kingdom

Bones

By: Jules Howard
Illustrated by:
Chervelle Fryer
ISBN: 9781536210415
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Born Curious: 20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists

Born Curious

By: Martha Freeman
Illustrated by:
Katy Wu
ISBN: 9781534421530
Nonfiction, 7-12 / Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Bright Dreams: The Brilliant Inventions of Nikola Tesla

Bright Dreams

By: Tracy Dockray
Illustrated by:
Tracy Dockray
ISBN: 9781684461417
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM

Changing the Equation

By: Tonya Bolden
ISBN: 9781419707346
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Condor Comeback

Condor Comeback

By: Sy Montgomery
Illustrated by:
Tianne Strombeck (photographer)
ISBN: 9780544816534
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution

Darwin’s Rival

By: Christiane Dorion
Illustrated by:
Harry Tennant
ISBN: 9781536209327
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist

Dinosaur Lady

By: Linda Skeers
Illustrated by:
Marta Álvarez Miguéns
ISBN: 9781728209517
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Exploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table

Exploring the Elements

By: Isabel Thomas
Illustrated by:
Sara Gillingham
ISBN: 9781838662318
Nonfiction, 7-12 / Teen, Science
 
Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Grow

By: Nicola Davies
Illustrated by:
Emily Sutton
ISBN: 9781536212723
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
If You Take Away the Otter

If You Take Away the Otter

By: Susannah Buhrman-Deever
Illustrated by:
Matthew Trueman
ISBN: 9780763689346
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Journey Under the Arctic

Journey Under the Arctic

By: Fabien Cousteau and James O. Fraioli
Illustrated by:
Joe St. Pierre
ISBN: 9781534420908
Fiction, 7-12 / Teen, Graphic Novel
 
Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747

Jumbo

By: Chris Gall
Illustrated by:
Chris Gall
ISBN: 9781250155801
Nonfiction, 4-6, History
 
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids: Homemade Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist

By: Liz Lee Heinecke
ISBN: 9781631598302
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Saves the Everglades

By: Sandra Neil Wallace
Illustrated by:
Rebecca Gibbon
ISBN: 9781534431546
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Nesting

Nesting

By: Henry Cole
Illustrated by:
Henry Cole
ISBN: 9780062885920
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
North Pole / South Pole: From Pole to Pole: a Flip Book

North Pole / South Pole

By: Michael Bright
Illustrated by:
Nic Jones
ISBN: 9780711254749
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Old Enough to Save the Planet

Old Enough to Save the Planet

By: Loll Kirby
Illustrated by:
Adelina Lirius
ISBN: 9781419749148
Nonfiction, 7-12 / Teen, Science
 
Packs: Strength in Numbers

Packs

By: Hannah Salyer
ISBN: 9781328577887
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Pika Country: Climate Change at the Top of the World

Pika Country

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and Marlo Garnsworthy
Illustrated by:
Dan Hartman (Photography by)
ISBN: 9781970039023
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species

Plasticus Maritimus

By: Ana Pêgo, Isabel Minhós Martins
Illustrated by:
Bernardo P. Carvalho
ISBN: 9781771646437
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
The Polio Pioneer

The Polio Pioneer

By: Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrated by:
Lisa Anchin
ISBN: 9780525646518
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive

Pretty Tricky

By: Etta Kaner
Illustrated by:
Ashley Barron
ISBN: 9781771473699
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seal

Return from Extinction

By: Linda L. Richards
ISBN: 9781459821361
Nonfiction, Teen, History
 
Sea Otters: A Survival Story

Sea Otters

By: Isabelle Groc
ISBN: 9781459817371
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
To Fly Among the Stars: The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts

To Fly Among the Stars

By: Rebecca Siegel
ISBN: 9781338290158
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
What Do Scientists Do All Day?

What Do Scientists Do All Day?

By: Jane Wilsher
Illustrated by:
Maggie Li
ISBN: 9780711249783
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo?

What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo?

By: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Illustrated by:
Steve Jenkins
ISBN: 9780544387591
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Wildlife Ranger Action Guide: Track, Spot & Provide Healthy Habitat for Creatures Close to Home

Wildlife Ranger Action Guide

By: Mary Kay Carson
ISBN: 9781635861068
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
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