When you stop to think about it there are not really any subjects more interesting than biology.
It encompasses all life and nature, but, sadly enough, it’s one that I never paid any attention to at school. That’s a big shame but I can ensure my kids don’t fall into the same trap by exposing them to some of the really great books that are out there which will open their eyes to whole world of wonder that is within this subject. It might be a bit late for me and you, or maybe not, but these books will definitely perk up the kids’ flagging interest.
Wow, just imagine how different life might have been if that double biology on a Thursday afternoon had actually been something I had cared about…
- How Nature Works: 100 Ways Parents & Kids Can Share the Secrets of Nature
This is a brilliant introduction to the magical world of biology and, best of all, it is one that you can also get involved with. Alongside all of the interesting facts about plants and animals there are also hundreds of experiments and projects to enjoy. Perfect for kids between the ages of 8 and 14.
- Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book
A great book for those with a keen interest in the specifics of the human body. The three-dimensional presentation of this one really makes it feels as though you are actually physically discovering something as you learn. This is the perfect way to make what can be quite a daunting topic feel understandable and manageable.
- Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Activities for the Elementary Grades
The best thing about this book is that it looks to make biology and science seem like real fun but does so in a way that relates directly back to the real world. Here kids are challenged to solve science based mysteries by organizing data, thinking critically, and testing their theories. A really involving way to get them hooked.
- Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
This is a really lovely book that has been put together with great care and fondness for its subject matter. With the simplicity and grace you would expect from the poets who produced this work, here children can look in amazement at the repeating patterns of spirals throughout the whole universe. Not only are you left in awe at their creation and number but you also come to learn just how essential they are to so many aspects of life.
- Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story
An awesome book that celebrates all of our pasts in a way that makes the reader truly appreciate our present. Reading this you go on a journey back into time, where you come across our ancestors not only from land but also the sea. Beautifully illustrated, this is an excellent way to tell the whole story of human evolution.
- A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope
This is definitely the book for those with an inquisitive mind who want to go beyond the mere surface level of seeing things. Featuring an array of weird and wonderful creatures: a blob-like amoeba; a slipper-shaped paramecium and its mortal enemy, the suctorian; and many others. This giant leap into discovery will more than satisfy the curiosities of even the most demanding.
- The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin
What better way to end the list than with a title that bears the name of biology’s most famous father. This book then is a literally a step into the world and mind of a man who has shaped so much our understanding of the world. The author and illustrator, Peter Sis, has shaped a marvelous journey for the reader through the great man’s life, showing how it was that Darwin himself came to understand the world. The perfect gift for all those budding pioneers out there.
Guest Post by Alisha Webb on behalf of Love Reading – Revision Books and guides on English Literature
Alisha Webb is British writer working out of Barcelona, Spain. She holds an MA in Creative Writing. Her poetry and short-fiction have been published extensively across the world. She is a keen traveler, reader, and moviegoer.